Book cooks for the soul

The Healing Feeling Book Review
Candida Baker The Northern Star 10/4/14

“The need to thrive,” says internationally renowned Spa chef and local identity Samantha Gowing, “is beyond raw food, yoga moves and green smoothies.  It’s about finding our innate self, our essential nature and allowing all of these aspects to integrate.”

Gowing, the daughter of restaurateur Dennis Gowing, originally hails from gritty Melbourne where she was the licensee of the historic Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood, steering it to a coveted chef’s hat before transplanting herself to Byron Bay (the home, some might say, of raw food, yoga and smoothies).

But Gowing, an avowed entrepreneur, who founded Gowings Food Health Wealth in 2000, came to further her holistic approach and to further study the idea of happiness, and how we find it.

Now a spa cuisine and lifestyle specialist, Gowing, the founding Executive Chef and Nutritionist at the Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat, decided to write her first e-book, The Healing Feeling, to incorporate delicious healthy recipes with remedies, nutritional analysis, seasonal foods and extra things to do with each component.  The e-book was so successful Gowing decided to create a printed version, and with her partner formatting the book for her they designed a funky, fun-filled, foodie-fabulous book for all of us who know we should improve our diets but are not sure quite how to do it.

Gowing began her own healing journey many years ago when she had a motorbike accident as a teenager, fracturing her leg in numerous places.  “I ended up with my right leg a few centimetres shorter than my left – give or take the weather,” she says. “I discovered yoga about ten years after the accident, and I took to it so much that I studied to become a yoga instructor.”

As she began to get more interested in yoga, Pilates and diet, it occurred to her that perhaps she should think about updating the menu for the hotel.  “A lot of people were doubtful that the traditional clientele would take to a new low-fat menu, but once people had tried the food, they embraced it,” she says.

In this book she de-mystifies and provides delicious recipes for many ingredients that could still seem a little exotic and mysterious, or even a little to healthy – think shitake mushrooms, miso, quinoa, mung beans and kelp.  With amazingly simple recipes, personal anecdotes and mouth-watering photographs Gowing shows exactly how easy it is to add some healthy superfoods into our diets.


To buy The Healing Feeling as a book or e-book check out Samantha Gowing on


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Are you an aspiring writer, rock star, good cook, naturopath or artist?

Join industry experts Andrew Watt, author of the recently self-published Welcome to the JungleNavigating the music business in Australia. Dr. Nat Kringoudis, author of 3 self-published books which include Fertilise Yourself, Eat Fat Be Thin and Eat Fat Be Lean and Samantha Gowing, chef, nutritionist and self-published author of The Healing Feeling – Recipes & Remedies from Australia’s Leading Spa Chef for a seminar style presentation not to miss.

Together they will merge the worlds of rock’n’roll, wellness, food and entertainment into one great four hour event especially for all those who are keen to self-publish their passion and get their big ideas in print and online.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the process of self-publishing for both print media and online ebooks
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donkey wheel house is a heritage listed building located on the west end of Bourke Street in Melbourne, near Southern Cross station.
Completed in 1891, it was originally known as the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company (MT&OC) building. It was purpose built as their head office at the height of Victoria’s boom in the 1880s. It was designed in the Venetian Gothic style and stood as an overt expression of prosperity.

The venue is great, close to all public transport and good coffee.
You’ll love it!

Cancellation Policy.
Tickets are transferable but not refundable within 48 hours of event.

For all enquiries including sponsorship (yes please!), media or group bookings,
please contact:
Samantha Gowing
0411 852 387


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