Food for the Soul | The Happy Kitchen | A Review

Good Afternoon guys! I’m super excited to write this review.

I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book from Twitter, and I’ll have you know, it’s amazing!

Mental Health, I think, affects us all in some way or other. And instead of medication (although yes, they do help pull you out of the hole), sometimes you need something for the long term, and personally, I think this is a wonderful book to help.

I follow Rachel Kelly on Twitter and I feel that all the information and articles she posts and comments on, is really helpful. Rachel herself, speaks from her own experience with mental health.

You can definitely see that Rachel has put a lot of work into the book, working with Alice Mackintosh, a nutritional therapist, they’ve derived a list of ‘good foods’ and ‘bad foods’, and a bunch of recipes for good days, bad days, when you can’t sleep, if you’re suffering with anxiety, or just pick up the book and see which recipe you fancy.

If you follow me on instagram, you will see that the Dark Chocolate and Brazil nuts brownies are my go to. If I’ve had a bad day, I’m more likely to make these ‘healthier’ chocolate brownies rather than turn to junk food, a win for me.


​Over the past 5 years, Rachel Kelly and Alice Mackintosh developed recipes that put more than 140 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped Rachel to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper. Conversations between Rachel and Alice and experiments led to the book ‘The Happy Kitchen’. In it, Rachel shares in detail what she has learnt about eating for happiness. By harnessing the power of food to boost her mood, not just on melancholy days, Rachel has been able to manage her tendency to anxiety. Nutrition has become an important element in Rachel’s holistic approach to staying well.


Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

In her early thirties, Rachel suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and her recovery, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people.

Her memoir “Black Rainbow” was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014, and her second book on wellbeing “Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness” is an international bestseller and has been published in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.

Rachel now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery to help educate and break stigma. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, Young Minds, Sane and The Counselling Foundation, and her latest book “The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood” food was published in January 2017.

From the authors website –

Rachel is also an Ambassador for: Rethink, Young Minds UK, Counselling Foundation and SANE.


Personally, I think this cookbook is for everyone, not just for those feeling a bit fragile with their mental health, I think everyone could benefit from these recipes and information provided in this cookbook. It’s a wonderful book and will be a key staple in my kitchen for the foreseeable future. Thank you Rachel and Alice!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you have a copy of this cookbook and what your favourite recipe is, and if not, add it to your cookbook collection soon!


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