I was indirectly introduced to food writer, chef & stylist Olia Hercules by my photographer friend Aneta through Olia’s first book, ‘Mamushka’, that
Emma is serene & charming. No matter what is going on outside her treatment room, she radiates inner calm that is often missing from modern lifestyle. I have seen her during my pregnancies & every time left her treatment room with a calmer head & body, with the treatment effect lasting for days. Her three previous books have helped several of the women that I know to get pregnant, at times when doctors were shaking their heads. Yet, no matter the rate of success, Emma’s feet remain firmly on the ground, with no airs & graces when it comes to her multiple talents. She is driven by innate desire to help as many couples as she can, as well as women in general, who need to fine-tune the optimal functioning of their bodies. In addition to her work in the clinic & writing books, Emma publishes a blog, full of practical & relatable advice that is relevant to women of different ages, irrespective of their lifestyle choices. No less importantly, Emma takes responsibility for advice that she gives, so suffice to say that the publication of this book intrigued me.
Fertility – engage in it, yet keep a lightness to your touch
This beautifully photographed hardback, with a cheerful yellow inner cover, offers practical advice & fact- checked information alongside delicious recipes by nutritionist Victoria Wells, who works alongside Emma in the clinic in Chelsea.
Emma’s now classic ‘Baby-Making bible’ came out when times were perfectly aligned for Emma, after she beat cancer & her heart was brimming with joy. In a way it was her love letter to life, to the future, to the women & her own daughters. ‘Fertile: Nourish and Balance Your Body ready for Baby Making’, Emma’s fourth book, is a bit different, as it has ‘hidden depth & deeper meaning’, according to Emma. Her latest book combines many years of experience in the clinic, as well as Emma’s personal journey as a woman, alongside deliciously nurturing recipes created by Victoria & tested by both women, as the importance of food should never be underestimated when it comes to physical & mental well-being.
The book is divided into two part, ‘A Fertile Life’ & ‘Recipies’. In the first part Emma focusses on such topics as fertile living & fundamentals, like a menstrual cycle, examining body-mind-gut connection, egg quality, miscarriage, IVF support & male fertility. I tend to read lots of books, blogs & magazines as part of my own writing research & often coverage of several of the above subjects seems to be lacking, particularly when you read on the subject of female fertility. Somehow, even in our day & age, fertility issues are more often ‘blamed’ on women, as opposed to looking at the subject with a 360 view. Emma is one of those fiercely passionate women who values knowledge & experience above social media followers number and I would rather my own daughter takes advice from Emma in the future, than from some ‘influencer’ or foodie blogger, whose professional scope is limited to say the least.
When you tend to the garden you don’t seek to control it; take the same approach with
More and more of us are not just experimenting in the kitchen but also view themselves as chefs, chopping and creating dishes alongside the books written by the likes of Michel Roux, Nigella Lawson
A few days ago a dear friend of mine, who is also a neighbour, came over to bring me a jar of pesto sauce and some hummus (the love of which we have in common) that she bought when she visited a food fair.
The next day I could relax, as sunday lunch was ridiculously easy, thanks to the delicious pesto that my family devoured with gusto. The sauce came with a card outlining the home made range of pastas and sauces that Seriously Italian produce.
I, being the ever curious person, went on their site and found out that they regularly take part in farmer’s markets around London, including one not far away from me. So, I ventured and came back home laden with pesto sauces-basil (beyond delicious and certainly the best pesto I have tried so far), rocket, tomato and my boys loved the wild boar ragu sauce-the range is so addictive I have to re-stock every week and sometimes, if I am not early enough, the sell out. Giovanni, a smiley Italian with a passion for cooking and wonderful ingredients and his partner Natasha, a Russian pesto whizz, also make lasagnas and pastas and can cater for you too. Life is always better when you have a well stocked fridge and you see the genuine pleasure on the faces of your loved ones, isn’t it?