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Small Pleasures: Joyful Recipes for Difficult Times – by Ryan Riley

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When Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”, he may or may not have had this book in mind.

In terms of healthiness, this one’s not the very most nutritionist-approved recipe book we’ve ever reviewed. It’s not bad, to be clear!

But the physical health aspect is secondary to the mental health aspects, in this one, as you’ll see. And as we say, “mental health is also just health”.

The book is divided into three sections:

  1. Comfort—for when you feel at your worst, for when eating is a chore, for when something familiar and reassuring will bring you solace. Here we find flavor and simplicity; pastas, eggs, stews, potato dishes, and the like.
  2. Restoration—for when your energy needs reawakening. Here we find flavors fresh and tangy, enlivening and bright. Things to make you feel alive.
  3. Pleasure—while there’s little in the way of health-food here, the author describes the dishes in this section as “a love letter to yourself; they tell you that you’re special as you ready yourself to return to the world”.

And sometimes, just sometimes, we probably all need a little of that.

Bottom line: if you’d like to bring a little more joie de vivre to your cuisine, this book can do that.

Click here to check out Small Pleasures, and rekindle joy in your kitchen!

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