Thursday, August 4, 2011

Food Cures – Book Review and Giveaway

Food Cures. To many of us dealing with food allergies that may sound like an oxymoron. We all know that food – certain foods at least – can make us sick. Nevertheless, I jumped at the chance to review two of Joy Bauer’s books – Slim & Scrumptious and Food Cures. After all, we can always eat healthier, right?

First up – Slim & Scrumptious

It’s been a long time since I’ve focused on cookbooks that aren't specifically allergen-free or gluten-free food. But my family has joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project for the summer, and I am suddenly overwhelmed with foods like kale, and radicchio, and bok choy, so when the folks at offered to send me two of Joy's cookbooks, I jumped at the chance. New recipes are always welcome – especially healthy recipes. Slim & Scrumptious, while not aimed at a gluten-free or allergen-free audience, has a lot of great options – in fact almost every recipe in the book can either be made as-is, or substituted for the few food allergens she does include. Joy uses ingredients like quinoa, and beans, and lots and lots of veggies. I recently made the Crispy Kale Chips and they are a winner!

Next up – Food Cures

Food Cures is first and foremost about weight loss/management and nutrition. It’s all about healthy food. Unlike any book I have seen, the book addresses nutrition by illness, recommending foods to eat and avoid for a variety of health problems. It covers everything from heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, to migraines and more. No, food allergies are not discussed, but there is a very well informed section on celiac disease. All in all this is a very handy book to have – especially if you or someone in your family is dealing with chronic health issues. Find out more about Food Cures at Joy Bauer's website.

And just to be clear – the food doesn’t actually “cure”. Instead, it’s about eating the right foods to stay healthy.

Now the fun part – A giveaway

I am giving away a copy of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures. To enter, leave a comment here. Anything will do (including the weather). For an extra entry, follow me on twitter, and leave a second comment here with your twitter handle so I can count you and follow you back.

You have until Wednesday August 10th at midnight to enter. The winner will be announced the following day. Please come back to see if you won!


Alisa said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, I'm always interested in more nutrition! I think you have my email @godairyfree!

Alisa said...

I already follow you on twitter - @godairyfree

Mindy said...

This book sounds great! I love that it addresses different nutritional needs for different illnesses.

Mindy said...

following you on twitter @mindarachel

Colette said...

Alisa and Mindy, thanks for entering and following!

Tymber said...

I've been dealing with a gastrointestinal illness for a long while now that has caused a major sensitivity to most foods and a dramatic change in diet. I think this book would make a great addition to my cooking/health books because I'm always looking to find new things that I can add into my diet to help me enjoy life as I work on getting better. Thanks for the opportunity.

Tymber said...

Now following you on Twitter.