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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307465322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307465320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

WHOLE LIVING magazine, a Martha Stewart Living publication, encourages and inspires its readers to lead balanced, authentic lives that express their values through their choices and actions, and provides them with the information they need to care for themselves, their families, and the planet in a way that is natural, sustainable, and personally satisfying.
MARTHA STEWART is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardens, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the popular daily syndicated television program.

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Sweet Potato Hummus
Makes 4 cups
Sweet potatoes’ orange hue is the beautiful result of a wealth of betacarotene, which helps support eye health and immunity. Chickpeas provide a rich source of soluble fiber and B- vitamins for cardiovascular health. By serving this dip with crisp- tender vegetables such as red peppers and broccoli, you will also get vitamin C, selenium, and sulforaphane, an antioxidant shown to prevent certain types of cancers. Whole-wheat pita bread is another healthful, fiber-rich alternative to crackers.
1. Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water; set a steamer basket (or
colander) inside pot, and bring water to a boil. Add potatoes; reduce
heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, 10 to 12
2. Transfer potatoes to a food processor. Add chickpeas, lemon juice,
tahini, oil, cumin, and garlic. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute; thin
with up to 2 tablespoons of water if necessary. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and
season with pepper. Let cool; refrigerate for up to 1 week in an airtight
container. Garnish with paprika before serving.
1 pound sweet potatoes (about 2), peeled and cut into 1- inch pieces
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)
¼ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon hot or smoked paprika, for garnish
per 1/4-cup serving: 106 calories; .6 g saturated fat; 3.4 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 14.8 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g protein; 151 mg sodium; 2.7 g fiber

Customer Reviews

I want to buy a few copies and gift it to friends and family.
Tamaki Wallace
It's also a beautiful looking book, with a picture for each recipe!
I love to cook, I have all of Martha's books, this is a good one.
Patsy Ann Taylor

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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful By W. Luckey on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This comes from the publishers of Whole Living magazine, part of the Marth Stewart empire. The magazine focuses on holistic (wholistic) living that seeks to improve the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalances in our lives. In practical terms, this means yoga, stress reduction, healthy eating, spiritual tranquility....you get the idea. Although I don't buy into all of this, we could all stand for more of it. This cookbook focuses on the healthy eating part. It contains beautiful pictures, straightforward recipes(not too many ingredients that are not too difficult to obtain) and some practical advice. Expect recipes with beets, salmon, nuts, eggs, healthy grains (e.g., quinoa) and more. I enjoy cooking and have a bookshelf of cookbooks, including Martha's two previous cookbooks. This book has the healthiest recipes of the group, but all her books have great recipes. There are few things put out by Martha Stewart living that aren't well conceived (no, I'm not a paid spokesperson).

There is an arm of nutrition research that is headed in the direction of this type of cooking: limiting wheat (gluten), limited saturated fat (no or minimal dairy, beef, pork or even fowl), low salt and sugar, incorporating healthy oils (nuts, olive oil), minimal processing, etc. Much of this is vegan cooking. Say goodbye to the Heart Attack Grill. If you have Celiac's disease, many of the recipes will suit you. This would also be good for people who have genetically related inflammatory-type diseases (e.g., Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, diabetes, etc.). Anecdotally, this type of diet has also been used with autistic children with some success.

Want to live to be 137? This is a great introduction into this type of cooking. If you are looking for a start into a truly healthy lifestyle, I recommend this text.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By The Olive Branch on February 20, 2011
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As a Whole Living reader, I was looking forward to purchasing this book. After looking over the reviews, however, I felt discouraged and decided not to buy it. How fortunate that I received it as a Valentine's Day gift, however! This is a great go to cookbook and an excellent value for the price. Since we got it, we've made 10 or so recipes and each one has been great. Yes, the recipes are simple, but delicious and satisfying. I really like how most recipes have only a few ingredients, many of which I already have, so it's a great resource for planning meals ahead of time.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By K. Aszman on January 14, 2011
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I am really enjoying "Power Foods" and can highly recommend it for people who are interested in adding more vegetables and grains to their diet. If that is your goal you will find this book very informative. The photos are beautiful. Every recipe has a photo which I personally think makes for a better cookbook. There are recipes that do incorporate meat, fish and poultry but they are few and far between.

I especially like the section on healthy snacks. Snacking is my downfall because I usually grab something that is not good for me while I'm working on dinner or in the afternoon when I need an energy boost. This book offers some very delicious options for snacking. Granted, I'm going to have to plan ahead to be sure they are ready when I am, but I've made that commitment and am loving it.

I love to cook but these recipes are for cooks of all levels of experience. You don't have to be a chef in the kitchen to whip up a batch of tasty beet chips. I'm really enjoying this book and think most people who are interested in eating healthier will too.Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2011
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I love this cookbook. I am a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have always had great interest in gourmet type cooking but now healthy is what I am looking for and found it in this great cookbook. Not only are these recipes healthy but they are also delicious! Sure there have been one or two recipes that are not my style but the majority of the recipes are wonderful.

In order to evaluate a cookbook, you need to try MANY of the recipes and not just one or two. I have tried 12 out of 150 recipes so far which isn't that many and only one has fallen flat (Spiced Nuts and Seeds) and that was because it was bitter with the quinoa. The saponins in the outer coating of the quinoa are bitter. Perhaps the quinoa I bought hadn't been properly washed to remove it or it should be cooked and dried as was recommended for another recipe in the book. It might not be the recipe but the preparation of the quinoa that I bought that caused the problem. My favorite recipes so far are Quinoa, Apricot and Nut Clusters, Kiwifruit Summer Rolls, Spicy Sweet Potato Soup, Sablefish (didn't find sablefish and used snapper instead)in Tomato Saffron Stew, Roasted Salmon and Parsnips with Ginger, Shrimp with Kiwi Lime Relish and Berry Grunt. I am looking forward to trying more of the recipes.

Beautiful photos, excellent information on recipe nutrition values, great information at the front of the book on what each power food does for you. A great cookbook!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linsea on January 24, 2011
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Thoroughly enjoy this book! I love that EVERY recipe has a beautiful photograph to accompany it! The book has great guides on how to properly buy and store certain foods as well as a lot of information on the health benefits of the ingredients. Every meal is low cal and high in nutrition, while still allowing for certain indulgences like goat cheese and chocolate!

I absolutely recommend this book if you are looking for healthy inspiration in the kitchen!
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