From Love Potions to PMS-Busting Brownies

Kristina’s Bookshelf


Well + Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living
By Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula
(Clarkson Potter, 2019)
A new cookbook by authors of the popular Well+Good website invites readers to try 100 recipes contributed by wellness advocates from various professions. Each entry is labeled with eating styles like vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and keto, along with the particular benefits the dish offers—improved skin, sleep, mood, energy, focus, digestion, and sex. A number of the recipes include CBD oil, which the writers claim can relieve inflammation and decrease anxiety.
Among the creative combinations you’ll find:

  • Oven-baked honey-matcha glazed doughnuts made from gluten-free oat flour, pea protein, almond flour, and maple syrup 
  • Za’atar-spiced bagels made from cauliflower, almond, and coconut flour (with advice to spread them with avocado or butter)
  • An amaranth “polenta” with Tuscan kale. (Amaranth, according to the authors, contains more protein than a hard-boiled egg.)
  • PMS-Busting Brownies made with cacao, sweet potatoes, almond butter, and flaxseed 

You’ll also find more than a dozen drinks from love potion elixirs to a latte made with activated charcoal.
Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with
our readers.