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I recently downloaded a copy of a new e-Book, Bone Broth for Health. Right after I made a QuickMeme with a dated pop-culture reference.
(Said in my best “most interesting man in the world” voice: I don’t always do reviews, but when I do, I prefer to do them on books that rock my socks off.)
(That is the FIRST time I’ve ever written “LOL.” *Pangs of intense regret*)
Even though I was pret-ty sure I knew a pretty hefty bit about broth (I mean, I have a MUG about it, for Pete’s sake) I found myself totally enthralled by everything in this e-book. It’s not just about broth – it’s about every component in, near, and around broth, and everything those fabulous components can do! Before this e-book, I had never seen this information all in one place.
This book rivals anything on the Traditional Food Interwebs for density of information and enlightenment about one of my FAVORITE traditional foods. It’s well worth the buy, from both a scientific and a practical perspective. Multiple “Real-Food” heavy-hitters, including Sally Fallon and Mark Sisson, agreed to have their personal broth recipes reproduced in this book!
And lucky me – Jaclyn, the author, agreed to do a little interview with me!
Me: What inspired you to get SO in-depth on bone broth?
Jaclyn: I guess I’d have to credit that to my type-A personality and my Dad! Let me explain…
When my husband suggested that we follow a paleo diet a few years back in order to get fit for our wedding, I immersed myself in paleo-related books, blogs and forums. I learned everything there was to know about the paleo diet and made sure that we practiced it to a tee. (I wanted to look my best at our wedding dammit!) While we reached our aesthetic goals, we were unable to rid ourselves of our lingering health issues. So I decided to tweak our paleo diet to incorporate more traditional and nutrient dense foods. In my true all-or-nothing fashion, I soaked up all that I could from the Weston A. Price literature, GAPS teachings, and other traditional and real food blogs. We made bone broth a staple in our diet and saw incredible health improvements.
While I found tidbits of information about bone broth (recipes, techniques, and claims of incredible health benefits), I had to hunt for them and piece information together to get the whole story. My Dad, a fellow paleo and traditional foods enthusiast, suggested I create a single source of comprehensive information on bone broth. I was immediately excited about joining the community and helping to spread the word about bone broth’s wonderful healing properties. I’m hoping that others will benefit as we did!
Me: What are the top five things broth can do for folks? What’s your “sales pitch” to turn the broth-wary into the broth-chugging?
Jaclyn: Choosing five when there are so many health benefits is not easy, but I’ll give it a shot!
- Supports healthy digestion and nutrient absorption
- Bolsters the immune system and helps ward off illness
- Strengthens bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and aids arthritis
- Promotes healthy, supple skin and strong teeth
- Helps manage autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease, Crohn’s and multiple sclerosis
For the broth-wary, I would borrow Robb Wolf’s infamous sales pitch, “Try it for 30-days and see how you look, feel and perform.” My father, husband and I all experienced improved digestion and immune health by sipping on one large mug of broth/day. Your readers in particular might also be pleased to hear that we all got compliments on our skin as well! The nutrients and minerals in broth, particularly proline and glycine, two amino acids critical to the production of collagen, do wonders for smooth, supple skin. (Liz’s note: This is a dang-ole FACT!)
Oh, and broth is easy and inexpensive to prepare, nourishing and nutritious, and tastes delicious. Why not give it a try? No need to chug though, your readers should feel free to sip!
Me: You got permission from TONS of traditional foods heavy-hitters to reproduce their recipes for almost any kind of broth and stock you could imagine. Out of all those recipes and wisdom, which is your favorite nutritionally? Flavor-wise?
Jaclyn: As I’m sure you know, the members of our community are incredibly generous and supportive. I’m grateful for the permission I received from traditional foods advocates such as Sally Fallon, Mark Sisson, Christa Oreccio, Vanessa Romero, and the others.
When it comes to nutrition, I’d have to say that Sally Fallon is Queen. Both her Beef and Fish Stock recipes even taste nutritious – if that’s possible! They are chock full of the most nutritious types of bones, veggies and seasoning, and her methods are designed for optimum nutrition.
As for taste, I’m preferential to a recipe submitted by Lea of Paleo Spirit for “Brown Beef Broth.” While it takes a bit more preparation time, roasting the beef bones results in a rich and deeply satisfying flavor. It’s certainly my husband’s favorite.
We have plenty of varied recipes in Bone Broth: A Recipe For Health; there’s definitely something for everyone. We cover most types of bones and different cooking methods – some super simple and others more complex, but all nutritious and delicious!
Me: What are a few tips for broth beginners?
Jaclyn: Start simple! I would direct beginners to the “Bare Bones” version of broth in my book. It requires minimal effort; it can even be prepared before leaving for work. Think bones, water and apple cider vinegar… it can’t get much more simple than that. It does however require a decent slow cooker, which I highly recommend for those interested in making bone broth a regular part of their diet.
In fact, we’ve dedicated an entire section of the book to “Tips & Tricks” and include tips for saving money and time, maximizing nutrition and flavor, and storing and serving broth of all types. The purpose of the book is help others improve their health with broth, so we’ve made it foolproof!
For more on Jaclyn’s book, head over to Bone Broth for Health!