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The Bookcase: We're Even Hungrier for Health

by Ellensue Spicer-Jacobson

In Hungrier for Health, Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., expands on the four fundamental principles of healthy eating found in her first book: Eat primitive, eat colorful, eat alkaline and eat organic. She then gives readers four additional eating principles to consider: Eat natural, eat vegan, eat more raw foods and eat native.

Silberstein’s book is the perfect sequel to Hungry for Health, highlighted in last month’s edition. In this second book, she includes short and to-the-point explanations of the truth about foods such as soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola oil and vegetables and fruits often treated with pesticides or genetically modified.

Added to these pieces are convincing arguments and documentations on the importance of her additional principles, such as the dangers of microwaving, benefits of juicing, dangers of foods heated to high temperatures and benefits of eliminating animal products from a diet. The book emphasizes eating more greens and fewer grains—unless they are sprouted, eating more primitively like our ancestors and a convincing section on gluten intolerance. Silberstein is the founder and director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. She has also coordinated health conferences, spoken on radio and TV shows and counseled thousands of health seekers. The profits from the sale of this book are donated to the cancer education center.

The first part of Silberstein’s new book makes for an excellent standalone booklet for new enthusiasts to healthier eating and a perfect review for those already trying to eat healthy. But, Silberstein also provides three helpful appendices: A) disease prevention and longevity B) reduction of toxins and contaminants and C) hazards of microwaving.

She also includes 127 new recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and kosher. Silberstein creates delicious dishes from appetizers to desserts without white sugar, gluten, dairy or genetically modified foods. Many of the recipes are also simple to make—such as the Stuffed Avocado Celery (p. 74), Onion Soup (p. 118) and Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes (p. 171)—and won’t bust your budget.

Hungrier for Health is available at 

Ellensue Spicer-Jacobson is a freelance writer in the field of food and health. Connect with her at

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