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Blending Science with Spices: Tasty Recipes & Nutrition Tips for Healthy Living Paperback – June 16, 2011
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I would highly recommend it to my patients, specially Indian vegetarians like me. Thanks!
Shivani Sharma RD LD CLT
Owner of Right Food Choice
With my background in dietetic technology, I appreciate that the author is a registered dietitian and is able to provide the reader with an abundance of current, fact-based nutrition information. In addition to the vitamins & minerals commonly included in more mainstream cookbooks, Ms. Patel explains phytonutrients in depth, specifically listing them and their sources in each dish along with their healthful properties. I often hear people repeating nutrition myths and misinformation that they've read or gotten from the internet, so it's truly a joy to have found a cookbook that's based on sound science. I like all the detailed information in this book, including the nutrient analysis per serving which includes the amounts of Omega-3 fats. Ms. Patel even provides the therapeutic properties of several herbs and spices used in her recipes.
As someone who enjoys "playing" with recipes, I often go online, print out several different recipes for the same dish, and then combine my favorite aspects of each recipe to create my own dish. This cookbook saves me from that task, as each recipe includes a column of Variations & Options with all kinds of substitutes, additions, and options that allow me to create a dish that's tailored to my own preferences and tastes. I like the Indian versions of two of my favorite vegetables, spinach and broccoli, which I'm sorry to say I've been preparing in the same way (Italian) for a few decades. As much as I love vegetables, using the Indian spices here puts a whole new spin on old favorites, and helps to break up some of my monotonous cooking routines. As a vegan, I also like the fact that the only non-vegan ingredient used here is yogurt, for which Ms. Patel offers vegan substitutions.
Overall, I've really enjoyed the many recipes I've tried so far, I found Ms. Patel's background stories from her homeland (Gujarat, India) interesting, I like her emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods, and I appreciate all the research that went into this cookbook!
Dr. Tom Wnorowski, BCIM, CNCC