Help Yourself: A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Love Delicious Food

Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780358008392. $28. COOKING
Following up her best-selling cookbook Healthyish, recipe developer Hunt offers an original collection of recipes that don’t necessarily fit labels, such as vegetarian or vegan. Rather, they are, in her words, “plant-focused,” allowing for mindfully incorporating dairy and meat products. Beginning with an overview of her own health issues, and efforts to create meals allowing for good digestion, Hunt continues with an array of innovative, thoughtful dishes. Soups are standouts here, including spiced carrot soup with coconut cream as well as lemony chicken and quinoa soup, but there are stars in other areas, such as a parsley, kale, and pumpkin seed pesto that can accompany other dishes throughout the book. In a relatable voice, she explains how to embrace meal prep, reminding readers to eat what feels best for them.
VERDICT This is not a weight-loss cookbook, and Hunt doesn’t intend it to be. Instead, she considers it a starting point for anyone living with chronic illness or autoimmune disease to get ideas and inspiration. A worthy follow-up to Healthyish that can more than stand on its own.
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