When Emily George was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease (which affects balance and hearing) in 2011, doctors advised her she would have to cut salt from her diet.
“Life was thrown into disarray for a while in 2011 while I was pregnant with my third child – I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease – a condition of the inner ear, disturbing balance and hearing,” said Emily. “By the time I was diagnosed I was suffering daily vertigo attacks, had lost most of the hearing in one ear, and had constant tinnitus. Although currently incurable, Meniere’s can be managed. For a lot of people, including me, a low sodium diet helps.”
While it’s virtually impossible to cut all salt from the diet, in her research, Emily did discover there are a lot of low sodium recipes out there.
“Having always loved cooking I was forever on the lookout for new meals to create, and I started to realise that there was a distinct lack of good, flavoursome, salt free recipes available – or the ones that were salt free, still used high sodium ingredients. So I began to create my own, and this book emerged.”
Based on the known benefits of the Mediterranean style of cooking, Emily will introduce you too a whole new world of flavour with her collection of low sodium dishes.
“During the process, I have really enjoyed creating new dishes and discovering new flavours. Using ingredients that I previously didn’t even know existed, or just didn’t know what to do with,” said Emily.
“As a busy mum, I have tried to include a combination of some easy to prepare mid week meals, as well as dishes I proudly serve when entertaining. Now when I host friends for dinner and I tell them there is no salt in the meal, they just can’t believe it.”
From entrees, to soups, salads, mains and desserts, you’ll find the recipes in The No Salt Cookbook easy to make.
“This book is for anyone who needs to reduce their sodium intake due to medical reasons, or those just wanting to eat healthy food,” said Emily. “If you are beginning your no salt journey, please give yourself a couple of weeks for your taste buds to regenerate and you will notice a huge difference in the flavors you can taste without the salt.”
“I would also encourage you to try new herbs and spices that you might not have used before, and recipes with ingredients you might not be familiar with.”
“There is a great big world of delicious salt free food out there, so go and enjoy some today!”
The No Salt Cookbook by Emily George (RRP $35.00) is published by New Holland and will be available from February 2016.
You can buy this book online at the following bookstores:
- Angus & Robertson Bookworld paperback $31.99*
- Booktopia.com.au paperback $27.95*
- The Co-op Bookshop paperback $32.55*
- TheNile.com.au paperback $30.46*
*All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and are subject to change (up or down) by the retailer.