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The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies — and More Paperback – August 29, 2006

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"Jessica shows that healthy eating need not be time consuming. Quick and efficient-yet nutritionally sound-meal preparation can now be a reality for everyone." - Dick Thom, D.D.S., N.D., from the Foreword

"...If you are looking for a book that you can recommend to patients with recipes that are dairy and wheat free, emphasizing whole grains, and either vegetarian, vegan or easily adaptable, this is the book. You will find your favorite naturopathic recipes, including spreads, breakfasts, teas, entrees, salads, soups and healthy sweets. Thank you Dr. Black for writing this extremely useful book." - Doni Wilson ND, President of New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians

"...The book is written well and easy to that is good for you is worth the effort to try. Many people with MS, and other chronic diseases, want to try new things to feel better. For this very reason, (this) book will give you pointers and information to improve our health. So if you are motivated and willing to try new tastes, this book will interest you." - Liz, Book Reviewer,

Based on her naturopathic practice, naturopathic doctor Jessica Black has devised a complete program for how to eat and cook to minimize and prevent inflammation and its consequences...While providing delicious food choices, the revolutionary diet in The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book eliminates allergens and reduces the intake of pesticides, hormones and antibiotic residues. Appropriate for men and women of all ages – and especially beneficial for children – the book will help people learn to eat and cook healthily. Most of the dishes can be prepared quickly by novice cooks. -

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897934857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897934855
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Jessica Black loves living in Portland, Oregon. She devotes her time to her practice, her family, and her website, offering great recipes, health tips, fun articles, and words for inspiration. Please visit at

She graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002. She attended Cardinal Stritch University prior to her medical studies and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts. In 2006, Dr. Jessica published The Anti-inflammation Diet and Recipe Book after working on perfecting her recipes and selling locally for a few years. Dr. Black enjoys promoting her book and giving educational lectures to the community. In 2010, she co-authored Living with Crohn's and Colitis; A Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide to Health and Wellness with Dede Cummings. In 2010, Dr. Black also acted as the naturopathic advisor for MamaBaby Haiti, a non-profit organization providing birthing and pediatric care to people of Haiti. She continues to share her passion for health through writing and in 2012, published the follow up to the first Anti-Inflammation Diet book, More Anti-Inflammation Diet Tips and Recipes.

Dr. Black and her husband, Dr. Jason Black enjoy dividing their time between their two Oregon clinic locations offering family healthcare to Multnomah, Yamhill, and surrounding counties. A Family Healing Center, their shared clinic, has become a residency site associated with the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and both doctors enjoy teaching the next generation of competent naturopathic physicians. She specializes in women's medicine including natural hormone balancing for menopause and childhood wellness including chronic asthma and acute and chronic illness in children. Because of her thirst for knowledge she continues to study and research vaccinations, hormones, new treatment ideas, and cutting edge techniques used to improve people's health.

Dr. Black and her husband co-founded Herb Fusion in 2011 and are working on a line of specialized products for improving the health of their patients and families. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful spirited daughters in addition to celebrating food and drink creations with friends and family. She and her family love to spend time outdoors and strive to stay fit and healthy.

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640 of 654 people found the following review helpful By Jean de Waal on December 5, 2006
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I read about nutrition every day and have a library of texts on the various subjects. I am a researcher by profession and an avid 'truth seeker' about nutrition and health. I have read many texts concerning inflammation (probably the greatest new area of medical research in the next 20 years, excluding cancer - which also has a good deal in common with inflammation issues) and this is a book that I would recommend above all the others. It has good solid accurate information concerning the many causes of inflammation and the ways to counter act the body's state of inflammation. There is information in this text that I have never found anywhere else (i.e.: What CANOLA OIL is really all about!). The details surrounding the condition of inflammation in the body are more complete and concise here. If you are going to buy one good book on inflammation - this would be the one to buy. (Save your money on "Inflammation Nation" - I wish that I had not wasted mine purchasing it.)
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290 of 298 people found the following review helpful By health nut on January 19, 2011
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If you're looking for a good book on eating an anti-inflammation diet, this would be a good pick. I knew basically nothing about anti-inflammation food until I read it. You can roughly split the book in two parts. The first one explains how an anti-inflamation diet works.

