5 STARS. If there's anything more wearying than listening to people prattle on about their diets it's listening to them do so while in the thrall of whoever the most famous nutritional guru of the moment happens to be. Such individuals (and there are legions of them) tend to rhapsodize endlessly about the salubrious effects of his or her prescribed culinary regimen as though every last detail were sacred prophesy guaranteed to insure a state of physiological utopia to all unswerving adherents. Or maybe that's just me being a crank. I'm worn out by trying to evaluate 'expert' advice on every area of life and struggling to ascertain how many, *if any*, of the often conflicting recommendations I should follow. One might as well consult Nostradamus as to immerse oneself in the current iteration of The Received Wisdom vis-à-vis proper nutrition ... which is precisely what Craig Conley has done.
Although Nostradamus was a trained and licensed physician, I don't believe this book is intended to promote dietary advice from the 1500s. Instead, what it suggests to me is that universally applicable menu plans are more fanciful than factual because they tend to break down in practice. Thinking adults are better off combining their own common sense with some general research and then adding a secret ingredient: whimsy. Dining should be pleasurable. Even when health and weight concerns are a priority, meals need to provide more than calibrated sustenance. Planning and preparing them can actually be fun if we decide to take a Michel de Nostradamus/Craig Conley approach. 'Think outside the kitchen' and allow your inner chef to be inspired by history or mythology or perhaps a work of art.
A final comment regarding the illustration of Nostradamus Predicted Your Next Diet
. Once again, Mr. Conley has outdone himself in providing a plethora of remarkable images to amplify and support his text. They alone are worth the price of the book, in my opinion. My favorite of them appears on the final page and it depicts a Charles Dana Gibson style lady, seemingly thrown into a swoon by the conundrum of how best to prepare her next meal. I can relate; can't we all? —Natasha K.