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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, July 15, 2013
This review is from: Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous: Skin-Friendly Superfoods, Age-Reversing Recipes, and Fabulous Homemade Facials (Paperback)
Most people understand that their diet can affect the size of their tummy and their build, some even recognise that their overall health can be affected too. Not so many have perhaps understood that their skin and their physical appearance is also diet-dependent and this book sets out to push forth this message.

Through the use of "skin-friendly superfoods" combined with "age-reversing recipes" the author believes you can begin to rebuild your skin from the inside out. A review of this nature cannot give an opinion as to the veracity of the claims and the suitability of a given dietary regime to an individual, you should consult a professional for that who can best assess matters, yet the author in any case puts forward an interesting, possibly compelling thesis. This book's publicity material notes that the author has been helping keep Hollywood's "elite red-carpet" ready skin-wise and whether your skin problem is wrinkles, pimples, brown spots or blackheads he has a number of home remedies for you that are just as effective as an overpriced cream or lotion.

Things seem accessible, positive and certainly do-able with this book and perhaps, as with most things, success will depend on just how intense a programme you can embark upon and how long you keep your resolve. The key so-called "hero foods" that the author recommends are berries, camu camu and pomegranates (as antioxidants); seeds, nuts and sprouts (for protein and vitamin E); fish (for omega-3 fatty acids); greens - the darker the better (for vitamin A) and whole grains (as antioxidants). Does that sound like a dietary approach you could tolerate? It is as if the author has expected a possible negative reaction, as in the introduction he notes: "Are you a hearty-soup fan or a burger connoisseur? In this book you will find simple, fresh recipes that can actually aid you in your quest for clearer skin. If you like your mac and cheese and cake too, you will have them -- with a high performance twist that's beneficial to your skin and beauty. Even your cocktails get a Borba health boost. I want you to use all the information I have researched, reviewed, and refined over the years so you don't have to reinvent the way you cook. I want you to look and feel your best without having to sacrifice what you love to eat. Eating the foods you love in the right way will reveal your healthiest skin. When you look great you feel great, your inner light shines through, your beauty beams across the room, and that shining inner beauty conquers all."

This reviewer takes a bit of a middle-of-the-road approach to books of this kind, accepting that they probably contain a lot of useful information (even if other books might contradict each other) and that there is probably no one magic cure for everybody. Yet if you can at least come away with a lot of good information, that may be acted upon and if it contributes to a possible change for the good, then that's a great thing. Managed expectations and a dash of reality if you will. Of course then if you find something really, really works and you gel with it so much that it is a breeze to follow, a pleasure to participate with, then you will really believe you've found that metaphorical goldmine.

In some ways this book might hide some of its light under a bushel. This reviewer is a gnarly middle-aged man who probably is not going to worry too much about his skin, yet if a little weight can be shifted and a bit of extra energy generated in the process what is there not to like? Maybe this book and its approach can aid that goal yet if one had just seen this book a shelf and only read its title one would have probably continued on to the next title. That might be a shame.

This book was certainly a lot better than one expected before the cover had been opened. Sometimes one just gets an initial impression (and there are certainly far too many books of this type that promise the earth and fail to deliver) and that can be hard to shake. This approach might not work for you but it is worth taking the time to see if you can gel with it. Even if you don't follow the programme to the letter, you'll still be getting a lot of interesting advice, some fine recipes and maybe some benefit along the way. The book is priced so that you are not throwing away a lot of money on something that might only prop up your wonky book table after a short time. There is a good chance, however, that this book becomes dog-eared thanks to frequent reference though!
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