Rachael Braun

A Life in Balance By Meg Wolff

A Life in BalanceChanging your diet can change your life, and Meg Wolff is proof of that. A Life in Balance: Delicious Plant-based Recipes for Optimal Health* tells her story and provides an arsenal of recipes and tips for enjoying healthy, flavorful and economic meals. Eating a diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits can prevent and reverse chronic disease. more→

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Unprocessed By Chef Abbie Jaye

UnprocessedNot just a cookbook, Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and your Ideal Weight*, by Chef Abbie Jaye is not only loaded with recipes but tells a moving and inspiring life story of the author and how an unhealthy diet can affect every aspect of your life. The foods you eat can alter how you feel and look as well as cause or prevent disease. more→

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Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

Quick fix VeganReviewed by Rachael Braun. After a typical busy day, it’s hard to decide what to make for dinner. When time is particularly short, everything seems too complicated, so the fallback is ordering out or eating something lacking in flavor and/or nutrition. Robin Robertson’s Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less* will give the most time-pressed cooks the ability to prepare amazing, healthy, and speedy vegan meals in less than 30 minutes. It will not only save you time, but will save you money, too!  more→

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Put ‘em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton

Put Em Up Sherri Brooks Vinton’s Put ‘Em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook*, is a must-have book for every green kitchen and is the best guide and crash course in drying, freezing, canning, and pickling so you can enjoy seasonal foods all year-round. She breaks down and illustrates all the steps, changing the mindset that home food preservation is difficult, dangerous, and time-consuming. I was still wondering, “Why do it?”…Vinton’s answer: “Home-preserved foods are…delicious, high quality, economical, green, and traditional”… this was enough to make me check to see what tools I already had on hand to start a simple recipe. more→

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Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwai, PhD, with Debra Yost

Healing SpicesHealing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease* by Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal with Debra Yost (Sterling Publishing, 2011), shows us that its not only the whole foods we put into our bodies and the vitamins we take that can improve our health, but that the spices we use to liven up our foods can help heal our bodies and prevent us from being prey to more than 150 health conditions. more→

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The Green Kitchen Handbook by Annie Berthold-Bond

Green Kitchen HandbookAnnie Berthold-Bond, an expert on green living, gives you everything you need to know about making your kitchen a healthier and more ecological place to live and cook, regardless of your food choices and eating habits, in The Green Kitchen Handbook.* Whether you know it or not, your kitchen is the heart of your home; it’s where your family and friends come together and sets the tone for the rest of your house. A more organized and environmentally friendly kitchen may seem a bit intimidating a first, but with a book like this it is an easy and exciting transition. more→

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Chili Peppers: Healthy Hot Stuff

Red chili peppers

Chili peppers are an indispensable part of many ethnic cuisines that have become intrinsic to the healthy cook’s home repertoire. Chilies are one of the most widely produced and utilized condiments in the world, after salt and black pepper.

Members of the capsicum genus, their flavors range from mild to sweet to explosively hot. There are hundreds of varieties, with inconsistent names and little standardization of labeling. Here are a few basic guidelines to help the curious chili lover: more→

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