Make Your Own Rules Cookbook by Tara Stiles

Title | Make Your Own Rules Cookbook
Author | Tara Stiles
Publisher | Hay House
Publication Date | November 3rd 2015
Source | Advanced Review Copy
Purchase / Pre – Order | Amazon US orAmazon UK 
A Page of Fictional Love Rating | 4/5
“You know that old saying If you can eat, you can cook? I truly believe that. I also believe that if you can imagine, you can create. That’s what making your own rules in the kitchen is about.
That’s what this book is about. It’s about you. It’s about the food you eat. It’s about what you choose to put in your body on any given day. It’s about how easy it is to have a life in the kitchen that doesn’t take over your life elsewhere. It’s also about having fun. So, are you in or are you out?”


In Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, Strala Yoga founder, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Tara Stiles shows you how to have fun making your own rules in the kitchen. You’ll begin by breaking free of the labels, judgements, restrictions, and stresses of having to eat a certain way—letting go of the binge-and-purge, punishment-and-reward, diet-and-fail cycles. Learning to listen to what your body really wants, and make intuitive choices, you will find balance and harmony and go on to discover the massively bountiful buffet before you—an endless array of tastes and textures from all across the world!
Tara prides herself on making healthy living easy and effortless, and this cookbook holds the same philosophy. She gently guides you through every step of the Make Your Own Rules process, from:
  • preparing yourself for a major shift in your mind-set
  • stocking a healthy, green kitchen 
  • choosing handy kitchen tools and appliances
  • scheduling time for grocery shopping and cooking into your busy lifestyle
  • and more!
Tara also gives you the freedom to play in the kitchen, get creative, experiment with recipes, and make them your own. With more than 100 mouthwatering recipes inspired by her international travels, her Midwestern roots, and her daily life in NYC, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook offers up a generous helping of plant-powered juices, smoothies, salads, main dishes, and desserts designed to leave you feeling radiant, energized, and satisfied.
Ditch the takeout menus, let your imagination run wild, and get your hands dirty in the kitchen!

I am a huge fan of Tara’s books and way of life. I loved her Make Your Own Rules Diet book which is as far from our perception of ‘diets’ as it can be, and I fundamentally believe that if teenagers were given this book by Tara they would been more equipped with facing societies pressures upon image, weight, diet, food, health and happiness.
Now, as a Twirty-Something, I am so happy that Tara’s back with a fabulous cook book. The fundamental teaching in this book is to use your intuition and feelings to eat what you feel like eating. Now that doesn’t give us a free pass to take-away heaven which most of us busy professionals can be tempted by. What it does mean is that we are being shown how to take more of a relaxed yet controlled approach to cooking more healthy, nutrient full and energy packed foods that will nourish us and sustain us. Many of us are eating the wrong foods in that they are wrong for our body and what we need. We focus more of quickly beating that slump by having those sugar rush drinks and chocolates, when we could eat a fibre packed pumpkin seed bar that will keep our energy and blood sugar levels more stable thus enabling us to keep going for longer.
A favourite part of Tara’s book for me is the “Love Sauce” recipe. It’s so adorable and immediately brought a smile to my face. In fact i’m thinking of getting a copy of this framed in my kitchen to remind me to always cook with the Love Sauce.
The recipes are easy and affordable. You can begin a more healthy way of eating with The Classic Dream which involves; 1 banana, 1 handful of spinach and 1 cup of almond milk – blended and you’re ready to go with a healthy, nutritious beverage. There’s also a fab recipe for a cold busting beverage – I wish I’d seen this before my recent period of illness, I may just have been able to avoid being prescribed a course of anti-biotics.
I think this book would be suited to busy young women who want to master their kitchen, cook up some really healthy balanced meals, and maybe even surprise friends and family. It would also suit any busy professional who has through a less balanced work-life who aches for a more balanced, less stressful life. Try it and let me know what you think.
I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes in this book, and see how easily they fit into my life. I’m off to stock up on the ingredients for the chocolate mousse, and the ginger cookies…. oh and the coconut chocolate mint ice cream…



BLOG TOUR ~ *Christmas at Lilac Cottage* by Holly Martin

Title | Christmas at Lilac Cottage

Author | Holly Martin

Publisher | Bookouture

Publication Date | 25th September 2015 

Source | Review Copy 

Purchase | Amazon 

A Page of Fictional Love Rating | 5/5


Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen. 

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded. 


As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… 


While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of? 


Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.


First off I have to comment on the gorgeous front cover of this book. It's THE christmas cover of the year I think. I'ts beautiful, it has snow, christmas trees, a cosy cottage, berries on the trees and falling snow! What is not to love about this cover?! 

I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this book because it simply the most beautiful book I've read in a long time. I've recently been unwell with a condition that made it really hard to do the normal things that people take for granted like reading or walking across the room - without vertigo kicking in, so i'll be honest in admitting I haven't quite finished this book but just because the post goes live today doesn't mean for one second that i'm not going to carry on reading this. I have to - I need to know what happens! 

What I have read of this book had my heart warming instantly, to say that it is sweetly romantic in the right doses would be an understatement. The characters are so utterly lovable, the delicate stirrings of love and hope are so uplifting that each night when I go to bed I can't wait to pick up reading where I left off. Christmas at Lilac Cottage is a sparkling gem among the snow! 

We meet Penny on the first page as she's baking for her new lodgers who will be moving into her annex and she really hopes that they are people she can become great friends with. All she knows are their names; Henry and Daisy. Henry arrives alone and Penny is stunned by his handsome features and perky bum! Like any hot blooded woman she has to keep reminding herself that he has a wife - Daisy and she needs to pack it in. Henry and Penny hit it off and on again... you see he can be quite grumpy and Penny can be quite sensitive, but like adults should, they have a little chat and become fond of each other. 

Penny is an ice sculptor and hits it off with Daisy when she arrives (I'm not going to spoil that one because it is a gem among the snow that scene!) and soon they are sculpting ice together in Penny's cooler room.

The way these characters interact with each other and invite you into their world is so mesmerizing, and intricately unique that you can't help but feel a part of their lives, a friend of theirs. There was one part in the story where Penny, Henry, Daisy and Penny's friend Jill are sitting in the kitchen talking about their name's and the chemistry between all characters is just so sweet and scrumptious that I fell in love with them all - all over again! 

If you love christmas, and crafts, and love, and romance, and want to know which book is worth reading this year, hands down its Christmas at Lilac Cottage in my opinion. I have loved every page so far, and I can't wait to savor the remaining pages!