COOKING & FOOD

Fix It with Food: More Than 125 Recipes To Address Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation; A Cookbook

Clarkson Potter: Crown. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781984825537. $30. COOKING
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After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, chef and restaurateur Symon, known for Iron Chef America and The Chew, sought to create meals that would change how he lives, cooks, eats, and feels. This standout collection is not a bible; rather, it is a guide, in Symon’s words, to help those living with autoimmune diseases determine which foods cause inflammation and develop a stable of recipes avoiding common triggers such as dairy, flour, and sugar. Relying on vinegars (balsamic, red wine), spices (turmeric, cayenne) and herb-infused oils (oregano, parsley), Symon and frequent coauthor Trattner (Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire) present satisfying (mostly) plant-based recipes, such as sweet potato pancakes with wilted greens, stuffed butternut squash, and grilled spiced cauliflower steaks with jeweled rice. Symon offers day-by-day meal plans, encouraging readers to repeat or swap dishes, as desired.
VERDICT Brimming with creativity and personality, this cookbook sets itself apart with innovative ideas for those living with autoimmune diseases and anyone looking for delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that will please one or a crowd.

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