In recent years it has become blatantly obvious that the food we eat affects our health in a massive way, but to many of us, eating healthily seems out of reach. It may be that we think it’s complicated, or expensive. We may just think it is plain boring or, like so many, we just don’t have a clue where to start. As well as that, it can be very confusing. We are often told that we must eat three meals a day, but someone else tells us we need to eat five meals a day. Some are told to not eat after 5pm, some are told that they must eat within five minutes of waking, and that we must not eat certain foods together, and that we must drink water before and after each meal…
The list of do’s and don’ts is overwhelming and much of it is coming from people who are on a particular path for their own health and wish to impart their ‘knowledge’ on the rest of us.
The Medicinal Chef, Dale Pinnock, is the pre-eminent voice in eating for good health. He has degrees in Human Nutrition and Herbal Medicine and a Masters in Nutritional Medicine, so he knows what foods really do your body good, and why. He has worked as a chef and knows the importance of using affordable, accessible ingredients to make it easy for everyone to unlock the full potential of the nutrients. Dale also collaborates regularly with GPs and other health professionals to teach people that good diet is instrumental in good health. Dale is also the author of the best-selling The Medicinal Chef: Eat Your Way to Better Health, The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day (winner of the Guild of Food Writers Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating), The Power of Three and the ground-breaking series of books to target specific ailments – Diabetes, Heart Disease, Digestion, Anxiety & Depression.
In his latest book, How to Cook Healthily, Dale gives us the quintessential guide to help make sense of what healthy dishes look like, how they are composed, and what cooking methods can be used to create a healthy dish and to get the best out of our ingredients.
Dale clearly explains why our bodies need certain foods – such as healthy fats, which he encourages people to eat with every meal. Not only because they ensure you get a good spectrum of them into your diet, but because they help to fill you up as they slow gastric emptying and influence ‘satiety’ hormones. He goes on to explain where you can find these healthy fats in your food and then references particular recipes later in the book.
The recipes are well laid out, easy to read and follow and comprise ingredients that are very accessible.
You may find yourself to be surprised at what foods, if cooked the right way, can be healthy. Venison Sausage and Rosemary Stew with Sweet Potato Mash, Roast Pork with Apple and Fennel Puree, Beef Moussaka, and Chilli Chocolate Brazils – all can be healthy if you follow the advice and recipes of the Medicinal Chef.
How to Cook Healthily gives key information as to what is beneficial to our bodies in certain ingredients and is packed with easy, everyday recipes for side dishes, main courses, healthy salads and sweet treats.
Start off 2017 with a new healthy attitude and lifestyle with How to Cook Healthy. Available at all leading book stores – 1 January, 2017 – in hardback format – RRP AU$39.00