We've all heard how blueberries are powerful antioxidants and how quinoa's health benefits stretch beyond its trendiness, but do we really know how to integrate all these "super foods" into a complete and sustainable diet? Enter Longevity Kitchen. This cookbook brings it all together, thoroughly explaining these doctor-recommended ingredients and helping you build a healthy (and tasty!) diet that works for you.
• Who wrote it: Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson
• Who published it: Ten Speed Press
• Number of recipes: Over 100
• Recipes for right now: Magic Mineral Broth, Costa Rican Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potato, Roasted Asparagus Salad with Arugula and Hazelnuts, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Pesto, Hot-and-Sour Sesame Soba Noodles, Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives, Sweet Potato Bars, Raspberry Hibiscus Sorbet
• Other highlights: Talking about diets is a sensitive and tricky thing. Talking to people about changing their diets is even trickier. After spending some time with this book, I feel that Rebecca Katz and her co-author Mat Edelson do a really nice job of having this conversation and keeping it engaging! Longevity Kitchen certainly doesn't read like just another gimmicky diet book; it reads like an honest and well-informed cookbook devoted to healthier eating.
The first fifty pages of the book are devoted to an in-depth look at the relationship between food and your body, the ingredients to keep stocked in the pantry (and why), and the best foods and recipes to focus on with your particular medical condition. If this kind of eating is new to you or if your doctor has recommended you significantly change your diet for medical reasons, the information contained in these fifty pages will be invaluable.
They're also like a sigh of relief — a new diet doesn't mean total sacrifice! It can mean exploring your spice cupboard, getting up close and personal with sweet potatoes, and discovering what a squeeze of citrus can do for your simple lunch salad.
The recipes help to bring it all together. Paging through the book, entire meal plans fall into your lap. The recipes are simple and sound universally tempting. Someone who's used to a diet of meat and potatoes might need a little time to get used to something like a miso glaze on their cod or farro mixed with kale in a salad, but there are plenty of more familiar recipes to ease the dietary transition.
• Who would enjoy this book? Folks trying to eat and cook with more awareness of overall health and healthy diet; people diagnosed as pre-diabetic or who are at risk for heart disease; people with a family history of high blood pressure
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson
• Visit the author's website: Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson
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