Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: FoodTrients

'FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life'
Author: Grace O

Format: Hardback
Published: Grace O; 2011
Pages: 152
Genre: Cookbook
Grade: B
Source: TLC Book Tours

Synopsis: Chef, restaurateur, and senior living executive Grace O brings the science of aging out of the lab and into the kitchen. Health professionals agree: by following an anti-aging plan- eating nutrient-rich food, exercising, managing your weight, and leading a generally healthy lifestyle-you may add as many as 10 to 20 years to your lifespan. Now, looking and feeling younger is that much easier with FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life. With 66 beautifully illustrated recipes, chef, restaurateur, and senior living executive Grace O brings healthful aging out of the science lab and into the kitchen. Combining delicious foods with the latest research in rejuvenating nutrients, Grace O's age-defying strategy features FoodTrients- vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and a host of other beneficial compounds-to enhance your well-being and help keep you young, inside and out. "Growing older gracefully is what you want to strive for.... Grace O's FoodTrients is a new anti-aging cookbook that makes an important contribution to this discussion." Mark A. Rosenberg, MD Medical Director, The Institute for Healthy Aging "I love Grace O's approach to fresh, wholesome foods as the basis for health and longevity. The recipes are interesting, unusual, and appealing-it's really a fresh take on the topic!" Monica Reinagel, MS, LN, CNS Author, Nutrition Diva's Secrets for a Healthy Diet.

My Take: I love cooking! Anytime I can try out new recipes, I do. And I love getting new cookbooks! Don't know what to get me for my birthday? A cookbook will always do! Cooking is relaxing to me and it's something my fiance and I can enjoy together. We both like to cook and eat healthfully. This latest book that I received, FoodTrients by Grace O, combined both of those things so I was excited to dive in and explore.

Right out of the gate I was greeted with beautiful photos accompanying each and every recipe. Let me tell you that if a cookbook doesn't have a photo to match a recipe, I don't like it, so this one gets a big thumbs up from me! I want to know what I am making and how it's supposed to look so I can compare and contrast!

Next, I had to figure out what exactly a FoodTrient was. According to the book, they are "twenty-six powerful nutrients that promote health, wellness, and longevity". Well those sound good to me! Who doesn't want those things? All of the recipes within the book are given any of the five following indicators to tell you its FoodTrient properties: Ai (Anti-inflammatory); Ao (Antioxidant); DP (Disease-Preventing); IB (Immunity Boosting); and MB (Mind and Beauty).

Finally, I had to decide with recipe(s) to try to decide if what this book is promoting is worth it's weight. I knew I wanted to try to cook something delicious for our Sunday dinner and so I was open to a main course or a side dish and decided upon the delicious sounding "Mustard-Crusted Tri-Tip" which is considered 'Body Magic' and contains the properties of Ai, Ao, DP, IB, and MB. Sounds good to me.

Here's what it entailed:

Mustard-Crusted Tri-Tip (Serves 4-6)



  • 1 tri-tip (about 2-3lbs) of grass-fed beef roast
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs. seasoned garlic salt
  • 3 Tbs. sweet mesquite seasoning

  1. Spread the Dijon over the tri-tip and refrigerate overnight. (Whoops! Didn't read this part until about 3 hours before we wanted to eat! So I marinated mine for about 1/2 hour. Better than nothing!)
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Remove the tri-tip from the refrigerator and sprinkle with garlic salt and mesquite seasoning. (I'm going to be honest, I was shocked that this healthful book called for garlic salt and not fresh garlic but whateves, I do what I am told!)
  3. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours.
  4. Turn up the heat to broil. Broil the roast until top is browned and sizzling, about 10 minutes. (In our crappy oven, this was more like 20-25 minutes)
  5. Remove the roast from the oven and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before slicing.
We enjoyed our roast with steamed artichokes and I have to tell you, even if a little salty for both of our tastes, this roast was a huge hit! It was soooo tender and we will for sure be making it again. Yum yum!

Bottom line, if you enjoy cooking and want to do so healthfully, this book is worth checking out!

For other opinions on this book, please check out the full TLC Tour here!

Cover Lust: This cover is very evocative of what's inside. I think it's a perfect fit!

Giveaway Details
The author has kindly offered up one new copy of the book to a lucky winner, plus an apron! The deadline for this giveaway is May 24th; entries open to those in the US and Canada.

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3 extra entries available. Giveaway open until 11:59pm PST May 24th. I will draw the winners using and announce them here on my blog. Good luck!


  1. I would love to find out about foods that are healthy and life giving! And their recipes!

    I'm a GFC follower!

  2. I love cookbooks too and this sounds great....I think I wound try all of the anti-inflammatory recipes! :) That big hunk of tri tip looked awesome!

  3. With all my gluten issues, I can still find a use for this book :)

    Since going gluten free, I've been focusing more on clean food (unprocessed) and really, the only way to get that is to make it myself! I can hardly eat out anymore because there is always some gluten contaminant that ends up causing me grief for weeks.

  4. Love cookbooks. Email subscriber twitter follower at rhondareads will tweet.

  5. Sounds like a great cookbook. I'd love to be entered. (The apron is cute too.)

    I follow you on GFC as Carol and retweeted the giveaway.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  6. thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds like a yummy cookbook :)

  8. Oooh, I love cookbooks -- and my guy and I love cooking together, too. It's really fun and quite relaxing! That beef roast looks so good.

    Thanks for the giveaway -- I would love to be entered, too! I'm also a follower. :)

    writing.meg [at]

  9. this book sounds wonderful and that picture looks amazing! i'm not the best chef in the world, but i always love trying a new recipe.

    thanks for hosting a giveaway! please enter me and i'm a follower too.

  10. This book sounds like my kind of cookbook- healthy and quirky recipes. Thanks!

    GFC: Twisty J

  11. What an amazing book. As a dedicated organic vegatarian I am always looking for new and exciting receipes to add to my plant based clean living lifestyle. I collect healthy life style cookbooks as I love to cook healthy plant based foods. I would love to win so I can try new and healthy receipes for my family. I follow you on GC and retweeted the give a way,.
    Lexie Whitman

  12. I wasn't aware of a FoodTrient before reading your post. Whole Foods has their "ANDI" scale, nutrient density of foods but this appears to take it further. The book would be fantastic in seems like it will guide you down the healthy eating path. Thanks for sharing ;-)

  13. This sounds like it's right up my alley ~ thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I love to read cookbooks as well as try the recipes. This one sounds like a winner! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I'm glad you've been enjoying this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  16. I agree that cookbooks must include recipes with photographs, otherwise how do I know what to expect? I would love to enter the contest for a copy.

  17. A wonderful giveaway which would be invaluable and special. many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. This excellent cookbook would provide me with so many healthy choices. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I am a great cooker. Therefore I love to read cookbooks and try all recipes I like. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I love cookbooks and I need to eat healthier than what I have been lately. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  21. My e-mail contact is: Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

    I'd love to win this book!
    I am a public follower of yours on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue).
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  22. Your giveaway is posted on my blog
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  23. My boyfriend and I love to cook healthy and try new recipes on the weekend. I'm with you...I need pictures to show me what the heck I can expect. This book sounds like a winner.


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