It's the brand spankin' new year and with this fresh start often comes a desire to make changes and improvements in our daily diet. While this is an admirable pursuit, sometimes in our enthusiasm we tend towards extreme depravation which is never sustainable and only leads to failure. What's needed is a sensible plan, one that is varied, delicious and interesting and (whoopsie!) just happens to be really good for you. Enter Dr Andrew Weil's new cookbook True Food, a true blessing for anyone but especially those who want to take the stealth approach to eating well.Andrew Weil is the well-known sage of healthy living and, for me at least, is one of the few people who can cut through all the confusing health/diet/nutrition noise and deliver sound advice on how to take care of myself in a heathy way. So I had high hopes for this cookbook and thankfully it did not disappoint.
The book leads with pleasure, flavor, beauty, freshness, and innovation. Even if I wasn't looking for ways to eat healthier, I would want to cook some of these recipes. Consider a beautiful bowl brimming with fresh vegetables, spicy shrimp and a lemongrass and ginger-scented broth. Or a chewy farro salad with chicken, cranberries and almonds. How about a gorgeous plate of fettuccine with kale pesto or the deceptively simple fillet of black cod marinated in miso and served with roasted mushrooms and baby bok choy?
Many of these recipes can be ready in less than 1/2 hour, especially if there are leftovers on hand. There are a few not-so-mainstream ingredients (sea buckthorn, for example, or astragalus root) but these can usually be found in your local health food store or online. There are dozens of gorgeous photographs which create and encourage the desire to get into the kitchen right now!
• Who wrote it: Andrew Weil, MD and Sam Fox with Michael Stebner
• Who published it: Little, Brown and Company
• Number of recipes: Over 125
• Recipes for right now: Bison Chili; Chicken Sausage and Roast Fennel Soup; Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad; Quinoa Johnnycakes; Braised Red Cabbage; Pomegranate-Yuzu Sorbet.
• Other highlights: The book is well-indexed, beautifully photographed, and offers a helpful, informative pantry list.
• Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who is interested in making delicious, satisfying food that, oh, just happens to be healthy.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: True Food by Andrew Weil, MD, and Sam Fox, with Michael Stebner
• Visit Andrew Weil's website: Dr. Weil
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(Images: Ditte Isager)