Thursday, 28 March 2013

Something for the Easter weekend..

Hello, this weeks 'Something for the weekend..' is, once again, a little different. Here we suggest a couple of titles that you may well need after this weekend..

'Medicinal Cookery' & 'The Medicinal Chef' by Dale Pinnock.

Only the title of the book - 'Medicinal Cookery - How you can benefit from nature's edible pharmacy' speaks for itself. Even the name of this extraordinarily helpful book can inspire us to think about our nutrition in a new and revolutionary way. This book is nicely illustrated with many photographs and is extremely readable, the author thus warmly welcomes us to "this beautiful and complex gift from the natural world."
This small but important book teaches us about the profound impact of food on our health and our ability to heal. The UK's first 'Medicinal Chef' explains how phytochemicals - biological compounds in plants, can work similarly to medicinal plants or pharmaceutical drugs in a natural way without any side effects.

"When we understand what foods contain what chemicals, and how these chemical compounds influence our body's chemistry in order to deliver a healing response, we can get into the kitchen and cook up and create our own medicine."

Not only do we find a theoretical background knowledge of food, Dale Pinnock also provides us with some delicious recipes. The recipes are divided into categories according to which health problems they target. Whether you want to improve the health of your skin, digestion, the heart and circulatory system, immunity, the Joints or the nervous system, just look up the recipe in this book!

"I personally feel that there is no separation between food and medicine at all. If applied in the right way under the right guidance, the results can be equally as powerful."

The last section of the book delivers a simple A-Z Guide to the most powerful medicinal foods; divided into groups of Fruit, Grains, Nuts and Seeds, Culinary Herbs and Spices and Vegetables. The author included content and medicinal properties for each food as well as some suggestions as to how they may be used.

I am so grateful I came across this wonderful book which strongly influenced my view on nutrition and that is the main reason I would like to introduce this book to as many people as possible.

Dale Pinnock has also recently published 'The Medicinal Chef'. In this this nutrition expert presents 80 easy-to-make, tasty recipes, where he shows how powerful phytonutrients can be incorporated into our everyday diet, having beneficial effects on many medical conditions. He also includes a glossary of key ingredients, advice on how our diet can make a real difference to thirty common ailments and simple symbols to indicate which conditions each recipe can help with.


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