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The Food Bible (Paperback)

The Ultimate Reference Book for Food and Your Health

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By Judith Wills
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526761224
Published: 13th January 2020

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This latest, completely revised edition of the bestselling The Food Bible contains the most up-to-date research and information from the world’s top authorities on every aspect of food and diet, making it an indispensable reference book.

It discusses all the important food issues - from the ‘vegan versus meat’ debate to modern food farming and processing; from from the ‘high carb to high protein’ debate to which oil to choose for health protection. It guides you through the minefield of contradictory dietary advice with clear nutritional information. Beginning with an explanation of the basic elements that make up food – proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, minerals and the ‘new’ non-nutrients such as probiotics, the book explains how to combine them for balanced, healthy eating.

The Food Bible takes an in-depth look at all the common ailments and health problems, and discusses which foods to avoid and which can help prevent or alleviate them. There is a wealth of useful information on what to eat at every stage of your life and how best to keep your weight under control. The book contains a collection of tempting, healthy and nutritious recipes for all occasions and a final chapter containing invaluable, detailed analysis of over 300 everyday foods.

I must say I was a bit sceptical at first especially because of the title The Food Bible - The Ultimate Reference Book For Food and Your Health - that's quite a claim. After a year of trying to reduce my animal products consumption I have recently moved onto fully plant based diet and thought this book might not be relevant. I was really pleased to learn that the author does not discriminate, on the contrary, the book has got a lot of advice for different diets whether you are a carnivore, veggie or a full blown vegan. My particular favourite is detailed information on all the vitamins and minerals essential for an optimal health, their functions and where to find them depending on your diet. The book is also accompanied by nice selection of beautifully photographed recipes as well as a chart of more than 300 different foods with their nutritional breakdown. I really enjoyed reading this book and am sure I'll be going back to it for reference time and time again!

Amazon Customer, Joanna Allison

This book is truly a gem as a food reference book. It is very easy to read and digest, and easy to put into practice the advice given once you have made up your mind on which way of eating suits you. Even if you are not on a diet or looking to be healthier, it’s great for a diet MOT and to check if you need to make an adjustment here or there.

We all fall off the healthy eating bandwagon, and it is hard to eat healthy with all the sugar filled treats out there, but I do think this Food Bible, makes you think again about what we are putting in our mouths.

We are what we eat! it’s taken me years to truly understand that.

I might not agree with everything written in this book, but I do love it and it does live in my kitchen.

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Tartanspoon

It is essentially a reference guide that considers a variety of food related debates such as high protein vs high carb, and vegan v meat. It gives diet plan ideas to potentially alleviate health issues such as heart related problems and how to life a balanced yet healthy lifestyle. Judith is a nutrition and diet expert although the world of food is so subjective, and I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the book, it is a good introduction to dealing with every day food and I have been following some of the plans when I am cooking for myself at home.

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Phat Cupcake

This book perfectly manages to do exactly what it is trying to achieve. By reading it through, you will learn how to assemble healthy meals to fit your individual needs. The book can also be used as a reference book, and is a great supplement to your cook book collection.

The recipes are easy to follow, and the recipe I tested had great results. Throughout the book you can find enough nutritional information to learn exactly why these recipes are healthy, and how you can adapt them to your personal needs. The Food Bible does not attempt to be a cook book itself, but can rather be used to help you analyse and understand the nutritional details of recipes you find online or in cook books.

I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in learning more about healthy eating habits and nutrition.

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Hint of Healthy

Six wonderfully written and in-depth chapters help to guide the reader through the minefield of contradictory dietary advice which we are bombarbed with on almost daily basis by giving clean nutritional information, beginning with an explanation of the basic elements which make up food, ie. proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre vitamins, minerals and the "new" non-nutrient elements such as pro-biotics. If you have ever wondered how to combine it all for balanced healthy eating, all the information you need it in this book... I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more knowledgeable about the foods they eat and who is looking for a healthier diet. Delicious recipes and eating plans for all occasions and a comprehesive guide to the nutrients in over 200 foods.

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The English Kitchen

As featured on Flawless Food

Flawless Food

What I really liked about this book is the sensible, balanced and unbiased approach. It doesn’t champion any of the diets that advocate restricting a particular food group. Instead, it focuses on what is known based on large ‘overview’ studies.

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Searching for Spice

Twenty years after owning the original version of this book, my own life and nutritional needs have changed considerably. This updated book is now a valuable tool in my reference library – not only because I live in a place with an appalling internet connection and it’s easier to fact check the old school way with books, but because this book contains everything I could possibly need to know as a mother and 40-something-year-old woman feeding her family. Plus, my 10-year-old has all the questions these days. This book will help me answer some of them.

