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14-Day Mediterranean Diet Plan for Beginners

Title: 14-Day Mediterranean Diet Plan for Beginners
Author: Christine Patorniti, RD, CDE, MBA
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-600-3

“This cookbook is centered on the three main Mediterranean guiding principles: using whole foods, eating what’s in season, and sharing foods with old and new friends,” Christine Patorniti writes in the introduction of her book, 14-Day Mediterranean Diet Plan for Beginners: 100 Recipes to Kick-Start Your Health Goals.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-page paperback targets those interested in cooking two weeks’ worth of Mediterranean meals. After an introduction, the book is divided into two sections that contain one-hundred recipes, followed by listings of measurement conversion tables, references, index, and the author’s biography.

The first part has three chapters getting acquainted with the Mediterranean diet, preparing your kitchen and pantry, and meal planning. The second section has nine chapters of recipes for breakfast, soups, salads, snacks, sides, vegetarian, fish, seafood, poultry, and meat mains, sweets, desserts, sauces, dips, and dressings.

Each recipe includes its title, followed by a short descriptive paragraph. The type, serving size, and prep/cook time are on the outside of the pages, while the ingredients are located in the middle of the page in used order; numbered instructions, prep/ingredient/variation/substitution tips, and caloric information cover one to two pages.

~ Why ~
I am a fan of Mediterranean dishes so I appreciate the interesting information on the different regions and foods of the countries with their staples and flavors. The two-week meal plans make it easier to decide what to make, especially because there are comprehensive shopping lists for each week. I like that there are so many thirty-minute making meals.

Some of the notable recipes are Shakshuka Bake, Curry Zucchini Soup, Tricolor Tomato Summer Salad, Walnut and Freekeh Pilaf, Lemony Orzo, Linguine and Brussels Sprouts, Crushed Marcona Almond Swordfish, Moroccan Meatballs, Quick Herbed Lamb and Pasta, Cranberry Loaf Roll-Up, Pickled Turnips, and Cider Yogurt Dressing.

An example of one of the daily meals is Day 4:
South of the Coast Sweet Potato Toast
Spring Mix with Fig and Citrus Dressing
Cod a la Romana

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Mediterranean dishes may not have any interest in this book. Others may not like that many of the meals are made only of plant sources. While the diet touts drinking wine, no suggested wines are paired with the recipes.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. Several of the fourteen-day meals are left-overs or repeats.

~ Want ~
If you love making meals based on the Mediterranean diet, this book that has one-hundred healthy and delicious recipes will be used often.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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The 21-Day Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Plan

Title: The 21-Day Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Plan
Author: Andy De Santis, RD, MPH with Michelle Anderson
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-570-9

“It presents an expertly crafted 21-day plan to put you on the path toward your weight-loss goals and help you seamlessly embrace fasting,” Andy De Santis with Michelle Anderson writes in the introduction of his book, The 21-Day Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Plan: Recipes, Meal Plans, and Exercises for a Healthier You.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-two-page paperback targets those interested in taking breaks and fasting between meals to lose weight and improve their health using a three-week program. After an introduction, the book is divided into two parts that have eleven total chapters, followed by measurement conversions, references, index, acknowledgments, and the authors’ biography.

In the first part of the book, the beginning explains intermittent fasting daily and weekly while the following chapters are on exercising, planning with food essentials, and suggestions dealing with health issues. The second half of the book contains over seventy-five recipes for breakfasts, smoothies, soups, salads, vegetarian/vegan mains, poultry/seafood mains, beef/pork mains, small meals, beverages, condiments, sauces, and dressings.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed serving size, prep and cook times, type of dish, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are addition, craving, preparation, substitution, and variation tips. All include caloric information.

~ Why ~
I have been intermittent fasting for about six months, using the 14:10 formula and cannot seem to advance to sixteen hours without food so this is a timely book. I love that it offers both the daily and weekly plans as well as what to eat at each meal.

Some of the notable recipes are Shrimp-Kale Omelet, Blueberry-Green Tea Smoothie, Sweet Potato-Orange Soup, Edamame Mixed Green Salad with Berries, Traditional Falafel Pockets, Tofu Moussaka, Market Bulgur-Chicken Skillet, Mediterranean Fish Tacos, Rich Pork Stroganoff, Rustic Beef and Cabbage Stew, Chicken and Artichoke Heart, and Peppermint-Mocha Coffee.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not need or want to lose weight may not want this book, but it does have some great healthy recipes. Others may not like making meals or the time it takes to cook them. Some may get light-headed or woozy not eating for twelve hours or more, but this includes sleep time.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. There is no chapter on desserts.

