For thousands of years, human lives and diets have been closely tied to the rhythms of the seasons—and for good reason. Following the season-by-season nutritional principles of Chinese medicine is the best way maximize the nutrients in your diet and strengthen your body. Real Food All Year offers seasonal shopping lists and meal suggestions, detoxifying cleanses drawn from the wisdom of ancient traditions, and tips for putting together quick snacks on the go. This guide includes everything you need to enjoy the pleasures of eating fresh foods and nourishing your body in the way nature intended.
"Real Food All Year puts the joy back into eating seasonally. A food educator with a background in Chinese medicine, Nishanga Bliss has meticulously researched how the seasons affect our bodies and gives lively instructions for enriching our connection to spring, summer, winter, and fall through mindful eating. Her recipes fuse fine dining with traditional hippie food to create astoundingly tasty dishes like kale caesar salad and red lentil dal with sweet corn. As a gardener, I found the book a delight: a pat on the back that endorses growing your own food and also a gentle reminder to harvest my root vegetables so I can make a batch of pickled beets and turnips."
—Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer
"This is an excellent and intriguing book. Its overview of the seasons is quite comprehensive, the recipes are really well chosen and easy to make, and there is a lot of excellent scientific information in the text. This would be a worthwhile addition to any health-oriented cook’s collection!"
—Annemarie Colbin, PhD, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and author of The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones
"Deftly weaving together the principles of seasonality, sustainability, and healthy eating from a Chinese medicine perspective, Nishanga Bliss does something entirely new—she presents a system for eating that is both sensible and meaningful. Real Food all Year is a fascinating and inspiring read that goes far beyond the usual gastronomic reasons for eating local foods in season, but isn’t afraid to fully celebrate the pleasures of the table. Call it hedonism Rx."
—Vanessa Barrington, author of DIY Delicious
"Real Food All Year is filled with invaluable tips and sound advice. Follow the guidance in this book and find yourself coming back into balance both in your health and with the natural world that surrounds you."
—Margaret Floyd, NTP, HHC, CHFS, author of Eat Naked and The Naked Foods Cookbook
Nishanga Bliss, MS, L.Ac. has been practicing in the holistic health field for over 20 years. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist, integrative nutritionist, and assistant professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California where she grows, cooks, ferments, savors, teaches and writes about sustainable food