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3.STRANGER GINS; 50 things to drink while you watch TV (Dog 'n' Bone, 2021, 64 pages, $13.99 hardbound) has been compiled by Carol Hilker, a Chicago-based food writer. All of the shows are “series” and include old and new. Thus, there's Twin Peaks (recommended drink: Jacoby's Coconut). Fleabag (Hot Priest), Mad Men (Dirty Don Martini), and Seinfeld (Festivus)...But no Sopranos. She's got recipes and reasons for each show. PS: I'm not ashamed to admit having seen all of these shows but drinking just wine. Quality/Price Rating:87
4.THE EVERYTHING GUIDE TO THE INSULIN RESISTANCE DIET; lose weight, reverse insulin resistance, and stop pre-diabetes. (Adams Media, 2021, 270 pages, ISBN 978-1-5072-1420-6, $25.99 softbound) is by Marie Feldman and Jodi Dalyai, both of whom are registered dietitians and diabetes educators. Both use nutrition in their daily work to help patients in the areas of weight loss and diabetes. Much has already been written in the media about both diabetes and pre-diabetes, but this book begins a bit earlier with “insulin resistance”. The key here is weight loss and, of course, lifestyle pattern changes. These alone would go a long way to end the path to diabetes. They've got 150 recipes and a 10-week plan for healthy eating and increased activity. Based on their researches and patients they have worked with, you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. The book could have been improved if it had also used metric in the recipes, but at least it had metric conversion charts. Quality/price rating: 88.
5.ROOT & NOURISH; an herbal cookbook for women's wellness (Tiller Press, 2021, 240 pages, $39.99 hardbound) is by holistic nutritionist and recipe developer Abbey Rodriguez and Ayurvedic health counselor Jennifer Kurdyla. Together they have collaborated on a presentation centering around kitchen herbs and spices to promote good health, longevity and beauty. Plant medicine has a rich history in everyday life, and through food and self-care – can be beneficial. After a discussion about the basics and the herbal pantry, the book has three main divisions: digestion, mental health, and hormonal health. Each is further divided by recipes for breakfasts, mains, sweets and teas and drinks. There's a concluding list of suppliers, a bibliography for further reading, and a listing for daily rituals that embrace rest and sleep, movement, connection and spirituality. Preps include matcha bites; dark chocolate fig oatmeal bites; herbal lullaby tea; cauliflower pizza with cashew cream, fennel, arugula and honey; spaghetti squash boats with basil and oregano; vanilla bean sweet potato banana pancakes.
Preparations have their ingredients listed only in US avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents (needed for the rest of the world).