The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit

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Andrew Weil - author of the bestselling Eating Well for Optimum Health - brings to this perfect collaboration a comprehensive philosophy of nutrition grounded in scientific fact. Rosie Daley brings to it her innovative style.

Their lively dialogue about ingredients and preparation makes clear that there are many approaches to creative, healthy cooking. Information is provided on such subjects as the real meaning of "organic," the safety of our water, the most health-giving oils, how much salt/sugar is good for us - and much more. There are tips on losing weight, developing good eating habits in children and nurturing seniors.

THE HEALTHY KITCHEN is an audiobook that will forever change the way you cook for yourself and your family.

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In Eating Well for Optimum Health, one of Amazon's bestselling health books of 2000, alternative-medicine maverick Andrew Weil revealed his version of the ideal diet (and backed it up with scientific proof): a variety of unprocessed, or "whole" foods; just-picked, organic vegetables; whole grains; "good" fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts; fresh herbs and spices instead of heavy sauces; and a minimum of meat and dairy products. Eating this responsibly is certainly an admirable pursuit, but home cooking of this caliber can be intimidating, requiring much more energy than it would to pull up to the drive-through and order a burger and fries. In The Healthy Kitchen, Weil successfully teams up with Rosie Daley, formerly chef at the ritzy Cal-a-Vie Spa, to show how to cook with confidence within these dietary guidelines, creating dishes that are not only good for you, but are also fun to prepare, beautiful to look at, and delectable.

For those of you predicting a tofu-fest, have no fear: Weil stresses he's "unwilling to eat food that is boring, artless, and devoid of pleasure even if it's somebody else's idea of healthful." Indeed, the gorgeous color photography in The Healthy Kitchen will get you drooling over healthy entrées like Warm Chicken and Asparagus Salad and desserts like Lemon Yogurt Sorbet. You can be proud to serve these recipes to your family and friends--many of the appetizers and entrées are perfect party foods, sized to feed a dozen. Some recipes are notably more complicated than others--Cold Vegetable Pasta Primavera involves grilling five different veggies; baked Vegetable Wontons are time-consuming if you're not familiar with the folding process. However, Daley and Weil advise working your way up to these more complex dishes.

Sprinkled throughout the book are witty and wise health tips from Weil and cooking shortcuts from Daley. The two admit they don't agree on all cooking matters; Weil would substitute cashew milk for coconut milk and adds his two cents on making the Thai Shrimp and Papaya Salad spicier, for example. The Healthy Kitchen seems to be influenced a bit by Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook, with Weil's text shaded in that unmistakably Martha sage-green, and Daley's in what Stewart might call bisque. Both books emphasize seasonal fresh foods and boast sumptuous photography and tempting menu suggestions. However, Weil and Daley outdo her with calorie and nutritional breakdowns for each dish, shopping guides for easy meal planning, and tips on encouraging children to help out in the kitchen (and develop lifelong healthy eating habits in the process). --Erica Jorgensen

About the Author:

Andrew Weil, M.D. is a Clinical Profession of Medicine at the University of Arizona and director of its Program in Integrative Medicine. He is a founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council in Tucson, Arizona, where he lives.

Rosie Daley trained as a chef at the Cal-a-Vie spa near San Diego and was Oprah Winfrey's chef. She lives in Encinitas, California.

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