Cooking the RealAge (R) Way

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of RealAge and coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual shows you how to cook your way to a younger you.
In his RealAge books, Dr. Michael F. Roizen proved that incorporating simple changes to your lifestyle can take years off your biological age and leave you looking and feeling younger. In Cooking the RealAge Way, he and nutritionist and professional chef Dr. John La Puma show you how you can create RealAge-smart and energy-rich meals that are as delicious as they are healthy.

Cooking the RealAge Way includes more than 80 savory recipes, from asparagus frittata with smoked salmon to a chocolate strawberry sundae, as well as tricks and techniques to help you maintain your RealAge lifestyle, from stocking your pantry to tips on eating out and preparing time-friendly meals. It's the ultimate guide to eating and feeling younger -- without sacrificing great taste.


Customer Reviews:

  • Not nearly enough recipes
    I love Dr. Roizen, and Dr. Oz, who both have appeared on Oprah many times. Their not about fad diets, etc., but just eating right. I was dissapointed with this book, though. I thought I was getting a cookbook, and instead it was 3/4 reading and 1/4 recipes. I thought it was hard to follow. "You" The owners Manual is a much better book to read, which was written by both Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz....more info
  • Super book!
    Super book ! Everything you need to know about what you eat. May your food be your medecine ! This is it ! This is the only book you need to find health and sustain it. No diet needed. Just good sense - that is what this book is all about. Tks. Colette Bachand...more info
  • Revise the book for ease of use.
    After fumbling through this book to read the recipes, I realized I will probably not use it again. The layout is so cumbersome that recipes you think you remember hide within and require too, too much page flipping. The recipes are also pretty basic, which may be fine for novice chefs. But, are nothing new to anyone who has been cooking nutricious food for many years....more info
  • Good book
    I found this book intersting and many of the recipes are good but some use ingredients I never heard of or know where to buy. I believe in the philosphy they try to teach about nutrition and your body. I felt the book was a bit expensive and wanted it to contain more recipes....more info
  • Repeat of information from other books
    If you think you are buying a book with over 300 pages of recipes, save your money. Over 2/3 of the book is repeat advice about how to eat the "real age way". Along with this repeated information from Dr. Roizen's previous Real Age books is "silly" advice ranging from what kitchen utensils will increase your kitchen IQ along with how and when to buy produce. ...more info
  • liked the book, not the cover
    It took longer than expected to receive this book and when I did get it, it was obviously damaged. I was not happy. It was described as new, and it looked used....more info
  • Cooking the RealAge Way, never cooked better
    This is a terrific guide to healthy and youthful eating and cooking, as well as an insightful look into the nutritional value of foods. I have cooked many of the recipes for my family, which they enjoyed greatly.

    I also am very excited for this next book to be released at the end of this month (see below)-
    ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy

    ...more info
  • an old dog, new tricks1
    I've been a cook for 'bout 40 years.
    However in this book I learned a lot.
    My husband is an Internist in Medicine,
    so our family has been into healthy
    eating for a lifetime.
    You certainly make my healthy cooking
    s. daugherty...more info
  • Good but not what I thought it would be
    It had information that I wasn't expecting that was good but things I knew as a nutritionist. I was disappointed that it didn't have more recipes. That was why I had purchased the book....more info
  • Packed with healthy recipes
    A cookbook that's packed with nutritional information - or a book on nutrition that's packed with healthy recipes - and lots more. ...more info
  • great purchase - great seller
    Thia book was a great value for the cost. Book condition was just as they said it was. Definitely would do business with them again....more info
  • This book has me cooking again
    I love the recipes but really love the philosophy of feeding myself something that makes me healthy like nature intended. I have lost 20 pounds using a multi faceted approach, yes meetings too, and this book is a valuable tool in my box....more info
  • Reach your RealAge and eat well too
    Dr. Phil does a special about it. Jay Leno makes jokes about it. Americans are obese and, judging from Michael F. Roizen and Dr. John La Puma's latest entry in the RealAge book phenomenon, making ourselves older and less energetic, even with those McDonald's salads.

