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The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind Hardcover – 3 Sept. 2020 by Vanessa Kimbell
Healthy food, the key to a positive life and at its base should be good bread. Many benefits accrue to sourdough bread. The process of preparing sourdough involves a slow fermentation process. This in turn creates a healthier and lighter dough that is easier to digest. Personally I find this to be the case.
So this process can be applied to a range of breads, tarts, biscuits and others. They can all be made with sourdough. In Vanessa Kimbell’s new book you will find many recipes that will provide for for nourishing the gut but will also improve your mood.
In Vanessa’s book, you will use a variety of flours, including chestnut, spelt and einkorn, as well as blends you can make up. There is a wide variety of options including cakes, tarts and biscuits, to doughnuts, brioche and pretzels.
‘It is impossible to read this book without wanting to scuttle off into the kitchen.’ Nigella Lawson
Do you want to bake:
Morello Cherry Shortbread,
Chocolate, Tangerine & Pistachio Cakes,
Carrot & Walnut Cake, Doughnuts
Chocolate, Almond & Hazelnut Spread
Sourdough Vanilla Ice Cream?
The basis for the health benefits based upon gut microbiome considerations, are expained by Vanessa when she considers the health benefits of having diversity in your diet to the amazing work of enzymes.
A fundamental connection between our food, gut microbiome and the potential impact on our mental health. New studies are unveiling links between the microorganisms in our gut and our mood and behaviour, and Vanessa is at the forefront of this research.
‘Britain’s queen of sourdough.’ – Telegraph
‘Vanessa Kimbell wants to change the bread we eat, one loaf at a time. She’s the real deal: a total inspiration.’ – Diana Henry
‘Just five years ago if someone said to you that they were writing a book about sourdough bread and mental health you would have thought they needed psychiatric help. Today nobody is laughing as the latest science tells us that microbes are the key link between food and the health of our mind and bodies.’ – Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth
The final Clever Guts pull out with the Daily Mail by Dr Michael Mosley, on Friday looks at how we make decisions about what to eat.
A radical thought here, quite significant! Who or indeed what makes the decisions of what to eat, do we make that decision consciously or is it a subconscious process? Or is it the millions of neurons in our gut? Is it the microbes in our gut?
Dr Mosley suggests the microbes have more control and influence over us than we ever thought.
Makes one think doesn’t it! (No pun intended here).
Scary to imagine that it may not be our choice – but our microbiome?
So if we have not so good microbes – does that predispose us to select foods that are in fact bad for our health? If we have good microbes then we crave foods that are healthy?
So the conclusion is that by feeding out gut, healthy gut-friendly foods, we are improving our health, our physical and mental well-being – reducing weight and benefiting in many ways.
Revolutionary – worth reading the book and grasping these concepts if it helps us avoid serious illness for as long as we can.
By the way the book is a fun read and really is full of great research and clear explanations. Dr Mosley has the gift of being an excellent communicator, he is inquisitive about our health and how to improve it… a great read!
Lazy lemon and lime baked chicken
Tuna and vegetable stir-fry
Anti inflammatory tumeric dressing
Oil and lemon dressing
The great thing is the book is now available to buy!!
A large amount of very useful advice, guides and recipes can be found in the very well-written and amusing book – see the links to read more and consider buying the book as a reference volume to keep handy.
Curries are a great health food and can assist the microbiome, see the new books by Atul Kochhar and Dan Toombs for ideas on recipes, different curry powders and ingredients. Use Dr Mosleys approach to select the correct ingredients.