Book Review: Kitchen Cures

Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that HealKitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal by Peggy Kotsopoulos
Publisher: Pintail
Release Date: August 21, 2013
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher’s Description:

In Kitchen Cures, television personality and holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos shows you how to alleviate common health conditions with a diet that’s rich in flavor and nutrient-dense whole foods.  Whether you have low energy, excess belly fat that you just can’t lose or are suffering from conditions triggered by inflammation, or countless other health issues, Kitchen Cures is a unique resource that makes the simple connection between food and how you look and feel.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire lifestyle or follow a rigid diet regime for weeks. Instead,
Kitchen Cures offers you simple and easy-to-implement solutions to relive a host of symptoms and conditions.  In each chapter, Peggy explains the health condition and what’s going on, key nutrients your body may be missing, and top nutrient-dense foods that will alleviate those symptoms.

This book is amazing! It is jammed packed with information and Peggy’s conversational bestie-to-bestie tone made it a lot of fun to read. I like that it’s not a book that expects you to overhaul your entire lifestyle and diet in one fail swoop but allows you to make gradual changes starting with whichever health issue you’d like to focus on. You can read this book cover to cover, like I did, or just pick and choose the chapters that apply to your life. If you read it cover-to-cover, you may find that some information is repeated since certain foods and supplements are good for many ailments. However, this way of organizing the book will make it super easy for me to refer back to time and again. Which I definitely will – I think I dog-eared and/or highlighted every other page!

This book was also really well researched – there are extensive resources, references and endnotes included. If you’ve been wanting to incorporate healthier foods into your diet for health and healing but have been overwhelmed with where to start, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.

There are some recipes included in the book. I’ve included one that I made and enjoyed. These cookies are supposed to be energy boosting, mood boosting, stress busting, PMS and menopause busting. Pretty sweet!

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies (makes 24 cookies)

4 large, very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 heaping T almond butter (optional – I didn’t use)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup uncooked quinoa flakes or rolled oats (I used oats)
1 cup unsweetend, shredded coconut (I used sweetened because it was what I had on hand)
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mash banaas with a fork and add vanilla, almond butter (if using), and coconut sugar. Add quinoa, quinoa flakes or oats, coconut, and pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls of batter onto sheet. (I flattened down the spoonfuls because the cookies didn’t flatten on their own when baking.) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Buy this book at:
Rainy Day Books

(I received this book courtesy of the publisher.)

  • KerryAnnMorgan

    I might have to check this out (quite literally, from the library). We always notice how we feel healthier when we eat well. Sounds like this book can teach us more about eating better while still enjoying food.

  • Vicki

    I just recently tried quinoa and loved it, so I may be making those cookies! The book sounds interesting, I might have to check it out.

  • Joy Weese Moll

    Those sound like great cookies. I like the way this book is organized to address specific health needs.

  • Diane La Rue

    This sounds like such an informative read, and I like that you can skip around to read what interests you.

  • fanficfan44

    I have tried other healthy cookies, like clean eating’s breakfast cookies. These sound good!

  • heatherpearson

    sounds like a good recipe and book. I like quinoa any way I can get it. I have been making incremental changes and find it is easier to keep with healthy eating by only changing a bit at a time.

    • Rachel

      I’ve been doing the same thing – just little changes. It’s too overwhelming to do a complete overhaul all at once!

  • BethFishReads

    I have a copy of this but forgot about it. Thanks so much for the reminder — it sounds good.

    I was out of town until today, which is why I couldn’t comment over the weekend.