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From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here's the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family--a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love. It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifest From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here's the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family--a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love. It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifestyle in today's busy world--even more so to prepare plant-rich, allergen-free meals that'll get the whole family around the table. Popular blogger Ali Segersten and functional medicine expert Tom Malttere are a team devoted to teaching their children--and readers--the importance of living a whole foods lifestyle. Nourishing Meals makes it easy and fun with dishes that burst with flavor, such as their Cherry Pecan Salad, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Enchiladas, Chipotle-Lime Roasted Chicken, and Banana Coconut Cream Pie. Every recipe in the book is free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, as well as refined sugar. And these dishes are designed to appeal to everyone, including vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat-eaters. In addition to wonderful food, Ali and Tom offer easy, doable steps to help you change your family's health, tips for making the transition easier, and ways to get the kids excited about wholesome foods. They map out the best foods and recipes for every stage of having a family, from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child's life. And they explain in accessible terms what makes their recipes so effective for achieving optimal health. Originally self-published with an avid following, this edition will feature more than 30 new recipes, and many of the original recipes have been updated. This new edition will also include 100 beautiful all-new food photos featured in two inserts. With an easy, tasty recipe for every day of the year, it's never been simpler to adopt a healthy, whole foods lifestyle!


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From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here's the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family--a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love. It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifest From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here's the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family--a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love. It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifestyle in today's busy world--even more so to prepare plant-rich, allergen-free meals that'll get the whole family around the table. Popular blogger Ali Segersten and functional medicine expert Tom Malttere are a team devoted to teaching their children--and readers--the importance of living a whole foods lifestyle. Nourishing Meals makes it easy and fun with dishes that burst with flavor, such as their Cherry Pecan Salad, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Enchiladas, Chipotle-Lime Roasted Chicken, and Banana Coconut Cream Pie. Every recipe in the book is free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, as well as refined sugar. And these dishes are designed to appeal to everyone, including vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat-eaters. In addition to wonderful food, Ali and Tom offer easy, doable steps to help you change your family's health, tips for making the transition easier, and ways to get the kids excited about wholesome foods. They map out the best foods and recipes for every stage of having a family, from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child's life. And they explain in accessible terms what makes their recipes so effective for achieving optimal health. Originally self-published with an avid following, this edition will feature more than 30 new recipes, and many of the original recipes have been updated. This new edition will also include 100 beautiful all-new food photos featured in two inserts. With an easy, tasty recipe for every day of the year, it's never been simpler to adopt a healthy, whole foods lifestyle!

