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Amazon.com: As children we ate our vegetables grudgingly if mom or dad had the muscle to make us. Now bowing to the gospel of nutritional studies, many folks have been encouraged to seek out foods that would make any self-respecting child swoon. Chief among these for older women are soy products, wild yam, and flaxseed, which contain plant estrogens that can help stave off certain well-known menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. The Hot Flash Cookbook delivers appealing, flavorful, low-fat recipes packed with nutrients that help keep bodies of all ages healthy, such as antioxidants and fiber to fight several types of cancer and calcium for strong bones. Unlike Estrogen, The Natural Way, though, the book doesn't tell you how much of each dish must be eaten daily to deliver a medicinal punch. Fortunately, recipes like Orange-Fennel Refresco, Beans and Bitter Greens, Sea Bass Miso, and Calico Chicken with Ginger go beyond the hot flash patrol and into the larger realm of healthful, enjoyable eating. --Francesca Coltrera
While the jury is out on chemical estrogen, a growing number of women are seeking natural remedies for the symptoms of menopause. Rich in estrogen as well as the vitamins and calcium that fight off osteoporosis and heart disease, the delicious recipes in The Hot Flash Cookbook are a balm for the symptoms that mark the change of life, including insomnia, depression, dizziness, fatigue, and the infamous hot flashes. The Hot Flash Cookbook, now featuring a new introduction by the author that reflects the HRT controversy, as well as an attractive new cover, serves up dishes made from wholesome ingredients such as soy, fresh herbs, root vegetables, nuts, and fish. Inspired by a variety of delectable ethnic flavors, dishes such as Smoky Yam Cilantro Soup and Green Tofu Bruschetta are sure to please everyone at the table. With a foreword by women's health expert Risa Kagan, MD, The Hot Flahs Cookbook helps women enjoy good health and good food.