Here’s a bit of merry news for Kansas City-area fans of The Whole30, a food movement with hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide.
Melissa Hartwig, who co-authored the New York Times best-sellers “It Starts With Food” and “The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom,” is coming to Kansas City next month to promote her new book, “The Whole30 Cookbook.”
At the free open house event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Hartwig will discuss her new book with Vivien Jennings of Rainy Day Books and Dr. Jason Bessey of Overland Park.
Hartwig will answer audience questions at the event, which is presented by Rainy Day Books and Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and sign copies of “The Whole30 Cookbook” ($30) purchased at rainydaybooks.com.
Want to go? Make a reservation by calling Rainy Day Books at 913-384-3126 or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Whole30 is a 30-day diet that emphasizes whole foods — those include meat, seafood, eggs, fruit, veggies and healthy fats — and eliminates sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, soy and gluten. After 30 days, Whole30 participants slowly reintroduce the banned foods to their diet to see how their bodies respond to, say, wheat or peanut butter.
Hartwig’s new cookbook contains 150 Whole30-compliant recipes, such as Asian Beef Zoodle (zucchini noodle) Soup, Chicken and Green Olive Meatballs With Smoked Paprika Tomato Sauce and a Pesto-Pepper Frittata With Squash.
I got my hands on a copy earlier this week and haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, but I’ve already bookmarked a delicious-looking one for Strip Steak With Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes.
The original Whole30 book is one of my favorite resources for healthy weeknight recipes, so I’m looking forward to testing out Hartwig’s latest offerings. I’m especially fond of this healthy version of shepherd’s pie made with grass-fed beef and mashed sweet potatoes.