The second part? Well, let me put it like this. The book is about 240 pages long- and the recipes start on page 55 and go to page 225- so just know that the vast majority of this book is a lot of recipe suggestions. Don't get me wrong- I consider this to be a big plus. Another good thing is that it gives you eating plans for both the winter and summer months- which helps a lot when you're trying to stick with the diet.

So if you want to learn more about eating an anti-inflammation diet, this bookwill certainly help you out. By the end, you'll know what to eat, and what not to eat. And readers looking for more ways to help their arthritis might also want to check out Treat Your Own Hand and Thumb Osteoarthritis.
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369 of 384 people found the following review helpful By musicmom on July 7, 2010
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Having just prepped my tofu using the baked tofu recipe in this book, I thought maybe it worth the time to write a review. Early on in life, I had IBS - was told in my teens about the importance of diet changes, about not eating the nightshade veggies, no deep fried food, etc. But in this very active, busy, and wonderful life, I ended up making minimal changes to my diet, finding that if I avoided red meat, fried food, and peanuts, I wouldn't get sick. Well, these past few years I have been hit hard with Psoriatic arthritis - though it took a while to even get that diagnosed correctly. First it was psoriasis- not a spot until after 40, when it then spread over my scalp, legs, and my arms - then 2 hip replacements, etc. So after the latest (shoulder) surgery, I decided it was time to get serious, and look at the food issue once more. I love my cheese, crackers, chips, and chardonnay - almost too much. I'm also a teacher, wife, and mom to 2 young guys, who's involved in animal rescue. Time is tight in our family. I've read up quite a bit on the anti-inflammation diet info, and have found some contradictions, and also just can't bring myself to drinking horrible tasting tea concoctions, giving myself enemas, etc. I also do not like to cook, much less have time for it. Let's add, no self-discipline.

So given all that, this book really helped me to change my life in a wonderful way. She gives very reasonable, clear information on what foods to avoid, and which ones to include in your diet in easy to read charts. Using this book over the others, I've been able to make changes to my diet, lose 13 pounds in two months without thinking I'm on a diet, and go without using Enbrel or other meds that lowered my immune system.
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392 of 409 people found the following review helpful By TX lilbit on January 16, 2012
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If you're looking for a book on inflammation that's grounded in science and logically consistent, don't buy this book. I realized once I read a few pages in that the author is conflating macrobiotics diet precepts and anti-inflammation. I don't have anything against macrobiotic views but I don't share them (examples - all nightshade family vegetables are "bad," citrus is "bad," eat only cooked vegetables), and I don't consider them to be scientifically tested or proven. The author makes sweeping statements like the ones above, and then makes matters worse by contradicting herself - potatoes and tomatoes are "bad" because they're in the nightshade family, but so are eggplants and peppers, and she provides recipes featuring both these vegetables. She says citrus should be avoided but she includes lemon juice in every third recipe (no exaggeration)! I won't even bother to address the cooked vegetable thing, which is straight macrobiotics and has nothing to do with inflammation. She also ranks vegetables by starchiness and encourages that we eat mostly the least starchy. Based on anti-inflammation theories wouldn't it be far better to eat a "starchy" carrot than a bowl of grains? But the author says grains are fine in moderation. Finally, she refers incorrectly to food "allergies" throughout the book, when she means food sensitivities (at least I think that's what she means). Allergies are specific types of reaction, both in kind and in severity, and avoiding certain foods because they cause inflammation, has nothing to do with true allergies. If you're interested in a scientifically grounded approach to inflammation, I highly recommend the website [...]. Almost all of the thousands of foods on their searchable database have been given an IF rating based on a consistent system of analyzing nutrients. The site recommends a couple of authors as well, whose books I haven't read yet - I think I'll give one of them a try.
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