~ Want ~
If you are ready to seriously lose weight by intermittently fasting, this is a wonderful sourcebook to get you started. Having lost over ten pounds in five months by eating with long breaks in between, I can attest it is a doable diet that will make you feel better and healthier.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #21DayIntermittentFastingWeightLossPlan #AndyDeSantis #MichelleAnderson

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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Healing

Title: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Healing
Author: Amber Robinson
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-411-5

“You will learn everything you need to get the most out of each essential oil you work with and become more confident with working with oils,” Amber Robinson writes in the first part of her book, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Healing: 120 Remedies to Restore Mind, Body, and Spirit.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eighteen-page paperback targets those who are interested in or want to learn about aromatherapy and making recipes with essential oils. After a dedication, table of contents, and introduction, the book is divided into two parts that contain eight chapters with one-hundred-and-twenty remedies, followed by resources, references, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first part contains five chapters involving the definition of aromatherapy, emotional and physical healing, essential safety, healing, and descriptions of twenty key essential oils. The second section has three chapters of recipes and remedies for emotional and physical healing, beauty, and wellness,

While each essential oil covers one page and includes healing properties, treatment, precautions, substitutes, and uses, each recipe is on one to two pages each and begins with a title followed by scent, quantity, user age, and a description. A list down the left side of the page has ingredients and equipment needed in used order. The numbered instructions are easy to follow in paragraph form. Storage, safety, and swap tips are at the bottom.

~ Why ~
This is an informative book that not only has thorough descriptions of many herbs such as bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, Roman chamomile, and vetiver, but it also has a plethora of healing blends, bath soaks, treatments, sprays, compresses, masks, massage oils, soaps, serums, and scrubs. There are plenty of options to make lovely aromatic homemade gifts.

Some of the interesting recipes are Frazzle Nerves Bath Soak, Uplift Diffusion Blend, Escape from Exhaustion Spray, Delousing Mask Treatment, Muscle Miracle Massage Blend, Boo-Boo Spray, Armpit Detox Mask, Luxurious Lips Sugar Scrub, Whipped Shaving Cream, and Varicose Vein Minimizing Treatment.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like scents or do not know the benefits of essential oils may have no interest in this read. Others may not want to buy the many needed ingredients and equipment to make some of the recipes.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were more photographs and illustrations of the herbs, equipment used, and completed remedies.

~ Want ~
If you want to know more about aromatherapy and essential oils, this is an excellent source because it is concise, full of information and recipes, and easy to use. No doubt some remedies will make great gifts to give to friends and family.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #AromatherapyandEssentialOilsforHealing #AmberRobinson

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Convection Oven Cooking Made Simple

Title: Convection Oven Cooking Made Simple
Author: Janet A. Zimmerman
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64739-053-2

“Find helpful hacks designed to make convection cooking fast and delicious,” states the back cover of Janet A. Zimmerman’s book, Convection Oven Cooking Made Simple: A Guide and Cookbook to Ge the Most Out of Your Convection Oven.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-eight-page paperback targets those interested in understanding, using, and cooking with a convection oven. After an introduction, the book is divided into eight sections that contain one-hundred-and-one recipes, followed by cooking charts, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter is an overview of the countertop and full-size convection ovens and how they work, size options, and cookware. The next seven chapters cover recipes of breakfast and brunch, vegetables, sides, and appetizers, seafood, poultry, beef, pork, and lamb, breads and savory pastries, and desserts and sweets.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by notes of it being gluten- or dairy-free, vegetarian, one pan, or made in under thirty minutes. The serving size, prep/cook times, and ingredients used in order are listed on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are simple swaps, even easier, save for later, and helpful hacks plus alterations for countertop ovens.

~ Why ~
A few years ago I installed a built-in downdraft oven with the convection option, but I was always afraid to use it until my daughter-in-law helped me make Thanksgiving dinner. Now sold on its easy, time-saving capabilities, I love having this book of cooking guidelines and unique dishes that sound delicious. I like that one-pan and under thirty-minute recipes are mentioned.

