Book: the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook – A Complete Nutritional and Cooking Guide for Healthy Living, by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre
Genre: Cookbook – Cooking/Natural Foods
The book is divided into three parts. Part one is about health and nutrition – diets, food sensitivities, digestive health, toxicity and organic vs conventionally grown food. The second part is a quick course in whole foods cooking, it includes technique and suggests basic foods and tools to acquire. Part three is the bulk of the book: the recipes.
The first 5 chapters of this book are an indispensable crash course in nutrition. The authors discuss several popular diets and give an unbiased glimpse of the advantages and possible problems with each, as well as when and for whom these diets may be a good idea. The book proceeds to cover food sensitivities and delivers more information that is crucial to making healthy eating choices based on the quality of our digestion and our food.
The second part is a bit more straightforward, and may be repetitive if you’ve been directing your diet towards whole, healthy foods for any period of time. Still though it is helpful to define a whole foods diet, and perhaps balance any inconsistencies that are found. Don’t skip it, as you may well be introduced to a new grain, condiment or technique you haven’t experimented with much yet.
The recipes are easy to read and for the most part, simple to execute. They cover a wide range of topics from basic meals, snacks, and baked goods to more unique recipes for fermented foods and nut milks. I want to point out that before almost every recipe is a paragraph with information about the ingredients, technique or specific purpose or benefit of the food. The advice in those sections is worth reading all on its own.
I have tried a handful of recipes so far, mostly baking. I found the Banana-Walnut Muffins delicious! If there is any downside to the recipes, it’s the dubious quantity of often expensive ingredients. I’m talking about the many sweeteners, specialty flours, nuts, etc. I attribute this to the lifestyle though, not the cookbook. Whole Life Nutrition offers many simple recipes where a trip to your local farmers market should find you all you need. There is such a range of recipes here that you can start with what you have, and as you build up more whole-food-pantry-basics, you’ll be able to use more and more recipes.
As for aesthetic, the cook book is simple and no-fuss. There are three photo sections that beautifully display a wide range of dishes. Honestly, however standard it is in the realm of cookbooks, I’m not a fan of that structure. As an extremely visual learner I like to see a picture of each dish with its recipe. Understand though, this is just a personal qualm, and The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook really isn’t for showing off on a coffee table, it’s for getting (and staying!) healthy.
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook is an excellent choice for anyone seeking to eat a more nutrient dense, nourishing diet. It’s not for the faint of heart, for looks, or for daydreaming about sweet treats – though healthy versions are included! This book is for some serious, everyday, healthy cooking.
For the information it holds, the painless writing that delivers it and the wide variety of recipes, this book deserves 4.5 stars.
*I was not given this book to review. I am not being paid for this review.