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Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry

April 8, 2014
Ten Speed Press
African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.

Blending these colorful cuisines results in delicious recipes like Smashed Potatoes, Peas, and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil, a recipe inspired by the Kenyan dish irio, and Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad with dried apricots, carrots, and almonds, which is based on a Moroccan tagine. Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup with Okra, Corn, and Tomatoes pays homage to a popular Brazilian dish while incorporating classic Southern ingredients, and Crispy Teff and Grit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts combines the Ethiopian grain teff with stone-ground corn grits from the Deep South and North African zalook dip. There’s perfect potluck fare, such as the simple, warming, and intensely flavored Collard Greens and Cabbage with Lots of Garlic, and the Caribbean-inspired Cocoa Spice Cake with Crystallized Ginger and Coconut-Chocolate Ganache, plus a refreshing Roselle-Rooibos Drink that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

With more than 100 modern and delicious dishes that draw on Terry’s personal memories as well as the history of food that has traveled from the African continent, Afro-Vegan takes you on an international food journey. Accompanying the recipes are Terry’s insights about building community around food, along with suggested music tracks from around the world and book recommendations. For anyone interested in improving their well-being, Afro-Vegan‘s groundbreaking recipes offer innovative, plant-based global cuisine that is fresh, healthy, and forges a new direction in vegan cooking.

Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out by JJ Smith

Want to lose weight without counting calories, starving yourself, giving up your favorite foods, or eating bland packaged foods? Would you like to look and feel younger and healthier than you have in years without diets and exercise? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, this book is for you! JJ Smith’s revolutionary system teaches proven methods for permanent weight loss that anyone can follow, no matter her size, income level, or educational level. And the end result is a healthy, sexy, slim body.

JJ’s breakthrough weight-loss solution can help you shed pounds fast by detoxifying the body, balancing your hormones, and speeding up your metabolism. You’ll learn which foods help you stay slim and which foods cause you to get fat. If you have been on a roller-coaster ride of weight loss, you will finally be able to get off, lose weight, and stay slim for life!

You will learn how to:
* Detoxify the body for fast weight loss
* Drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or starvation
* Lose up to 15 pounds in the first three weeks
* Shed unwanted fat by eating foods you love, including carbs
* Get rid of stubborn belly fat
* Trigger your 6 fat-burning hormones to lose weight effortlessly
* Eat foods that give you glowing, radiant skin
* Eat so you feel energetic and alive every day
* Get physically active without exercising

This is your last stop on the way to a new fit and healthy you! Look and feel younger than you have in years. Create your best body — NOW!

Interview with Dr. Lottie Perkins

Dr. Lottie Perkins will be appearing at the Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, June 25.

Lottie PerkinsDr. Lottie Perkins is a registered nurse, Certified Natural Wellness consultant, author, and a motivational speaker with over 40 years being a prominent voice in the field of health. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, a master’s degree in Health Administration, and a Doctorate Degree in Alternative Healing.

A successful entrepreneur of 30 years, Dr. Lottie is the CEO/President of Perkins Enterprises, Health Consultation and training which provides: healthy lifestyle consultation and coaching, continuing education for health professionals, and consultation to health care agencies.

She is the author of Eating to Die: Changing African American Attitudes About Health — a practical, easy to read book that provides internal power and insight on how improper food choices, preconditioned social behaviors, lack of self control, and racial disparities are killing the African American community at an alarming rate.

Even with its serious implications, “Eating to Die” is light-hearted. Readers on the journey to good health will be inspired by the arsenal of antidotes, questions to ponder, and tips (food, exercise, relaxation) that teach and inform, while the author impresses upon the readers the attainable possibility of enriched and healthy living.

More information can be found on her website at www.drlottie.com.

(1) Tell us about Eating to Die. What led you to write about health and nutrition?

I was led to write about health and nutrition because it is our foundation for having quality of life. I specifically wrote Eating to Die because African Americans are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases at a higher rate than other ethnic groups.

After watching the health of my family, friends, co-workers, and patients deteriorate, I was emotionally drained. I wanted to understand why we as African Americans would not, or did not, take better care of ourselves. Too many of us are stricken with life threatening illnesses, or are debilitated because of poor diets, harmful customs, mismanagement of medical problems, and a complete lack of commitment to exercise.

(2) What was the process like in getting the Eating to Die published?

It was a long challenging process but very rewarding in the end.

(3) What are you doing to promote Eating to Die?

