THE SELF-CARE COOK­BOOK

A Holis­tic Ap­proach to Cook­ing, Eat­ing, and Liv­ing Well

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Health & Fitness -

Frank Ardito, Agate Sur­rey (NOVEM­BER) Hard­cover $24.95 (288pp), 978-1-57284-229-8

“One of the most im­por­tant parts of our daily lives is our re­la­tion­ship with food,” writes Dr. Frank Ardito. But this re­la­tion­ship can get com­pli­cated; ac­cord­ing to Ardito, stud­ies have sug­gested that we make over two hun­dred de­ci­sions about food ev­ery day. His book sim­pli­fies the task and pro­vides a guide for busy in­di­vid­u­als who see a healthy re­la­tion­ship with food as a way to en­hance their per­sonal well­ness.

Iden­ti­fy­ing ten dif­fer­ent di­men­sions of the hu­man be­ing, Ardito shows how each di­men­sion has its own chang­ing and evolv­ing needs and ex­pres­sions. He ex­plains why it’s im­por­tant to nour­ish the whole per­son by be­com­ing at­ten­tive to these di­men­sions and eat­ing to sup­port well­ness in each of them. He of­fers tasty recipes for ap­pe­tiz­ers, soups, sal­ads, main dishes, and desserts, all made with foods that best sup­port per­sonal well be­ing.

Feel­ing stressed? Head over to the emo­tional-well­ness chap­ter for de­li­cious com­fort foods. When money is tight, the chap­ter on fi­nan­cial well­ness of­fers cre­ative ways to en­joy sat­is­fy­ing, tasty meals on a bud­get. Want to cel­e­brate? Recipes that feed the soul’s need for fun while sup­port­ing health are in­cluded—yes, even some that em­brace fat and su­gar. Pas­tas, meats, and vege­tar­ian op­tions are also in­cluded.

Ardito writes, “Let’s face it. You can choose not to diet, you can choose not to ex­er­cise, but you must eat. So, why not choose to eat well?” Recipes for palate-pleas­ing dishes like Roast Pork with Pomegranate Salsa, Quinoa Pi­laf with Wal­nuts, and No-bake Crust­less Cheese­cake with Bal­samic Berries prove that cook­ing and eat­ing for health and well­ness needn’t be bor­ing.

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