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Title:Soulful Recipes: Building Healthy Traditions Cookbook
Pub. date: October 2008
Edition: 1st
Includes: Spiral bound recipe book
Audience: Multiple Audiences, Adults, Elderly
Language: English
Description:“This unique, full-color cookbook features 36 healthy versions of down-home favorites or new dishes that readers will find quick and easy to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The cookbook aims to help families become Champions for Change by incorporating more fruits and vegetables and physical activity into their day. Along with the mouthwatering recipes, readers will also appreciate the cookbook's cultural appearance, food storage tips, dietary recommendations, physical activity ideas, and spotlight articles. This extraordinary cookbook also incorporates Caribbean, Creole, and West African cooking styles and embraces the healthy usage of an array of herbs & spices to bring out the delicious flavor of each dish. Pennywise shoppers will enjoy this cookbook's use of low-cost ingredients that are commonly bought at the grocery store or that can easily be obtained through food assistance programs. Ingredients for the recipes are used in a variety of forms, including fresh, frozen, canned, and dried. The cookbook will inspire families to try new, lip-smacking dishes like Nellie's Kale Stew, Vegetable Brunch Pie, and Sweet Potato Apple Bake.”
Funding Source: California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California, USDA SNAP
Developer: Network for a Healthy California-African American Campaign
Organization: California Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-449-5400
Length: 69 pages
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: Soulful Recipes is a beautiful cookbook filled with tasty recipes with an African American flair, including traditional Southern foods, West African dishes, and traditional herbs and spices. Sprinkled throughout the book are nutrition education spotlights on important topics for the target population such as important nutrients (calcium), physical activity (dancing), family mealtime traditions, and specific foods: blackeye peas, greens, sweet potatoes and fresh, frozen and canned vegetables.

The cookbook features a colorful picture of each recipe, as well as nutrition information for each serving. Recipes are divided by category: breakfast, side dish, main dish, and snacks and desserts. Recipe pages have a well organized layout and preparation instructions are easy to read and follow. Preparation time, cook time, serving size and yield are all provided. Recipes that cook in 30 minutes or less (which include most of the recipes) are identified. Most recipes use common, inexpensive ingredients.

In addition to recipes, the cookbook includes a visual explanation of portion sizes, a chart explaining recommended cups of fruits and vegetables, a measurement conversion chart, a guide to storing fruits and vegetables, and an explanation of herbs and spices. This resource is an excellent tool for nutrition educators working with African American audiences one on one or in small groups, in cooking demonstrations or classes. It can be used as an incentive item and handed out to participants. The printed book is spiral bound at the top and includes a folded cardboard in the back, which allows it to stand on its own. It is available to order at cost or online for free.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: California Department of Public Health
    Contact: Customer Service
    Mail: P.O. Box 997377, MS7204
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
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    Cost: 2.25 per book
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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