Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Runner's Kitchen - 100 Stamina-Building, Energy-Boosting Recipes, with Meal Plans to Maximize Your Training


The Runner's Kitchen is a tutorial guide and recipe collection for runners by Emma Coburn. Due out 5th Jan 2021 from Penguin Random House on their DK imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in paperback format. 

This is an interesting specialized niche training and nutrition book for runners (by an olympic medalist and world champion runner). The layout and language are logical and easy to understand and the recipes are varied and appealing. It also contains a number of meal plan guides which will help readers be more efficient in their food intake and training. An introductory chapter contains a very brief easy to understand overview over the types of nutrients and where to find them, specialized needs for training efficiency and just as importantly, rest and recovery, as well as optimizing condition for race days. This chapter also contains the meal plans for peak training weeks, off/recovery weeks, and race weeks. 

The recipes are arranged roughly thematically: morning fuel, brunch favorites, soups salads & sandwiches, main dishes, sides & condiments, and desserts. Recipes contain an introduction, serving size and yields, prep and cooking times. Ingredients are listed bullet style in a sidebar followed by step-by-step instructions. Ingredient measurements are given in American standard only. Nutritional information provided in a footer at the end of the recipes includes calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, and protein. The author does note special characteristics of ingredients and dishes which have anti-inflammatory properties, complex carbs, etc. 

The photography is abundant and beautifully done showing the author in the kitchen, running, and the prepared food. The food styling is professional looking, attractive and appetizing. 

Four stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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