Dada Eats Love to Cook It: 100 Plant-Based Recipes for Everyone at Your Table: A Cookbook (Hardcover)

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100+ meals and treats with an accidentally plant-based energy, including inventive new takes on beloved Indian dishes and ingredients—all unprocessed, all easy and indulgent—from the Today show’s resident foodie
“From Samah’s first on-air appearance on Today, a star was born. Open the book and see why, for all of us, it was love at first sight and first bite for Samah!”—Savannah Guthrie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Princesses Wear Pants and coanchor of NBC’s Today

Samah Dada doesn’t buy into the all-or-nothing mentality of healthy eating. By using real, unprocessed ingredients in surprising ways, she shows you how to have your cake and eat it too—because it’s actually made out of chickpeas.

Her food is often vegan, allergen-free, gluten-free, and grain-free because she’s only using the most nutritious ingredients, not because she’s cutting out food groups to follow the latest fad. Her creative use of plants gives us drool-worthy dishes like her viral hits Brookie Pie and Chocolate Chip Tahini Cake with Chocolate Frosting, as well as One Banana Only Muffin Tops, Pancake Bread, Cauliflower Cacio e Pepe, and Masala Mac and Cheese.
She draws on her Indian roots for plant-based dishes like Spicy Eggplant Masala and the Best Dal Ever that come together in record time, and reinvents Indian classics such as Kheer, Sweet Potato Aloo Tikki, Creamy Black Lentils, and more, removing dairy but not sacrificing flavor. Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies, Coconut Sugar Halva Strawberry Crumble Bars, and Marbled Chocolate Tahini Loaf Cake rely on unprocessed sugars, legumes, and grain-free flours, but they still satisfy every sweet tooth as you learn how to use these healthy ingredients for maximum flavor and joy.
Grain-Optional. Gluten-Flexible. Mostly Plants. Totally Inclusive.

About the Author

Samah Dada is a New York City–based recipe developer, food photographer, and the blogger behind Dada Eats. Drawing from her Indian heritage and inspired by the foodscapes of London, California, and New York, she is the host of Cooking with Samah Dada on the Today show’s digital channel.

Praise For…

“When Samah walked onto the Today set, we knew she was special. Her delicious treats would arrive on our desks, and we would happily gobble them up, not even realizing they weren’t just delicious—they were healthy too. From her first on-air appearance on Today, a star was born. She has been unstoppable ever since. I’m not surprised her scrumptious and irresistible treats have made it into the pages of her first cookbook. Open the book and see why, for all of us, it was love at first sight and first bite for Samah!”—Savannah Guthrie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Princesses Wear Pants and coanchor of NBC’s Today

“Samah has inspired me to delve into simple gluten-free desserts like I never thought I would before. When I’m looking for something quick that doesn’t use refined sugars and refined flour, Samah is the person I turn to. Her desserts are really decadent, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. My two go-tos are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie and the Cookie Dough Truffles—so delicious and easy to make, I can’t get enough!”—Giada De Laurentiis, New York Times bestselling author of Giada’s Italy and Emmy Award–winning television personality

“Samah Dada is a star. Her recipes rock, and her mind-set about cooking is just where you want to be. You will especially love ‘eating your vegetables’ Samah’s way.”—Michael Solomonov, author of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

“In her debut cookbook, Samah Dada brings the fun, warm spirit we’ve come to love on social media and television to the page. Filled with creative, irresistible recipes, Dada Eats Love to Cook It will bring new energy into your kitchen.”—Julia Turshen, bestselling author of Now & Again and founder of Equity at the Table (EATT)

“Samah’s story and food will uplift and inspire. So bright, passionate, and approachable this cookbook is not just a series of beautiful recipes but a life story that will inspire and encourage anyone who is obsessed with food and looking to make it their career. Samah’s food is healthy, happy, and totally welcoming. I love it and I just know I will be going back to this book over and over again. Congrats, Samah!”—Eden Grinshpan, author of Eating Out Loud

“Plant-based treats never looked so good. Samah makes it easy to take the guilt out of guilty pleasure.”—Camila Alves McConaughey, founder of Women of Today

“Dada, host of Cooking with Samah Dada on the Today show online, puts her personal touch on a diverse array of vegan dishes in this inviting debut . . . This turns the idea of healthier cooking into an indulgent affair.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] must-have recipe collection . . . Drawing on her Indian heritage, Dada presents inventive recipes for a variety of occasions, often using ingredients in new ways (particularly spices or condiments, like cumin, turmeric, and tahini). . . . A winning debut that will delight home chefs looking to build cooking confidence or reinvent humble meals.”Library Journal, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593138236
ISBN-10: 0593138236
Publisher: Rodale Books
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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