One of my dear friends is the national marketing director for Penguin, and is forever turning up excellent books for me that I never knew existed. Last week, he showed me a copy of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating, and I was hooked.
Set up like an encyclopedia of vegetables, this book tells you exactly why you should love all the great fruits and veggies that you are eating. Wood specifies proper preparation and storage of each item, and also details the nutrient value. For anyone into traditional medicine, you can discover what parts of the body each food is traditionally used to treat, and for those into Auyerveda, she offers those details as well.
Although I have never been much into traditional medicine, I find the book delightful. In part, this is because Wood is so positive about the health benefits of eating widely from the plant kingdom, that you can’t help but feel virtuous after every meal. Also, I’m finding that learning about which plants are related to one another is useful information when planning diverse meals. In short, I thoroughly enjoy it, and believe that you will too!