A Good Food Day ($30.00, 256 pp) by Marco Canora, leaves diet plans and eating guidelines to the side in favor of simple, natural meals that can also improve one’s health. This book not only contains 125 recipes, but helpful advice on ingredients and cooking techniques that help add flavor to your food without turning to sugars or harmful fats. The book also takes time to explain the science behind ‘good-for-you foods,’ like low-sugar carbohydrates and alkaline-rich vegetables. Some featured recipes include Mushroom, Barley and Kale Soup, Rosemary Lemon Minute Steak, and Peanut Butter Cacao Nib Cookies.

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Published by WholeFoods Magazine Online, 12/10/14