Nourish Gently Reviewed By Bani Sodermark of
Bani Sodermark

Reviewer Bani Sodermark. Bani has a Ph.D in mathematical physics and has been a teacher of physics and mathematics at the university level in both India and Sweden. For the last decade, her interests have been spirituality, healthy living and self-development. She has written a number of reviews on Amazon. Bani is a mother to two children.

By Bani Sodermark
Published on February 17, 2017

Author: June Mack Maffin

Publisher: June Maffin

ISBN: 978-0-9958206-0-9

Author: June Mack Maffin

Publisher: Soulistry

ISBN: 978-0-9958206-0-9

A Mother’s Ingenuity’

This is not your ordinary cookbook.  It is a testimony to a mother’s ingenuity to provide proper nourishment to her son before it got too late.

When Tod, the  author June Maffin’s eight year old son started exhibiting worrying behavioral symptoms, a doctor suggested Ritalin. That’s when a red light went up for June. Instead of following the doctor’s orders, she took up the challenge to find the reason behind her son’s abrasive behaviour.

It soon became clear to June that his symptoms could be arising out of food sensitivities.So she consulted a naturopathic physician who suggested that the “elimination of certain food substances might improve my son’s destructive behaviour, low self-image and inability to concentrate.” These substances were preservatives and additives of all kinds, refined sugar and refined flour and salicylates. As their local butcher used preservatives and additives in all his meat and their local baker made bread and buns with white refined flour only, June wondered what to do; Besides, most desserts consisted of refined sugar.

She began to experiment with the ingredients at her disposal. She also enlisted the help of her local butcher and baker and they also took up the challenge. Some of the experiments turned out incredibly successful, others less so. Then came the occasion when Tod went to a weekend Cub Scout camp carrying his own hot dogs without preservatives or refined flour and the others wanted the same as well.

June continued to experiment with food substitutes for Tod’s favourite snacks and wrote down the recipes. Tod’s hyperactivity diminished and he became his happy self once again. It transpired that his doctor couldn’t believe the transformation and asked June about the reason. It wasn’t long before June was sharing her recipes in a workshop with his patients who came to discover that natural ingredients like peanut butter and almond butter can not only taste delicious, but are also easy to make as well.

Gradually, the demand for the recipes increased as paediatricians and child psychiatrists got interested. News of the  recipes spread by word of mouth all over Canada, the USA and even Europe and Australia. That demand provided the impetus required for the publication of this book.

I’m excited by the possibilities of this little cookbook reaching those families/individuals who are looking for gentle ways to have nourishing sweets and treats and homemade basics that won't compromise their immune systems because of sensitivities/allergies to certain substances.”

The above  is the reason behind the title of this book.

The recipes in this book are geared to cater to the snacking needs of the young. There are recipes for bars, beverages, cakes with or without icing,candy, chips, crackers, cookies, custards, ice creams, jams, loaves, pies, pickles and tofu among others, In most of the recipes, refined white flour has been replaced by whole wheat pastry flour, white refined sugar by honey or maple syrup and chocolate by carob. At the end, there is a list of ingredients that can be added for greater nutrition and suggestions as to how one can replace ingredients in our own recipes with healthier alternatives. There is a discussion on the most common additives, on how they are used and how to recognize them. Finally, there is a study on the use of natural sweeteners and why they are preferable to refined sugar. There  is also a discussion on how to reduce the presence of salicylates in the food.

This book has been written with great care. It provides a serious alternative for mothers who wish to provide healthy, nourishing snacks for their children and in so doing contend against aggressive behaviour from them. The only thing that is missing in this book are some alluring photographs of the goodies that have been made possible. Even so, her determined quest to find healthy alternatives to commercial fast food is truly inspirational and could help many parents facing similar behavioral problems with their children.