Saturday, January 9, 2016


Depression, ADHD, memory loss, agitation: These may seem like inevitable byproducts of modern lives spent multitasking, not getting enough sleep, and operating on digital overload. But while much of the brain’s work still remains a mystery, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the food you eat directly affects how well your brain functions. Brain health also plays a significant role in staving off diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years.  

This is nothing like your mother's cookbook it is so much cooler. The uniqueness of the recipes are not only cooking with healthy foods but the use of a lot of herbs and spices and how they help you keep brain function top notch, increase your clarity and even reduce stress. Before you start to annihilate your clean kitchen by diving straight into the recipes the author wrote some very important and in-depth chapters regarding how to use ingredients properly, reducing recipe reading anxiety, developing your culinary mind and so much more. Such as FASS which acts like a culinary compass informing you the cook how to build taste and flavor in healthy foods. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Culinary Pharmacy which explains the connection between foods and the brain informing you of what brain healthy nutrients such as vitamins and nutrients in over eighty foods and spices.

The Healthy Mind Cookbook has recipes for any occasion. Soups, desserts, frittata, make your own dressing, bison, tonics and elixirs, this is an understated example of what is in store for you. Therefore, such a sizable selection of all ranges of food will never leave you in a pickle for what to cook. Last but not least the recipes are supplemented with witty insights from the author to sweeten up your mood. Such as, from the recipe Not Your Grampa’s Borscht:

“If you don’t want to look like a crime suspect, you may want to wear kitchen gloves while cutting up your beets”   

As the senior chef-in-residence and nutritional educator at one of the country's leading cancer wellness centers, REBECCA KATZ, MS, is the culinary link bringing together physicians and patients with a common goal: eating well to maximize cancer treatments, minimize side effects, and improve outcomes. She is the founder of the Inner Cook, a Bay Area culinary practice that specializes in meeting the specific nutritional and appetite needs of cancer patients, and a senior chef at Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Marin County, California. Katz has been a guest chef and lecturer at top academic medical centers throughout the country, including the annual Food As Medicine conference. 
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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