Some of the notable recipes are Sausage-Cheddar Scones, Smoked Salmon and Mixed Herb Frittata, Crispy Parmesan Potatoes, Oven Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon-Wrapped Herb-Stuffed Trout, Snapper Fillets with Braised Celery, Adobo-Style Chicken and Rice, Roasted Duck Breasts with Oven Fries, Braised Bratwurst and Cabbage, Shawarma-Style Lamb Loin Chops and Potatoes, Cajun Cornbread, Olive Focaccia, Easy Blueberry Streusel Cake, and Candy Bar Cookie Bars.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like cooking may not appreciate this book. Some may think the recipes are only for convection ovens, yet they could be adapted to regular ovens.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. It would be nice to include caloric content for the recipes.

~ Want ~
If you are nervous about using a convection oven, don’t be as this book will calm your cooking insecurities and provide a plethora of delicious, mouth-watering meals in less time and with less effort.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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Family Cookbook Recipe Journal

Title: Family Cookbook Recipe Journal
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-905-9

“This customizable keepsake makes it easy to collect all your favorite recipes in one place so that you, or someone you love, can cook and enjoy them for years to come,” the back cover states in the book, Family Cookbook Recipe Journal: A Blank Recipe Book for Family Favorites.

This two-hundred-and-ten-page paperback targets those who love to cook and pass down family food recipes. After ownership, instruction, and blank contents pages, there are eight color-coded sections to add one-hundred-and-eighty-four handwritten recipes. The ending has a measurement conversions page.

With the first four chapters containing blank pages for eighteen pages, the last four sections have twenty-eight pages for recipes. The bright sections are highlighted in yellow, green, orange, light blue, purple, olive, red, and blue with the name, source, serving, and prep/cook times. There are columns of lines for the ingredients and instructions with an area for notes at the bottom.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal book for someone who loves to cook and keep track of their favorite recipes so they can pass it on to others. The bright sections stand out and can be glanced at quickly. There is ample space for each recipe on the page or an area to tape a pre-typed dish or menu.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not cook or care about keeping delicious recipes in one place may not appreciate this book. Others may not like that they have to write down all information. Some may prefer a hardbound to give to others. Some may feel overwhelmed adding so many recipes.

~ Wish ~
With the book being customizable, it would be nice if each section had a cover page to write down what the name of each recipe is and page number so that a person could quickly look them up.

~ Want ~
If you want to share your special, favorite meals and have a lot of them, this food recipe journal would be a nice collection to pass on to a loved one or friend, but I suggest adding photographs of the completed dishes so you know what they look like.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #FamilyCookbookRecipeJournal #BlankCookbook

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The Green Wizard’s Guide

Title: The Green Wizard’s Guide
Author: Ron Neitzel
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-733523202

“Yes, I am trying to tell you that everything about your yard starts with the ground and below,” Ron Neitzel writes in the second chapter of his book, The Green Wizard’s Guide.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixteen-page paperback targets those who want to learn more about having a pristine lawn and yard so they can be the envy of the neighborhood. After an introduction, the book is divided into fourteen chapters that cover the topic. With highlighted sections and lists, it ends with an author’s note, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

This short read spells out how to use natural remedies, soil strategies, and low-cost concoctions to grow an amazing yard and nutritious garden without using poisonous chemicals. After a welcome, the book is written with slapstick comments while providing tips, recipes, potions, suggestions, mistakes, and help maintaining healthy ground for plants.

~Why ~
This is a quirky read that teaches how to become a green wizard gardener. It includes the writer’s personal adventures of converting hard, clay-soil dirt into worm-filled, lush-leafed plants that require less time, effort, and ongoing attention. I appreciated learning about the use of Epsom salts, corn gluten, beer, molasses, skim milk, rock dust, and garlic and how they can beautify the yard.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not be interested in reading a book about natural ways to enhance a yard as they prefer paying someone to dump toxic chemicals on it periodically. Others may tire of the inserted nonsensical wizardry that is added as fluff to the writing.

