Though I like to experiment various recipes at home, I have never read any food book seriously. Super Food for Awesome memory by Shipra Khanna is my first book in the genre and I really enjoyed the experience. Book or I would say ingredients & recipes were focused towards improvements in mind power.
Shipra has provided 15+ ingredients & related recipes. Each ingredient started with it benefits & background. That was followed by recipes using that ingredient. Recipes were “simple”, I am giving emphasis on simple because many of them can be cooked in less than 10 minutes, including preparation time. Many of those recipes were mouthwatering & worth trying by anyone. For me 90% of the recipes were new. I would like to try some of them personally. I think comparing with general recipes book, this is a different book in the following manner - Main ingredients pros were enlisted initially & recipes following that ingredient - Not all recipes were pictured supported. Only 25% of them images supported. - Cooking methodology was considered above normal households
Once again, it was a different read for me. I tried something new in 2017 and I am happy for the same.
The cover of the book is beautiful. At the outset, the author mentions that she has compiled all the ingredients that help in sharpening the mind in this book provided one has them in moderate amounts and also mentions the importance of food, exercise, meditation and healthy lifestyle. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. She has spoken in detail about the various ingredients like salmon (the fish that helps to meditate), poultry, extravirgin olive oil, avocado, beetroot (liver’s best friend), coconut oil (superfood), blueberry (highest antioxidant rich food), bone broth, broccoli (the cool vegetable), celery, green leafy vegetables walnuts, rosemary, almonds, egg yolk and dark chocolate. She had also described some tricks of cooking like removing the smell of fish before cooking, ingredients that go well with various foods, recipe of guacamole, to mention a few. I was actually surprised to read so many benefits of coconut oil. She has also mentioned that many of these ingredients also promote weight loss. While talking about each ingredient, she has started with their health benefits including their nutrient values in terms of vitamins and minerals and then given 5-6 recipes with that ingredient. Each chapter ends with a food for thought in which the author has mentioned some factsabout the ingredient discussed. There are 80 recipes in all. The book has beautiful pictures, mouth watering recipes. I loved the book and am planning to start with the fish recipe in the holidays.
People generally pick up books on recipe who are not a cook themselves which are based on weight loss tips. That’s India’s biggest problem of the urban-based people doing desk jobs. But I picked up a book on recipe which is based on how the reader can improve their memory power and eat something that is mind-soothing considering that I am unable to remember anything. Haha! The book is written by a well-known female chef Shipra Khanna named “Super Foods for Awesome Memory”. The cover-page of the book and the printing quality is amazing. It is after a long time I am finding a book which seems to be quite passionate for the purpose with which it is written.
Shipra Khanna has nicely organized this book where she talks about different ingredients one by one. In each chapter, she firsts tells us the health benefits of the ingredient she is focusing upon. She also lets us know the origin of the same and what it is used for. She also manages to tell us the different forms in which it is available. After describing the ingredient, she shares 4-5 recipes using that ingredient as the core and thus defining how the meal is going to be important for the eater. At the end of the chapter, she shares “food for thought” where she discusses one general tip which relates with her own experience about how we can casually involve this ingredient in our regular lifestyle.
The ingredients discussed in this book are as follows: Salmon, poultry, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, beetroot, coconut oil, blueberry, bone broth, broccoli, celery, green leafy vegetables, walnuts, rosemary, almonds, egg yolk and dark chocolate. This book can be followed basically by people belonging in the upper middle class and upper class only considering that the ingredients and recipe discussed will cost heavily and can’t be included in the regular diets of people who can’t afford the same. Another drawback of the book is that not all recipe is supported with an image for reference which makes the whole process of preparing the same a dangerous exploration. Otherwise, this book shares many such facts which we weren’t aware of and next time, we enter the super market, seeing the ingredients discussed in this book, we are going to look them differently. I give this book 4* out of 5.