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Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! by Laila Ali, St. Martin’s Press, US $29.99, Pp 312, January 2018, ISBN 978-1250131096

Masala & Meatballs: Incredible Indian Dishes with an American Twist by Asha Shivakumar, Page Street Publishing, US $21.99, Pp 192, January 2018, ISBN 978-1624143885

Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables by Melanie Potock, The Experiment, US $19.95, Pp 270, February 2018, ISBN 978-1615194063

Wine Revolution: The World’s Best Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines by Jane Anson, Jacqui Small, US$ 35.00, Pp 256, October 2017, ISBN 978-1911127291


Many of lethal diseases including heart disease and diabetes have their roots in our lifestyle choices. The good thing is we can alleviate them by changing our lifestyle choices. Weight loss is a natural side effect of eating healthily. In ‘Food for Life, Laila Ali rightly points out that when we pump up our meals with nutrition rather than focusing on what we cannot eat, we tend to be more successful and satisfied. When you drink a superfood-packed shake in the morning, you are getting more nutrition in that drink than some people get in a whole week out of the food they eat. Laila Ali prepared these recipes in the light of her above thinking. These nourishing and delicious recipes range from ‘Coffee Lover’s Smoothie’ to ‘Inflammation-Busting chicken Noodle Soup’ to ‘Seared Steak and Spinach’ to ‘Lamb and Root Veggie Skillet’ to ‘Banana Cake.’ The daughter of global boxing icon Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, and founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand. Laila has appeared on Food Network’s celebrity edition of Chopped, hosted FYI’s Late Nite Chef FightFood for Life is for those who love to eat healthy and delicious food. You will tremendously enjoy these addictive and easy-to-cook recipes.


If you are familiar with South Asian (particularly India and Pakistan) cuisine, you will know that they are not only healthy but also extremely delicious and flavorful. South Asia has been the source of our most favorite spices for many centuries. In Masala & Meatballs, Asha Shivakumar has collected many delicious and healthy recipes and, most importantly, spicy recipes from India. These addictive recipes range from ‘Mushroom and Chive Omelet’ for breakfast to ‘Chickpea-Roasted Garlic Fried’ for snacks to ‘Coconut Rice with Peas’ for vegetarian meals to ‘Chicken Curry Soup with Rice Crackers” and ‘Curried Shrimp skewers with Pineapple’ to ‘Sesame Mini Cakes with Chai Glaze.’ The South Asian cuisine is generally healthy. The Indian discovered some health principle many, many centuries ago. Like the concept of whole foods traces its roots in India and China. If you like spicy food, you will fall in love with these flavorful and aromatic recipes. Asha Shivakumar runs a blog, Food Fashion Party.


Many of us find it difficult to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle as adults. Had our parents exposed us to vegetables when we were little children, we would have found it much easier to adopt a healthy vegetarian lifestyle. In fact, we would have continued our vegetarian lifestyle through our youth and adult years. Melanie Potock says that when we include some vegetables in entrees, side dishes, and even desserts, our kids experience repeated, positive exposures. They get to explore all the sensory aspects of each one and begin to expand their variety over time. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the kids need two to three servings of veggies per day but the size of a serving will be different depending on whether the child is a toddler, a preschooler, or elementary age. Poor nutritional health may lead to poor brain health. The delicious and scrumptious recipes range from ‘Simply Beetiful Greens Saute’ to ‘Broccoli and Chicken Enchiladas’ to ‘A Sweet Treat: Kids’ Cucumber Cooler.’ If your children are not exposed to vegetables, Adventures in Veggieland should be your first stop. As these recipes have been conceived for kids, they are really delicious. It is quite natural that the adults will equally love them.


We all love to have a glass of wine or two with our healthy meals. Choosing the right kind of wine is not easy for most people. By writing Wine RevolutionJane Anson has made it easy for you to choose the right wine for your meals. Jane Anson’s selection criteria are that the producers make wines that are terroir-led, that they are engaged in true sustainability. In other words, they ensure the microbial health of the soil and vineyard’s ability to thrive for the next generation of winemakers – and that the resulting wines have vibrancy and personality. All the wines are accompanied by tasting notes and profiles on producers who have been particularly influential in their regions or are doing something especially unusual in their winemaking. The most important thing about the choice of these wines is that they are “organic, biodynamic and natural” — perfect to go with healthy meals. This is probably one of the best and comprehensive if not the only wine-book on organic, biodynamic and natural wines. Wine Revolution should be part of your kitchen and be readily available when you get ready to have your lunch or dinner.

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