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Superfoods for Life, Cacao: - Improve Heart Health - Boost Your Brain Power - Decrease Stress Hormones and Chronic Fatique - 75 Delicious Recipes Paperback – 4 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (4 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592336108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592336104
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MATTHEW RUSCIGNO, M.P.H., R.D., holds two degrees in nutrition and is past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietary Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to his public health work, Matthew has a private practice and works closely with vegan athletes. An athlete himself, he has raced “The World's Toughest Iron-Distance Triathlon” in Eidfjord, Norway, ultra-marathons, and 24-hour mountain bike races. He is a 3-time finisher of the Furnace Creek 508, a 500-mile non-stop bike race that National Geographic calls the 8th hardest race in the world. Matthew contributed to the bestseller Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. 

JOSHUA PLOEG has been a vegan personal chef/caterer, writer, and punk musician since the 1990s. He has spent the last ten years touring the United States and the world, cooking in varied and interesting circumstances from place to place. He has penned several cookbooks, including This Ain't No Picnic, In Search of the Lost Taste, and Something Delicious This Way Comes: Spellbinding Vegan Cookery. He has also contributed recipes and columns to various publications including Brooklyn's Satyamagazine.


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Great book, very interested in getting cacao into my diet. Informative and useful.
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Superfoods for Life - Cacao 16 Oct 2014
By M. Hill - Published on
Format: Paperback
Often thought of as nothing more than the primary ingredient of our beloved chocolate treats, cacao is actually a nutritional powerhouse and this book explores the versatility of this unique superfood which is said to have great and varied health benefits.

To obtain the greatest benefit, the rule is to use chocolate without all the unhealthy ingredients. For example, milk chocolate contains less than 10% cacao and the difference is made up of largely unhealthy ingredients. To that end, the included 75 recipes are Vegan and plant-based in nature and stick to less processed forms of cacao. The text is very readable and informative.

Sometimes ingredients in cookbooks can be difficult to find or are prohibitively priced but the majority of items in this book are available in major cities or on the internet. Most of the cacao used in the recipes in this book is in the form of cocoa powder, bittersweet chips or cacao nibs which are readily available here on Amazon Healthworks Certified Organic Raw Cacao Nibs - 16oz/1 Pound and all over the internet.

I prepared one recipe -- a potential holiday side dish that is really much healthier than most -- Mashed Cocoa Sweet Potatoes. The recipe, while not difficult to prepare, has some ingredients that I keep on hand that may not be standard in all pantries, like chipotle paste. The dish contains, besides sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, cocoa powder, pineapple juice, coconut oil, coconut cream, crushed coriander seed, fresh cilantro and salt and pepper. The finished product is delicious, hearty and different from the usual sweet potato dishes. The recipes in this book are an interesting and unique group not repeats I have seen over and over again, as is often case. I look forward to trying more of them.

A note for people with vision issues - the font size used for the text and recipes is largely 9 points, but thankfully the ink color is black which makes it as readable as possible, but is still quite small. Some of the text is on a colored, rather than white background, which can also cause visibility problems for some people. The paperback book is well illustrated with full-color pictures of approximately one quarter of the recipes.

This is an informative and accessible exploration of cacao and a good group of recipes incorporating it - easily earning a spot on any cookbook shelf.
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Fun, unique recipes - and educational, too! 29 Oct 2014
By Lora Silver - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really appreciate how well-researched this book is. It's both readable and pretty comprehensive: you'll likely learn several things about cacao, nutrient density, chronic lifestyle disease prevention, etc. I have a serious cookbook collection, and I typically read cookbooks like novels from cover to cover, but I can also see people enjoying this as a reference for special recipes to wow a crowd or for better understanding of various nutrition concepts. The pictures are beautiful, and I was pleasantly surprised that most of the recipes have shorter ingredient lists than I was expecting. I like surprising my guests with unexpected flavor combinations, but I've been afraid to incorporate cacao especially in savory recipes -- if you enjoy entertaining, and/or want to rekindle your cooking enthusiasm, you'll find unique recipes you can trust in here that are actually nutritious, too. Perfect for holiday season.
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