Healing Foods: Prevent or Treat Common Illnesses with Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and More – Review and Giveaway

Healing Foods: Prevent or Treat Common Illnesses with Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and More, by Dale Pinnock, published by Skyhorse Publishing.  Is a new and inspiring approach to show how easy and enjoyable eating for health can be.

About the Book

Foods impact on health is so important, way beyond calories in and calories expended. Nutrition is more than just fuel for the body.

“Let’s use the example of a cut on your finger.  After a few minutes, the bleeding stops.  Within a few hours, a scab has formed, and the body is well under way at repairing the damaged tissue. Now, if we were to continually pick at the scab, it would cause the wound to bleed and prevent healing from taking place.  Well, eating a diet that consists of processed junk food, full of toxic additives, and devoid of nutrients, is the equivalent of picking at that scab. But if we are consuming a diet of fresh, wholesome, unadulterated ingredients, we are, in fact, creating an environment that is conducive to healing.” 

“I personally feel that there is no separation between food and medicine at all.  If applied in the right way under the right guidance, the results can be equally as powerful.”

My Thoughts

This condensed and concise book is most invaluable to anyones library.  It is a mini encyclopedia of information on nutrition and wellness.  It provides knowledge and common sense, explaining in detail using everyday language; foods and their value to our bodies.  Food should be good and good for you.  Making the choice to put something in your mouth every day and on a continual basis can be the most difficult and most important decision you make.

Reading through this pocket-sized book, I found a treasure trove of information and ideas.  Medicinal cookery and recipes for the skin, digestive problems, heart and the immune system as well as joints and the nervous system all broken down and explained so well you will know why, and what you are putting inside, helping you to make the right choices. You will find recipes both fun and rewarding.  The Chocolate Orange Truffle Torte sounds decadent and delicious until you read the recipe.  The entire recipe uses ingredients which are full of medicinal properties for the heart and circulatory system, as well as other major healthy phytochemicals.  “One taste of this and you will feel like all of your birthdays have come at once!” says Pinnock. “Raw chocolate has two major benefits.  Firstly, it is an incredibly dense source of the vital mineral magnesium.  Magnesium is involved in regulating heart rhythm and maintaining healthy blood pressure.  The second major benefit of cacao is the incredibly high antioxidant content.  Even though chocolate appears brown, it is in fact a very deep purple colour. This is an incredibly dense concentration of plant pigments that deliver powerful antioxidant benefits. This is useful, because it helps to protect blood vessels from damage, and reduce the oxidation of cholesterol.” Anti-Rheumatoid Risotto is great for inflammatory conditions, especially for Rheumatoid Arthritis, an Auto-Immune disease, and the joints, using spinach, red onion, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes among other powerful ingredients.  Cardamom and Banana Porridge is not only warming and satisfying, with oats, rice milk, cardamom and banana, but has a wonderful impact on the nervous system.

Book Highlight

Flipping through the pages of this mini-encyclopedia of information, I am amazed at all the facts and aids in and throughout the book.  Each vegetable and fruit featured explains the best way to prepare and cook them.  It offers a great explanation as how grains in a whole state assist and effect blood sugar levels, fat healthy nuts and seeds aid inflammation and balancing hormones, and as well herbs and spices and how these amazing plants are so effective yet adding creativity to the kitchen with nature’s most powerful and pleasant medicines.


This recipe is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse.  It is suitable for any inflammatory condition, as it contains a powerful cocktail of ingredients known to tone down certain elements of the body’s natural inflammatory responses.  I have found that this dish seems to be of particular benefit to sufferers of osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis, also referred to as degenerative arthritis.  It arises from a wearing down of the cartilage that covers the two bone ends within the joints, and also a “drying out” of the synovial fluid, which provides joint lubrication.  While natural medicine provides us with some powerful remedies such as glucosamine that can offer massive relief from OA, foods and dietary changes can also provide relief from inflammatory attacks.  This dish is a perfect example of this.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 3/4 lb sweet potato, diced with skins left on
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • Bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped
  • Large handful of fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), coarsely torn
  • 1 tablespoon toasted flaked almonds

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion, garlic, ginger and chili.  When the onion has softened, add all the spices and heat until they are becoming fragrant.  Add the sweet potato and stock and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the sweet potato is soft.  At this point add the spinach.  Once the spinach is wilted, the curry is ready to serve with coriander leaves, topped with flaked almonds.  It is best served with brown rice to increase its nutritional profile further.


