It ranks right up there with green juice and coconut water as the next magic potion and it’s super easy to make at home – Bone Broth.
I have to admit that when I first looked at this book the title had me feeling a bit ‘put off’ -‘The Bone Broth Bible’. For some reason my palate wasn’t at all tempted as it usually is when I get a new cook book to review. However, I found the cover image to look quite appetising and inviting – especially for when those icy winter chills hit.
Bone Broth Bible author, Emma Ellice-Flint, brings to her nutrition profession not only a number of years of clinic experience and evidence-base nutrition advice but a wealth of knowledge about food and an excitement that goes with that understanding. She has cooked for a varied audience including politicians, royalty and celebrities and her keen interest in health saw her combine healthy, clean food into the style of cooking she produced.
It was the author’s knowledge and cooking experience that invited me to delve further into the book.
The Bone Broth Bible is an introduction to the benefits of the bone broth (a potent medicinal food) and how to incorporate bone broth into your daily diet with basic recipes.
In the book you will find that not only methods of cooking and storage are covered but also the history of bone broth, how it differs depending on where in the world it is made, its medicinal benefits and why it is now often referred to as ‘The Fountain of Youth’, ‘Liquid Cure-All’ and ‘The Wonder Booster for Health, Beauty and Vitality’. So good are the health benefits that elite sports men and women are embracing bone broth as a performance enhancer and that the collagen in the broth is beneficial for skin and joint pain.
When the broth ingredients are simmered slowly for a long period of time, cartilage, joints, connective tissue, meat, marrow and bones break down, releasing nutrients that are pure goodness and easy for the body to absorb.
The amino acid glutamine in bone broth assists in reducing sugar cravings which can help with weight loss and the glutamine aids digestion and healing in the gut restoring its ability to work properly. Two other components in bone broth are chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid, both great in the defence of infection and chronic inflammation.
Not only does Bone Broth Bible cover long and slow made broths, there is a recipe for a Kickstarter which will cleanse, detox and give your gastrointestinal tract a break from digesting whole foods, and recipes for cleansers, detoxifiers and anti-inflammatories.
In essence, bone broth provides an array of nutrients essential for health – glucosamine and chondroitin for bone and joint health; natural gelatine for digestive health; nutrients to help combat stress and nervous tension; amino acids that have anti-inflammatory and liver-protective action and also promote soft tissue, collagen and cartilage repair.
I have gone from someone who was ‘put off’ to someone who can’t wait to make her first batch of health promoting broth without even waiting until the depths of winter to give it a try.
Making broth is time consuming, but really simple. Whether you drink it as broth from a mug or add it to one of the delicious recipes shown in the book, I am sure your body will benefit from the liquid gold goodness of bone broth.
Bone Broth Bible – RRP AU$35.00 – available at all good book retailers or online at www.newhollandpublishers.com