A must-read for families dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
This one is personal. My lovely mother-in-law is dealing with Alzheimer’s, and it’s tough to watch. When I saw the title of this book, The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity, I immediately wanted to take a look. The book is packed with incredible nutrition tips and research along with Katz’s tasty recipes. The author Rebecca Katz has worked extensively with Dr. Andrew Weil, and I’m excited to meet her in person at the upcoming Nutrition and Health Conference in Denver.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into ten chapters: Your brain on food, the culinary pharmacy, building mind-blowing taste & flavor, soups, vegetables, meat & seafood, anytime foods, dollops, tonics & elixirs, and sweet bites. The layout and fonts are user-friendly.
A gorgeous full-page, full-color photograph by Maren Caruso appears every 3-4 pages, showcasing the beautiful food.
Recipes include gingered butternut squash soup, technicolor slaw, Big Cat’s turkey meatloaf with not-so-secret sauce, coconut curry cashews, pomegranate olive mint salsa, Simon’s genius elixir, and fall pear crisp. Think amped-up Mediterranean diet, with plant-forward recipes.
What I liked about the book:
The author is an excellent food writer with a strong voice, so the book is an outright pleasure to savor. It’s packed full of useful nutrition tips, cooking how-to’s, and humor. The recipes are mouth-watering in addition to being crazy-healthy. Plenty of recipes for vegans, paleo, and everyone in between, so long as you know your ingredients. Since the book provides nutritional analysis, people on low-sodium diets can enjoy (just know that some recipes are not low-sodium and check before making). Recipes do include meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs. The baking recipes seem to use nuts, nut meal, and coconut flour over wheat. While it doesn’t explicitly say so, the book seems to be completely gluten-free.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets.
all diets (see notes above)
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.