Whole Foods Diet Cookbook
I have an addiction. Well I have several “addictions” but for the purpose of this post I am referring to my collection of cookbooks. I can’t get enough. I have collected cookbooks since I was a child. By my standards I really don’t have that many. Maybe 200-300. I know some people who read this will laugh at that small amount. However I also keep all my old copies of Cooking Light, Food Network, Food and Wine etc. You never know when you need inspiration and there is something inspiring about a great cookbook!
The most recent to the collection is The Whole Foods Diet Cookbook by Ivy Larson and Andrew Larson, MD. Don’t be confused by the title. I don’t consider it a diet but more of a way of life. There are a lot of specialty ingredients which require a trip to Whole Foods or a specialty grocer. However if you are adventurous in the kitchen, looking to vastly improve what you put into your body, or are concerned about your over all health and weight then I would suggest picking up a copy.
I won’t go into detail about Ivy Larson’s story and what started her on the mission of a whole foods diet. You can get all that info on the website.
I’m not a big fan of following recipes exactly because I find they rarely turn out as described. As a chef you need to be able to adjust a recipe on the fly based on your personal preferences and equipment you have available to you. However I have followed the Whole Foods Diet recipes word for word and I am amazed that each has turned out exactly as described and super delicious.
We have made around 20 recipes out of the 200 available and there is not one that we have not enjoyed thoroughly and are eager to cook again. Ivy is an expert in anti-inflammatory foods. She uses a variety of ingredients that you might not find in your average household pantry. Tempeh, Flax and Hemp Seed to name a few but don’t let that discourage you. Everyone could benefit from having more of these ingredients at their disposal.
If you are serious about a lifestyle change as it relates to your food but still love great tasting dishes then definitely check this book out.