Food is a wonderful resource for the body and the mind—it nourishes bodily needs and nurtures emotional stability. Too often, however, people use food to replace or negate their feelings rather than to balance them. Inspired by cooking methods, nutritional content, and even Taoist dietary principles, Marci Izard has grouped her recipes by how they make you feel—“Refreshed,” “Peaceful,” “Comforted,” “Treated,” or “Indulged.” In doing so, she aims to eradicate the habit of “disorderly eating” and create a positive eating experience, which will bring you to a state of balance and joy.
The healthiest chapter by far is “Refreshed,” with recipes such as “Tomato Avocado Kalamata Salad” and “Shrimp Ceviche” that focus on clean and vibrant flavors. If you want to feel soothed, calm, and rejuvenated, “Peaceful” dishes like “Sprouted Collard Wraps” and “Butternut Leek Soup” will uplift your palate. On days when you are down or less than yourself, the collection in “Comforted” will help you to feel just that as you eat “Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms” or “Greek Chicken and Spinach Pie.”
For those days when you just want to treat yourself or indulge in the luxuriance of delicious food, the desserts in “Treated” and “Indulged” will help you savor the sweet side of eating. From “Black Bean Brownies” to “Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies” and even savory indulgences, these recipes help you to relish the pleasure-promoting quality of eating while learning to eat mindfully, slowly, and moderately.
About the Author
Marci Izard is a yoga teacher at YogaOne Studios and a group fitness instructor at Next Level Fitness, both in Houston, Texas. When not teaching, Izard writes a food blog for the Houston Chronicle called Marci’s Table and hosts Feel Good Food, a cooking segment on CW33. She has served as a broadcast news anchor or reporter in three states—Texas, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Izard has run three marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2013. Izard enjoys food, wine, and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Houston, Texas.
NOURISHING YOUR WHOLE SELF
A Cookbook with Feelings
By Marci Izard
COOKING / Health & Healing / General
208 pp. 8 x 10
125 color photos Index