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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184949262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849492621
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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'Rather than focusing on your typical diet food, this inspiring cookery book aims to show readers how to eat for better health. TV chef and nutritionist Dale Pinnock has put together to your specific health needs - be it high blood pressure, digestive problems or diabetes. His signature soup, the Famous Flu Fighter Soup, is a great example of how his approach works, with anti-inflammatory sweet potatoes, anti-viral garlic and immune system-boosting mushrooms all combined in a delicious soup to ward off the flu.' --Great British Food Magazine, March 2013

'Yummy recipes that are guaranteed to be good for you' --Sunday Times 'Style Magazine' February 2013

'[Dale Pinnock's] dishes are full of ingredients with health-giving properties but, more importantly, it's food you'd be proud to serve and will look forward to eating.' --Psychologies, April 2013

'The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock is a boon for anyone with a health problem that needs tackling. Pinnock has created recipes to help combat disorders from eczema to insomnia: don't miss his signature dish, the Flu Fighter soup.' --Elle Decoration, April 2013

'The Medicinal Chef has some really tasty recipes and the ideas behind Pinnock's way of eating is both exciting and easy to use. The idea is not to replace medicine but to help the body, make you stronger and compliment any pharmacological medication. A balance of diet, lifestyle and medication rather than going for all-or-nothing.' --Huffington Post, 26th February 2013

'Simple, quick and easy to make, these tempting dishes from TV's medicinal chef Dale Pinnock do more than taste good - they can boost your health, too.' --Healthy Magazine, 1st April 2013

'This is such an inspiration for anyone wanting to eat more healthily. From Blast-Off Breakfast Bars to Good-Night Spiced Cherry Crumble, there are some fab ideas and loads of dietary info.' --Woman & Home (Feel Good You), April 2013

'In his book, [Dale Pinnock] aim to give readers all the tools they need to eat for better health, starting with a list of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and fish, herbs and spices, plus their health-giving properties and the ailments they can help to treat. There are 80 appetising recipes and each one, as well as being simple to prepare, pinpoints the conditions it can help to treat, such as skin problems, respiratory ailments or problems with digestion, metabolism or insomnia.' --Delicious, June 2013

'Crammed with mouth-watering yet healthy snacks and meals, this collection of recipes from TV's Medicinal Chef is designed to help with all sorts of conditions and illnesses...An imaginative approach to the challenge of staying healthy.' --Good Book Guide, May 2013

'The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock is packed with delicious ways to treat a range of physical and mental health problems with food.' --Zest, May 2013

About the Author

Dale Pinnock is a vocal champion of the beneficial effects that food can have on our health. A leading nutritionist and former wholefoods chef, he has made many TV appearances, including Lorraine and The Alan Titchmarsh Show, where his enthusiasm and delicious recipes have proved irresistible. He is completing a Masters Degree in Nutritional Medicine, runs two nutrition clinics, and has in-depth knowledge of evidence-based nutritional medicine and how it can work alongside conventional medicine. His previous book on nutritional medicine has sold over 7,000 copies in the UK and this is his first major cookbook.

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Ginger on 11 April 2013
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Firstly, thank you to all the Amazon reviewers that helped me make exactly the choice I was looking for - you helped me enormously.

I wanted to remind and re-educate myself on healthy eating, more specifically what I need to eat to try and mitigate some minor health issues. I already eat well and quite healthily, but I knew I wasn't doing enough, or had enough variety in my diet, but didn't know how to start improving things. So I trawled Amazon and came across this book. It is *exactly* what I was looking for, but I never expected to be so seriously impressed.

There is plenty of substantiated information on vitamins/nutrients/fibre etc contained in certain foods (fruit, veg, grains etc), but it is most definitely not written in a dry, or hard-to-read way. The 'science bits' are based on modern findings but if the jury is still out on facts, the author tells you so. He makes no sweeping statements, which I really liked.

There are separate sections on foods (telling you what is in them and how they help the body), recipes, and then at the back of the book, conditions (PCOS, menopause, inflammatory diseases like arthritis etc). So you get the information just on the foods themselves, but then information on certain conditions and what may help to improve them. And in the middle, some of the best healthy recipes I have personally ever seen, no exaggeration.

The recipes are quick (bless that man for understanding how busy we all are), but inspired and easy. I've tried a few of them since I received the book last week and all of them so far have been nothing short of delicious. I currently have the Chocolate No-Cheese Cake setting in my fridge.
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Susan Quinlan on 13 Mar. 2013
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I recently boughht this new cookbook and I love it. The book begins with some interesting information on why certain foods are good for us. Then there are a number of wonderful tasty recipes. Each recipe is colour coded and it tells us how it benefits the body. There are recipes for the skin, joints and bones, respiratory system, immune system, metabolic system, mental and nervous system, the circulatory system, digestive system and the reproductive and urinary system.

I have tried lots of the recipes and they are easy to follow, quick to make and made from household ingredients. I also feel so well from eating these recipes and already I have noticed differences in my skin and I'm sleeping soundly. I think this cookbook would be a great investment for someone who wants to get healthier and enjoys eating tasty food.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Dudley on 4 Mar. 2015
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Don't buy this book for the Kindle. The text is unreadable in three columns per page and comes out very small and light grey in colour. Very disappointed to waste my money I was looking forward to reading it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frances on 6 Dec. 2014
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This book has completely and utterly transformed my attitude to my health, food and also how to cook at home.
Dale's writing style is fluid and easy to understand, with lots of helpful hints and tips through the recipes and the book is also very well laid out - plenty of space to make your own notes so that every time you use it, you get better and better :)

I think the other really important change this book has helped me make is, it has encouraged me to become an 'expert' on health and the benefits of certain foods. Our body is a carefully balanced machine; why wouldn't we want to become an expert in it's operation?!

Most importantly though, every recipe (and I mean every single one) is genuinely easy to make, and delicious. Several of them have become weekly features on our menu at home :)

I can't sing Dale's praises enough - Buy it, you won't regret it!!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Just my opinion TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2014
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Many of the recipes look lovely, we don't understand digestion yet so it's a stretch to say eating this ingredient will make a difference but it's full of healthy tasty looking recipes that don't look too much of a hassle to make and the information included is interesting.

The Kindle book though isn't very good. There's no contents, bookmarks just say bookmark, I have 10 bookmarks and I have no idea which recipe or section they belong to. It's nicely presented and easy to read on my 9 inch tablet but no contents or index with links embded means scrolling to index, finding recipe then getting to said page, or just scrolling and scrolling...other cookery books have been set up far better than this.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By amelia on 30 Nov. 2013
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at last! heres a cookery book- focusing on healthy foods, the recipes are simple, unfussy and dont require 5 hours preparation! I use this regularly, it's covered in stuff I use in cooking- it doesnt live on my bookshelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Savage on 1 Nov. 2014
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I love this book. I think I could eat everything and constantly refer to it. It's recipes are simple but tasty and the colour coding system makes it easy for someone looking to improve a certain aspect of their health. The photographs are lovely too. Just wish there was a follow up as I want more! The only thing which was also mentioned by another reviewer is the lack of index but it is swift to move through so only takes a few seconds to go from soups to main courses. Even better is that so many of the dishes are quantities for one or two. Bring on the next book Dale ...
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