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Review: ThinkFood: Brain Healthy Recipes

[ 13 ] March 25, 2011 |

Reviewed by Jen Kulman

Posit Science provides software specifically designed to improve the health of the brain. Their entire company is built around making our brains perform better. Did you know that your brain is able to change and grow at any age? The ability to strengthen or weaken is called neuroplasticity or brain plasticity. Because dietary factors can play a large role in influencing brain structure, Posit Science came up with the clever idea of creating a cookbook centered around ingredients that may help make the brain healthier. Because these guys are scientists and not chefs, they turned to the blogosphere for some guidance in the kitchen.

Fifty well known food bloggers were asked to provide a recipe using an ingredient that has been identified to possibly provide brain benefits. I think most of us are pretty knowledgeable about which foods are good for us physically, but are we as astute about foods that boost us mentally? Occasionally, I run across an article about brain-rich foods, but having a cookbook like ThinkFood at my fingertips is far more useful.

The facts about the key ingredients are stated on each recipe, so you learn about their beneficial properties. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols, a group of chemicals that may protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. Spinach is considered a superfood, providing nearly 400% of vitamin A in just one cup. Get the benefits of both in Spinach Salad Campagnarde-Style. I did not know that sage has been shown to improve memory, nor that it can improve your mood and help lengthen your attention span. See how you feel after Mustard & Sage Grilled Pork Tenderloin or Browned Butter & Sage Gnocchi.

In addition to providing great recipes, ThinkFood is a great way to learn about some fabulous cooking blogs. There is a small “About the blogger” section that gives the web address, a photo of the blogger and a great little introduction paragraph. A few of these, like Closet Cooking and For the Love of Cooking, already reside on my blog reader, but I was delighted to find a host of others that I wanted to add.

I found ThinkFood: Brain Healthy Recipes to be tremendously helpful because while my intentions to eat brain busting foods are good, my follow through is poor. Ha, I need to up my intake of sage just to remember what else I’m supposed to be eating! Here, you not only get a compiled list, but they come nicely paired with recipes. I like knowing that there is a chance the foods I’m eating are having a positive effect on my brain. These are recipes I would love to make anyway and now I can feel that much better about my choices. Having all this information compiled in one cookbook is a great tool. Alternatively, you can sign up to get the recipes free by email here from Posit Science.

Rating: 4/5

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her own shelves with cookbooks.

Review and giveaway copies are provided free of any obligation by Allison & Partners. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction

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  1. 13
    FHC says:

    an amazing amount of information here! thank you sooo much! dealing with 2 family members with alzheimers, this is news i need to know! for me as a caregiver and for my charges! no, i did not know, ‘Did you know that your brain is able to change and grow at any age?”
    nor did i know about this co and the email signup that i have now subscribed to for free recipes. excellent post!!

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    Abby says:

    Brain foods are great and make me happy to eat more of them. I have never come across a whole book on brain foods so this is great! Another cool book for the shelf. If anything, it should make a cool conversation piece!

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    Even the cover photo looks awesome!

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    Becky Jane says:

    eating healthy is so vital and a good healthy brain makes it all good…
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    This sounds like a very interesting cookbook and a great way to learn about some different ingredients! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Julee says:

    I love cookbooks and this one has a theme that is unique. I’m going to check it out and maybe even add it to my collection. Thanks for sharing such a great post: I stumbled you, my post is
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    Deanna T. says:

    Sounds like an interesting (and tasty!) read.

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    Faith says:

    Interesting. I will have to read more. I stumbled you from Stumble Tumble Tuesday. Here is my post.

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    Colleen Turner says:

    I, like Carol mentioned, have heard of and played games that are meant to keep your brain agile and improve memory. I have actually liked most of these games along, of course, with reading which is also supposed to help keep your brain on track. I knew that there were foods out there that are supposed to improve your brain but I wasn’t family with which ones they are. This sounds like a great read/cookbook and the recipes mentioned in the review sound delishous. My aunt is a holistic, super healthy massage therapist so I think she would absolutely LOVE this. I think Christmas is good to go for her :). Thanks for the review!

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    Stephenia says:

    Like the reviewer, I have never before heard of a cookbook focused just on brain power foods. I tend to like holistic approaches and nutrition therapies fall right into that category. Thanks for the review, I’ll be checking this book out!

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    I really didn’t know most of this. It sounds quite intriguing and I’d love to read this. I had no idea that there were so many different foods and ways to make the brain grow. I want to read this now.

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    Carol Wong says:

    Already familiar with which foods are brain foods except for the spices, I want to check that out.
    I have also tried several games that are suppose to exercise your brain and either found them boring or frustrating. I hope that their software is more exciting. One book that I would like recommend is ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ by Norman Doidge, MD. Besides being a fascinating read it is also very encouraging.

    Carol Wong

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