The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan

The Abundance Diet is absolutely a hit.  I’ve owned this book for a couple of years now and have made my way through quite a number of the recipes within. I can say with confidence that I would blindly make any of the recipes in The Abundance Diet for guests, without testing the recipe first.  This cookbook was crafted with diligent care.

As I write this review, I am slurping Moroccan Lentil Soup for dinner–a tomato laden, protein packed, hearty, tangy soup. My cat keeps trying to get in on the soup slurping action.  I keep having to shoo him away and remind him that he only likes meat.  I don’t think he believes me anymore.  Later this week, I’m planning to make the soul-warming Cheesiest Potato Soup yet again.  I will eat it entirely guilt free, in adherence with my current calorie-counting diet.  The Abundance Diet is an indulgent cookbook that knows no geographical boundaries, and specializes in decadent recipes that can be eaten every day.

What do I love most about this cookbook? I love the full color, mouth-watering photos of nearly every recipe, the heaping servings, consistent layout, and the easily accessible ingredients. I live in a rural town of 1500 people, and I can access all of the ingredients in the local grocery store. While I do live in Boulder County of Colorado, one of the most new age places in the country, I’m certain that people in the Deep South or the food deserts of Oakland can find all of the ingredients as well.  It’s rare to find a cookbook of this caliber that is this accessible.  If anything, the biggest problem for me with this cookbook is that the desserts contain so many ingredients that I keep on hand in my pantry.  I am so tempted to throw in the towel on my diet and nosh my way through Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Soft-Serve, Lucious Creamy Lemon Tarts, Happiness in a Cookie Bite, and Accidental Overnight Dark Chocolate Pudding.

The Abundance Diet isn’t pure Soul Food decadence.  It’s also filled with recipes for smoothies, juices, and salads.  I’d venture to say I consider those raw recipes to be decadent in their own right too.  How could they not be with names like Creamy Mint Mojito Green Smoothie, Poppy’s Jaffa Cake Smoothie, Chipotle Knock-Off Chopped Salad, and Raw Cashew Horchata. 

If I have to find a real fault with the book, I can only find one.  McCowan touts this as a 28-Day Plan for health and weight loss. I initially bought this book planning to make it my bible for a month.  I wasn’t pleased with the meal plan aspect of this book. I appreciate that there is flexibility in the plans that McCowan offers, however I would have preferred an all inclusive grocery list provided, along with a list of which recipes to make for the week.  Instead, McCowan offers lists of groceries to generally buy for 1, 2, or 4 people, and a loose example of a meal plan for a week. This definitely isn’t a deal breaker in counting The Abundance Diet as one of my favorite cookbooks.  Because this book isn’t tailor-made to my preferences, I would rate it a 9/10.   In the spirt of reality, not being Queen of the Universe, and the fact that I really do love this cookbook and all of the recipes within, I rate The Abundance Diet a 10/10.  The Abundance Diet is another great cookbook to keep on your bookshelf.


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