As a huge fan of all things that manage to overlap in the tasty and healthy categories, The Healthy Mind Cookbook was a joyous addition to this blogger's collection.
The first three chapters delve into some fascinating areas that are typically not cookbook fare. Firstly, we are presented with new knowledge on our brain chemistry and making mindful choices about healthy eating. Once your neurons have been stimulated by the first chapter, we're led to the next -- a veritable catalog of "the culinary pharmacy" of various spices, herbs and produce. Cardamom, I learned, is rich in a trifecta of minerals: potassium, calcium and magnesium. The entire chapter covers such a wide gammut of foods you will appreciate in a new light. The final "pre-recipes" chapter deals with the fun stuff, taste and flavor.
Unique to The Healthy Mind, is a whole section named "Dollops", and rightfully so, these are the powerhouses of flavor that will transform your great plates to amazing. Minted chimichurri and the Pomegranate Olive Mint Salsa are both on the short list of MMDs (must make dollops, naturally).
Not to leave out the sweet toothed amongst us, Rebecca Katz covers the treats that both brain and body will approve -- Pumpkin Tart in a Cashew Crust & Meyer Lemon Pudding with Fresh Strawberries are two sweets that will need to be given a whirl. As the weather slowly begins to warm from icy to mild breezes, lighter and nutritious plates have a confirmed place at our table.