Monday, May 24, 2021

The Autoimmune Protocol Reintroduction Cookbook: Nourishing Recipes for Every Stage of Your Reintroduction Protocol - Includes Recipes for The 4 Stages of AIP!

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The Autoimmune Protocol Reintroduction Cookbook is a tutorial guide and cookbook by Kate Jay. Due out 25th May 2021 from Quarto on their Fair Winds Press imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook available now). 

For people (and their families) who have gotten a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease it can be very very confusing to even begin to know where to start. Diet is virtually always an important component of management and (to the degree it's possible) recovery. The autoimmune protocol (AIP) has become best practice in many clinics and is recommended to millions of patients by their healthcare providers. This cookbook is for people who have gone through the early stages of the AIP and are looking for healthy ways to reintroduce foods to give variety without causing flare-ups or relapses.

The book is written in accessible understandable language which won't be a problem for the majority of readers. The author is encouraging, calm, and knowledgeable and the recipes are sensible and appealing. The chapters are arranged logically, with recipes grouped by subject: the introduction includes a good overview over the basics, what the AIP is (and isn't) and a short discussion of pantry basics and ingredients. The following chapters cover the reintroduction process, along with the recipes for the four progressive stages of reintroduction. Recipes have their ingredients listed in a bullet style format in a sidebar. Ingredient measures are provided in both American standard and metric measures (yay!!). The ingredients are mostly easily sourced and should be readily available at most moderately well stocked grocery stores (in North America). The recipes have tips in a highlighted text bar with information about FODMAP compliance, AIP substitutions, potential allergens, and more. Nutritional information is not included. Nearly all of the recipes are photographed and the pictures are clear and in color. Serving suggestions are appealing and appropriate. 

It can be quite challenging to try to cook for a family under normal circumstances, even more so if one of the family members is on a strictly controlled diet. There are many of these recipes which are palatable and appetizing enough to be very well received by the whole family or incorporated into a family mealtime without anyone feeling deprived or left out.

Five stars. Well worth a look for people who are on some stage of the AIP diet or are cooking for someone who is.

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

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