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Not what I expected. It's mostly just a cookbook. Two pages were valuable and those were the ones that said "food you can enjoy" and "foods you should avoid". That's all I needed to know. If you like to cook, the recipes are fine. However, I cook very plain. Just a piece of fish or chicken, salt and pepper and cook.
I was eager to read the introduction and though short, it was mildly informative. The 2 recipes I tried, Balsamic Chicken and One-Pot Mushroom Pasta were HORRIBLE. I was not only disappointed for myself but I was trying to prepare my resistant husband for an anti-inflammatory diet in January. THAT won't be happening! Like the excess food I threw away, this new book will be joining it, IN THE TRASH :-O
I can't believe the recipes in this book. The author identifies sodium as an inflammatory ingredient yet offers recipes with incredibly high sodium content. One such recipe has over 3000 mg of sodium per serving! A person could have a heart attach or stroke after that meal. Just ridiculous that there aren't more cook books with delicious, low-sodium recipes that are heart healthy and anti-inflammatory. I wish i could return this one.
I like the information in the book, it is straightforward and easy to understand. The recipes seem easy as well, so that's a plus!
The format is not as advertised, though. In the Amazon listing, there were photos of recipe pages with pictures of ingredients for the recipe in the margins. I am a very visual person, and this omission makes this book infinitely less usable to me. I would not have bought it if I had known the recipes had no pictures.
The quality of the printing is also not great, it looks like someone printed this out on their inkjet at home. Overall, I'm going to keep it, but I'll be looking for another cookbook in the meantime.
*Update: the formatting discrepancy was Amazon's fault. They have photos of recipe pages from "The Easy Anti-inflammatory Diet." If you look closely at the bottom of the recipe pages, it says The Easy Anti-inflammatory Diet, and you can also see these same photos in the product description of this book.
Even if you don't think you need an anti-inflammation eating plan, you will find many delicious recipes in this book. I admit we haven't tried most of them, but the recipes we've prepared have been delicious. There's a solid introduction to the concepts of anti-inflammation diets and the book gives many options for vegans, vegetarians, paloes, etc. The recipes are not super complicated and do not require many weird ingredients. Our naturopath suggested that my husband and I go on an anti-inflammation eating plan. I highly recommend this cookbook.
I did not feel this cookbook was for a beginner. Many recipes have lots of ingredients and things not normally in a beginners pantry. I definitely would need to do some specialized shopping. Too much work to begin learning.
I absolutely love this book! For years I had constant pain throughout my body. All the test came back negative. I decided to go on an anti inflammatory diet and bought this book. The book breaks done your shopping list for you along with what to eat three meals a day, for 2 weeks and extra recipes. After one month, I lost 14 pounds, pain is almost gone, I am sleeping better, and my energy is up. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a life changing experience!