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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Food for Optimum Health, 20 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Functional Nutrition Cookbook: Addressing Biochemical Imbalances Through Diet (Paperback)
I should declare a clear bias with this review, as Lorraine Nicoll co-authored Biochemical Imbalances in Disease, which is one of my favourite nutrition texts. She has now joined up with Christine Bailey to write what is an innovatory cookery book. Designed on a personalized, system-based approach, the reader is educated in two distinct ways. Firstly they are asked to think about how the body keeps optimally healthy by eating the sorts of foods that evidence based nutrition tells us works. Secondly the reader is shown in the form of a number of delicious recipes just how to use this knowledge and produce great food for the table.

Using nutrition to help with optimal body function ensures better energy and less illness when in the early and middle years, and less reliance on medication to reduce the common ailments prevalent in later years. There is much research telling us unequivocably that obesity, heart disease and diabetes have direct links to diet. So it would seem are a number of illnesses considered auto-immune in nature. All can be influenced by nutrient deficiencies or excess to have eventual effects on cell function microscopically and in whole systems when considered at a clinical level.

Nutritional intervention starts best in childhood. During the early years are where we as a society fail to appreciate the costs of using processed and convenience foods over natural whole foods that are produced in a more traditional manner for the table. This book provides the link between the practitioner and nutrition as a behavioural science-teaching us how to apply nutrition knowledge in our eating habit.

There's nothing I didn't like about the design or content of the book. Sure we are used to cookery books having lavish graphics and pictorial content-The Functional Nutrition Cookbook doesn't provide this, it's aimed at those who value substance over design. Our copy is up alongside Jamie, Lorraine, Anjum and Rick's books, but it'll be used to plan our family's meals just as often as the traditional cookery titles.

I've tried several of the healthy snacks and soups out on our own family, and there were no unfinished plates. In particular I recommend the Thai Beef Salad followed by Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream. It works-and so does this rather excellent book!
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