Meals That Heal
By Karen Maidment
Published in the U.K. (available at www.endibsnaturally.com), this colorful cookbook chronicles the author’s journey from irritable bowel syndrome to radiant health by foregoing grains and commercial dairy products. Maidment comes squarely down on the side of animal proteins and good fats, preferring butter, ghee, poultry fat and coconut oil. She uses coconut products creatively as substitutes for grains and works with rich chicken broth, natural sweeteners and fresh ingredients. The book contains a handy meal planner and shopping guide.
But the main appeal of Meals that Heal is the creative recipes, which include pan-fried liver with red onion and pear (for breakfast!), chestnut flour pancakes, breakfast fish cakes, creamy celeriac soup, Sicilian potato salad, fish curry and minty burgers. A great collection of slow-cooked meals includes lamb and sweet potato curry, Moroccan bison tagine and slow cooked jerk chicken.
Just a suggestion for future printings: Put all text on a white background so aging editors have no trouble reading it. The layout is creative but a little overdone. With graphics scaled back, the fine recipes can better shine through.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2013.