30 review for Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In case you haven’t heard the word on the street, I read nearly everything wrong. Allow me to prove the point by showing you Exhibit A of what happened on the night I planned on making something out of this cookbook . . . . Why yes, I will take my nourishing meal with both extra gluten and dairy thank you very much. (And yes that photo was just taken yesterday and yes I know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and I already have Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In case you haven’t heard the word on the street, I read nearly everything wrong. Allow me to prove the point by showing you Exhibit A of what happened on the night I planned on making something out of this cookbook . . . . Why yes, I will take my nourishing meal with both extra gluten and dairy thank you very much. (And yes that photo was just taken yesterday and yes I know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and I already have three Christmas trees up and no I do not give any shits about killing baby reindeer due to my early decorating.) I hate to give a bad rating to something I was able to obtain for free, but I believe that honesty is the best policy and to be honest there is zero chance I would have ever purchased this for myself. Bigger is not always better and just because a cookbook offers 365 recipes doesn’t make it automatically worth the money. Call me shallow, but I believe cookbooks are definitely a chance to make appearance-based judgments and a combination of this being a real inconvenient puppy-squisher in size, paperback-style cover rather than hardbound, 75 pages of info dump instead of getting down to the nomnoms and barely any photos once it was time to finally do some bidness, this just wasn’t appealing. So what were the recipes, you might ask. Well . . . . . Believe it or not I actually kept looking even after being faced with my arch nemesis. Once again, to be perfectly honest I didn’t have a Pavlovian type of response to very many of the recipes contained in this book either. And when I did???? I discovered a recipe wasn’t even really needed. (Spoiler alert: The only thing involved with creating this is sprinkling the salmon with salt, lemon juice and tandoori seasoning and cooking it in a baking dish with ½ cup of coconut milk.) There were also quite a few simple recipes that have been done a time (or twelve) before . . . . ^^^That’s Martha Stewart’s version of a Greek salad with chickpeas because . . . . well, it’s Martha and I would maybe make a human sacrifice if it would earn me reviewer copies of her cookbooks . . . . Seriously. Goddess. I’m bummed this didn’t work for me and I also understand since I don’t have dairy or gluten allergies it’s easier for me to be judgey on it, but let's get real - if I wasn’t judgey I would be much of anything at all. If this seems like something you’d be interested in, check it out . . . . That concludes the review portion – now let’s go on a field trip. Obviously one can’t simply get a body like mine without working extremely hard on it for years and years – carbo loading for those marathon chair sitting/reading sessions, wallowing in a gallon of ice cream because a simple bowlful just will not do. But that doesn’t mean I’m incapable of eating stuff that’s good for me. In fact, since I’ve bragged enough about the library in my fair city allow me a second to show you another one of our treasures – The River Market . . . . If you ever make it to flyover country for a weekend – hop on the streetcar and go peruse the offerings of the Market just a few blocks away . . . . You only need to bring about ten bucks with you in order to get enough produce to last the week. Copy provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    I am a huge fan of Whole 30, clean eating and nourishing foods. I completed my first Whole 30 challenge back in January of this year. After those 30 days, I felt amazing! I continued to eat *mostly* clean until I got pregnant and the sugar and carb cravings kicked in. My hope is that on January 1, 2017 (give or take a month after baby girl is due) I go back to Whole 30. That is where Nourishing Meals will come in handy! All 365 recipes in the book are free of the most common allergens: gluten, so I am a huge fan of Whole 30, clean eating and nourishing foods. I completed my first Whole 30 challenge back in January of this year. After those 30 days, I felt amazing! I continued to eat *mostly* clean until I got pregnant and the sugar and carb cravings kicked in. My hope is that on January 1, 2017 (give or take a month after baby girl is due) I go back to Whole 30. That is where Nourishing Meals will come in handy! All 365 recipes in the book are free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, and refined sugar. There are options for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. And what I really appreciate is that there are steps on how to start including these foods in your diet and even information from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child's life!!! You really get a ton of information in this book, so it is more about a healthy family and lifestyle than just a cookbook. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I want more pictures!!! My favorite cookbooks are the ones that have a picture with every recipe, this one does not. But there is so much more that you get that just recipes, so I understand why it is set up the way that it is. And there are some pictures throughout the book to keep me excited. If you are just starting on a journey to a healthier lifestyle, or you are stuck in a rut on your current journey...I suggest picking up Nourishing Meals! With 365 recipes, you can try something new every day! For more information about the book go here. Check out the author bio here. Follow Nourishing Meals on Twitter or Facebook to find new recipes! **I received a copy of Nourishing Meals from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Smith

    This book has to be one in the category of one of my great, favorite cookbooks. Who would have every thought that a recipe that encourages healthy eating, would have so many great recipes! The book itself is described as having gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free dieshes. It contains 365 whole foods, allergy-free recipes for meal time. I liked the initial idea of having a cookbook that offered a healthy start on eating right, and was willing to try it out. Well, for me, a cookbook is a keeper whe This book has to be one in the category of one of my great, favorite cookbooks. Who would have every thought that a recipe that encourages healthy eating, would have so many great recipes! The book itself is described as having gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free dieshes. It contains 365 whole foods, allergy-free recipes for meal time. I liked the initial idea of having a cookbook that offered a healthy start on eating right, and was willing to try it out. Well, for me, a cookbook is a keeper when it has usable recipes that actually work, taste good and I'm willing to cook again. This is one of those cookbooks. There were two meals I made out of it. Knowing that I had a bag full of kale that I needed to eat, it was a priority to find a recipe that allowed the kale to be the main focus, and hopefully use up a proper amount. So the first recipe I tried was the lean, mean and green rice salad (p249), in the whole grains and noodles section. Because I had most of the ingredients on it was a no-brainer for me. It was awesome. Absolutely wonderful. So good, I was willing to take it to work the next day and eat leftovers, knowing that they were steps towards healthy eating. The only part I will make note of for myself, is to lower the amount of apple cider vinegar, due to its strength for my taste buds. The second recipe I made, just to make sure this wasn't a fluke was a dessert. Chocolate walnut brownie (p. 426) in the desserts section. Now one would expect the chocolate walnut brownie to contain walnuts, and it did. Just not in the format that you would expect. Instead of adding the walnuts to the batter, I put two cups of walnuts in the food processor. Then after processing it down, in went the cocoa, salt and baking soda. Then the wet ingredients. Who knew you could actually make a brownie in the food processor! To be honest, I was a bit leery, not thinking that there was any chance that I would like these, so I cut out a very small piece. Wow. Just wow. I was so impressed. I gave a piece to my non-sweet eating husband (or at least that's what he says) and he loved it. WOWSERS! Thanks to these two successful recipes I am looking forward to making more recipes in this cookbook and there are plenty to choose from. There are some recipes that do call for ingredients that I don't stock in my house such as teff, an ingredient prior to this cookbook I had never heard about. Perhaps over time I will add almond flour and some of the other flours to my pantry. I am truly curious how other recipes would affect my overall health once they were incorporated into my diet. The book itself contains more than just recipes. Each section it has helpful information about the recipes contained within the next pages. There are also kitchen tips, ingredients tips and nutrient tips. In addition, there is an allergen key for those interested only in certain types of diets: Gluten-free, no gluten free grains, no dairy, no soy products, no eggs, no tree nuts, and no plant products of the nightshade family (another new term for me!). Kudo's to the development and creation of this book. LOVED it! There are just a few pictures, but not many. I thought it would be a detriment, but actually I liked it the way it was done. I was provided a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Harmony Books. The review is my own, honest opinion without any outside influences or requirements.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A Holland Reads

