Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health

I attended an event at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks a few weeks ago by the two authors of Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health that was full of good info. One author, Liz Pearson, is a registered dietitian, while the other, Mairlyn Smith, is a home economist. Pearson does the research and then lets Smith know what foods to focus on and Smith creates the recipes. We were served a three-course meal and it was all the kind of food that left you feeling virtuously healthy afterwards – I was also still a little bit hungry, but then I’m still breastfeeding, so I’m still often a little bit hungry – but also with a happy tummy.

I’ve tried a few of the recipes since – two were hits (an immune boosting mushroom soup for Andrew and I, who seem to pass around whatever the girls have, and kid-friendly salmon cakes) while a supposedly kid friendly cheese and broccoli soup didn’t thrill any of our palates, even Lucy who’ll basically eat pretty much anything and enjoy it.

The best thing? The authors advocate eating chocolate and drinking red wine. Plus the book is full of heaps of info on flax, soy, croccoli, pomegranate juice, berries, green tea, red wine, healthy fats. It’s not child-oriented, although there are lots of recipes marked kid-friendly but I think some of them are for slightly older kids than our one-year-old and three-year-old.

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