Champagne Cartel loves…The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry

There are two things I love: a pretty cookbook and a bit of a healthy eating fad. Not that Lola Berry’s new book The Happy Cookbook is faddish in any way – on the contrary, it’s the most balanced and sensible ‘healthy’ cookbook I’ve seen in ages. But it came to me at the most opportune time. My acupuncturist suggested last week that I give up grains for a little while as I wait for inflammation to go down in my vertebrae.

So now I get to be one of those special people in restaurants. Just for a while, anyway.

For those who don’t know who Lola is, she is a very well known Australian nutritionist who has a great reputation for helping people lose weight in a sensible way. She’s real and accessible and a straight talker, which I love. She would be totally fun to have a glass of wine with – which makes her all right with me.

Lola Berry's The Happy Cookbook - our review

And The Happy Cookbook is full of wholefood recipes that are processed sugar- and gluten-free. No matter whether you are into giving up certain food groups or if you just want to eat easy and delicious food that is fantastic for you, this book is the bomb.

Everything I have made so far has been super easy, and super delish. Highlights have been the grain-free granola, sweet potato pudding (great for dessert AND breakfast…and lunch), the golden goodness smoothie (including mango, turmeric and ginger), and chia pudding. And I have my eye on the incredible cake and cookie section too.

So if you’re looking for a cookbook of colourful, healthy recipes that will leave you feeling fab – and that the kids will actually eat – grab yourself a copy.

Are you into the wholefoods thing?





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Carolyn is the editorial director of Champagne Cartel and a freelance writer. In her spare time she is a long-distance runner, peanut butter enthusiast, and single mum to three incredible humans.


  • I have been eating almost Paleo for two weeks, my joints are a LOT less stiff, and my clothes are fitting better. I feel heaps better too. I have wheat intolerance, and IBS, so paleo is pretty good for me. Giving up anything processed has been easy. Kathryn 🙂

    • Wow, that’s great! I’ve been off grains for two weeks now and I have to admit the first week I didn’t really notice a difference, but the second week I am feeling much better. The inflammation in my back has gone down and I am feeling lighter and less bloated. Less processed food has to be a good thing, right!?

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