Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger and Stronger Every Day , Seamus Mullen, Avery, 2017, hardcover, 320 pages, $35.
Rheumatoid arthritis nearly killed Seamus Mullen, a successful chef and restaurateur in New York City. In his recovery, he radically changed the way he cooked, both at his restaurants and at home. As a result, the biomarkers of disease disappeared and the constant trips to the ER he experienced while he was sick have come to an end. His new way of eating involves whole foods — vegetables and fruits, meats used as garnishes, whole grains, fermented foods, and no refined sugar or gluten. In this book, he presents 125 easy-to-prepare, Paleo-inspired, and nourishing recipes. (We can’t wait to try the grilled avocados with citrus salsa and the mushroom, asparagus, and ham omelet.) Mullen also provides advice for a 21-day reboot for readers who want to kick-start their approach to food.