It’s not just about food. It’s a recipe for happiness.

I love food. Eating well. Feeling good.

Renowned French chef Joël Robuchon and neuropharmacologist and acupuncturist Dr. Nadia Volf (who has been my physician for over fifteen years) have co-written Food & Life, a beautiful avant-garde cookbook published by Assouline.

Combining Volf’s scientific expertise with Robuchon’s well-known artistry, the gourmet recipes aim at pleasing the taste buds while improving health, energy and mood. 1 Food & Life celebrates food as an integral part of happiness and explains its effects on physical and mental well-being. Quoting the New York Times T Magazine review, Food & Life “transforms kitchen cupboards into medicine cabinets, highlighting the arsenal of wellness that resides in everything from foie gras to the humble pea.” According to Volf:

It’s about what to eat at different times, when you feel one way or another. When you are obsessed by a thought that torments you, eat endives and your obsession will go away (…) The most beautiful thing to eat when you have heartbreak is turkey, because turkey has the amino acid tryptophan, which is the basis of our hormone serotonin.

La Belle Assiette chefs may not be as famous as Joël Robuchon, but I’m sure they would agree that food can be a recipe for happiness.

Learn more about Food & Life here and here. The book is available in French and in English, and together with a private chef experience, would make a great Christmas gift.

L.T. Sachs is a healthy and happy member of La Belle Assiette board.

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