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The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive Paperback – December 15, 2015
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About the Author
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. is the creator of the award-winning online resource ThePaleoMom.com; cohost of the syndicated top-rated The Paleo View podcast; and New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Sarah earned her doctorate degree in medical biophysics at the age of 26 and spent the next four years doing research on critical care medicine, innate immunity, gene therapy and cell biology, earning a variety of awards for research excellence along the way. Sarah's transition from academic researcher to stay-at-home mom to award-winning and internationally-recognized health advocate and educator was driven by her own health journey, which included losing 120 pounds and using both diet and lifestyle to mitigate and reverse a dozen diagnosed health conditions. As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. Sarah's innate curiosity goes further than just understanding diet and she is also deeply interested in the impact of lifestyle factors like sleep, stress and activity. Her passion for scientific literacy and her talent for distilling scientific concepts into straightforward and accessible explanations form the foundation of her work and her dedication to improving public health. Sarah also emphasizes a theory-to-practice approach in all of her work through her focus on recipe creation and everyday solutions.
- Item Weight : 2.49 pounds
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1628600942
- ISBN-13 : 978-1628600940
- Dimensions : 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Victory Belt Publishing; 1st edition (December 15, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here are some highlights:
-Almost 200 recipes that are actually things you'd make on a regular basis--like the Vibrant Healing Soup Base on p. 150, the Sweet and Savory Shepherd's Pie on p. 192, and the Island Roasted Pork on p.202.
-Graphics indicating which recipes have 5 ingredients or less, take less than 30 minutes to cook, or are one-pot
-All recipes compliant with the strictest phase of the Autoimmune Protocol
-Recipes that take nutrient density into consideration--often a missing piece in AIP cookbooks. Try the Anti-Inflammatory Meatballs on p. 194 or the Wild Salmon with Roasted Raspberries on p. 234.
-Twelve (yes, twelve!) weeks of meal plans, including those for busy folks, those incorporating one-pot dishes, and those using a minimum of ingredients.
If you are looking for a practical resource for starting the Autoimmune Protocol or just eat healthier, this is the one for you!
This is still my favorite cookbook, although I use the Against All Grain books, too. Our favorite main dish recipes are Sweet & Savory Shepherd's Pie, Teriyaki Chicken & Fried (cauliflower) Rice, Garlic & Rosemary Crusted Pork Loin, Ham & Pineapple Pizza, Bacon Date Crusted Salmon, and Beef Pot Pie. I make double batches of some of these to freeze for lunch at work. I have liked every recipe I have tried, and I enjoy trying new recipes because I know I will probably like them. *I have to leave onion out of my recipes, and everything still tastes fantastic.
The recipes are well-written, and have at-a-glance information for prep time, cook time AND total time, servings, and icons that show if it's a quick recipe, one-pot, or with fewer than 5 ingredients, etc. It will take me years to make all of the recipes that appeal to me, and these are recipes that are delicious enough to serve and eat even if you're not following the plan--they're THAT good. Oh, and by the way, there is a section on how to reintroduce foods into your diet, keeping in mind that AIP Paleo is basically an elimination diet for many, and some "No" foods may be allowable for you--test it and see!
If you are on a limited budget and only want to buy one book, this would be an excellent place to start. (If you want to go for two, try The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness (US Version) --my other favorite AIP cookbook and source of AIP wisdom.) Good luck and healthy eating!
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First, what I liked about the book was: the information section in the front is well written and has useful visual guides. The seasoning mixes are a nice edition and versatile. The photography is nice and the book is visually appealing.
