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Monday, August 2, 2010


What the Bible Says about Healthy Eating Cookbook ~ Part Two

Last week, I introduced What Does the Bible Says about Healthy Eating Cookbook. Before I continue with the book review, I’d like to share with you a little bit about the Authors Hope Egan and Amy Cataldo

Hope Egan, who is was born and raised jewish struggled with food issues during her youth and says she naturally developed confused eating patterns, with a health food nut mom and a junk-food junkie dad. Following emotional and spiritually difficulties which she faced,  her mind was opened as she searched for answers. It was then that she began to really desire a relationship with Jesus/Yeshua. After other physical illnesses, she finally understood that she had to fully trust God/Yahweh and seek guidance in this area of her life as well. She read many books looking for answers and after reading Dr. Rex Russell’s book, What the Bible Says about Healthy Living, she found the answers to her questions. She quotes “Of course God cares abut what we eat!” Hope Egan is also the author of Holy Cow, Does God Care About What We Eat? (Another great book which I've previously read)

Amy Cataldo was blessed with healthy eating habits from her mom who prepared healthy home-cooked meals from scratch. During her college years, living under a busy schedule and a tight budget her lifestyle depended on cheap convenience foods. It was only a matter of time, living under these stressed conditions  that Amy realized she had new-found convictions with her previous healthy eating habits she was raised and with a new direction in her spiritual life. Upon completion of her reading What the Bible Says about Healthy Living, she realized that God does really care about her and what she ate.

Both ladies who previously  knew each other formed a monthly cooking club to share their findings based on God’s design for eating. With our Heavenly Father's convictions they soon pursued the need to encourage others on this journey to healthier eating habits by accompanying Dr. Rex Russel's book with a cookbook.

As I continue to review What the Bible Says about Healthy Living Cookbook, I am again reminded of Dr. Rex Russell’s Three Principles which is the foundation of his book. Amy Cataldo and Hope Egan want to take these Three Principles one step further in their cookbook and help the reader take action.

Let's review:
  • Principle 1: Eat only substances God created for food. Avoid what is not designed for food. The author’s goals want to offer a wide variety of God’s ingredients throughout the recipes in this book.
  • Principle 2: As much as possible, eat foods as they were created—before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better. Eating foods in their most wholesome state as much as possible is healthiest. This means cooking more from scratch but with the help of Amy and Hope, you’ll find many healthy recipes which are quick to prepare.
  • Principle 3: Don’t let any food or drink become your god. By following Principles 1 & 2, Principle 3 should be easy to follow through.
As part of helping cooks take action, Amy and Hope are offering some great 'things to know' tips at the beginning of the book which I found useful:

  • The Getting Started section offers a list of key ingredients to keep on hand to ensure the recipes will be easy to follow.

  • Having the first 3 chapters as the backbone of the book helps the cook focus on proper menu preparation. By picking one recipe from each first 3 sections guarantees a good balanced meal.

  • Looking at the recipes on each individual page, I really appreciate the layout, with the directions clearly spelled out on the right hand side of the page and the ingredients list found on the left hand column which can be easily glanced at to see if items may be needed.

  • To have a list of variations at the bottom of the recipe page helps me to be more creative when serving a meal to my family. Thanks Amy and Hope, I love this tip!

  • Some recipes also have a section titled “Love Thy Leftovers” to help us all not waste and put the leftovers to good use for a future meal. What more could you ask for.
  •  With the Divine Design facts, symbolized by an olive branch found at the bottom of the recipe page, you'll gain knowledge of  'God's goodness throughout the Bible) What a great testimony.

Do you remember the authors mentioned that the first 3 chapters are the backbone of the book?  That's a great help for those who don't know where to get started.  As you look further, you'll see that you can easily choose a meal from the meatless main dishes or a soup if you preferred  (I love making soups and eating them, just ask my family!) In the dessert section, if a sweetener is needed, the recipe will call for a natural substitute, like honey or maple syrup, remember, the focus is God designed foods.

The book covers recipes in the following categories:

 Chapter 1 Vegetables, Dressings and Sauces
Chapter 2 Grains and Potatoes
Chapter 3 Fish, Poultry, Beef and Lamb
Chapter 4 Meatless Main Dishes
Chapter 5 Soup, Stew and Chili
Chapter 6 Breakfast
Chapter 7 Desserts and Fruit
Chapter 8 Appetizers and Snacks

I'll be wrapping up the review in Part Three, so please come back and visit if your interested in learning more

For Part One, please visit What the Bible Says about Healthy Eating Cookbook ~ Part One

Here are a few recipes you can try out

I’m also planning to have a giveaway for a copy of cookbook which Hope Egan so graciously offered. So be on the lookout for the giveaway in the next few weeks!

