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Chef Oz Telem praises the humble brassica in his new book, Cauliflower. The food writer and recipe developer was inspired to write the book when he realized that while most enjoy the vegetable, few understand how to properly prepare it. With 70 creative ways to fit cauliflower into your routine, as well as guides to purchasing, storing and choosing varieties, it’s unlikely you’ll ever be stumped for recipe ideas. PLANT POWER: Using inspiration from Israeli cuisine, the cookbook includes salads, pickles, burgers, pastas, pizzas, curries, rices and mac and cheese, all made with cauliflower. Almost all recipes include tips and tricks to make dishes gluten-free, vegan and Paleo-friendly. By Oz Telem ($20, Hardie Grant Books)
Plant-Powered Fat Burning
According to Will Cole, there’s a problem with eating a standard keto diet. Its focus on low-carb, high-fat fare has led many to consume overprocessed foods, like processed meats and artificial sweeteners, eschewing high-quality, fresh items, especially vegetables. In his new cookbook, Ketotarian, The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation, he shares more than 75 vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian recipes in which he encourages those on a ketogenic diet to embrace plant-based eating. By Dr. Will Cole ($20, Avery)
Adaptogenic mushrooms have a multitude of beneficial properties, from reducing inflammation to boosting the immune system to aiding with anxiety and depression. Now they are crossing the aisle into skin-care products with the launch of health and beauty brand Moon Juice’s Beauty Shroom line. The new products, featuring silver ear mushroom (or Tremella) and reishi, are meant to promote hydration and reduce inflammation. TELL ME MORE: “Adaptogens work on skin the same way they work internally – they strengthen your skin’s defenses against stress. They help reduce the signs of inflammaging (stress-induced signs of aging) by making skin more resilient,” according to Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of Moon Juice. For more information, visit moonjuice.com.
Tea seed oil, also known as camellia oil, is an oil abundant in antioxidants. it has a light, clean taste and is used in traditional Chinese cooking. WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT? It’s full of healthful antioxidants called catechins (also found in green tea), which have been shown to reduce body fat. Tea seed oil also has a high ratio of monounsaturated fat. With a smoke point of 485ºF, this oil is versatile for all types of preparations, from frying to roasting and sautéing. Store at room temperature. FIND IT: Look for tea seed oil at organic or health food stores.