Book Review: The Beauty Chef by Carla Oates

The new book by beauty expert and founder of The Beauty Chef Carla Oates, will teach you how to feed your skin from within with delicious healthy food.


Hardie Grant’s brand new publication The Beauty Chef by Carla Oates is a perfect present for any bride-to-be. With over 150 recipes, “glowing kitchen tips” and all the information you need on nutrients, it will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin for your wedding day.

Carla Oates is the founder of the Australian beauty and wellness brand The Beauty Chef and the author of best-selling book Feeding Your Skin. She is also the editor of the Wellbeing Beauty Book, a columnist for Wellbeing Magazine and a Goodwill Ambassador for Australian Organic. After 15 years of researching, writing and teaching, she has great knowledge about organic beauty and health. Looking after her own skin and health problems was the beginning of this long journey and as she realised that food we eat profoundly affects beauty and health, she started creating food recipes. Her new book combines the joy of cooking and the science behind a healthy diet.


According to the book The Beauty Chef, beautiful skin comes from the gut and offers delicious recipes that are gluten-free and mostly dairy-free to feed both your skin and your gut. “I know it doesn’t sound very glamorous, but the gut is where seeds for beauty and health are planted”, says Carla, “We are made up of cells and bacteria, so for them to be strong and healthy we need to feed them properly with nutrients: amino acids, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and probiotics.

From delicious breakfast bowls and smoothies through to simple family meals, romantic dinners and healthy but scrumptious desserts, The Beauty Chef comprises fantastic recipes for any occasion and any time of day. Carla gives you healthy alternatives to classic dishes as well as innovative recipes that are using a wealth of healthy ingredients to feed your skin. We love her inventive creations such as vanilla chai-spiced chia breakfast pudding with blackberries and choc-nut crunch, Jerusalem artichoke salad with seared tuna and ponzu sauce and our favourite is the buckwheat pizza with mushrooms and roasted bone marrow.


In addition to the recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Beauty Chef Cookbook also offers creative ideas for healthy desserts, snacks, side dishes, drinks, fermented foods and preserves. There is also an entire section dedicated to baking jam-packed with great gluten-free recipes!

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