    I was not sure what to expect when I decided to review this book. My family and I have been wanting to try an eat healthier so I thought this would be a way to get some new recipes. The problem I have with a lot of healthy recipes books is that the recipes do not sound good to me. When looking through this book I found myself saying ooh I want to try this ooh that looks good. Now I know my family would eat this. Then I told both my husband and daughter that I want them to look through it as well I was not sure what to expect when I decided to review this book. My family and I have been wanting to try an eat healthier so I thought this would be a way to get some new recipes. The problem I have with a lot of healthy recipes books is that the recipes do not sound good to me. When looking through this book I found myself saying ooh I want to try this ooh that looks good. Now I know my family would eat this. Then I told both my husband and daughter that I want them to look through it as well so they can pick out some things to try. Not only are these recipes good for you they taste good too. Who knew you could have a chocolate cake that is healthy. Along with the recipes they provide colored pictures of some of the dishes so you can see what they look like. Another thing I liked is how at the beginning of each section they give you ten tips for whatever that section is about. For example ten tips for snack ideas, ten tips for using natural sweetners and so on. The beginning of the book also teaches you about eating healthy with whole foods, allergy free and gluten free. It also gives you tips on raising a heathly child. I recommend this book for all families looking for an alternative way to eat.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I cook recipes out of this cookbook all of the time and have for years now. In fact it is one of the few cookbooks that I own that I use regularly, most of them just sit on the shelf. I am a wfpb vegan looking for nutritious, delicious, and homey meals and this cookbook fits what I want in a cookbook. Not all of the recipes are vegan but many are or can be adapted to be and there are just so many recipes to choose from. I also like that many recipes use the same types of spices and ingredients s I cook recipes out of this cookbook all of the time and have for years now. In fact it is one of the few cookbooks that I own that I use regularly, most of them just sit on the shelf. I am a wfpb vegan looking for nutritious, delicious, and homey meals and this cookbook fits what I want in a cookbook. Not all of the recipes are vegan but many are or can be adapted to be and there are just so many recipes to choose from. I also like that many recipes use the same types of spices and ingredients so I'm not just buying one offs of things that I'll never use again. I was already familiar with Alissa's recipes via her blog so I pretty much knew this cookbook would be a good fit for me and it is!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bittle

    Interesting information about nutrients we get from food and what our bodies might do if we are deficient in such nutrients. Great recipe ideas. Wouldn't agree with all that was said, but definitely learned a lot of information about what our bodies and foods we eat, and how that affects our bodies. Didn't care for the teaching the book put forth about being gluten free, condemning wheat because so many today suffer from issues with it. Didn't care for the idea either that if we eat the right fo Interesting information about nutrients we get from food and what our bodies might do if we are deficient in such nutrients. Great recipe ideas. Wouldn't agree with all that was said, but definitely learned a lot of information about what our bodies and foods we eat, and how that affects our bodies. Didn't care for the teaching the book put forth about being gluten free, condemning wheat because so many today suffer from issues with it. Didn't care for the idea either that if we eat the right foods, then our bodies will be healthy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rani

    Won in a goodreads giveaway. I liked this cookbook more than I thought I would. For an allergy free book, it contained recipes I actually want to make. They sound delicious and don't contain a bunch of ingredients I cannot find. Won in a goodreads giveaway. I liked this cookbook more than I thought I would. For an allergy free book, it contained recipes I actually want to make. They sound delicious and don't contain a bunch of ingredients I cannot find.

