THE ES­SEN­TIAL ED­I­BLE PHAR­MACY

Heal Your­self from the Inside Out So­phie Manolas, Ex­isle Pub­lish­ing Soft­cover $29.99 (240pp), 978-1-925335-16-3

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Con­trol­ling her own chronic ill­ness through diet led Aus­tralian So­phie Manolas to a ca­reer as a clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist. Manolas’s zeal for good food and good health drives this book in its ex­plo­ration of sixty com­mon su­per­food in­gre­di­ents. From arugula to fen­nel seeds, she denotes the chem­istry and heal­ing prop­er­ties of each food, il­lus­trated with a cre­ative, eye-pop­pingly col­or­ful recipe and el­e­gant pho­to­graph.

With sep­a­rate recipe and in­gre­di­ent in­dices, and side­bars at the top of each sec­tion listing these ed­i­ble phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals’ health ben­e­fits, it’s easy to flip through and lo­cate de­li­cious in­gre­di­ents and recipes for what­ever ails you. Look­ing for foods rich in an­tiox­i­dants? Try hazelnut-rich Torta Gian­duia. Need to boost your im­mune sys­tem? A Com­fort Salad of win­ter squash and chickpeas should do the trick. Been abus­ing your liver? Turmeric Milk is what Manolas pre­scribes.

The au­thor is an ex­u­ber­ant ad­vo­cate of healthy eat­ing, and a play­ful writer. She rhap­sodizes about pur­ple kale—“it’s so beau­ti­ful I want to make a suit of it and wear it around”—and warns about “full-blown kitchen melt­down” when she runs out of sesame seeds. The Ed­i­ble Phar­macy is a de­light­ful re­source for any­one who wants to achieve bet­ter health through cook­ing, but even if you are blessed with ra­di­ant well­ness, it earns its place in the cook­book li­brary to help ward off ill­ness, im­prove skin tone, and boost en­ergy.

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