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Medicinal Cookery: How You Can Benefit From Nature's Edible Pharmacy [Paperback]

Dale Pinnock
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21 April 2011
Dale Pinnock explains how the healing power of foods stretches even beyond the realms of vitamins and minerals, and involves a far more complex and beautifully wondrous group of biological compounds – phytochemicals. He shows how, when delivered in the right way, many of these compounds can work in a very similar way to medicinal plants and even pharmaceutical drugs, but minus the side-effects. He highlights the benefits of each food and shows how to prepare dishes and recipes that are not only delicious but have a medicinal property that makes them a powerful addition to someone’s overall disease treatment plan, be this orthodox medical treatment or natural therapies. He includes recipes for all common health disorders, including problems with digestion, the heart and circulation, the immune and nervous systems, joints and skin disorders.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716022699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716022695
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Pinnock is creating something of a stir in the UK media. He is regularly sought after for his indepth knowledge of the fields of nutrition, and phytonutrients, and his bold passion for showing what works, and what is just wishful thinking. He is recently getting a great deal of media attention due to his unique work in the area of prescriptive "medicinal cookery" based upon tailoring menu's to meet individuals specific health needs.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Dale is now pursuing his post graduate career, undertaking a Masters Degree qualification, in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey - one of the most highly respected, evidence based Nutrition post graduate courses available. Whilst studying he also worked as a wholefoods chef. This combined experience has led to him working in the way that he does. He wears many hats at once, and delivers the full spectrum of his expertise, in order to guide the public towards a healthier life, and more informed choices.

Dale has no belief in the idea of 'alternatives' to conventional treatment at all. His approach is in no way meant to be a replacement for the treatment that individuals would get from their doctor, and he works directly with many GP's, specialists, and academics in the healthcare field. We now know enough about food and nutrition, and its effects upon the body in both health and disease, to know that it can be a very valid tool in the healthcare picture, and in the prevention of disease. Dale's work aims to give individuals tools and information that they can easily and safely implement into their daily regime, no matter what type of treatment they are undergoing. The food we eat is one part of the healthcare picture, and thankfully one that we have ultimate control over.

Dale is very much of the belief that diet and lifestyle offers some fantastic opportunities for individuals to take elements of their own healthcare into their own hands. At the same time, he is acutely aware that there is a lot of quackery and fairytales in this field. It is his mission to be vocal and passionate about what works, and why, and to weed out that which is nothing more than science fiction, to give you, the people who need this information the most, the real picture.

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I was very impressed by this book. Dale s expertise as a qualified nutritionist shines through, as well as his kitchen expertise. It s an unusual combination of nutritionist and chef as one author --Dr Chris Steele MBE from ITV s This Morning

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Delicious recipes that help you to benefit from nature’s edible pharmacy.

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 30 Jun 2011
As someone who writes about food and cookery myself, I was expecting to meet just another author when I stopped in at my local book shop to see who was signing books in my local store. Instead, I found a man who inspired me not only to think more carefully about the food that I was feeding myself, but also to plan meals which would be a benfit rather than a hindrance to the health of the whole family. The book explains the chemical compounds of many everyday foods and also advises on the benefits they bring to the immune system, the heart and the joints, among others. It is clearly written and concise. I have been handing out copies of this book to everyone I know for the past six weeks, it is truly inspirational. Well done Dale.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful and Much Needed Book! 4 Jan 2012
A treasure trove of all the information about the real super foods. It goes through the body system by system (Skin, Digestion, Heart & Circulatory System, Immune System, Joints and Nervous System) and discusses how each system works, what we need to maintain it, what foods to avoid, what foods to consume and a few helpful (and seriously tasty sounding) recipes to aid each area.
The real goldrush, for me, however, is the later half which is an A-Z guide "to the most powerful, common, medicinal foods on the planet", namely, what grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, culinary herbs, spices and vegetables give the most bang for their buck and how best to prepare them. I LOVE this book, and have been waiting for something like this for ages. For full review see: [...]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medicinal Recipes 7 Jan 2012
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I received this book only 4 days ago and read it immediately.

It is easy to read, with delicious recipes - I have tried several already and they are delicious (pineapple smoothie, and flu busting soup) week I intend to make many more - trying out some recipes each day. THis is the best book of its kind to be published for some time......(Believe me I own about 100 of them!!!).