~ Wish ~
Although the book is a light-hearted, sometimes silly read, all the information could be surmised on a single, one-sided page of college-rule paper. Including a topical index may be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a healthy, inexpensive way to improve the soil in your yard and don’t mind reading through added mystical powers of wizards, you may become the one on the block with the secrets to having an incredible lawn.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #TheGreenWizardsGuide #RonNeitzel

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Sugar Detox in 10 Days

Title: Sugar Detox in 10 Days
Author: Pam Rocca
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-752-9

“By removing sugar and refined foods from your diet, you can experience an increase in your energy level and alertness and a reduction in bloating and inflammation,” Pam Rocca writes in the introduction of her book, Sugar Detox in 10 Days: 100+ Recipes to Help Eliminate Sugar Cravings.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eighteen-page paperback targets those interested in getting rid of the cravings for sugar in their diet. After an introduction, the book is divided into eleven sections that contain one hundred recipes, followed by measurement conversions, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter offers an overview of sugar cravings and their effects, refined foods, different names for sugar, addiction, stress, and physical ways to avoid it. The second part focuses on detoxing the kitchen, food lists, nutrition tips, and good habits, while the third one has four ten-day plans covering lean meat, pescatarian, vegan, and vegetarian meals, complete with pantry lists. The remaining chapters have recipes for breakfast, condiments, dips, sauces, salads, soups, vegan/vegetarian mains, seafood, poultry, and lean meat meals, and desserts.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by yield, prep/cook times, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are additions, cooking/prep tips, substitutions, time-saving, and storage suggestions. Caloric information is listed for each recipe.

~ Why ~
I will admit it: I have an addiction to sugar and have ardently tried to eliminate the cravings. This book helps in switching from processed/refined/sugary foods to healthy, delicious choices. I like how simplified the recipes are and easy to follow. Having the four different food plans is very helpful.

Some of the notable recipes are Sweet Potato Toast, Tofu Scramble Stir-Fry, Immune-Boosting Smoothie, Pumpkin-Spiced Muffins, Lemon Tahini Dressing, Cashew Fruit Dip, Peanut Curry Sauce, Beet and Grapefruit Salad, Chicken Detox Stew, Eggplant Parm, Lasagna-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Slow Cooker Barbeque Lentil Chili, Creamy Tuscan Salmon, Cajun White Fish, Epic Turkey Meatballs, Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Bowls, No-Bake Lemon Cake Balls, and Chocolate Almond Butter Cups.

~ Why Not ~
Those who crave sugar and do not want to bother stopping its unhealthy outcomes will have no need for this book. Others who do not like to bake or cook may not have the time or interest to try its recipes.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you are truly serious about eliminating sugar and refined foods from your diet, this helpful book not only shows you how to do it in ten days via four types of diet plans, but it also provides over one-hundred recipes to do it.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #SugarDetoxin10Days #PamRocca

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21-Day Vegan Raw Food Diet Plan

Title: 21-Day Vegan Raw Food Diet Plan
Author: Heather Bowen
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-719-2

“Following this 21-day raw vegan meal plan will ensure your highest level of health and vitality while saving you precious time and money,” Heather Bowen writes in the second chapter of her book, 21-Day Vegan Raw Food Diet Plan: 75 Satisfying Recipes to Revitalize Your Body.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-page paperback targets those interested in eating only raw vegan meals for a more healthy outcome. After an introduction, the book is divided into eight chapters that contain a 3-week diet plan and seventy-five recipes, followed by measurement conversions, references, resources, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter explains a vegan raw food diet, nutrition information, and supplement suggestions while the second chapter is setting up your kitchen, pantry items, soaking/sprouting/freezing tables, and equipment. The third section contains the three weekly plans, complete with breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner menus plus shopping lists, planning, and prepping. The next six chapters have recipes for smoothies, breakfasts, soups, salads, entrees, snacks, and desserts using nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and fresh vegetables.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by prep times, yield, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used in the middle of the page with numbered directions underneath. Often added are prep, ingredient, and variation tips. All include caloric information.

~ Why ~
I am not vegan, but often love eating raw vegetables so this is a handy cookbook with all of its healthy recipes. I like that the directions are simplistic, easy to follow, and usually do not require too much time to make.

Some of the notable recipes are Lentil Walnut Tacos, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie, Blueberry Avocado Dream Smoothie, Instant Hemp Milk, Carrot Cake Overnight Oaks, Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, Watermelon Gazpacho, Cauliflower Tabouli Salad, Jackfruit Sloppy Joes, Almond Rawmesan Cheese, Zucchini Hummus, Jicama Fries and Ketchup, Date Truffles, and Chocolate Avocado Pudding.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not interested in raw vegan dishes may not appreciate this book, but it does have some great healthy recipes. Others may not have the time for dehydrating, soaking, or sprouting ingredients to make some of the meals.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you are or want to be vegan and eat only raw foods for a three-week period, this is a nice hands-on cookbook with plenty of healthy options.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#21DayVeganRawFoodDietPlan #HeatherBowen #RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub

