by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)
Danielle Walker's Food Saved Me: My Journey of Finding Health and Hope through the Power of Food (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
I have talked about how much I enjoy reading about food and also learning about food sources and how what we eat affects our bodies and health. I have been following Danielle Walker for many years and have all of her cookbooks. So, I was so excited to read her recently released memoir, Food Saved Me: My Journey of Finding Health and Hope through the Power of Food.
In this excellent memoir, Danielle speaks candidly about her diagnosis with a very extreme case of ulcerative colitis, her quest to find healing for this disease, and the heartaches and triumphs she had along the way. Danielle is so gifted in making the reader feel as if he/she/they is part of her journey and in being very honest about each step along the way--going from being a young married woman battling an illness to being a best-selling cookbook author and blogger remaining transparent and authentic through her wellness journey.
“Food saved me in more ways than one. It saved my body. But it also saved my dreams.”
My favorite parts of the book are when Danielle describes transforming her kitchen into a laboratory to create familiar recipes with clean, non-inflammatory ingredients. She is forthcoming with the fact that each recipe took a lot of iterations until it became the recipe she either published on her blog or in one of her cookbooks. I loved reading about the process. In addition, what really stood out to me in the book are Danielle’s deep faith and her family’s amazing support throughout several trials and tribulations in her life. She writes about these times with such authenticity and gratitude. Honestly, it was just so beautiful.
“My kitchen became a laboratory where I put together dishes that comforted my soul.”
If you love memoirs, I highly recommend reading this book (even if food and cooking is not your thing). I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the author, and it is amazing. Something else to note as I reflect on my reading of this book and look over my written review of it--I have referred to the author by her first name, Danielle, when oftentimes when I write a review, I refer to the author by his/her/their last name. I think that is a testament to the deeply personal stories Danielle shares in the book and the way in which she writes as if the reader is her friend.
I really loved this book. I hope you read it and love it too.
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