    Roizen and La Puma, as well as Suzanne Somers, make the argument that we aren't born to reach for a Ding Dong. Just consider Sophia Loren. Do you know why she looks so fabulous? In part, it's all that marinara sauce, cooked naturally in a well-stocked kitchen and eaten with friends and family in the boisterous Italian tradition of family and special places for eating (which also knocks years off your RealAge). Eating 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce per week, rich in the new hot ingredient, lycopene, makes your RealAge 1.9 years younger (55-year-old male) or 0.7 years younger (55-year-old female)-Mamma Mia! And if you're an adult male of 55, buy some nuts and eat an ounce a day (3.3 years off your RealAge.)

    This is no Big Mac read. Roizen and La Puma's cornucopia of information and age-defying recipes with detailed nutritional analysis and RealAge benefits in this book are a rich delicious gourmet feast, to be slowly savored.
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  • Delicious!

    I made the Mandarin Chicken recipe from this book. It was Delicious! It was easy to make. It only took about 20 minutes to make it. The thing that took the longest was cooking the chicken. I will definitely make it again. It meets all my criteria for a recipe - Quick, easy and nutritious....more info
  • Great Cookbook
    This is an excellent resource for healthy eating with really good recipes..I have used several of them and the whole family loves it.......more info
  • Not what I expected
    I was disappointed! I was expecting more of an actual cookbook. Great information but we need a cookbook for daily use as well as purchasing seasonal....more info
  • Great if you like Tofu!
    The book looks great on the outside however many of the recipes are vegan style or tofu related....more info
  • LIfe Changer
    These are excellent recipes. Easy to make and health promoting. I did not need the depth the author went into on setting up a kitchen but it would be helpful for those folks who don't already know how to do this. The recipes are used frequently in our household and enjoyed by all....more info
  • Cooking the RealAge Way review
    I found this book most helpful. It makes a great companion for his other books on RealAge....more info
  • Cooking the RealAge Way
    This book is very interesting and imformative on on how to change your life. You can help yourself with the infromation and eat to improve you quality and quantity of life....more info
  • Nice recipes but way too much padding
    Pros: Nice recipes, with extensive nutritional information for each recipe. If you are looking, for example, to increase your potassium intake, you'll find that information, along with many other micronutirents, listed for each recipe.

    Cons: The recipes only occupy the second half of the book. They are organized by season, so if you want to look at breakfast dishes, for example, you need to flip backwards and forwards through the book as they are located in multiple places.

    The first half of the book assumes you are a complete idiot from Mars, and is taken up with pages and pages of detailed descriptions of every conceivable kitchen tool and how to use it. If you have never used a corkscrew, purchased a cooking pot, or handled a pancake turner, this is the book for you. The authors proceed in the same fashion with their list of required "pantry" items. The list goes on for a seeming eternity, describing everything you never thought you would have to be told about salt, pepper, flour, rice, and other pantry staples.

    Another gripe is about the recipes themselves. After extensive intros extolling the goal of simplifying meal preparation by use of simple methods and few ingredients, I find many of the recipes have too many ingredients and doubtful prep times. For example, a recipe with a prep time of 10 minutes may list ten different ingredients, many of which require washing, chopping, peeling, mixing, as well as grilling and other stove-top work. Not to mention the shopping, since you may not happen to have the 6 kalamata olives and 1 tablespoon of fresh basil in your pantry.

    About one third of the book is taken up with pages and pages of dubious questionaires about your lifestyle choices and their supposed effect on your "real age." All of these questionaires are listed not once, but TWICE, effectively increasing the annoyance factor by tenfold, as well as doubling the weight of the book.

    The basic premise of following a Mediterranean type diet seems to be upheld by dietary studies. But the "real age" concept (eg. eat 12 tablespoons of some ingredient 4 times per month will reduce your "real age" by say, 5 years) seems mainly an attention-getting device. Every recipe in the book is accompanied by a "real age" effect - eat this recipe 6 times per year and reduce your "real age" by, say, 2.7 years.

