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December, 2014

The 16 Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year


Admittedly, we are close to the end of the holiday shopping season. But you’re not out of time yet!!

If you are still struggling with what to get that special someone (or all of your special someones), go with a cookbook. This year brought some seriously unique and delicious cookbooks, sure to please every person on your list. People who love sugar, eat gluten-free, vegetarians, meat lovers, and everyone in between will be satisfied with some of these great choices. Happy shopping!

1. 30-Minute Paleo Meals

Personal chef Melissa Petitto has created a great cookbook for those who eat Paleo! The book offers healthy meals in less than 30 minutes that are Paleo and also gluten free! These meals are great for anyone, but for the more specific or sensitive eater in your life, it is definitely worth the purchase!

2. Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen started as a website that quickly blew up in popularity. The book is hilarious — and definitely not your grandma’s cookbook. Thug Kitchen is written like some people naturally speak, swear words and all. For those with a loose sense of humor that likes to eat healthy, this is the perfect cookbook. (Fun fact: all recipes are vegan!)

3. Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Recently, studies have shown that eating a Mediterranean diet can potentially lead to a longer lifespan. The good news? The Mediterranean way of eating is delicious! This cookbook is compiled from recipes published in Hearst Magazines and are paired with nutrition facts so you know exactly what you are eating.

4. Seriously Delish

Popular blogger Jessica Merchant has compiled some of her best recipes from the blog How Sweet It Is, creating Seriously Delish. The title says it all; over 150 of the best, most delicious recipes are right here in your hand!

5. The Kitchn Cookbook

Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand bring one of the best and most unique cookbooks to the kitchen this year. The Kitchn Cookbook is a two-parter. The first half contains the beautiful pictures and great recipes (complete with techniques). The second part is a batch of helpful tips to organize your kitchen. This book has it all.
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The Big Food Trends You Can Expect to Devour in 2015


‘Tis the season for predicting what 2015 will be like! Many forecasts have been made about the food trends that are awaiting us next year, and we are excited about so many of them! Over the past few years, we have seen food items like cupcakes and cronuts, popsicles, sriracha, quinoa, and bacon rise to unprecedented levels of pop culture fandom, while food-related conversations have hit on things like locally-traded food, organic food, and food trucks.

So what do we have to look forward to noshing on in 2015? Let’s dig in!

green tea smoothie

1. Liquid Revolution!

According to McCormick Spice Company, 2015 will bring somewhat of a liquid revolution. Purees and juices will make the rounds, focusing on a ”more fun” way to consume those 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Start Now: Green Tea Power Smoothie or this Rainbow Smoothie
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Fixing Obesity: Changing How We View the Problem Could Lead to Better Solutions


At this point, it should be abundantly clear that there are no quick fixes to the obesity problem in America. Though there is plenty to be done to stop or reverse a course of obesity, when it comes to preventing it in the first place, most focus on healthy diets and plenty of exercise.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with either of those; here at DietsInReview, we fully support both. However, we may be missing a solution to the obesity problem. One that isn’t physical in nature, but mental.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, wrote in a LinkedIn post, The Obesity Fix, his belief that the obesity problem can be fixed by a shift in how we think about health and obesity. He also acknowledges change won’t be easy, saying that no one seems to mind when super sugary cereals are marketed to children, or when it’s revealed how some foods are designed to be as addictive as possible.

He believes in order for this to change, people must see health and obesity differently than they do now, in two different ways.

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Crowd-source Your Workout Music: DROP is the Free App That Lets Your Friends Pick the Songs


We’re not pitching you on a new music service to sign up for. For this one, you’ll use the music you already have.

DROP is a new app, free from Jawbone, the makers of the wildly popular fitness trackers we love. It relies on the music you already have on Spotify, iTunes, or Rdio, but lets you enjoy it all in a new way. At the most basic level, it shuffles your songs (and playlists) and lets you listen to them in a new order. On a more exciting note, it lets your friends choose specific songs to “drop” on you at any given time.

Well, while you’re using the app, of course. It won’t barge in like a wrecking ball and start blaring Miley Cyrus while you’re in a meeting with your boss.

DROP will run on its own, but the real fun comes when you connect it to Twitter — and when your friends do, too. They can queue up a song for you by tweeting something like this:

@mbchp drop Talk Dirty
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The Best Food Gift Recipes You Still Have Time to Make

Food gifts are one of the most popular of the gift-giving season, and almost always one of the most well received. Whether it’s a last-minute gift or just a desire to share something wholesome and homemade with friends and loved ones, this menu is all you need to share awesome food gifts.

Skip the expected boxes of drug store chocolate and tins of stale popcorn; these 14 treats and snacks will truly be unexpected, welcome surprises.

Pomegranate Pistachio Bark


This foodie gift is beautifully shared with wrapped in brown butcher paper.

chocolate covered pretzel protein balls


These bite-sized gems are like a homemade Lara Bar. Fill a Mason jar with the balls and wrap in a ribbon.

homemade sour mix


Prepare the mix and pour the juice in to clasp-top bottles or re-use wine bottles. Give this gift with a bottle of vodka or tequila.
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