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The Essential Panini Press Cookbook

Title: The Essential Panini Press Cookbook
Author: Sean Curry
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-733-8

“Start with the fundamentals of how to choose, use, and maintain a panini press. Then, learn how to stack your panini so the cheese gets extra-melty while the other ingredients stay crisp,” states the back cover of Sean Curry’s book, The Essential Panini Press Cookbook: 100 Creative & Classic Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-six-page paperback targets those interested in making mainly sandwiches with a panini machine. After an introduction, the book is divided into six sections that contain one hundred recipes, followed by measurement conversions, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter offers an overview of the panini machine and its features, use, cleaning, and care as well as how to stack a panini and Italian sandwich terms. The next five chapters cover vegetables, fruits, cheeses, poultry, seafood, beef, pork, breakfast, brunch, desserts, salads, spreads, slaws, and sauces.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by yield, prep/cook times, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are additions, prep tips, substitutions, and where to find specific ingredients.

~ Why ~
I love hearty sandwiches with delicious fresh bread that is toasted so making paninis are fun and creative. I like the simplistic instructions and variety of so many dish options with sometimes unique ingredients I would never expect in a panini.

Some of the notable recipes are Grilled Cheese with Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower Cheesesteak, Perfectly Peared Press, Cajun Chicken Panini, Mediterranean Tuna Salad Panini, Grilled Oysters, the Great Hoagini, Chorizo Quesadilla, Pork Medallions, Garden State Throwdown, Caprese Avocado Toast, Apple Cider Doughnut Panini, Homemade Aioli, Mango-Lime Slaw, Orzo Salad, and Muffuletta Olive Spread.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like sandwiches, especially toasted or grilled ones, may have no need for this book. Others may have issues finding some of the ingredients such as pastrami, traditional mustard powder, and specialty hot sauce, but the suggestion locations added are helpful.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. It would be nice to have a detailed photograph of a panini machine so some could understand it better and realize a George Foreman Grill may work too.

~ Want ~
If you love crispy and sometimes gooey sandwiches that are restaurant quality, this cookbook may be the answer, especially if you want something tasty with unusual ingredients.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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21-Day Arthritis Diet Plan

Title: 21-Day Arthritis Diet Plan
Author: Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-829-8

“The diet presented in this book is not a weight-loss diet. It is an inflammation- and pain-reduction diet,” Ana Reisdorf writes in the introduction of her book, 21-Day Arthritis Diet Plan: Nutrition Guide and Recipes to Fight Osteoarthritis Pain and Inflammation.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-six-page paperback targets those interested in potentially eating differently to lessen pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis. After an introduction and description, the book is divided into nine chapters that contain a 3-week diet plan and seventy-five recipes, followed by measurement conversions, references, index, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter explains osteoarthritis, its cause, stages, diet connection, and getting a good sleep, while the second chapter examines foods and supplements to alleviate pain, buying olive oil, and stocking the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Chapter 3 has the 21-day plan, divided into weekly sections with suggested breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, shopping lists, and tips. The final six chapters are the recipes for breakfast, smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, meatless mains, poultry, fish, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, and desserts.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed serving size, prep and cook times, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are substitution and cooking tips, pairing recipes and beneficial ingredients. All include caloric information.

~ Why ~
I have osteoarthritis so am always looking for healthy ways to improve my body while keeping the pain at bay, and this book concentrates on the issue. I like the simplistic instructions and variety of so many dish options with sometimes unique ingredients that follow the Mediterranean diet.

Some of the notable recipes are Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Red Breakfast Hash, Peri-Peri Shrimp with Avocado Salad, Pesto Chicken Sandwiches, Pasta Primavera, Three-Bean Salad, Cod and Veggies in Parchment, Quick Turkey Piccata, Lamb Chili, Beef Fajitas with Guacamole, Honey Green Tea Sorbet, and Pistachio Meringue Cookies.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have osteoarthritis may not need this book, but it does have some great healthy recipes. Others may not like making meals or the time it takes to cook them.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you are in pain from osteoarthritis and want to eat better to lessen it, this is a well-written, practical guidebook on delicious healthy eating that is planned out over a 3-week period.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#21DayArthritisDietPlan #AnaReisdorf #RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub

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