    The book would be more effective by slimming down by about two thirds, simply extolling the virtues of a Mediterranean diet, cutting out all the questionaires, kitchen and pantry sections, and simply focusing on the recipes. ...more info
  • Very Good recipes
    This has a lot of great ideas for recipes that I intend to try. Very good book....more info
    The recipes in this book are indeed delicious and easy and I feel better when I eat the RealAge way. In fact, since eating this way I have more energy and my arthritis seems better. I only really have time to cook on weekends and one night a week but thankfully my husband helps on the other days. I just wish I had more time to cook but when I do I turn to this book as a guide! Pamela D. Blair, Author The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Mid-Life And Beyond ...more info
  • Excellent recipes geared to cooking and nutrition beginners
    To put my review in perspective for you I have been focused on food and cooking for the last 25 years. I have been reading anything about nutrition and health for the last 10 years. Additionally, I was a hospital administrator for just under 2 decades. So I know the effect that unhealthy lifestyle decisions can make on the human body. If you are a new student of health or nutrition this is an excellent place to begin your research.

    I enjoyed the predecessor to this book "The Real Age Makeover". I appreciated the doctor's unique approach to healthy food and lifestyle and the way that he tried to quantify specific changes on your health by using age. This book is a great tie in to the original book.

    The author does cover the basic information from "The Real Age Makeover" in this book. If your don't want to read about the science of how the specific changes work, you can simply purchase this book "Cooking the Real Age Way" and skip the prior book. The author outlines the 27 practices for food choices that can bring about at Real Age reduction of 14 years. Many of these practices are common sense, like eat food that isn't processed. But some of the practices are less obvious, like eat 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce every week.

    This book is geared to those that are kitchen beginners. The doctors explain many cooking techniques that experienced cooks think are second nature. But for those that are accustomed to relying on carry out these sections are critical to their success. The doctors also discuss how to effectively use the freezer so that ingredients are readily available for quick weeknight meals.

    The authors do a nice job of detailing what should be included in a healthy pantry. If you are new to healthy cooking a healthy pantry is key to being able to make fast healthy meals for your family. Without healthy quick options at the ready it is so much easier to call for pizza or Chinese, and neither of these delivery options are particularly healthy.

    The doctors also created tables of vegetables by season and detail what to look for in the specific fresh vegetable, how to use them, and why they are good for your health.

    The recipe section of the book begins on page 155. The doctors also provide an exhaustive nutritional analysis. Every possible item is detailed included milligrams of specific vitamins and minerals. The recipes themselves are good, but not too exotic for the standard American palate. The directions are clearly written. The ingredients are available in your standard mega mart (Wegman's or Whole Foods) anywhere in the US.

    If you need a go-to cookbook that is healthy this is a good choice. There are many other options available that you might also consider, my personal favorites are "The Professional Chef's Techniques of Healthy Cooking" by the Culinary Institute of America, and "Conscious Cuisine" by Cary Neff.

    If you are new to cooking, and more specifically healthy cooking this is great book to get you started. If you have been cooking for a while, but want to cook more healthy meals for your family you should consider the two books I referenced in the last paragraph....more info
  • I loved it, made me think of things I'd forgotten
    I loved it, my friend was not so thrilled by it..she already knew much of what was in the book BUT for younger people or those of us who did not pay attention the 1st time, this book has a TON of common sense, good ,EASY , practical ideas. An easy read a s well.
    NOTE I tend to like EASY to do things that are also common sense "brilliant"
    and healthy, It's been fun going back and doing things right..I've ventured off into new areas of changing for the better because of this....more info
  • Best healthy cookbook on the market!
    I love this book! Leftover smoked salmon? Shiitake Mushroom and Asparagus Frittata with Smoked Salmon. Bottled red peppers? Roasted Red Pepper and Kalamata Olive Sicilian Salad. All that winter squash in the supermarket? Pistachio Pilaf with Butternut Squash and Gingered Cranberry Sauce.

    It's amazing to find a cookbook where flavor is treated as important as health. There are no trans fats. There is little saturated fat. And there is little sugar, and lots of Omega-3 oils, flavonoids, and antioxidants, and creative ways to use fruits and vegetables and fish and soy and nuts. Even chocolate desserts!

