The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes with Age-Busting Power Foods

Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson
The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods
2013, Ten Speed Press, Berkley, CA

I have a confession; I read cookbooks, often cover-to-cover. Yes, I like to try the recipes, but sometimes there is so much great information and so many inspiring photos that just turning the pages sparks my culinary creativity. Chef and food educator Rebecca Katz's The Longevity Kitchen is that kind of cookbook. Katz's recipes use bright delicious life-enhancing foods exploding with nutrients to create what she calls the The Science of Yum. She says her two most important healing tools are her garden and her kitchen. Her recipes focus on the Super Sixteen — the sixteen foods that provide the highest level of antioxidants, including avocado, basil, blueberries, dark chocolate, green tea, sweet potatoes and walnuts. Her enthusiasm for all things delicious and healthy is impressive and contagious. For a treat try Simon's Most Nourishing Elixir, a concoction of lemon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and honey ("love in a cup"), or Wendy's Wunderbars which incorporate dark chocolate, almonds, pistachios, dried cherries and dates for good, quick energy that isn't a nutritional nightmare. Hooray!