Books

Learn how to live a healthy life and leave a legacy of wellness by looking both to the past and to the future.

You Are What Your Grandparents Ate takes conventional wisdom about the origins of chronic disease and turns it upside down. Rooted in the work of the late epidemiologist Dr. David Barker, it highlights the exciting research showing that heredity involves much more than the genes your parents passed on to you. Thanks to the relatively new science of epigenetics, we now know that the experiences of previous generations may show up in your health and well-being. 

Many of the risks for chronic diseases — including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and dementia — can be traced back to your first 1,000 days of existence, from the moment you were conceived. The roots of these vulnerabilities may extend back even further, to experiences your parents and grandparents had — and perhaps even beyond.

Similarly, what happens to you will affect your children and grandchildren. That’s why it’s so important to make good dietary choices, get a suitable amount of exercise and be cautious about exposure to toxins. Positive lifestyle changes have been shown to spark epigenetic adjustments that can lead to better health, not only for yourself, your offspring and their children, but also for generations to come.

THE CHILE PEPPER BIBLE: FROM SWEET AND MILD TO FIERY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Contrary to popular belief, a pepper does not need to make your eyes water or start a fire in your mouth to qualify as a chile. Chile is simply the common name for the fruit of the capsicum plant. Chiles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and flavors. 

This comprehensive book (which serves as both a reference and a cookbook) from bestselling author and expert researcher Judith Finlayson takes you through the many varieties of chiles and provides absorbing information on everything from the historical and geographic origins of chiles, information on The Scoville Scale (it measures the hotness of a chile and was invented by Wilbur Scoville), health benefits and finally, 250 delicious and inventive recipes. 

From fiery Tex-Mex inspired meals to savory and sweet Thai, this collection of recipes are sure to make you a lover of all things chile! 

Here's just a tempting sample of the dishes that await you: 

  • Appetizers like Cheese Arepas, Fresh Cucumber Kimchi, Guacamole, Indian-Style Roti are the perfect jumping off point for any dinner and sumptuous soups like Mulligatawny, Thai Coconut Chicken and Pepper Black Bean Soup bring warmth and comfort on a cold winter's day. 

Chiles add their wonderful and distinctive flavor to fish and seafood and this is highlighted beautifully in Jamaican-Style Fish Cakes, Paella, Shrimp Creole, Bahia-Style Chowder. And Judith's beef and veal recipes marry beautifully with chiles -- resulting in delectable Mexican Meatballs, Chinese Beef with Orange, Beef Fajitas and Ropa Vieja. 

There are also recipes for sides, fresh salsas, sambals and chutneys, not to mention sauces, marinades, dressings and condiments. 

You're sure to enjoy the wealth of information and recipe in this book that's dedicated to the delights of chiles.

THE HEALTHY SLOW COOKER, SECOND EDITION

By: 

 Judith Finlayson

The first edition was incredibly successful having sold close to 95,000 copies!

Definitions of healthy eating have changed quite dramatically since The Healthy Slow Cooker was first published in 2006. In those days, it was one size fits all — low fat, low calorie and no saturated fat. Since then, there’s been a shift in thinking. Many leading experts now feel that many of our modern diseases are directly associated with the consumption of wheat and advocate reducing carbohydrates. Another significant development is that the evidence against saturated fat has been gradually diminishing.

All the recipes are delicious, nutrient-dense and have a balanced approach that will suit a wide variety of people. 

Incredibly healthy meals prepared in a slow cooker is an unbeatable combination!

THE COMPLETE GLUTEN-FREE WHOLE GRAINS COOKBOOK

By: 

 Judith Finlayson

From nutty to sweet, gluten-free whole grains are simply delicious.

We’ve known for a while now that whole grains not only offer up a wide variety of health benefits, but are also incredibly delicious. We also know
that more and more people are looking for gluten- free alternatives. That’s where this book fits in perfectly — simply sublime recipes featuring amaranth, buckwheat, corn, Job’s tears, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff and wild rice.

This full-color book features a wealth of health information on these grains. In addition, color photographs of each grain are included for easy identification. This book is proof that good taste and gluten-free options are not mutually exclusive.

Judith Finlayson is a bestselling author whose lifelong love of food and passion for cooking has translated into sales of over 1 million cookbooks, including several popular slow cooker cookbooks. Visit her at: judithfinlayso.staging.wpengine.com

 

THE VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER

All the advantages of eating more vegetables and grains and the convenience of a slow cooker.
The first edition of this book (125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes) was very successful. This new edition is illustrated in full color and includes 100 new recipes that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. Using a slow cooker, even the most time-pressed person can arrive home to a ready-to-eat and delicious home-cooked meal.
The Vegetarian Slow Cooker includes updated recipes for standard and traditional vegetarian dishes. Classic meat dishes have been recreated in vegetarian versions, with vegan-friendly recipes clearly identified.
Some of the tantalizing recipes are:

  • Onion-soused beans
  • Braised tomato bruschetta
  • Wild mushroom soup with miso
  • Smoky tomato soup with cheesy crostini
  • Broccoli and cheddar cheese cake
  • Caramelized onion quiche
  • Leek and potato cobbler with stilton
  • Wheat berry ragout
  • Vegetable biriyani
  • Butter bean and barley risotto
    From family favorites to exotic dishes, these recipes will inspire both full-time and occasional vegetarians to pull out their slow cookers. Any home cook can prepare delicious vegetarian fare with minimum attention and maximum certainty of success with Finlayson's recipes.

THE 150 BEST SLOW COOKER RECIPES, SECOND EDITION

Enjoy old standards and new classics in this revised and updated edition, plus more photos!

The first edition of The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes has 425,000 copies in print and has been an outstanding success. A lot has changed since then, from our tastes and interests in healthier food to a much wider range of slow cookers, so we decided to revisit this bestseller. The result is a sensational slow cooker book that reflects today’s home cook.

This updated and revised edition features nearly 100 of your original favorites, plus an additional 75 new recipes that have been carefully sourced and selected by the author from some of her previous bestsellers. It means more fish, seafood and vegetarian favorites, as well as more whole-grain offerings. And in a nod to the slow cooker’s humble beginnings, we’ve added more than a dozen sumptuous and tantalizing chili recipes, since nothing compares to chili prepared in a slow cooker. Every chapter has been revisited, updated and expanded.

Judith Finlayson is a bestselling cookbook author and journalist whose slow cooker books have sold over 750,000 copies.

SLOW COOKER COMFORT FOOD

Wholesome, warm and homespun recipes with all the benefits of the slow cooker.

In her newest slow cooker cookbook, Judith Finlayson combines the convenience and benefits of this handy appliance with her terrific recipes for home-cooked family favorites.

Many of these healthy and robust dishes have retro appeal, while others meet the challenges of contemporary tastes and preferences. All are delicious and innovative, and once the slow cooker is turned on, the only chore left is to serve the piping-hot dish. With these recipes and a slow cooker, any home chef can be away from the kitchen all day and return to a hot, delicious ready-to-serve meal for the whole family.

Slow Cooker Comfort Food includes such sure-fire hits as:

  • Soothing appetizers like cheddar-onion melt
  • Comforting soups like classic cream of mushroom
  • Hearty stews, such as wine-soaked beef bourguignon
  • The sumptuous Mom's chicken 'n' dumplings
  • Cumin-spiced potatoes or East-meets-West pot roast to ward off a winter's chill
  • Decadent and delicious desserts like chocolate bread-and butter pudding or caramelized apple upside-down spice cake.

Also included are creative make-ahead ideas with tips and techniques that maximize the potential of the slow cooker and assure outstanding results every time.

 

THE COMPLETE WHOLE GRAINS COOKBOOK

Discover the delights of cooking with whole grains.

U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults consume at least three servings of whole grains every day. Fortunately, whole grains are delicious -- as enjoyed in the outstanding and healthy recipes found in Judith Finlayson's The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook.

The flavors of whole grains vary from earthy to nutty and sweet. All can be appetizing on their own, marry well with a wide variety of seasonings, and add taste and texture to any dish. They also provide a variety of benefits such as reduced risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

In this new book, Judith Finlayson includes whole grains from amaranth and buckwheat to Job's tears, quinoa and wild rice. There is information on each grain's origins along with its culinary and nutritional profile, buying and storage guidelines, and cooking methods.

Among the delicious and wholesome recipes:

  • For breakfast or brunch: buttermilk buckwheat pancakes; old-fashioned cornbread
  • For a departure from workweek fare: lemon lover's tabbouleh; Asian spiced beef with soba noodles; wheat berry salad with arugulav
  • Delectable main dishes: barley jambalaya; peppery shrimp with couscous; steak and mushroom pie with barley in whole F wheat crust
  • Yummy desserts: gingery shortbread; deep-dish apple pie with streusel topping; brown bread ice cream.

Each recipe includes a complete nutritional analysis. With tips for preparation and extensive sidebars, The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook guarantees a delicious and nutritious meal.