If you have a teen or tween girl in your life you are probably aware of the barrage of food and body issues that they are assaulted with every day. Even as grown ups it’s sometimes hard to stay on your own path and not fall prey to negative messages about food and diet and body types. Girlosophy is a series of award winning self-help/spirituality books written by Anthea Paul. Started in 2000 with Girlosophy: A Soul Survival Kit, there are currently eight published Girlosophy books. The books are directed toward young women, emphasizing being true to oneself, using big sister advice and fun and modern visuals from around the world with no photo manipulation.
Girlosophy: Real Girls Eat, is an inspirational cookbook. The book makes a point to stress that it is not a traditional diet book beacuse it does not focus on eating to lose weight. Instead it focuses on eating healthy. The book is separated into three parts: the first part is an informational section providing facts and guidance on how to choose foods that are not only good for the body but also good for the environment. The next two sections are full of recipes. The first section of recipes are contributions from real young women from various parts of the world, the second recipe section and final part of the book is a compilation of recipes from Anthea Paul’s sister, Kate Paul, a professional chef.
As a mother, I highly recommend this book for young women as a way to help them develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies. As someone who likes to prepare and cook healthy food, this book is a great resource for tasty and unique recipes. You can purchase Girlosophy: Real Girls Eat, and the entire Girlosophy series at Amazon.com.