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Whether it’s sauerkraut delivering probiotics to the gut or bone broths providing vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, some doctors and health practitioners are looking to food, rather than pharmaceuticals or even vitamin supplements, to address patients’ health issues. Two new books tackle eating to prevent and control fatty liver disease and osteoporosis. 

Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and
Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease 

by Kristin Kirkpatrick with Ibrahim Hanouneh
(Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017)

Award-winning dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick and hepatologist Dr. Ibrahim Hanouneh explain all the ways we tax our livers (other than by drinking alcohol) and offer food strategies to eliminate toxins and improve general health. Fatty liver symptoms often don’t manifest until the liver is seriously compromised, so many people don’t even know they’re at risk. People with fatty liver disease are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The authors set out a four-week program built around exercise, healthy eating, and other lifestyle changes designed to encourage optimal liver health. They include recipes for simple dishes like a Blackberry Freekeh Salad, Spicy Turkey Burgers, and Root Vegetable Gratin, as well as eating and exercise plans designed to boost liver health. An informative resource for anyone suffering from fatty liver disease or just looking to avoid it. 

The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook:
How to Prepare and Combine Whole Foods to
Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis Naturally 

by Dr. Laura Kelly and Helen Bryman Kelly
(Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016)

Inspired by their own experience with bone loss, coauthors Dr. Laura Kelly and Helen Bryman Kelly, daughter and mother, explore bone health, including nutrient absorption and bone metabolism. They share their natural, effective, and safe approach to conserving bone mass and building healthy bones using a nutrition plan that combines foods to optimize absorption of calcium and other key vitamins and minerals needed for good bone health. Dishes like Pickled Savoy and Fennel; Meat with Sunchokes; Fava Bean and Pork Falafel; and Bone-Friendly Oatmeal with Goji Berries, Walnuts, and Almonds are straightforward and easily prepared. The authors also explain how to make staple ingredients such as ghee and bone-health vinegar and how to grow shiitake mushrooms, an important source of vitamin D. Color photographs, information-packed tables and headnotes throughout, and over 100 recipes make for a comprehensive guidebook to naturally maintaining good bone health.

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with our readers.