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1. What’s the meaning behind the title, “The Nourished Cook?”

Many of us spend far more time and energy responding to the needs of others than to our own. “The Nourished Cook” represents the balance between giving and receiving, which leads to more satisfaction and fulfillment in life.

In over ten years of clinical practice, I’ve witnessed many people neglect self-care because they considered it selfish or indulgent. I believe self-care is the most generous act—because the more we give to ourselves, the more we’re able to give to others.

2.  What inspired Sharon to write this book?

In the early 90’s, a sudden, unexplained illness left me bedridden for two and a half years and recovering for several more. Determined to heal, I became devoted to the practice of self-love and care.

This experience inspired me to become a practitioner of Chinese medicine, with a special interest in digestive health and self-nourishment. The Nourished Cook is an extension of this work, which breaks down the concept of self-care into “bite-size” pieces, so it may be incorporated into daily life with ease and joy.

3.  What type of food will be in the book?

I strongly believe what nourishes us depends on a variety of factors, such as the season, where we live, our lifestyle, and our state of health to name just a few. Therefore, I don’t recommend one nutrition regimen for everyone. Instead, I promote a diet rich in “real” whole foods, emphasizing simplicity, seasonality, and practicality.

The intention of The Nourished Cook is not to tell you what to eat, but rather to help you find and explore what nourishes YOU.

4.  Where do the recipes come from?

The recipes are crowd-sourced from individuals from all walks of life. I chose to do this because I wanted to illustrate just how many ways there are to nourish and care for ourselves. The book is meant to be an inspirational conversation, rather than a lecture about what you “should” do.

Everyone is invited to the table (including YOU!).

Note: Even though there is a lot of diversity among the recipes, there are certain guidelines each participant must follow to have their recipe featured in the book. Most importantly, the recipes must be made with ingredients that are as unprocessed as possible, with no chemicals, preservatives, or other unnecessary additives.

5.  When will the book be published?

Like a good broth or a ripening tomato, some things can’t be rushed, so a publishing date hasn’t been set. 

Fortunately, there’s no need to wait until the book is published to start diggin’ in though. When you join The Nourished Cook’s free online community, you’ll get wholesome one-pot recipes and essential self-care tools before they hit the press—plus exclusive material and special discounts that I only share via email. 

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