The ingredient swaps page is useful but needs more info - swaps for plantain, white sweet potato, Vidalia onions? An alternative is given for Palm Shortening using coconut cream and coconut oil but I'm left wondering if that means the hard blocks of creamed coconut or coconut milk from a can or is it some other ingredient I haven't been able to find? The nearest store bought alternative I can find is Trex, which is palm oil and rapeseed oil but as a rule we try to avoid palm oil because of environmental concerns. Alternatives are given for Arugula but for simplicity why not just put that information on the same page as the recipe? (if you're wondering, spinach)
The Eating on a Budget section is basically one page and feels like an afterthought. It feels like a bit of an insult actually and lacks understanding of the socio-economic situation of many people with complex, disabling auto-immune disorders. It is absolutely possible to eat well and follow an autoimmune protocol diet but I'm not sure this book will help you do it. Canned seafood is mentioned as "food that gives you bang for your buck" but where are all the inspired recipes that include canned fish? It is mentioned as a snack option, whereas for us canned fish is used to create main meals. It would have been nice to see more fish recipes generally as the book is VERY meat heavy - 23 recipes include bacon, which we don't eat, so again this involves omission or substitution, but for some recipes this is not possible. The included meal plans were a real eye-opener, some included more meat in one week than we would eat in over a month.
The "navigating your grocery store" section is very telling because it features a plan of a huge supermarket where you can buy things like arrowroot starch, carob powder, plantain chips, coconut aminos, canned sweet potato or pumpkin puree etc. We are a mixed British/American household and this 'example supermarket' is unlike most supermarkets we have been in, apart from the mega-Walmarts in some areas of the USA. The fact is, does the book even need a section about navigating a grocery store anyway? Visiting a supermarket, plus a health food store, plus ordering online, we were still unable to source all the necessary ingredients to make these recipes. And some of the ingredients were simply too expensive.
The 5 ingredients or less section is useful but be aware that some recipes combine two recipes. Giving a second recipe as one of the 5 ingredients is misleading because it obviously uses multiple ingredients. The Leftovers reinvented section assumes that your family is small enough that there will be leftovers, plus if you can't source the ingredients to make the original recipes then you aren't going to be able to make the 'reinvented' recipes either! And onto Plantains! I just can't source them. I count 18 recipes in the book that require plantains, some of which cannot be made without plantain and there is no substitution info. One recipe calls for Vidalia onions which an internet search tells me are "sweet onions grown in Georgia", so why not just state 'sweet onions' in the recipe, or red onions with a teaspoon of honey? Sainbury's Taste the Difference range offers 3 sweet onions for £1.50, but I don't frequent Sainsbury's and aren't planning on spending £1.50 on 3 onions any time soon.
Also, particular equipment is needed to make a portion of the recipes, equipment which I have never owned, never planned to own and which plenty of people would not be able to afford to buy. It annoys me that the book specifically states "uses no special equipment and needs no hard-to-find ingredients" because this is simply NOT the case.
All the included shopping sources are American, bar Amazon. Cooking temperature is given in Fahrenheit only, no Celsius, no gas mark - which leads me to conclude that this book was never meant for anyone outside of the USA.
There are some good recipes but too many needing special equipment and hard-to-find ingredients. Other recipes are so simplistic they barely constitute a recipe (mashed carrots?!!!).
My main concern is that this recipe book will put people off trying an autoimmune protocol diet. As an autoimmune veteran, I contracted my first autoimmune condition aged 5 years (a loooong time ago), I was very sceptical about trying this diet but it has improved my health problems massively. Rather than buy this book, check out Comfort Bites blog by Jo Romero, who also has recipe books available on Amazon (I will be buying Spice as soon as I can). Another lovely blog is Adventures in Partaking by Bethany Darwin (again her recipe book is also available on Amazon and I hope to get it soon). Another amazing resource is Matt Embry's website MS-hope which has information that you can print off for free. Yes, his website and documentary (Living Proof) focus on MS, but the information is useful for any autoimmune condition. No one is more surprised than me at the way my health conditions have improved. It's worth trying!
This book in particular has a lot of good lists of dos and don'ts as well as handy checklists and shopping lists.
Highly recommend the book, some of the recipes are incredibly simple (3-5 ingredients) and take no time at all to make.
Make sure you have a food processor however, as most of the recipes require one.