Madeleine Shaw's Book Launch with Harvey Nichols Manchester
On Thursday evening we went along to the Harvey Nichols Manchester Supper Club which had been taken over by nutritionalist Madeleine Shaw. Following her wildly successful blog, she has just released her first book 'Get The Glow'. The philosophy being to get the glow from the inside out. Madeleine isn't advocating fad diets like so many people do these days. Instead she is championing good healthy nutritious food, buying certain foods organic and supporting local suppliers. There is a wonderful table in the book that tells you which fruit and veg to buy organic and which it isn't essential to buy organic, 'the dirty dozen' and 'the clean fifteen'. The partnership between Madeleine and Harvey Nichols worked very well and the evening was a complete success. Madeleine won over everyone at the event with her happy, positive outlook and Harvey Nichols put on a very well organised event.
The evening started with a welcome drink and an introduction by Madeleine.
We then sat down to a meal where there were five sharing plates brought to the table one by one. This system worked wonderfully well and we got to sample two vegetarian plates, one meat, one fish and best of all a yummy, healthy dessert.
My personal favourites and ones I will definitely be recreating at home were the 'Green Goddess Bowl' and the 'Spicy Salmon, Cucumber and Yoghurt'
The 'Green Goddess Bowl' was a wonderful mix of kale, spinach, eggs, avocado, lime and sesame seeds. It was the perfect example of how super healthy food can taste amazingly delicious.
The salmon was served with ribbons of cucumber and a yoghurt dressing with paprika in it.
The dessert was sweet and chocolatey enough for anyone without any of the sugar, dairy or processed foods you usually have as a sweet treat.
In between the courses being served, Madeleine went round all the tables and answered any questions you had about her way of eating, the book, or nutrition in general.
The evening was finished off with a book signing where you could, if you wished, buy 'Get the Glow' and have Madeleine sign it. Madeleine spent time with each person that went up with a book and chatted away to everyone, writing individual messages in each one.
An extremely lovely person as well as a wonderful evening, Madeleine deserves all her success and I wish her all the best in the future. Should she bring out a second book (and I have very little doubt that she will) I will be at the launch of that one too!
Madeleine moved to Australia and began working in an organic café, it was her love for this job that led her down the path of nutrition and healthy eating. After taking a course in nutrition Madeleine set up her blog and the book followed as she spreads her love of wholesome healthy eating.
'Get The Glow' is a 6 week programme instead of a diet, with the aim of helping you give up bad eating habits and instead replace them for wholesome ones. Some books I've read have been rather restrictive and whilst Madeleine does cut sugar and gluten from your diet, dairy, meat and fish are still included. The 6 week programe is extremely easy to follow and she gives you enough science detail to make you understand why you are taking the next step, without confusing you.
As well as the 6 week programme the book is crammed full of over 100 recipes. My favourite feature is that pretty much every recipe has a picture with it, something I find always helps encourage me to make a recipe. The recipes are well laid out, simple to follow and of the ones I've tried so far deliciously nutritious.
The design of the book itself is simple, clean and very pretty, with a nude pink colour used throughout. Just flicking through it will make you want to eat healthy!
What I like about Madeleine's book is the utter lack of preachiness about it. There is even a section on what to do if you are hungover, Madeleine accepts that for some people a drink is an inevitable part of life, it's making sure you rehydrate yourself the next day that she discusses. She accepts that people will stick to the programme with varying degrees and encourages you not to beat yourself up if you have a slip. There is something very likeable about Madeleine herself and the way she writes. I would definitely recommend adding this to your collection of cookbooks, you will absolutely not regret it and I'm certain you will feel better for it!