Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.; 1 edition (November 3, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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Cultured Food for Health is a cookbook and introduction to the health benefits of cultured foods; specifically: kefir, kambucha, and cultured vegetables. The recipes are varied and there are some fascinating things to cook - from Watermelon Pico De Gallo to Flu-Prevention Cultured Vegetables. But the lack of images, ingredients hard to come by in normal stores, and that every single recipe includes an ingredient you have to buy from the author's website/webstore do let the book down.The book breaks down as follows: Part I: Fermenting Health (The hundred trillion friends you didn't know you had; The trilogy; Prebiotics: another digestive ally; Your health and cultured foods; Bringing the trilogy into you life). Part II: The Recipes (The basics; Breakfast treats and smoothies; Dips and appetizers; Main courses; Side dishes and salads; Desserts; Beverages; Condiments, dressings, flavorings, and pickles. Afterward, appendix (21 day trilogy program, metric conversion table, index, endnotes).I can't fault the author for her enthusiasm over the topic - the introduction chapters are full of health accolades of what cultured foods might do for you: from curing acne to IBS. From the description, the three cultured food types, when taking together and regular, are one step toward curing cancer, not to mention the common cold. Yes, it is a lot of anecdotal evidence of how it helped her family with nearly any ailment with an occasional study result thrown in - but certainly probiotics and the gut are hot topics right now in the diet and health industry. I just don't believe they are the panacea the author makes them out to be.There were two frustrations with this book I had, though. First and foremost, nearly everything requires a starter.
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