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The MIND Diet: A Scientific Approach to Enhancing Brain Function and Helping Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Moving on to the recipes, I only have good things to say. There is a nice variety of dishes and unlike many other 'health' diets the author does a stand-up job combining taste, reality, and ease of preparation. What I mean by reality is simply that the diet is not as restricting as some, and Maggie Moon allows for some vices in the meal plans, which is very welcome. Mangia, mangia!
However, this book is padded big-time with stuff that has nothing to do with the MIND diet specifically, like a list of vegetables and whole grains with long paragraphs of information describing the different foods. The worst of the padding is a section on food safety, with advice such as "Wash your hands and wash them well." Really? (I'm a huge proponent of hand washing, but I don't think any adult needs to be told in a diet book to wash their hands.)
I could excuse the padding if the recipes were great recipes developed specifically for the book, maybe by a chef or in collaboration with a chef since the author is an RDN. However, the recipes appear to be freebies randomly collected from a variety of sources, mostly RDs who get to plug their site at the end of the recipe and even places like the Whole Grains Council or the Blueberry Council. There are tons of free recipes available online, and it's easy to Google recipes that fit the guidelines of the MIND Diet, so I'd expect a lot more thought and recipe development to go into a book like this to make it a good value.
Most of the recipes are super simple, stuff just about anyone could make up on their own. For example, roasted asparagus with olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest. Another example, soup made with canned white beans, veg broth, pasta, a few veggies chopped up and some lemon juice. Again, no recipe needed.
That said, there are a few interesting recipes that make use of exotic whole grains or offer unusual ideas for how to eat familiar foods. Overall, I'd recommend the book for people who are total newbies to the MIND Diet and have very little to no experience cooking at home and who want a basic, simple guide that lays out the MIND Diet in one place without having to Google or put together their own meal plans.
Since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and mostly make up my own simple recipes, this book was a little too basic for me.
well written.makes perfect sense to me as i have involved
myself most of my life with healty diets.