I am a very visual person. I love reading and of course I love writing, but I am also deeply inspired by the beauty of an exquisite image. I find that I get a rush of inspiration when I see a beautiful picture. I always fall for beautiful packaging and I will easily buy a magazine or a book for its cover alone!
And that brings me to cookbooks. I feel that it’s almost a requirement for cookbook writers to include the pictures of their recipes. I’ve come to the conclusion that you can find a cookbook with the most magnificent recipes in the world, but if there are no pictures, how can you feel inspired to make them?
Perfect example: yesterday I was leisurely strolling around Barnes & Noble and I was flipping through the pages of Sarma Melngailis’s book “Living Raw Food.” The cover itself is gorgeous. Sarma looks radiant drinking a beverage that is the most refreshing shade of orange ever! I was totally reveling in the gorgeous photographs throughout the entire book.
I also came across Rod Rotondi’s book “Raw food for Real People.” In this book, he has a small section of about 15 photographs. There’s one picture of a berry smoothie that had me at hello! It was a deep, vibrant shade of raspberry. It looked so refreshing, so alive, and so delicious!
This one picture inspired me so much that I actually made one this morning! And here’s the thing: I didn’t even read the recipe!! I just threw in a bunch of things that appealed to me, and voila!
Here’s what I used in my vibrant, delicious smoothie:
Frozen raspberries and blackberries
A few chunks of papaya
A nice amount of baby spinach
Some fresh lemon juice
The juice of one orange
It was so delicious, so refreshing, and so nutritious! I’ve been drinking it all morning J
The color is kind of nondescript. It would be fun to make it look as yummy as it tastes.