Tropical fusion cuisine just in time for summer! October 12 2011

12 October 2011

We all know that diet is one of the most important issues to address for sustained health and wellness. Simply put, eating more fruit and vegetables is one of the best things you and your family can do.

When the majority of calories in the western diet come from processed cereals, refined sugars, vegetable oil and alcohol, leading to a high incidence of diabetes, cancers and other life threatening diseases, it is important that we return to a diet based on unprocessed whole foods, prepared and cooked fresh in our own kitchens. 

But it can be difficult to be inspired to add more fruit and vegetables to the diet. This is why new recipe book, Sonja's Kitchen, is such a valuable resource for the everyday family. 

Beautifully presented with photographs from the Pacific Island of Aitutaki, the tasty recipes in Sonja's Kitchen are based on ingredients available in your garden or most supermarkets and fresh food stalls. These delectable dishes can be made in your own kitchen with very little effort and great nutritional rewards for everyone.

Most of the recipes use food with minimal processing. They fuse tropical flavours with culinary ideas from around the world - for example, a Pasifika take on the traditional Italian Lasagne, cooked with breadfruit and fresh tomatoes and herbs. The tasty recipes include an array of herbs and vegetables that can be grown in an organic backyard garden, together with readily available tropical fruits and vegetables such as bananas, coconuts, mangoes, papaya, taro, breadfruit and cassava. 

Sonja's Kitchen is a book for the whole family. Accurate and easy to follow recipes will ensure that this book is not just another recipe book for the kitchen shelf, it can be used every day to ensure variety and well balanced food choices for all.

It is also a book that takes the reader on a walk through the lush vegetation of the Cook Islands, while explaining the importance of each plant to the survival of the islands and the role that they play in island culture. 

Foodie or Greenie, Sonja's Kitchen will take you on an adventure to explore the delicious food of Aitutaki and the Cook Islands.