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Bought this because I’m interested in the anti-inflammatory diet, but this is NOT an anti-inflammatory cookbook, despite the title. Yes, it is mostly whole foods in most recipes, but it is chock full of recipes that are full of inflammatory foods, including beans, nuts, wine, dairy, nightshades, and various grains. If you’re looking for an anti-inflammatory cookbook, or even a how-to, this is not the book for you.
The recipes are delicious and the weekly menus are great. If you have IBD this is not the book for you - I have UC and after 4 days I was very unwell - lots of raw veg and beans. My healthy husband felt great and was sad I had to stop.
I bought this book after a significant flare up from rheumatoid arthritis which left me hospitalised, unable to move. Since buying this book I've adjusted what I eat on a daily basis and added in things that act as an anti inflammatory. It has done wonders, I've noticed a real difference, possibly even more so than medication.
My boyfriend and I are on week 2 right now and we already see results. We enjoy and love it! This book is a great starter board for eating anti-inflammatory - we’ve already lost a little bit of weight and the chronic pain in my knees isn’t flaring up as much as it used to do. What I love about this book is that they provide simple recipes that are easy to follow. I wish there was a full 4 weeks we could follow instead of 2 but there are a bunch of recipes at the end that we haven’t gotten to yet so I imagine we will mix and match them ourselves. What I also like about the meal plans are that the authors find multiple ways to use similar ingredients throughout the week. We definitely see this as a sustainable venture to help us meal prep as well as get us on the road to being healthier again! The only critical feedback I would provide is that a lot of the recipes have a large amount of salt/sodium. I’ve been tailoring the recipes to fit my needs such as reducing the amount of salt in the recipes and I would recommend you do that too! There’s no reason to add so much salt because the meals taste great with a pinch of it. Only because of the salt do I give it 4 stars - I would give it 4.5 if it let me. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to eat simply and reduce inflammation in their body.
Having had trouble with tiredness, general aches and pains. I decided to change my diet and found this book. It’s really well laid out, gives plenty of information to beginners and includes a two week meal plan. The ingredients are expensive and so I haven’t followed the meal plans, but I have tried some of the recipes. They’re pretty easy to make and taste good.
Why 4 stars? Whilst the book is laid out well. It’s not brilliant. Some of the recipes are missing and some of the pages are blank. Shows a lack of care through final checks or maybe I’m just unlucky!
I like the information in the book, it is straightforward and easy to understand. The recipes seem easy as well, so that's a plus!
The format is not as advertised, though. In the Amazon listing, there were photos of recipe pages with pictures of ingredients for the recipe in the margins. I am a very visual person, and this omission makes this book infinitely less usable to me. I would not have bought it if I had known the recipes had no pictures.
The quality of the printing is also not great, it looks like someone printed this out on their inkjet at home. Overall, I'm going to keep it, but I'll be looking for another cookbook in the meantime.
*Update: the formatting discrepancy was Amazon's fault. They have photos of recipe pages from "The Easy Anti-inflammatory Diet." If you look closely at the bottom of the recipe pages, it says The Easy Anti-inflammatory Diet, and you can also see these same photos in the product description of this book.