    I have tons of cookbooks--Ornish, South Beach, Atkins, Weil on the diet side, and Trotter, Keller, Boulud, Julia, Joy of on the cooking side. And this one combines the best of healthiness with great flavor. Plus the lists of what is in season when---makes it easy to choose.

    Each recipe also gives what is in each recipe that is good for you---I never knew that lycopene was beneath the skin of the tomato! Golden Banana Pancakes with Fresh Raspberries are awesome for breakfast; my kids love Chocolate Strawberry Sundaes.

    La Puma is a practicing physician and a professionally trained chef---he worked at Topolobampo in Chicago with Rick Bayless for 4 years while practicing as a doctor! The meals he created will change how you think about the flavor of food that's good for you. He and Dr. Roizen examine the food-related factors that can cause us to age faster than we should, and demonstrate how even small changes in food choices can slow aging. La Puma's web page has some of these recipes for free. Plus, he's cute!...more info

  • cooking the realage way
    This is more than a cookbook, it's a way of life. Very user friendly!...more info
  • Cannot say anything bad about this book. I use it almost daily.
    This is a great resource for anyone who wants to keep on track with a healthy diet, rather than "just a diet"....more info
  • Unreasonable format
    A total waste of my money.

    The format of the cookbook was confusing and frustrating--organized according to the season of the year, which may seem like a nice idea, but unrealistic. Trying to find something nice to cook for the evening's meal meant searching thru each season and then searching the dinners-only for that season. Finally, there just weren't many recipes offered.

    I wish I could have returned the book, but then I'd have to pay shipping again and it just wasn't worth the time & effort. ...more info
  • Great book! Love the Recipes!
    This book is well worth the money. I have read all of his books. He has certainly made an impression and a difference in mine and my families eating and lifestyle habits!...more info
  • great book
    I have tried several diet books and none made sense or worked for me.
    This is not a diet book. it is a sensible eating program. It explains why diets don't work. it has several delicious recipes which I have tried and explains about herbs. I learned things i never knew before and I have lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks.
    I recommend it....more info
  • Don't bother
    There is so much fluff and extraneous material in this book you are impatient to get to the real message of the book, and when I got there, it was not worth the journey. A very gimmicky presentation of not new material....more info
  • Cooking the RealAge Way:
    i look forward to any new publications from dr oz and dr roizen, but i was disappointed in this book.....too much repeat information......more info
  • not what I expected
    I think I should have gotten his first book first. This book keeps referring to it. Complicated recipes too....more info
  • Interesting angle to this book; worth looking at
    This book has an interesting twist (or angle) to it. On the first page, the book's thesis is made crystal clear: "By making some good choices, such as eating well, you can slow down or even reverse the signs of aging. And the best way to eat well is by revising key element of the most important room in your house--the kitchen." The authors contend that foods that assist key systems in the body--the cardiovascular system and the immune system--are key to retarding the aging process.

    One feature of this volume that is kind of cool is a web site that provides for readers to assess their "Real Age." Basic questions on diet and life style produce an estimate of Real Age. It doesn't take that long and focuses one's attention on what you need to be doing. Much of this people already know, but it is a powerful mechanism--finding out Real Age--to make one focus on what you're not doing that you know you should be doing as much as feeling good about yourself for what you are doing right.

    Some features of the book. . . . Pages 12-16 summarize the basic principles of eating right. Several chapters examine your kitchen--what should be in it and why? Nice aspects of this include what should go into "The Well Stocked RealAge Pantry." For the cooks among readers, Chapter 5 discusses best practices in Real Age cooking.

    For those interested in actually doing the cooking, recipes that appear in chapter 9 will be of special interest. The book organizes recipes by season--from spring to winter. Examples? A spring dish might be Shiitake mushroom and asparagus frittata with smoked salmon and a winter dish might be rich and spicy black bean soup.

    The book closes out with discussions of what ought to go into a RealAge garden, what herbs and spices make the most sense, and so on.

    While much of what a person reads here is well known, there are some interesting twists, as already noted. ...more info