Reviewed by Lynn Grudnik
Think health, whole foods, and simple lifestyle choices…that’s the premise behind this informative book!
Susan Smith Jones identifies over 50 of the most powerful foods and provides general information, nutritional values, health benefits, buying tips, culinary uses, lore and legend, and, when appropriate, descriptions of the more popular varieties of produce.
In the face of staggering confusion and conflicting claims about the nutritional value of different foods, this timeless gem of a book is a concise guide to all of the benefits of familiar natural foods. Its format makes the information easy to locate and quick to review. Foods are listed alphabetically and are accompanied by preparation suggestions for immediate use. Susan’s inventive recipes are easy to prepare and promise boundless pleasures, whether for your everyday table or for elaborate entertaining.
This book will prove to be a valuable gift for any friend or family member who is skeptical about the ability to obtain essential vitamins and nutrients from a strictly plant-based diet. Throughout the book, Susan cites scientific evidence that will help convince even the most devoted meat lover that incorporating more plant foods into his or her diet could help improve a myriad of health problems.
Susan’s approach is grounded in the lifestyle she has chosen for herself. It is based on the premise that nature provides us with just about everything we need to be radiantly healthy. She emphasizes the use of colorful, phytonutrient-rich foods and offers preparation techniques that enhance nutritional value and eliminate ingestion of chemicals and processed concoctions.
NatureFoods goes one step further by recommending specific appliances and kitchen tools essential for healthy food preparation. Because Susan has “walked the walk” and has worked as a nutrition counselor, culinary instructor, and a private whole-foods chef for over 30 years, she knows which items are the most useful and durable in the kitchen. The reader can be confident that whatever she suggests will be of the best quality and help create delectable meals. She also provides ample contact information to find and purchase those appliances which interest readers most.
Whether you are a beginner or a long-time health enthusiast, and no matter where you live, there is a wealth of nourishing information in NatureFoods. You’ll transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary as you are entertained, educated, motivated, and inspired.
“Reading The Healing Power of NatureFoods is an important step on the road to optimal health. You will learn how to choose the best foods to create a healthy and happy life. Read it and add years to your life and life to your years!”
Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of the bestselling book, Eat to Live
“This is a must-read for vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and anyone interested in vibrant health and nourishing food from an outstanding culinary instructor who writes from the heart.”
Neal Barnard, M.D., President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes