A Beautiful Heart is a cookbook that belongs next to your favorite wooden spoon. If you don't yet have a favorite wooden spoon, if your kitchen is currently empty, overshadowed by alternative dining options that forego its use, it can colonize the countertop and lead the way. Because this is your new canvas for that accidental splatter of vibrant vegetable soup or incidental cloud of runaway cocoa powder. This is your invitation to paint your very own culinary Jackson Pollock! Because healthy eating and cooking can be messy--but it's a practice of art to work at every day.


This cookbook is about being creative, being brave, and learning how to translate healthy dietary principles into beautiful, delicious food that you can make with common, inexpensive ingredients. It's not about trendy ingredients or diet fads, not about flavanoids or polyphenols or medical mumbo-jumbo, not about what you can't eat and what you can, pitting the evil unhealthy vs. healthy. It's about the big picture: choosing a healthy eating pattern that will promote your long-term health--and rejoicing and taking pride in that choice. And its content and format are guided by the most recent scientific literature, FDA and American Heart Association recommendations, and knowledge of Dr. Cheryl Rock and Chris Zoumas, two nutrition experts at the UCSD School of Medicine.


You don't have to be a chef, you don't have to be a nutritionist, and your food doesn't have to be perfect--that's why it's called a practice. All you have to do is decide if this is something that is important to you, and if so, find the strength inside (strength you might not even know is there) to choose to try. Pay attention, focus, and as you proceed, notice what goes well and what could improve, be honest, listen to your body, appreciate your progress, and always try for better. Keep moving forward, from wherever you stand. Enjoy. 


"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates

"Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun." Julia Child

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