A Phone Tree Book Review|The Healthy Mind Cookbook

The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity by Rebecca Katz


About the Book: “A collection of more than 120 recipes formulated to optimize brain health, boost memory, improve mood, sharpen the central nervous system, and more.

Feed your mind.

Depression, ADHD, memory loss, agitation: These may seem like inevitable byproducts of modern lives spent multitasking, not getting enough sleep, and operating on digital overload. But while much of the brain’s work still remains a mystery, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the food you eat directly affects how well your brain functions. Brain health also plays a significant role in staving off diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years.

With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.” (from the hardcover edition)

Phone Tree Book Review: The Healthy Mind Cookbook was a 246-page book that did much to feed the mind of this particular reader. The author’s main objective, per the title, was to call attention to big-flavor recipes that enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity. The book was divided into sections ranging from soups to “sweet bites,” but it was only the first three chapters of this book that spoke more so to the science, if you will, of food. The remaining content, including, but not limited to the recipes themselves as well as the cook’s notes, combined interesting commentary and facts to make this cookbook somewhat entertaining.

Going into reading this book, I had a certain mindset and idea of what I thought I would find. And while I did find what I was looking for, it wasn’t to the degree that I had anticipated. I did find the recipes to be colorful, flavored, and textured, which kept things exciting for this foodie. The emphasis with this book, in my opinion, would be more so on recipes and anecdotes versus food science.

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: Cooking & Food, Healthy Living
Source: Blogging for Books (Ten Speed Press)

A complimentary ARC of this book was made available for review in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither compensated for my review, nor expected to submit a positive report.


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