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.

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