  8. 4 out of 5

    AnnieM

    I might buy this one today. The layout is perfect. One recipe per page. Swaps are given as options. Each recipe has a legend so you can easily see which possible allergens are in the recipe and the dietary data was easy to understand and apply.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Awesome whole food recipes and ideas. Want to get this book once I have a dehydrator and fancy blender and more money to buy fancy nuts and dates to make yummy milks and desserts with. Lots of coconut based and gluten free recipes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    This cookbook features 370 gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free recipes using whole foods.  I have several friends who have allergies or food intolerances and I got this to give me recipes that I can make to serve them.   This cookbook is really geared towards people who regularly eat/prepare gluten-free or whole foods.  It wasn’t as helpful for me as I would have liked.  The recipes use a lot of ingredients that were unfamiliar to me (i.e., Herbamare, palm shortening, arrowroot powder, buckwhe This cookbook features 370 gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free recipes using whole foods.  I have several friends who have allergies or food intolerances and I got this to give me recipes that I can make to serve them.   This cookbook is really geared towards people who regularly eat/prepare gluten-free or whole foods.  It wasn’t as helpful for me as I would have liked.  The recipes use a lot of ingredients that were unfamiliar to me (i.e., Herbamare, palm shortening, arrowroot powder, buckwheat groats).  I don’t think they’d be easily found at my local grocery store.  There are tips of where to find the more unfamiliar items.  There are 55 colored pictures in two inserts.  I would prefer to have a colored picture by each recipe but it was nice to have some included.  Each section of this cookbook had a page of helpful tips or info that pertained to that food type.  For example, in the breads and muffins section, there were “10 Tips for Successful Gluten-Free Baking.”  I found these lists to be really informative.  They addressed a lot of the questions I would have. Now for the main sections of the cookbook. -Section 1 has 13 Smoothie recipes.  There were several “green” smoothies as well as a few more typical fruit smoothies.  The first one I’m going to try is the “Berry Orange Smoothie” (page 59). – Section 2  has 31 Breakfast recipes.  It had quite a few pancake recipes as well as some egg, porridge, crepe, and syrup recipes. – Section 3 features 36 Breads and Muffins recipes.  There were a few basic bun/bread recipes but a lot of them were more unusual like “Dark Teff Sandwich Bread” or “Apricot-Almond Quinoa Muffins.” – Section 4 has 33 Soups and Stews recipes. There are a lot of lentil recipes as well as a few broth or creamy soups. – Section 5 features Salads and Veggies.  Two-thirds of the recipes are salads while the remaining 1/3 are veggies like “Creamed Kale” or “Chipotle Yam Fries.”  There were helpful tips in this section for how to get your child to eat more vegetables and for how to store fruits and vegetables properly. – Section 6 has 22 Whole Grains and Noodles recipes that mainly feature rice, millet or quinoa as the main ingredient. – Section 7 includes 44 Main Meal recipes. There are a lot of fish recipes as well as lentil recipes. A few are more common like “Slow-cooked Beef Stew” or “Sloppy Joes” but the majority are a little more exotic than I usually make….like “Spicy Thai Mung Bean Burgers” or “Spicy Lentils and Rice in Cabbage Leaves.” – Section 8 covers Dressings, Dips & Sauces.  The 28 recipes include a few fruit dips and chutneys, some pizza sauces, mayonnaise, pesto and more. – Section 9 includes 12 Wraps and Rolls recipes.  Four of the recipes are for different types of tortillas. – Section 10 has 12 Snacks and Treats recipes. There are three recipes for kale chips and several that include nuts.  The “candied walnuts” recipe looked particularly good to me. – Section 11 has 57 Dessert recipes. I always like having a lot of dessert options when I buy a cookbook as I take more desserts to meetings or gatherings than other items. There was a nice selection of pie, cake, cupcake, cookie, custard/pudding, and ice cream/sorbet recipes.  I’m going to try “Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies” first. Yum. – Section 12 has 16 Beverage recipes. I was surprised by recipes for making your own milk.  I’ve never even thought of trying that.  There are also several for different teas and a few miscellaneous drinks like “Warm Cranberry Orange Cider.” – Section 13 (the final section) is entitled Preserving the Harvest and has 16 recipes that you could pickle or can. One thing I appreciated about this cookbook is that it acknowledges that it can be overwhelming to just try and change the way you cook and eat overnight.  The authors encourage people like me who want to eat healthier to start with one simple change.  Work on that for a few weeks or months and then introduce another new change.  I appreciated that.  I couldn’t pick up this cookbook and just start using it every day.  But I can start trying a recipe here and there or start adding more vegetables to meals.  That I can do. Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time by Alissa Segersten, Tom Malterre I was really looking forward to the recipes in this book. I have a very long list of allergies that keep me from enjoying eating much lately. I thought perhaps this book would be the one that would help me with that. As always, the authors, they did their homework, they wrote a lot of information in the front of the book to be helpful to understand and getting around Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time by Alissa Segersten, Tom Malterre I was really looking forward to the recipes in this book. I have a very long list of allergies that keep me from enjoying eating much lately. I thought perhaps this book would be the one that would help me with that. As always, the authors, they did their homework, they wrote a lot of information in the front of the book to be helpful to understand and getting around allergies, as well as Celiac disease. I did find that with the current trend they tended to use coconut oil or milk quite a bit in the recipes and I’m allergic to that. I have found some substitutes so some of the recipe’s will be helpful. As with every well written book on allergies, I find information that was either never told to me, or I had forgotten! So the book was great for me that way. The recipes, she still uses quite a bit of the known and usually avoided allergens. There were recipes with tree nuts in them, and the desserts were a lot of them with chocolate so I didn’t find any new recipes for desserts. I have more allergies than you need to know about it believe me I looked hard. The book though for the person wanting to eat, or feed their family better and they may have someone who is allergic to a few things or has celiac, this book is for them! The information in the front part of the book is very well researched and written. It’s just me, and all of my allergies that keep me from using this book often which is why I give it three stars. Here is the description as found on Good Reads: From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here is the "ultimate" guide to eating healthfully as a family a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love. It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifestyle in today s busy world even more so to prepare plant-rich, allergen-free meals that ll get the whole family around the table. Popular blogger Ali Segersten and functional medicine expert Tom Malttere are a team devoted to teaching their children and readers the importance of living a whole foods lifestyle. "Nourishing Meals" makes it easy and fun with dishes that burst with flavor, such as their Cherry Pecan Salad, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Enchiladas, Chipotle-Lime Roasted Chicken, and Banana Coconut Cream Pie. Every recipe in the book is free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, as well as refined sugar. And these dishes are designed to appeal to everyone, including vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat-eaters. In addition to wonderful food, Ali and Tom offer easy, doable steps to help you change your family's health, tips for making the transition easier, and ways to get the kids excited about wholesome foods. They map out the best foods and recipes for every stage of having a family, from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child's life." "And they explain in accessible terms what makes their recipes so effective for achieving optimal health. Originally self-published with an avid following, this edition will feature more than 30 new recipes, and many of the original recipes have been updated. This new edition will also include 100 beautiful all-new food photos featured in two inserts. With an easy, tasty recipe for every day of the year, it’s never been simpler to adopt a healthy, whole foods lifestyle!" "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." Unfortunately I was unable to find information on this author so I couldn’t put her information here for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway and wow. What a wonderful cookbook! The love involved in creating it is tangible. Alissa and Tom clearly took their time in creating some truly delicious recipes. They mention their family often, which I found endearing and charming. While I do wish there were more photos to go with the recipes, the recipes themselves are great. My wife and I sat with the book oohing and ahhing at the sound of some of the dishes. While we haven't gotten a chance to make an I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway and wow. What a wonderful cookbook! The love involved in creating it is tangible. Alissa and Tom clearly took their time in creating some truly delicious recipes. They mention their family often, which I found endearing and charming. While I do wish there were more photos to go with the recipes, the recipes themselves are great. My wife and I sat with the book oohing and ahhing at the sound of some of the dishes. While we haven't gotten a chance to make any yet, pages are getting dog-eared. This one will be a go-to for a long time to come. The book is broken up into many different sections, with recipes for smoothies, breakfasts, lunch, dinner, desserts, and even several pickling/preserving recipes that I can't wait to try. There is also a section at the beginning of the book that explains why the authors choose to eat the way they do and how it can be beneficial. But even if you do not (currently) have any dietary restrictions, this is an all-around great cookbook with many many innovative recipes. The authors also include optional additions if you do wish to add things like dairy into the recipes. There is no caloric information included with the recipes, but the authors provide the explanation that if we eat nourishing, whole foods, we need not concern ourselves so much with calorie intake, which I agree with. And while the authors do include some nutritional information interspersed throughout the recipes, it would've been helpful to have a section to include information like protein and fat contents, but this is a minor contention. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to provide tasty, nutritional meals for themselves and their family. Well done Alissa and Tom! Thank you!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Just Commonly

    Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Whole Family by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre is exactly what its title claims to be. I have several members of my family with different types of allergies, including sensitivities to gluten and soy products. I was thrilled to try this cookbook out. I particularly love the soup section of this book, since I'm a huge fan of soups. Easy to prepare with the simple directions. Ever tried Creamy Potato Leek Soup without the da Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Whole Family by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre is exactly what its title claims to be. I have several members of my family with different types of allergies, including sensitivities to gluten and soy products. I was thrilled to try this cookbook out. I particularly love the soup section of this book, since I'm a huge fan of soups. Easy to prepare with the simple directions. Ever tried Creamy Potato Leek Soup without the dairy factor? Well, I think you'll love this recipe in Nourishing Meals. The recipes aren't outstanding, except for a few possibly, but what makes this cookbook a staple is the variety it encompass for each and every one of your family members. What I also love about this is the informational aspect of what certain foods do to your system. The early chapters in the book, as well as periodic charts/snippets you'll find throughout will be something you'll refer to constantly at first. I would flag them to make it easier for you to go back to. In all, a staple to keep along with the different ones you have, like Joy of Cooking. One minor detail is that it doesn't have a picture with every recipe. For that it took away a star from me. Despite that, I still think this is one cookbook worth keeping and holding onto. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Coleen (The Book Ramblings)

    Nourishing Meals offers nutritious allergy free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and paleo recipes in an easy, accessible way to bring healthy eating back to the table. The author began writing this cookbook in 2010 because she wanted a resource and guidebook for families to be able to prepare healthy meals in this fast paced world, and on-the-go lifestyle. There are a variety of recipes for vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes. There are tips on getting those picky eaters to eat more vegetabl Nourishing Meals offers nutritious allergy free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and paleo recipes in an easy, accessible way to bring healthy eating back to the table. The author began writing this cookbook in 2010 because she wanted a resource and guidebook for families to be able to prepare healthy meals in this fast paced world, and on-the-go lifestyle. There are a variety of recipes for vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes. There are tips on getting those picky eaters to eat more vegetables, and fermenting foods-something you don’t find too often in cookbooks. There is so much information from how to properly cook and prepare food, nutritional benefits, healthy snacks, and alternatives. I liked the variety of flavors and dishes because it appeals to not only adults, but children, and there are options for every meal. As an individual with PCOS who eats gluten-free and vegetarian, there are so many recipes in here that I look forward to cooking, and this gave me some insight on preparing meals for my nieces and nephews who aren't always fond of a home-cooked meal. I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review through Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This one is tough. On one hand, it’s definitely chock-full of allergy-friendly recipes; the recipes I tried were delicious, easy to make, and the ingredients were easy to find (IE, no special trips to any specialty stores). It’s organized well and there are plenty of recipes to choose from. However, the book is simply overwhelming. I have no doubt that there are more than 300 recipes; I haven’t counted, but the sheer size of the book is intense and took me several times to go through and bookmark This one is tough. On one hand, it’s definitely chock-full of allergy-friendly recipes; the recipes I tried were delicious, easy to make, and the ingredients were easy to find (IE, no special trips to any specialty stores). It’s organized well and there are plenty of recipes to choose from. However, the book is simply overwhelming. I have no doubt that there are more than 300 recipes; I haven’t counted, but the sheer size of the book is intense and took me several times to go through and bookmark. The other downside is the lack of photography; I like to be able to see what I’m going to be making, and the sparse few pages of photos in this volume do not do it justice. I rated it a 3/5; the recipes are great and there are plenty to choose from, but the overwhelming amount of recipes and lack of photos lost it two points. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne Brockhoff

