Iida van der Byl-Knoefel was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis at the age of 33. She was told that it was a chronic disease and that she would need to be on medication for the rest of her life; however, she was able to reverse the symptoms of the condition with a plant-based diet through the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis and has been drug and pain free since August 2015.
Iida collected the recipes that helped her heal from the condition and the result is the cookbook 'A Kitchen Fairytale'. She inspires others to cook more plant-based through her social media channels, with a worldwide following.
A Kitchen Fairytale contains delicious oil-free recipes using fresh, plant-based, whole food ingredients without compromising flavour, texture and taste. The very fact that the recipes are free from any form of oil is essentially the crucial point, as this is the key element to reversing the author's auto immune disease. Traditionally rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sufferers have desperately resorted to taking medication and following a "vegan" diet. Unfortunately, a simple vegan diet has proven to be unsuccessful, simply because most recipes consists of some form of vegetable oil. Iida's aim is to engage with her readers and reach out to them by helping them understand why she uses the ingredients that she has chosen.
Packed with beautiful photography, inspired by the author's hugely popular Instagram account (@akitchenfairytale), and insider tips such as tackling airplane food and travelling, easy to follow shopping lists, this is a must-have book for anyone who wants to take responsibility for their own health and enjoy plant-based meals that provide deliciously nutritious options for the whole family.
Recipes include: Quinoa, apricot and pine nut salad; A big, green salad on the side, Triple cinnamon porridge, Healing buckwheat pancakes, Scrambled tofu, Apple and beetroot risotto, Mushroom and aubergine stroganoff, The fridge-emptying stir fry, Pasta and veggie delight, 'Cheesy' cashew cream sauce, Gardener's Pie, Black bean and sweet potato stew, Finnish summer soup, Chocolate brownie, Nice cream, Goji bites, Humble Apple Crumble.