I was so impressed by this book, I have sent six other copies out to my family for the grandchildren so that they can enjoy the benefits of all this wholesome food.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book 20 Dec 2011
really enjoyed this book, if you are interested in food,cooking and your health this is the book for you.The recipes are simple and tasty. it is not a cook book that will sit on the shelve, you will use it again and again
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 April 2011
By Georgie
This is such a fantastic book. I heard Dale on the radio six months ago and immediately pre-ordered my copy. In the book he explains in easily understood language why certain foods are so beneficial to our health and how to incorporate them into our daily diet. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve their overall health, or to deal with a specific condition or area of concern.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So practical. 4 Feb 2012
Clear. Concise. Fascinating scientific food facts presented in an easy to digest (sorry!) fashion. The straightforward recipes using readily accessible and staple ingredients meant I could get started straight away. There's a lot of repetition if you read the book cover to cover as I did, but that has helped me remember the information about different foods - useful when shopping. An unexpected bonus for me was that all the recipes are vegetarian. Perhaps that should have been obvious from the cover and the overview - but I was delighted not to have to adapt ingredients. But although it happens to be a great book for vegetarians, it's actually the book for anyone who wants to understand how to maintain a healthy body (or treat certain symptoms) courtesy of nature. I hope there will be a Medicinal Cookery 2 out soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 22 Jun 2013
By M Baker
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This is book to read, I was hoping for more recipes but I think I should have bought his latest book for that so my fault. If you are wanting to know about the benefits of food this will tell you.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pesto is a winner but not celery 29 Dec 2011
This is a copy of the review I posted on my blog.

I was sent a free review copy of this book but the review below is entirely my own opinion, I do use a few phrases from the press release I received with the book to start (these are in quotation marks " ")

The book was published on 21st April by Right Way (an imprint of Constable and Robinson), retailing at 7.99 but it is currently 4.49 on Amazon.

"Dale Pinnock B.Sc (Hons), top health expert, nutritionist and the UK's First Medicinal Chef is proud to announce the launch of his first book, `Medicinal Cookery: How You Can Benefit From Nature's Edible Pharmacy'."

"In this new, accessible book, Dale helps readers to literally `eat themselves better', through fun and delicious recipes that target our healing needs for many common chronic disorders. Readers will also gain an understanding of the healing powers of Phytochemicals in food."

"Readers learn how many of these compounds, when delivered in the right way, can work in a very similar way to medicinal plants, and even pharmaceutical drugs (minus the side effects). These concepts are not bizarre pseudo-scientific ideas, but actual solid concepts based upon biochemistry and human Metabolic Physiology. "

"Dale Pinnock is the First in the UK to bring together three distinct strands: Herbal Medicine, nutrition and cookery, to create a radically new way to help combat a wide range of common health problems. The focus of Dale's Medicinal cookery is not nutrition. It is in fact the phytochemicals that are in the ingredients. Phytochemicals are non nutritional, but biologically and pharmacologically active compounds that are found in plants.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Reccomend Great Book
Highly reccomend this book to anyone who wants a healthy diet, he tells you what each food does for your and what they contain plus dietry tips and some really healthy recipes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kiplingchic
5.0 out of 5 stars Medicinal cookery
Incredibly interesting. Makes lots of sense......and the recipes are really good.
A good read and easy to follow. Highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M. M. Coyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Yes you can judge a book by its cover it seems. There is some very useful information in this book and am trying to put much of it into practice.
Published 2 months ago by Sally Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy book to have
useful information for getting the best out of food for your health, an interesting and easy read. a must have
Published 2 months ago by berenice jeffery
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a starting point
The book is attractively presented and useful as a starting point if you are wanting to 'eat right' with vegetables and fruit. Not blown away with the info. tho'
Published 2 months ago by Fay Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars healthy
a great little book with some lovely recipes and some great information makes for a very good read easy to dip in and out of
Published 2 months ago by jill annables
3.0 out of 5 stars not for acid reflux
A good basic book but not enough details about my particular problem acid reflux. Come on all you author's the supermarkets shelves are full of indigestion remedies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
This book is one that deserves a best place on your shelf. It has been so usefull and very well laid out, nicely done.
Published 4 months ago by charlie&frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature's remedies
This book makes a fascinating read. I bought it because my Mum had Cancer and I was trying to find new ways to relieve her symptoms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by N. Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A good, no nonsense, matter of fact, "you are what you eat" book written clearly and in a very friendly manner. Love it.
Published 4 months ago by Trish
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