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Great Cookbooks to Explore this Spring

By: Hidden Gems on April 4, 2023

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By: Hidden Gems on April 4, 2023


Does Spring have you inspired to try your hand at some new culinary delights? Have you been wanting to make smarter choices for your health? Check out these great cookbooks, loved by Hidden Gems ARC readers, and don’t stress about what’s for dinner tonight – or any time this Spring!


Fall In Love With Mediterranean Cuisine

Fall In Love With Mediterranean Cuisine by Bernetta Parris

With almost 100 ratings and a 4.8 star average, Fall In Love With Mediterranean Cuisine is a must read!

“…The recipes come with beautiful color pictures and easy to follow instructions,” MistressViolet writes in her five star Amazon review. “One thing I was particularly happy to see was nutrition information, so that you immediately know the calories per serving. Recipes also come with helpful tips as well as notes at the end of the recipe that alert readers to the pressure points, if a recipe happens to have them, helping to ensure your meal comes out perfect. Some recipes even come with video tips which is one of the cooler things I’ve seen in a recipe book! This is a great resource for anyone on the Mediterranean diet, anyone who wants to cook more Mediterranean dishes, or anyone who wants to eat more healthy.”

LeeAnn B concurs in her five star Amazon review, “This is one of the best cookbooks I have. The background information concerning the Mediterranean Diet is really good. Each recipe is very well laid out with servings, time, and difficulty level. The recipes have great pictures and are followed by tips and nutrition information. The variety of recipes is excellent…”

Renal Diet Cookbook & Renal Diet Cookbook for Beginners

Renal Diet Cookbook & Renal Diet Cookbook for Beginners by Haley Joseph

With 30+ ratings and a 4.8 star average, this cookbook is perfect for those who want to boost their kidney health with tailored recipes for renal health.

Grady Harp writes in his five star Amazon review, “…This is more than a cookbook: this is a well-informed diet plan, as complete as possible, a well considered and presented total picture for eating well even with renal dysfunction!…”

“As a chronic kidney disease patient, I can tell you that preparing food that meets the guidelines of a healthy renal diet is typically quite a difficult task…This cookbook is refreshingly different,” Kentucky Gardener writes in their five star Amazon review. “The recipes are not difficult to prepare and are often adaptations of favorite dishes that kidney patients normally cannot eat. The directions are clear and easy to follow, and the ingredients are familiar and locally available. This book is a nice addition to my collection of kidney-friendly recipes, and it has my stamp of approval. I highly recommend it.”

Quick Guide to Winter Herbs & Christmas Spices

Quick Guide to Winter Herbs & Christmas Spices by Carol Roy

With 40 ratings and a 4.5 star average, while not a seasonally timely read, this certainly deserves a spot on your TBR list.

Julie S. writes in her five star Amazon review, “Recipes that will infuse your palate with the warm, cozy tastes of the holidays while infusing your body with much-needed nutrients during cold/flu/(covid) season and a time when we usually indulge in unhealthy eating.”

“The Quick Guide gives amazing background information on what to forage in the winter season, fun myths/legends behind the herbs and spices, and my favorite part was the 18 delicious winter recipes!” Elizabeth J. shares in her five star Amazon review. “So excited to try some of them out and include them in family Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Great quick read – and bonus images to color. Will be breaking out my colored pencils soon.”

Eat to Prevent and Control Disease Cookbook

Eat to Prevent and Control Disease Cookbook by La Fonceur

With over 40 ratings this cookbook focuses on Indian and vegetarian recipes for those looking for healthy meal options to combat chronic illness, or those interested in superfoods.

C. Larson writes in their five star Amazon review, “This was a very interesting cookbook showing how to eat healthy with Indian Cuisine. Many of the ingredients were unfamiliar to me but the first chapter demonstrated that they were easy to make at home using more common ingredients. The early chapters are recipes for general good health but there are some condition specific chapters that cover diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis…”

“This is not a normal cookbook — it’s better!” Family Oriented explains in their five star Amazon review. “First, this cookbook is definitely one of the more health-oriented cookbooks I have seen. It stays away from health-harming ingredients. such as white sugar. and focuses on unprocessed ingredients as much as possible. Secondly, the book (in the second chapter) explains how to prepare several essential ingredients at home for use in the recipes rather than using store-bought. Thirdly, it has several ingredients and health tips and notes throughout the book that you’ll want to read. Fourthly, this cookbook is designed to help the reader incorporate superfoods into their diet and it provides the reader with recipes that are both good tasting AND good for your health. Note that the cookbook focuses on Indian Vegetarian recipes, so they often call for ingredients that may be unfamiliar to some readers. However, the first chapter goes through the types of ingredients and cooking methods used…”

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Made Simple

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Made Simple by Gabriel Baker

With 100+ ratings and a 4.4 star average, this cookbook is another must read for those who are looking to boost their health in their kitchen.

Sarah writes in her five star Amazon review, “This book is packed full of great information! So much info on what to eat and what not to eat and how they all affect you. Just so much amazing information. It doesn’t say “Just do *this* because it’s good for you.” It says do this and eat this and then explains why. Love it!”

Debbie O concurs in her five star Amazon review, “This book is a good starting point for anyone looking to make the changes needed to treat chronic inflammation. The author clearly and concisely explains what it is, different treatments and offers a tasty selection of recipes. The recipes are easy to follow, made with simple ingredients, delicious and quick to prepare. Highly recommend!”

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