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The China Study Cookbook: Over 175 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes by LeAnne Campbell, BenBella Books, US $24.95, Pp 334, June 2018, ISBN 978-1944648954

Tahini and Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics–Made Irresistibly Vegan by Ruth Fox and Vicky Cohen, Da Capo Lifelong Books, US $25.00, Pp 286, May 2018, ISBN 978-0738220109

The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook: Whole30 Endorsed, Delicious Real Food Recipes to Cook All Year Long by Michelle Smith, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $30.00, Pp 262, June 2018, ISBN 978-1328915092

 Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan by Bettina Campolucci Bordi, Hardie Grant, US $29.99,  Pp 192, July 2018, ISBN 978-1784881573

In plant-based societies around the world, heart disease is rarely the cause of premature death. The incidence of killing diseases such as diabetes is also minimal. In the 21st century America and Europe, people consume more meat and dairy and have higher rates of heart and other killing diseases such as diabetes. Scientific research has also shown that populations that eat high-carbohydrate, low-fat, plant-based diets have had the lowest rates of type 2 diabetes over the past century. Like heart disease, we can reverse diabetes. According to a study published thirty years ago, three out of seventeen diabetic participants who were on daily insulin to control their blood sugar were able to come off insulin within just three weeks of initiating a plant-based diet. Over 91% of participants on oral medications were able to discontinue their oral medications. They managed this with a high-carbohydrate, high fiber, low-fat diet, and long exercise. Many other diseases can be prevented, either partially or fully reversed, with this kind of diet including Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, acne, Crohn’s disease, ulcers, macular degeneration, liver, colorectal, prostate cancer, oral cancer, liver cancer, and stomach cancer. LeAnne Campbell says that it is important to eat every part of the plant to fully benefit from the plant-based food. LeAnne Campbell writes, “Almost every part of the plant is edible, nutritious, and delicious, and each has a different nutrient composition. So it’s important to consume a variety of the categories both daily and across your week or month to obtain a full complement of nutrients. ” The recipes range from ‘Blackberry Lemon Tea Cakes’ to ‘Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes’ to ‘African Vegetables’ to ‘Dominican Rice and Beans’ to ‘Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Coconut Sauce.’ The recipes based on China Study are science-based. The China Study Cookbook is essential reading for anyone suffering from a heart disease and other debilitating diseases such as obesity and diabetes. The healthy people can avoid several killing diseases by following the advice in The China Study Cookbook. Most importantly, these recipes are extraordinarily delicious and will leave you licking your fingers.

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Not everybody wants to eat Chinese dishes even if they are hugely delicious and healthy. International foodies are looking for recipes from different regions of the world. It is quite natural that you cannot eat the same dishes continuously. Tahini and Turmeric offers a great and healthy Middle Eastern/Jewish alternative to Chinese cuisine. Most people will use both of these cookbooks alternately. Creamy tahini and fragrant turmeric are two of the most important Jewish-Middle Eastern flavors. You will find an abundance of dishes with these flavors. They are healthy is clear from the experience of Ruth Fox. Ruth Fox writes, “I was trying to figure out what worked best for my troubled digestive system. After years of experimenting, I realized that a plant-based diet makes me feel the best. We all know that a diet rich in fruit and veggies is beneficial for overall health. But for me, two things stood out: my energy level increased significantly; and after I cut out dairy, most of my belly troubles went away.” In Tahini and Turmeric, Ruth Fox and Vicky Cohen share 101 of their favorite recipes. They begin by walking you through their pantry which makes it easier to make them at home. The recipes range from ‘Overnight Oats with Cardamom and Pistachios’ to ‘Tahini Smoothie Bowl, to ‘Spicy Israeli Salsa’ to ‘Veggie Soup for the Soul’ to ‘Lentil Fattoush with Mint and Sumac’ to ‘Wild Mushroom Rice’ to ‘Chickpea and Pepper Shakshuka’ and  to ‘Maamoul.’ Tahini and Turmeric will open the door to the Middle East flavors. If you are new or potential vegetarian, these recipes should be your first stop. Many of these dishes can be served on busy weeknights and/or during social gatherings with friends. They are irresistible, flavorful, aromatic, mouth-watering and healthy. Ruth Fox and Vicky Cohen must be commended for sharing their favorite dishes.

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Have you ever tried to clean your diet and eat healthy food but failed? If yes, you are not alone. It happens to many of us. Are you a single working mom or dad and don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen? But you still want to cook delicious food at home? If that is the case, The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook is what you need. You are unlikely to continue eating healthy food if it is not delicious. As The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook follows the principles of the Whole30 diet plan, the fans of the Whole30 know that it is not easy to figure out what to eat in order to continue the plan for the remaining 335 days of the year. In The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook, Michelle Smith helps you plan for part of the remaining 335 days. Michelle Smith is the creator of the blog ‘The Whole Smiths.’The recipes range from ‘Chipotle Breakfast Tostada’ to ‘Vietnamese-style Lettuce Wraps’ to ‘Mustard-Roasted Chicken Drums’ to ‘Turkey + Ancho Chile Soup’ to ‘No’tmeal Cookies.”  Some recipes such as “Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo” are fully Whole30-compliant. All recipes are gluten-free, but some recipes carefully reintroducing reintroduce grains such as the ‘Chile Enchilada Bake.’ There are so many vegetarian recipes. Some recipes include beans and legumes. There are desserts like ‘Chocolate Chip’ and Sea Salt Cookies. Icons with each recipe help readers identify which recipes fit their dietary constraints and which can be easily adapted. But perhaps most important of all, these recipes will help anyone achieve a long-term approach to good health. The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook is the first ever fully endorsed by Whole30. Even if you are not looking for healthy recipes, you would love these irresistible recipes. The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook must be on your kitchen shelf.

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Bettina Campolucci Bordi was born in Denmark but grew up in Tanzania in East Africa. She loved to cook and eat. Her passion for good food is unmatchable. When she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and endometriosis, Bettina started researching natural ways to heal her body and mind. Recipes in Happy Food are a result of that research. In Happy Food, Bettina Campolucci Bordi shares her favorite recipes with her readers. She says that food is meant to make you happy. She writes, “Happy Food is a cookbook for everyone! Grandmothers with newly-converted vegan granddaughters coming over for Sunday dinners, couples who want to increase their veggie intake, single people looking for a quick meal after a long day, families that have allergens but want to enjoy a meal together without  compromises on comfort and taste, as well as anyone who wants to give vegan or gluten-free cooking a go.” She developed and cooked the Happy Food recipes during the last six years by cooking for her clients and family. She says that these dishes are a combination of her food philosophies. “You feast with your eyes first, so making food look pretty on your plate is important when it comes to self-care and it is a lovely touch when cooking for yourself, family or friends. When it comes to flavor, I try as much as possible to combine the five tastes – sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter – in order to satisfy the taste buds and offer the ultimate foodie experience. The texture is also super important – a bit of crunch on the curry, a dollop of creaminess on porridge and a drizzle of syrup on pancakes create an extra layer in a dish that makes it more fun and interesting. Her delicious and easy-to-make recipes range from ‘Bright Healing Turmeric Porridge & Warm Berries’ for breakfast to ‘Avocado on Toast the Bettina’s Kitchen Way’ to ‘Hazelnut Crust Pizza & Peppery Rocket’ to ‘Curry with all the Sides: Minty Raita & Crunchy Coconut Topper.’ She gives a lot of tips on how to use the book and make advance preparations as well as pantry basic. The tantalizing photographs make it delightful to hold this beautifully-manufactured cookbook.

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