Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann

Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann

Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann is the cookbook made for anyone with the desire to eat delicious, healthy and interesting foods without the time to prepare them. There are a variety of different  recipes to choose from, with a focus on fruits and vegetables, meats, and desserts. Weidemann takes the sustainable food movement to a new level, and has created easy to follow recipes that make it simple for those of us who are too impatient to cook nutritious meals.

Impatient Foodie by Elettra WiedemannTitle: Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World
Author: Elettra Weidemann
Publisher: Scribner
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sustainable and conscious eating made simple, fun, and delicious—the founder of Impatient Foodie shows how the “slow food” movement doesn’t have to be slow with these inspired meals perfect for everyone.

Elettra Wiedemann didn’t set out to be a foodie. At twenty-eight, with a burgeoning global modeling career and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, she understood the larger impact of her food choices, and the importance of a more conscious way of life. But whenever she walked into her apartment after a twelve-hour work day, all her ideals about food would collapse. Why did being a foodie mean you have to labor for hours using obscure cooking methods and ingredients? Why did good food always go hand-in-hand with slowing down? Wasn’t there a way to have slow, sustainable, delicious food without the “slow”?

Impatient Foodie bridges the gap between the ideals of the organic, slow food movement and the realities of a busy life. Loaded with shortcuts, pantry lists, and more than one hundred handy and delicious recipes for busy people, this vividly illustrated, easy-to-navigate cookbook shows how to get the most out of your meals in the least amount of time. Organized by ingredient to minimize grocery store trips and maximize seasonality, Impatient Foodie offers easy ways to spin off kale, chicken, fish, berries, and more into multiple meals, and offers home cooks a variety of inspiring vegetarian and vegan options. Unique, friendly, and entertaining, The Impatient Foodie provides the ideal foundation for thoughtful eating in a hectic, time-starved world. With her immensely popular Impatient Foodie blog, her profile at Refinery29, her degree in biomedicine, and her stunning beauty and charm, Elettra Wiedemann is the perfect spokesperson for this reassuring and helpful message.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann

❀ Healthy and Quick

I am always struggling to find ways to eat food that is both good for me and quick to prepare. Throw in a desire to eat something locally, and I have no idea how to begin. I love the fact that Weidemann takes the guilt out of what and how I eat through her easy and down-to-earth approach to cooking.

❀ Lots of Recipes to Choose From

There are so many more recipes that I look forward to creating, that I think I have bookmarked every single page in this one! However, I narrowed it down to a few things to try for my review and every single recipe was quick and flavourful. The Banana Cardamom Oatmeal is one that I have actually made a few times, and if you are a fan of morning oatmeal, this is one that should be on your radar. It is cooked with coconut milk and the addition of cardamom, banana, and pistachios give it a yummy and rich flavour that is so perfect for kicking off the day.

image of banana oatmeal

❀ Filling Meals for Busy Days

Soups have always been a weeknight staple for me, as they are typically simple to prepare and provide a filling meal on a busy day. The Thai Coconut Cauliflower Soup in this cookbook is absolutely incredible, and it has so much flavour that comes simply from  the addition of red curry paste. It is a must try if you plan on making anything from this book.

Thai Coconut Cauliflower soup in a bowl with naan and a wedge of lime

Last night, I made the enchiladas and I was surprised at how quickly they were to assemble. A rotisserie chicken makes the task so much easier that I am planning on using this tip more often. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo, they are that amazingly distracting!

❀ Will make a foodie out of anyone

Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann is one recipe book that you should check out if you are interested in trying to eat healthy and do not have the time to do it, . It is simple, straight forward and really helps to make a foodie out of anyone. I look forward to creating more recipes from this one!

About Elettra Weidemann

Elettra Weidmann

Elettra Wiedemann is a sustainable food advocate, fashion model, and founder of the popular blog Impatient Foodie. From 2015-2016, she was Executive Food Editor at Refinery29, building out and growing their food and drink vertical from the readership in the thousands to the millions. She holds a Master’s degree in Biomedicine from the London School of Economics. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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21 thoughts on “Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann

  1. Beth F says:

    The video wouldn’t play for me, but what a great use of rotisserie chicken. I’ll put this cookbook on my radar; looks like a good one to read as well as cook from.

  2. Claudia says:

    I frequently roast a whole chicken and have plenty for delicious meals during the week. Very quick ones. Sounds like the book has lots of good tips for those rushed, busy working people who don’t want junk food.

  3. Mae says:

    You seem to find good things here. However — When reviewers get books for free I always wish they would compare the free one to other similar books. A buyer has so many choices. So I wonder, would the reviewer spend real money for this book? Or did the reviewer just enjoy it because it was there.

    best… mae at

    • Candid Cover says:

      I typically only choose books to review that are of interest to me and sometimes they are hits and other times they are misses. This book definitely is one that I feel deserves all of the accolades. Also, I have often purchased books that I have read for review for myself and others as gifts.

  4. Jaime Lynn says:

    My husband and I are always talking about trying to eat healthy but not even knowing where to start. Recipes, menus, what to buy, what NOT to buy… this sounds like an awesome way to get started, and not take up too much time.

  5. heatherdpear says:

    The oatmeal sounds tasty. I’m always trying to eat healthier, but like the author, time doesn’t always allow for the cooking I prefer to do. Thanks.

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