This soup is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to dealing with the symptoms of cold and flu.  It is a one-pot wonder.  Easy and speedy to make.

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 pint or small box shiitake mushrooms
  • vegetable stock

Finely chop the onion, chillies, garlic, and ginger.  Add to a pan with a little olive oil, and a pinch of salt.  Sauté on a mid to high heat until the onion softens.  Dice the butternut squash, discarding the seeds.  Slice the shiitake mushrooms.  Add these two ingredients to the onion, garlic, chili and ginger.  Stir well, then add enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients.  Simmer well, until the squash is soft.  At this stage, add the soup to a blender, and blend into a vivid orange, spicy soup.

This sounds like it would be good, sick or not.

Contest Rules

Healing Foods: Prevent or Treat Common Illnesses with Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and More, by Dale Pinnock, published by Skyhorse Publishing will be getting you on your way to wellness! All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this review, and as well a brief description of your own home remedies if you have any, and you are entered in the contest.  Good Luck! And Happy Healthy Local Eating!

Lady Locavore

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9 Responses to Healing Foods: Prevent or Treat Common Illnesses with Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and More – Review and Giveaway

  1. If you are reading this please order a copy of this book and stop your children from eating junk food and aspartame ( http://www.sweetpoison.com/ ) .I have a condition called Fibromyalgia and i am in severe pain each day …I am certain that my condition has been caused by aspartame and processed foods, more and more of my generation are getting auto immune problems so please please STOP eating rubbish and go organic thank you…


  2. Julie P. says:

    This book looks like my kind of book! Since I have an autoimmune disorder, I am always eating foods that heal. My favorite healing foods are fermented foods such as sauerkraut or lacto-fermented pickles – great for people with digestive disorders.


  3. Chris Johnson says:

    My favourite home made remedy is Tom Yum Soup – which is veggie stock slowly heated with chopped lemon grass stocks, which are removed after about 15 minutes of simmering. Then simply add a few cloves of crushed garlic, a small pile of freshly grated ginger, shitake mushrooms, some kaffir lime leaves, a small pile of thinly slices fresh red or green chilies, a third of a cup of coconut milk, and a few dashes of fish sauce for salt.

    This soup is traditional served with shrimp, but i prefer to make vegetarian and add kale, bokchoi, or spinach instead of the shrimp!

    See the complete recipe here: http://thaifood.about.com/od/oodlesofnoodles/r/tyumnoodles.htm

    When i feel my immune system is compromised and i eat this soup i can almost hear my body saying ‘thank you’!


  4. Kristin says:

    My favourite home remedy is slow simmered stock, with some apple cider vinegar and sea vegetables in it. When my children start to have a runny nose, I defrost it from the freezer or make a fresh batch, which takes about two days but when it is ready I know how healing it is.


  5. Dale Pinnock says:


    Thank you for such a lovely review. Was very happy to stumble upon this. I hope the lucky person enjoys it.

    In Good Health

    Dale Pinnock


  6. Jeannette James says:

    This sounds like a book I could really sink my teeth into. I’ve always believed that you are what you eat. Since joining this CSA, we’ve eliminated almost all processed foods and most red meat from our diet. And for the first time in years, we’ve been the healthiest ever.

    My favorite home remedy is oregano. Oregano is an antiseptic, antioxidant and antimicrobial. I’ve used it for years now, specifically for colds and flu’s. At the first sign of a cold a flu, I put a few drops of oil of oregano under my tongue. I haven’t had a full-blown cold or flu in over 4 years. Of course you can use the dried herb, adding extra to pasta sauces and other meals.


  7. Ann M says:

    I think I’ll try that anti-inflammatory curry for my partner who suffers from arthritis.
    It would be wonderful to have such a reference book in the kitchen.


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