This is the most comprehensive guide to natural ingredients anywhere. This down-to-earth book cuts through the confusion surrounding healthy cooking and provides the read with lots of valuable food preparation instruction. This indispensible guide also includes easy to read tables, comparison charts, and pronunciation guides. A wonderful book for anyone interested in eating healthier. We got into healthy eating over 10 years ago. Through those years, we often searched for information about ingredients. We found the best way to learn about them was to buy two books -- an excellent general healthy-eating cookbook and a companion ingredient guide that explains what ingredients are, their flavors and textures, their pronunciation, their general uses, issues regarding freshness and quality, how to store and cook them, where to buy them, and where to go for more information about them. We wrote this book because there really isn't anything that fills the role of the companion ingredient guide and we needed one. they changed from a typical American, junk-food, meat-eating, high-fat diet to a healthful, low-fat, wholesome vegan diet.