If you can't wait and would like  to purchase a copy of What the Bible Says about Healthy Living Cookbook right now, click here.

If you would like to learn more of the Biblical Dietary laws:  here are some books worthwhile reading.

*(I have some extra copies of Perfect Weight America by Jordan Rubin along with the accompanying journal, if you're interested in receiving a copy please email me directly for the price)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this cook book and am not in any way receiving compensation for reviewing this book.


This post was shared with:
Tuesday Twister at GNOWFLINS
Two for Tuesday at GirlChief 
Real Food Wednesday at Kelly The Kitchen Kop
Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet
Fight Back Friday at Real Food Renegade
Monday Mania at Healthy Home Economist 

Do you also follow the Biblical Dietary Laws?   If so, when were you convicted?  Please share.


  1. Wow...very interesting. Thanks for sharing this with us at Two for Tuesdays this week! =)

  2. I don't follow biblical dietary laws but I try to eat very similar to how you described. thanks for sharing at Two for Tuesdays.

  3. I really need to get this cookbook. I've been following Rex Russell's 3 principals for over 11 years and it literally changed my life. I'm not legalistic about, but over those many years we have changed all our food habits and have stuck with it. It's not a "diet" but rather a way of life. If you'd like to hear about my own journey you can read here: http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-food-journey-and-where-you-can-begin.html. I have other related posts on this topic under "Food Journey" as well.

  4. It is so interesting to read a review of this book. I had seen it out there and wondered if it was worth reading. Thanks for the great synopsis and welcome to the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! I grabbed your rss feed, am following your blog and also on twitter. Alex@amoderatelife

  5. Christy, thanks for taking time to reading the review!

  6. These sound like pretty sound guiding priciples for eating. Thank you for sharing this review with Two for Tuesday.

  7. Amy, thanks so much for sharing how Dr. Rex Russell's book has made an impact on you and your family's life. I enjoyed reading the post on your food journey and I hope that others will have a chance to read it and see the blessings you received. It seems we are all on some kind of journey, loosing flesh in some way or another. Its a continuous journey for myself, die to flesh and gratefully receive more of Jesus/Yeshua. Thank you Abba! May you and your family continue to be blessed on your journey Amy.

  8. Alex and Butterpoweredbike(neat name) thanks so much for stopping by and reading the book review. Yes they are really sound guidelines. For the majority of my youth and adult life, I've always followed the Levitical/biblical food laws and I have to say in all honesty, I have hardly ever been sick, I praise God for his blessings on my health and my family's health every day.

    I'll be having a book giveaway soon, please come back and visit.

  9. That sounds like a very interesting book with some very sensible and sound principles.

  10. My husband and I have been following a Torah-observant lifestyle, including the biblical dietary instructions, for about 7 years. We jokingly call ourselves toby's (Torah-observant believers in Yeshua) but it is no joke and it's an accurate description. It is a learning process and the longer we are on this road, the more we find there is to learn. Our favorite thing to do is to study God's word and knowing more about His loving instruction for our lives.

    Honestly, if there were no benefits to living and eating this way other than knowing we pleased God by obeying His commands, this alone would make it worthwhile. He didn't say why we shouldn't eat certain things, He just said DON'T. It's all I need.

  11. Hello April. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your comment. Part 3 of the book review should be posted this week. Looking forward for your visit again!.

    Thank you Naomi. I appreciate your comment. We too not only follow the biblical dietary laws but also follow a Torah-observant lifestyle. So glad you joined us and look forward to hearing from you again.

    In Messiah ~ Carmen

  12. Carmen, another great post as you work your way through this interesting book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts at Monday Mania.

  13. Wow! I came to your site through Real Food Wednesdays, because the title of this book really got my attention. I am so glad I did! I have been wondering if in this massive blog world that I've been discovering there was a real food, torah observant blog. I'm so excited to have found you!

  14. Hello Victoria, so glad you found us, there are other Torah observants here for sure. Are you part of the Messianic Keepers of the Home? Let me know if not and I can forward you more info. If you feel led, you can follow. Just started a Shabbat Shalom linky on erev Shabbat along with another gal. If you check who's following Pebble Crossing, you'll see many other Torah Observants.

    Our goal is to educate through faith, health and wellness, this blog is supposed to complement our online family store which our 15 year old son is revamping. You can visit www.pebblecrossing.com


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