Top positive review
Nice and simple recipes, packed with nutrition
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
Wow! The last time I was compelled to write a review on a cookbook was when the book was so bad, I couldn't bring myself to donate it and threw it away. I can say that this is not the case this time. I love cookbooks and cooking with fresh ingredients. I am starting my journey to healing my gut and was worried about what I would eat. So many diet plans have odd meals that are impossible to sustain life with and even more impossible to take to work for lunch or eat on a week night. At first glance, the sample meal plan had me worried. That was quickly quieted as soon as I started looking at the recipes. This cookbook proved to me that I can do this food style transformation and enjoy what I eat.
I found this book easy to read. No stories, no extra words, just the recipes with well photographed and realistic photos. I was impressed that there wasn't any self promotion of Dr. Axe's own products. I find this an unfortunate trend. One reviewer said it was hard to follow (?). That confused me. This book is as straight forward as you can get. The ingredients can be found in any store, with maybe the exception of Bragg's Liquid Aminos, which I will be substituting coconut aminos due to eliminating soy from my diet. Oh yeah, he has several smoothies and a few snacks that require bone broth protein powder and collagen protein powder. Those are expensive luxuries, but the recipes call for only 2 tablespoons of powder, so a tub of powder would last a long time. The recipes that call for a powder doesn't bother me so much. I think I could make ice cubes out of bone broth and substitute them for the powder in some recipes. I will otherwise skip making the others. Honestly, I think there is a little bit for everyone in this book. Plenty of soup recipes, some nice sides that should appeal to anyone and chicken and beef are the main protein sources. There could have been a few more fish meals, but I think everyone can find something that makes them happy. Including snacks and desserts. I tend to be thrifty (a.k.a. as cheap) when buying cookbooks. I have to say, that I don't regret every penny spent on this book. It is worth the money.