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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449407587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449407582
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Raised on an organic farm in Northeastern Vermont, Seamus Mullen learned early on the value of working with the land to bring a meal to the table. It was while living and studying in Burgos, Spain, that he developed a life-long love affair with the country's language, culture, and food.

Following his passion for food, Mullen moved to California to work with Chef Mike Fennelly at Mecca in San Francisco, where he was exposed to the bounty of West Coast seasonal produce. After relocating to New York City, he went on to open Crudo, where he conceptualized and created its Mediterranean-inspired menu. In 2003, Mullen returned to Spain and worked for six months at Mugaritz, Andoni Luis Aduriz's forward-thinking Michelin two-starred restaurant in the Basque country.

When Mullen returned to New York, he worked as executive sous chef at New York City's Brasserie 8 1/2, alongside executive chef Julian Alonzo. In 2006, he left to open Boqueria, an accessible Spanish tapas restaurant, and then expanded to Boqueria Soho in fall 2008. He plans to open Tertulia in the West Village in Fall 2011.

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It is well written and full of information.
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Personally I can't afford to regularly make many of these recipes.
Patricia A. Clark
I bought this book for a good friend who has arthritis.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We're all familiar with the expression "You are what you eat" - seems there's a good bit of truth in that. While he looks the picture of robust hood health just a few short years ago Seamus Mullen, acclaimed chef and owner of New York's popular Tertulia, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. After that he began to give serious consideration to what he ate and found that basing his cooking on 18 key ingredients very much improved his quality of life.

With Hero Food a colorfully illustrated recipe rich chapter is devoted to each of these ingredients from Chapter 1: Olive Oil to Chapter 18: Good Meat. In between are found Beans, Almonds, Eggs, Anchovies, Berries, Fish, Mushroom, Squash and a host of other ingredients that are not only healthful but deliciously served.

Mullen spent time in Spain working in restaurants, so many of his recipes have a decidedly Spanish flavor. Pea Tendrils a la Caralana is a personal favorite - pine nuts garbanzo beans and golden raisins result in a wonderful blend of sweet and salty. Warm Mushroom Salad is not to be missed nor is Blackberry and Almond Crumble. For that matter you'll find many "keepers" in this generous volume.

As Mullen writes, "I know there's no silver bullet, but I have discovered that some foods can make dramatic differences." Those foods are his Heroes. They may well be yours, too.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Githens on May 2, 2012
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I read my first review of this book in Rachel Ray's magazine, and then checked out the Amazon site to purchase. My 19 year old son became very, very ill in early January with an autoimmune disease (missed 3 months of college) and this book sounded like it could help him learn foods that would help keep him healthier for the rest of his life. I pre-ordered in early February - two books, one for him and one for me.

What I found in this book was one man's journey through the culinary world, with his rheumatoid arthritis a stumbling block, but really secondary to the theme. It was an autobiography, with great thoughts about food, wonderful text and photos, and recipes that read very well. The book is beautifully done.

However, it is NOT a book about cooking to help your body with autoimmune dieases. And many of the ingredients are unobtainable to the average person. I google searched for lots of the ingredients in the recipes I thought looked really great - and could not find a source for them.

It is a beautiful book - and I am not sorry to have it. I will try the recipes with substitute ingredients - but I wish I only had one copy.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marcia N on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I first heard about this book on Rachel Ray's TV show and was excited as I also have RA. Unfortunately, I didn't do a lot of research on this because it was introduced as cooking for people with RA, or so I thought.

While the book is well written, you can tell he is passionate of foods, the recipes have a Spanish flair and he uses some things that are not easily obtainable if you do not live in a city such as New York. This book was also not an easy book for someone like myself with RA to use in the kitchen (have hand problems).

So, his RA issue seemed secondary to the food and not what I was looking for. But I applaud him for doing such a nice job with the story and illustrations, and some of the food does sound delicious.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth on May 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Love this book. What impresses me the most is that Mullen's recipes aren't all simple, but they're all delicious, and, I would argue, healthier than what someone like Jamie Oliver or Rachael Ray might offer (though I love both those chefs). This book has challenged me to be a better cook. It also inspired me to eat more fish, which is so important in our diet but which so few of us remember to eat. I suffer from an auto-immune disease and was happy to see that this book adheres to the Mediterranean diet: rich in fish, beans and vegetables, featuring lots of low glycemic index and gluten-free foods. This book may not be for beginners (Mullen is a top-rated New York City chef, after all), but anyone who wants to take their cooking to the next level and still eat well is going to have a lot of fun with this book and learn a ton in the process.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ginny Mapes VINE VOICE on May 30, 2012
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goop-- featured Seamus and his new book.

"Hero Food by Seamus Mullen is one of those cookbooks that comes along once in a while that makes you feel really inspired. Seamus is a wonderful chef, heavily inspired by his time living in Spain, beautiful ingredients and his health (he has managed to get off his rheumatoid arthritis medication by changing his diet)."

Seamus stated, "The first thing I did when I started thinking about the relationship between food and well-being was to make lists of all the things I like to cook with. Olive oil was at the very top of the list. Anchovies were up there too. Once I had compiled a pretty comprehensive list of my favorite things to cook with, I started reading more about the nutritional properties of these ingredients. Guess what? Most of them happened to be the best things for me (hooray for Mother Nature!) These ingredients really became my heroes, as they changed the way I feel. That's when I decided to write a book broken down by ingredient that could focus on each and present them in ways the home cook might not think of. I'm a chef; my job is to make food taste good. For a very long time I've found that the words 'healthy' and 'delicious' have been really challenging to say in the same breath. My hope is that this book helps bring these two words together." So the chapters are categorized by ingredient.

"From soup to nuts, the book took nearly three years. I was insistent on making a book that wasn't just "recipe/photo, recipe/photo" with really over-produced, studio photos. I wanted it to feel personal and to have narrative and grit and realness. I am a bit of a control freak. When I have an idea for something I tend to get very involved in every aspect..."

Modern no-nonsense approach to healthy, delicious food. A must have for every cook and kitchen.
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