Nurses World Magazine Review Total Nutrition Cooking

John R. Wilson, PhD (published in Nurses World Magazine, April 2007)

Larrian Gillespie is nothing if not forthright. She recommends “Nutrition Queens,” i.e., eating nutrition-dense foods included in the USDA Food Pyramid of 2005, and thirty minutes of “exhilarating exercise” each day. Then everyone (most of us, some of us) can say goodbye to heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. (I don’t wonder at the book’s disclaimers: This book “is sold with the understanding that the author and its publishers are not engaged in rendering professional services. … If a reader requires personal assistance or advice, a competent professional should be consulted.”)

That said, I am so glad that Gillespie wrote this book.

Her recipes are reasons to live! How about an appetizer of smoky cilantro and lime shrimp, or some “cranky crab” soup with spinach? Care to try the Portobello mushroom, tomato and basil sandwich or a tarragon chicken, raisin and almond sandwich on fresh, warm sourdough bread? Then there’s the tuna-curry pasta with cashews, scallops with peppered bacon and shallots, and butternut squash and cinnamon brown sugar, not to mention the apricot-honey and mustard pork tenderloin (Oh, my God!). If it’s desserts you crave, then try the almond-chocolate pudding, the coconut custard baked in acorn squash or Auntie Em’s comforting rice pudding.

What’s particularly refreshing is that this book doesn’t assert an umbrella diet for everyone. It does suggest that the relationship between diet and health is complex, that nutritional needs vary, and that dietary discretion, regular exercise, stress management and abstention from tobacco can prolong good health.

Who needs heaven? All I need is a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition Cooking and maybe a pinch of restraint.

reprinted with Permission, Nurses World Magazine


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