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Food as Medicine

Dr Sue Radd

Food as Medicine is packed with easy plant based recipes that will help you have a better quantity and quality of life by eating real, tasty foods that attack the silent, deadly disease processes driven by poor diet.

  • Discover why every meal matters and how your food choices control the expression of your genes, which is important if you have a family history of disease.
  • Learn how healthy diets can deliver a list of positive effects like those of medications.
  • See why your wellbeing is affected when you eat and why mindless eating is dangerous.

This book teaches you how to enjoy the foods you should eat, and understanding what they can do for you can make all the difference.

150 Award-Winning Recipes

Winner of the 2016 Australian Gourmand World Cookbook Award for 'Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook', Food as Medicine provides you with 150 delicious whole food plant based recipes that address the nutritional causes of our most common chronic diseases and the amazing health benefits of food as a form of medicine.


Improve your lifestyle with practical tips on how to makeover your kitchen, pantry, fridge and freezer so it's easier to meal plan, cook and live well. The meal ideas and seasonal menu plans will help you easily put these plant based food recipes into practice.


Applying the findings from the latest nutrition science can vastly reduce the needs for drugs and surgery, and help prevent or even reverse the chronic diseases that kill too many of us. This plant based cookbook also contains health information to help you understand the scientific research and health significance of plant based recipes, equipping you to make smarter choices for your best health.

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"If your concern is health, good food or diet, I highly recommend this rich resource with heaps of delicious and medicinal recipes, plus nutrition information from an experienced nutrition educator. It’s a not-to-be-missed title for any library, including your own collection."
- Elaine Tam, Academic Liaison Librarian, University Library, The University of Sydney, Australia
"Sue Radd is an authority on how to eat to live and this book, beautifully presented with stellar content, will make you hungry for health."
- Dr Darren Morton, Course Convenor, Postgraduate Studies in Lifestyle Medicine, Lifestyle Research Centre, Avondale College of Higher Education, Cooranbong, Australia; author, Live More: Active and Live More Happy
"This is a much-needed comprehensive book that focuses on proven habits of healthy eating. The very practical approach, but with supporting medical facts, will be appreciated by many readers. Although this will be of great value for those who have already developed problems with overweight, diabetes or heart disease, others still free of problems but at risk (most people!) may derive equal benefits by being able to maintain their good health through to advanced age."
- Dr Gary Fraser, Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, California, USA; Principal Investigator, Adventist Health Studies
"Lifestyle is the most powerful medicine we know — with the potential to add years to life and life to years, and to reduce risk for all major chronic disease by some 80 percent — and food is its very centrepiece. In this beautiful book, Sue Radd provides the perfect prescription in all its wonderful variety: food as a source of both great pleasure and great health."
- Dr David Katz, Director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine; President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Founder, True Health Initiative
"At long last, people who care about their health are able to access the best way to achieve this. I have worked with Sue on many occasions on most media platforms. She is one of Australia’s great dietitians that has been promoting good health for nearly 30 years. Her Food as Medicine cookbook is full of sensible, simple advice to achieve this goal. Read, eat and enjoy."
- Dr John F Knight AM (better known as “Dr James Wright,” one of Australia’s favourite TV doctors), Sydney, Australia
"The message of this book is an important one. An increasing body of evidence shows the benefits of a plant-based diet for optimal health and the prevention and management of chronic disease. Sue’s knowledge of using food as medicine combined with her passion for teaching people to prepare tasty plant-based meals make this a valuable resource for health professionals working in the nutrition and lifestyle medicine fields, and one which they will no doubt want to recommend to their patients."
- Dr Kate Marsh, Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Sydney, Australia
"Dietitian Sue Radd has produced a valuable resource with tasty recipes that reflect the culinary delights of a range of plant-based cuisines from around the world. Sue has a breadth of practical food and nutrition expertise gained through personal experience matched with scientific inquiry. This beautifully illustrated book has many practical tips that could be used for personal use and as a supporting guide for research about plant-based diets, such as the Mediterranean Diet. I look forward to trying more of Sue’s wonderful and delicious recipes."
- Professor Vicki Flood, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia
"Sue Radd has put together an excellent guide to health, for both human health and increasingly importantly for the environment, with the focus on plant-based diets as recommended by many national and international agencies. This book is very easy to read, full of great ideas for the palate and for health, and I recommend it. Keep it close to your kitchen — and take and use it frequently."
- Professor David Jenkins, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto; Director, Risk Factor Modification Centre, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada (“Father” of the Glycaemic Index)