Wednesday 24 January 2024

Eat To Your Heart's Content by Sat Bains BLOG TOUR #EatToYourHeartsContent @Octopus_Books #SatBains @RandomTTours #HealthyCookery #BookReview


Sat Bains worked out, always maintained a reasonable weight and considered himself fit and healthy, so it was a shock when, in March 2021, he had a massive heart attack and underwent an emergency triple heart bypass operation.

During recovery, Sat consulted his friend, nutritionist Dr Neil Williams, who guided him on a revised diet to help maintain heart health. Having two Michelin Stars and a three-decade long obsession with flavour, Sat was not willing to sacrifice great food just because his diet now had to be heart healthy. This collection of recipes is made up of those he devised following surgery and focuses on lean protein, a mix of legumes, good fats - such as avocado, nuts and olive oil - and vegetables and fruits.

These delicious, simple dishes are designed for every day, they use supermarket-friendly ingredients and are accompanied by nutritional advice highlighting the ingredients rich in heart-healthy vitamins and minerals.

Eat To Your Heart's Content by Sat Bains was published on 18 January 2024 by Kyle Books / Octopus Books. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review as part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour 

Heart-healthy recipes from celebrated chef Sat Bains, a two-star Michelin chef and heart attack survivor, with nutritional input from Dr Neil Williams, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at Nottingham Trent University.

I'm a huge foodie. Martin and myself love eating out, trying new places, discovering new dishes. I was brought up in Nottinghamshire and have always wanted to visit Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, we really need to get a table booked soon!

In the meantime, I've really enjoyed reading through this recipe book, it is packed full of healthy eats that look so appealing. Roast chicken is one of my all time favourite, go-to meals and I'm going to create my version of Sat Bain's Chicken With Seven Bulbs of Garlic dish this weekend. I've ordered a free-range chicken and the garlic is ready!

This book is really important, the facts about heart disease are shocking and frightening, we really do have a responsibility to ourselves to try harder to look after ourselves.

Coronary heart disease (CHD; also known as ischaemic heart disease) is the most common cause of heart attack and is the single biggest killer of both men and women.

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.

Each year cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes 3.9 million deaths in Europe and over 1.8 milllion deaths in the European Union (EU). CVD accounts for 45% of all deaths in Europe and 37% of all deaths in the EU.

60 million people are living with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in the EU, and 13 million new cases of CVD are diagnosed every year.

In his introduction, Sat Bains talks about the day in March 2020 when he had his heart attack. He talks about how he was treated and how he has gone on to deal with it after the fact. He began to devise weekly heart-healthy menus, under guidance from Dr Neil Williams, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at Nottingham Trent University. 

The next section is 'Getting Started' and discusses Unami - the fifth taste. Bains describes how the chapters are organised:

Smoothies, snacks and breads
Soups, sauces, pickles and broths
Sweet things

There's a section on heart-healthy eating, written by Dr Neil Williams where he describes and talks about the top ten heart-healthy foods.  Most of these are basic everyday ingredients that we can all integrate into our daily diet.

The recipes then follow. In sections and all well laid out and really easy to follow. There are some stunning photographs too, and although we all want to aim for the images in the book, it's fine if yours don't quite look like the dishes in the photos!

This is a great book. It is certainly going to take pride of place in my kitchen and I'm already planning which dishes I am going to attempt.  Beautifully presented with a quality hard back cover and fabulous photos. 

Sat Bains is best known for being chef proprietor of the two-Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains
with Rooms in Nottingham, England. 

It also holds one Green Michelin Star. 

He won the Roux Scholarship in 1999 and worked in France before returning to the UK and opening his own restaurant. 

Sat won Great British Menu in 2007 and has continued making regular appearances on television.

Instagram @satbains1

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