Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Made Simple: Delicious Recipes to Reduce Inflammation for Lifelong Health

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The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Made Simple is a nutrition guide with recipes included by Molly Thompson. Due out 20th July 2021 from Quarto on their Fair Winds Press imprint, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback format.

Recipes are arranged by category: breakfast, dips spreads & snacks, pasta & grains, poultry & pork, beef, seafood, meatless meals & sides, beverages, and desserts. They have their ingredients listed bullet style in the sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard, with metric measures in parentheses (yay!). There is no nutritional info provided. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and step by step cooking directions. Special features such as dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and refined sugar-free are noted in the headers for each recipe.

The ingredients are mostly easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store, and esoteric ingredients can be found online. Roughly half the recipes are pictured (by my quick estimate). The photographs which are included are clear and appealing and serving suggestions are appropriate. The food is styled attractively but not overdone.
This book would make a great gift/housewarming for someone cooking for themselves or family members with special dietary needs,  with appealing recipes, and fans of food-prep planning / batch cooking. These are healthy and appealing. I was impressed that the book avoided huge comprehensive lists of DO and DON'T eat foods. One of the biggest reasons I hesitated for so long to begin with an anti-inflammatory diet (despite psoriasis flare ups, a long history of PCOS, and moderate inflammatory joint pain (right knee) was because it seemed so darned -difficult- and there was so much forbidden. This book will make it a lot easier.

Four and a half stars.

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

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