Note: all books reviewed are available at the Toronto Public Library.
The Kind Diet
Despite having seen this slightly weird video of Alicia Silverstone feeding her son pre-chewed food directly from her own mouth, I wanted to check out her book “The Kind Diet” which was suggested to me by a friend. In her book, Alicia Silverstone outlines her path to becoming vegan and managed to examine the benefits of such a diet without being preachy. I learned a lot about how mainstream animal protein is farmed and merchandised to the public which makes me feel like I have more power as a consumer. There is a recipe section which is divided into three sections which build up on going vegetarian to vegan (the later by the way means eating no animal or animal by-products). I made Eggplant Chana Masala with a group of middle school students and we all quite enjoyed it! If you are interested in the topic of veganism or just want to learn more about whole and natural foods check this book out. Four out of five stars!
Meals That Heal Inflammation
Julie Daniluk is a pretty well-known Canadian Nutritionist and is the host of OWN’s Healthy Gourmet – and she graduated from the school I’m going to so I’m extra proud of her book “Meals That Heal Inflammation”. I waited 3 months for this book at the library, but it was worth the wait. Julie’s book talks about how inflammation within the body is often caused by food. By using anti-inflammatory healing foods as medicine, we can give our body a break and restore balance. Both recipes that I’ve tested so far were 100 percent delectable; African Nut Butter Stew which was a creamy white bean, sweet potato, almond butter, and kale based concoction as well as Cinnamon Baked Apples, a lovely grain free version of apple crisp. Five out of five stars!
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