    The search for good gluten-free baking recipes is a sad one. So many are disappointing, rely on sugar and white filler flours or simply don't work. But after spending months cooking Segersten's blog (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/), I bought this book, and I haven't regretted a penny of the price. The breads and muffins turn out like real, whole grain baked goods with lovely texture and many of the other recipes are delicious, too. The author's focus on nutrient-dense foods never wavers, yet sh The search for good gluten-free baking recipes is a sad one. So many are disappointing, rely on sugar and white filler flours or simply don't work. But after spending months cooking Segersten's blog (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/), I bought this book, and I haven't regretted a penny of the price. The breads and muffins turn out like real, whole grain baked goods with lovely texture and many of the other recipes are delicious, too. The author's focus on nutrient-dense foods never wavers, yet she also knows what it is to be a busy mom trying to please lots of little palates. A good resource for parents and one I plan to use for a long, long time. This is real food in its own right, not a collection of substitutions for tastes remembered. Buy or borrow? Buy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I just bought this cookbook last week on the recommendation of my Naturopathic Doctor to help give me ideas of what to cook on the highly restricted diet she just put me on. I've made 2 recipes so far (Carrot Lentil Ginger Soup pureed with chickpea miso paste & Rice and Garbanzo Bean Salad with Kale) and both have been delicious. Easy to follow recipes with mostly easy-to-find/everyday ingredients that are highly nutritious and delicious. I'm looking forward to exploring more recipes. Also, the I just bought this cookbook last week on the recommendation of my Naturopathic Doctor to help give me ideas of what to cook on the highly restricted diet she just put me on. I've made 2 recipes so far (Carrot Lentil Ginger Soup pureed with chickpea miso paste & Rice and Garbanzo Bean Salad with Kale) and both have been delicious. Easy to follow recipes with mostly easy-to-find/everyday ingredients that are highly nutritious and delicious. I'm looking forward to exploring more recipes. Also, the introduction has some really interesting information about how food is a gene signaling substance, plus info I've never read before about gluten, and how it affects everyone, as well as how it affects those with gluten sensitivities and celiac.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gooshe Net

    There are 365 whole food based allergen-free recipes in this book; Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie, Ginger Berry Green Smoothie, Pumpkin Pie Granola, Winter Vegetable Hash, Chicken Breakfast Sausages, Fluffy Cashew Pancakes, Baby Banana Pancakes, Sourdough Buckwheat Burger Buns and Everyday {gluten-free} Sandwich Bread etc. Alissa Segersten: "I began writing this book in 2010 because I wanted a resource for parents to be able to raise children who could thrive in a time of ever-increasing rates of chr There are 365 whole food based allergen-free recipes in this book; Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie, Ginger Berry Green Smoothie, Pumpkin Pie Granola, Winter Vegetable Hash, Chicken Breakfast Sausages, Fluffy Cashew Pancakes, Baby Banana Pancakes, Sourdough Buckwheat Burger Buns and Everyday {gluten-free} Sandwich Bread etc. Alissa Segersten: "I began writing this book in 2010 because I wanted a resource for parents to be able to raise children who could thrive in a time of ever-increasing rates of chronic childhood diseases and disorders."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chrisi

    This is the most amazing family cookbook I have ever used! This is the way I want to me and my family to eat. From breakfasts to fermented foods and great information on truly healthy diet and how to bring it to the kids. The recipe proportions are bigger then standard (the authors have 5 children) and comments before the recipes are helpful and interesting. Makes you forget about your nutritional rut and explore new healthy frontiers. I LOVE IT!

  20. 4 out of 5

    michelle

    Segerston's two cookbooks and her blog, www.nourishingmeals.com, have saved me in my approaching-2-yr gluten/dairy/refined sugar/mostly egg free diet. None of her recipes fail. She also has an increasing body of grain free/ paleo friendly recipes (tough unfortunately for me, many of these tend to be egg heavy). Segerston's two cookbooks and her blog, www.nourishingmeals.com, have saved me in my approaching-2-yr gluten/dairy/refined sugar/mostly egg free diet. None of her recipes fail. She also has an increasing body of grain free/ paleo friendly recipes (tough unfortunately for me, many of these tend to be egg heavy).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jola

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. I enjoyed the foundations of health section. It was interesting. The recipes look delicious. I am looking forward to trying the recipes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Excellent companion to the first cookbook published by this couple. I don't need any other cookbook! Excellent companion to the first cookbook published by this couple. I don't need any other cookbook!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy Larson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Libby

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wednesday Osborn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

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