I promote my book on Facebook, Twitter, blog, Website (www.drlottie.com), when I lecture, as a vendor at book fairs, and on-going advertisement on innerlightradio.com.

(4) What are your favorite books or authors on this subject? Anything special that you have recently read?

“Conscious Eating” by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
“The Sunfood Diet Success System” by David Wolf
“The China Study” by T. Colin Campell, PhD and Thomas M. Campell II

True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself by Janet Jackson

Available February 8, 2011 in Hardcover

Available March 15, 2012 in Paperback

Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to become one of the most beloved, recognizable, and influential performers in the world. But at what cost?

From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut on Good Times, Janet was told by Hollywood that she needed to slim down. Her well-meaning brothers, especially fun-loving Michael, teased her relentlessly until she began to believe that who she was wasn’t good enough. It was an idea that no amount of critical acclaim in television and film or, later, international platinum success in music could change.

Janet turned to food for comfort and escape. She developed a self-destructive pattern familiar to so many of us: fear and uncertainty led to bad feelings about herself and ultimately depression. The depression led to overeating. And her yo-yoing weight was painfully obvious in the bright lights of the entertainment world.

It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. But she has finally broken free of the attitudes that brought her down and has embraced realistic goals that help her eat better, exercise better, feel better, and ultimately be better.

This book is about meeting those challenges that face all of us. With candor and courage, Janet shares her painful journey to loving herself. She addresses the crazy rumors that have swirled around her for most of her life, shines an intimate light on her family, and pulls us behind the velvet rope into her unforgettable career. She also shares lessons she has learned through contact with friends and fans and reveals the fitness secrets she has learned from her trainer. Finally, her nutritionist, David Allen, unveils the wholesome, delicious recipes and lifestyle-changing tips that helped Janet get in shape — mind and spirit, heart and soul.

True You is a call to tune in to your own fundamental wisdom, to let go of the ugly comparisons, and to understand that who you are, the true you, is more than enough.

True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
by Janet Jackson, David Ritz

Karen Hunter

Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine
by Bryant Terry

Available 03/02/09

The mere mention of soul food brings thoughts of greasy fare and clogged arteries. Bryant Terry offers recipes that leave out heavy salt and refined sugar, “bad” fats, and unhealthy cooking techniques, and leave in the down-home flavor. Vegan Soul Kitchen recipes use fresh, whole, high-quality, healthy ingredients and cooking methods with a focus on local, seasonal, sustainably raised food.Terry’s new recipes have been conceived through the prism of the African Diaspora – cutting, pasting, reworking, and remixing African, Caribbean, African-American, Native American, and European staples, cooking techniques, and distinctive dishes to create something familiar, comforting, and deliciously unique. Reinterpreting popular dishes from African and Caribbean countries as well as his favorite childhood dishes, Terry reinvents African-American and Southern cuisine – capitalizing on the complex flavors of the tradition, without the animal products.Includes recipes for: Double Mustard Greens & Roasted Yam Soup; Cajun-Creole-Spiced Tempeh Pieces with Creamy Grits; Caramelized Grapefruit, Avocado, and Watercress Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette; and Sweet Cornmeal-Coconut Butter Drop Biscuits.

The 4 Day Diet by Dr. Ian Smith

The 4 Day Diet
by Ian K. Smith

Available 12/30/08

Dr. Ian Smith’s diets really work. America has lost millions of pounds following his Fat Smash and Extreme Fat Smash diets. Now, in The 4 Day Diet, Smith has developed a program that allows readers to avoid the normal (and fatal) pitfalls of dieting: boredom, no treats allowed, too much repetition, plateauing. The 4 Day Diet is an ingenious program of dieting modules lasting only four days each:

Induction (detox/cleansing)
Transition (to reintroduce all food groups)
Protein Stretch (to avoid plateaus)
Smooth (when you can have some formerly forbidden foods like pizza and French fries)
Push (the sprint just before the final stretch, back to a stricter eating plan)
Pace (a comfortable module for you to catch your breath)
Vigorous (the final module to lose those last few pounds)

You can follow The 4 Day Diet straight through for a month for stunning results. But Smith also designed The 4 Day Diet so you can customize your own program. After the first two modules, you can do the remaining 5 in whichever order suits your schedule or preferences or you can repeat the modules you like best. It also features over sixty delicious recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinners and a complete snack list—food that will make you forget you’re on a diet.

Full of Ian Smith’s motivating tips and tricks and his smart, sensible eating advice that really works to take weight off fast, The 4 Day Diet is a diet you’ll be able to stick to, have success on, and even enjoy!