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 Cookfulness: A Therapeutic Approach to Cooking by Ian Taverner



Create Space For The Happy Stuff!

This cookbook is crammed full of new and innovative ways, hints and tips, designed specifically for people with chronic pain and mental health conditions, by me, a fellow sufferer.

It is all to help you WANT to cook, not have to!

Cooking really can be a therapy. Cooking really can ignite your passions. Cooking really is possible!

If you are having a bad day, I want to make it better. If you are having a better day, I want to make it good. If you are having a good day, I want to make it great. If you are having a great day, good on you!

Information about the Book

Title: Cookfulness: A Therapeutic Approach to Cooking

Author: Ian Taverner

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 29th October 2020

Page Count: 154

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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My Review Cookfulness is more than just a cookbook; it's a way of life, if you will. This cookbook is unique in that it isn't just recipe ingredients and directions on how to make said recipes. It's a cookbook that acknowledges that sometimes cooking isn't easy. Not in the way you may think, though. This cookbook is focused on helping people who suffer with chronic pain (like fibromyalgia) or mental health issues (depression/anxiety). The recipes within these pages are easy and simple to follow, without taking too much time, and they don't require obscure ingredients. They're meant for sufferers who are having bad days and still want to make something good. They're meant for making good days better. And for making better days the best they can be. I, myself, suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety. Some days, I enjoy cooking and love to make meals that my family will enjoy. Other days, I feel so down and stressed and anxious and unable to function that I'd rather my family eat whatever they can find. But with this cookbook, there's still the possibility of finding something that will motivate me out of that funk long enough to make a decent meal, even if it is something basic. That, to me, makes this one of the best cookbooks out there.

The only downside for me, as an American, is that the measurements are metric, so anything I do plan to try will have to be converted so I don't mess it up (the thought of which is anxiety inducing and stressful enough already). Also, there is a recipe for something involving rocket, and I had no idea what that was, so I had to look it up. It's arugula to us Americans. Overall, I really enjoyed the recipes I found within these pages, and I'm excited to try a lot of them out (especially the smoothies, since I'm trying to be healthier and eat more fruit). If you're someone who likes to cook but struggles with pain or bad mental health days, pick up a copy of Cookfulness and see what surprises you can make. 4 stars from me!

Author Information

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I currently live in the New Forest, originally from the Isle of Man, with my wife and 2 daughters and our dog, Alfie.  I'm a chronic fibromyalgia, arthritis, depression and anxiety sufferer and survivor!

Chronic pain conditions are often misunderstood, especially the devastating effect they can have on you and your family.  I know first-hand how it can very quickly drag you, and those around you, right down.

I wrote Cookfulness to show fellow sufferers and their loved ones that you aren’t alone, you most definitely are not alone.  I wrote Cookfulness to give people a real shot at improving their quality of life and bring back together disparate families, just as cooking has done for me, by giving a reason for being.

Learning how to cook again, how to adapt to how my body and mind were feeling and what they were screaming at me, how it really was possible to cook and harness the enjoyment and sheer pleasure of it, made me realise the real power of cooking.  Cooking gave me a route, a path, some pride, some passion and, most importantly, a role and the drive to become a real part of the family again.  

All my battles, defeats and successes, using very real and raw experiences, have been distilled down to create “Cookfulness", a genuinely therapeutic approach to cooking!



Tour Schedule

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Monday 26th October

Bookish Blue

Tuesday 27th October

Prose Amongst Thorns

Wednesday 28th October

Dash Fan Book Reviews

Thursday 29th October

Big Book Little Book

Friday 30th October

Splashes into Books

Monday 2nd November

Alex’s Books

Tuesday 3rd November

Jazzy Book Reviews

Wednesday 4th November


Thursday 5th November


Friday 6th November

Georgia Books

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