For anyone interested in knowing more about food and nutrition, this book is for you.

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Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary

Reviewed by Penny Woodward

Organic Gardener, May 2019

Fighting Fatigue' article – extract taken from The Food Bible.

Your Healthy Living, June 2019

I believe there is something for everyone in this book and personally I learned things about some foods of which I was previously unaware. this has made me rethink my diet. As the book covers such a wide spectrum of issues, I think more in depth reading might be needed if you discovered a particular area of interest, but it definitely is a great starting point. Useful and appetising recipes are included in part of the book.

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Amazon Customer, Jayne

We all know that eating healthily will make us feel better, but it’s an abstract concept to most of us. Knowing it and following through are two different things, but if you’re ready to make a positive change in your diet, this book can help. From picking the foods that best fit your lifestyle, to the foods to eat to help cure certain ills, to weight loss and learning to respect your body and your food, this is a one stop shop for all your food and diet related concerns. Also includes healthy easy to prepare recipes to help launch your healthier new lifestyle.

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Cayocosta 72, Rose Smith

I was interested to read The Food Bible as I've become much more conscious of what I eat in the past couple of years, trying to make sure that my diet is balanced with plenty of fruits and vegetables. The 2019 edition of the Food Bible by Judith Wills offers a comprehensive overview of nutrition and guidelines for healthy eating and balanced diet. The book is a perfect guide for anyone interested in improving their eating habits or losing some weight, whether by incorporating more greens into their diet or swapping unhealthy foods with healthier options.

The book can be easily navigated as it's split into a few sections. The sections I found the most interesting were Food as Medicine and Food for the Time of Your Life which suggests foods suitable for different ages from childhood to later years, including a chapter on pregnancy and breastfeeding. Throughout the book there are beautiful photographs of foods, plants and spices making the reading experience colourful and more fun.

The book also contains numerous healthy recipes ranging from little bites to dinners and desserts. The last section of the book offers a nutritional breakdown of over 300 foods and also advising on the number of calories. This is really useful if you are trying to either lower or increase intake of a particular mineral, vitamin or other nutrition.

GoodReads, Nadia

A hardback book showing a wonderful variety of fresh fruit and vegetables on the cover.

This book is full of mouth watering recipes, money saving tips, and how to maintain a balanced diet.
It also lists which foods are high in salt and fat content, healing herbs and spices, food as medicine, what each vitamin is good for and which your body can absorb easily, and how to manage weight control.

Proof indeed that you don’t need faddy diets for health. Just eat good food sensibly.

An extremely informative read and a book that I shall refer to for many years to come.

For the Love of Books

3 page article 'Must-have guide to MODERN EATING' as featured by

Herefordshire Living, April 2019

This amazing book is something of an eye opener about food. I learnt more from this book than from all the BBC2 documentaries that have been on during the past decade. Clear, colourful images, charts and tables tell you everything you need to know about the food you’ve been eating and what it is doing to you. Essential reading for just about everyone.

Books Monthly

The Food Bible by Judith Wills, is one that should be out permanently in your kitchen... I have learned so much from this book. Having it out on my kitchen counter has stopped me when I am thinking of hitting the biscuit tin!

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Country Wives

As featured by

Yours, 12th March 2019

Author article 'Diet blog: the big breakfast debate'

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Saga magazine

As featured on the 'Book Shelf'

Your Healthy Living, February 2019

My top six most interesting and important cook books

Then there is The Food Bible, by Judith Wills. The subtitle, I think “the ultimate reference book for food and your health” makes it sound more stodgy than it is. It is in fact a no-nonsense compendium of what is healthy, what makes a balanced diet, food as medicine (including the right diet for diabetics, cancer sufferers, etc. food for weight control, food for different stages of life, food for health and pleasure. She discusses, sensibly and dispassionately, the advantages and difficulties of vegan eating, the truth about processed foods, organics, supplements, diet fads. It really is a go-to book if you want an informed answer about any ingredient or any diet. It’s all there.

Prue Leith, prue-leith.com

Filled to the brim with useful health tips and even a section discussing the controversial area of diets and weight control, providing a wealth of useful information on how to put your health first at all times. Such an interesting read and something anyone would find useful to have!

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The Lifestyle Blogger UK

Author article 'No dieting – it's January!' as featured by

Saga magazine, January 2019

Judith Wills features in the 'The Truth About...' series

Candis, January 2019

Author Q&A as featured by

Herefordshire Living, June 2018

About Judith Wills

Judith Wills is one of the UK's best-known and most knowledgeable nutrition and diet experts. She writes regularly for national newspapers and has a regular column in Saga magazine. Judith Wills presents the essential facts in this ultimate guide to all that's good and bad in the food we eat.

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