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The Moon Cycle Bakery, founded in 2017, creates sweet treats that replenish certain micronutrients women lose during the different stages of their menstrual cycle. In The Moon Cycle Cookbook, bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski empower women to nourish themselves with recipes for sweets, savory meals, and snacks, organized around each of the four ph The Moon Cycle Bakery, founded in 2017, creates sweet treats that replenish certain micronutrients women lose during the different stages of their menstrual cycle. In The Moon Cycle Cookbook, bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski empower women to nourish themselves with recipes for sweets, savory meals, and snacks, organized around each of the four phases of the menstrual cycle, that can be customized to suit their bodies’ fluctuating needs.   Every recipe is formulated with the knowledge of what is happening hormonally in a woman’s body during each cycle phase, using ingredients that replenish and support essential nutrients. Suffering from cramps? Try adding more cacao to your diet. Mood swings? A sweet-potato brownie can help with that. A happy mix of creativity, self-empowerment, and downright deliciousness, this wellness guide demystifies menstrual health, educating readers about their unique needs and helping them to deepen their self-care regimen. Sidebars feature suggested self-care practices and rituals to enhance a woman's connection to her body and understanding of how to nurture a healthy cycle.  


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The Moon Cycle Bakery, founded in 2017, creates sweet treats that replenish certain micronutrients women lose during the different stages of their menstrual cycle. In The Moon Cycle Cookbook, bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski empower women to nourish themselves with recipes for sweets, savory meals, and snacks, organized around each of the four ph The Moon Cycle Bakery, founded in 2017, creates sweet treats that replenish certain micronutrients women lose during the different stages of their menstrual cycle. In The Moon Cycle Cookbook, bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski empower women to nourish themselves with recipes for sweets, savory meals, and snacks, organized around each of the four phases of the menstrual cycle, that can be customized to suit their bodies’ fluctuating needs.   Every recipe is formulated with the knowledge of what is happening hormonally in a woman’s body during each cycle phase, using ingredients that replenish and support essential nutrients. Suffering from cramps? Try adding more cacao to your diet. Mood swings? A sweet-potato brownie can help with that. A happy mix of creativity, self-empowerment, and downright deliciousness, this wellness guide demystifies menstrual health, educating readers about their unique needs and helping them to deepen their self-care regimen. Sidebars feature suggested self-care practices and rituals to enhance a woman's connection to her body and understanding of how to nurture a healthy cycle.  

30 review for The Moon Cycle Cookbook: A Holistic Nutrition Guide for a Well-Balanced Menstrual Cycle

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    I knew I had to read this when I saw the cover, it looks so yummy! I unfortunately didn't try that exact recipe yet, but I did try four others. We'll get back to that later. Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the book and saw that it wasn't just recipes, but also lots of information about menstrual cycles. Like what happens to our bodies during each of the four phases, and what we can do (and eat) to feel better. I've had a period for more than half of my life and I didn't even kno I knew I had to read this when I saw the cover, it looks so yummy! I unfortunately didn't try that exact recipe yet, but I did try four others. We'll get back to that later. Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the book and saw that it wasn't just recipes, but also lots of information about menstrual cycles. Like what happens to our bodies during each of the four phases, and what we can do (and eat) to feel better. I've had a period for more than half of my life and I didn't even know parts of what's mentioned here. Perfect time to learn though, right? I like how the explanations are simple and to the point, no longer will I get confused about these things haha! But really, thank you, dear author, for helping me understand what's going on with my body every month. Before I move on to my sweet experiments, I have to mention one thing that I wasn't overly fond of. And that's the presence of coconuts and avocados in so many of the recipes. I'm not a fan of either ingredient, and some recipes make it hard to replace them with other things. In general though, most recipes can be modified to suit your tastes as long as you like the key ingredients so that's good. And now what we've all been waiting for...were the recipes delicious? Yes! I tried the Vanilla-Cacao Elixir first, and that was also the very first time I had maple syrup in my life. It's really expensive here and I never had a reason to try it before now. I skipped the ashwagandha, so I'm not sure how it's supposed to taste with that added, but without it was great and I'm sure I'll make it from time to time. The next recipe I tried is called Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bites. I actually made this recipe twice, the first time I liked how it tasted, but didn't want any salt in it, and the second I added sugar instead. I looooveee how nutty it is. I go nuts for nuts. The third recipe was Coconut-Ashwagandha Fudge, in which I skipped half of the coconut (just did twice the nut butter instead) and the full ashwagandha. This is the best recipe. I love it and I would make it every day if I could without going broke. And the final recipe was the Honey-Cinnamon Latte. YES!!! YUM!!! This one makes me want to go back to drinking milk before bed like a little kid. It's perfect. Next up: well, there's at least ten more recipes that I really want to try. I'll attempt to time them with my cycle for maximum effect. *Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  2. 4 out of 5

    OonaReads

    I wanted the arc of this book, because I was interested in trying to balance my eating especially during PMS. I feel like a lot of people with periods suffer from all kinds of symptoms and while not everything can be solved by eating habits (something which was acknowledged in the book and very much appreciated), there are some things which can help. The information of the menstrual cycle was very interesting and I learned a few things. I loved the recipes in this book. I have only tried one so f I wanted the arc of this book, because I was interested in trying to balance my eating especially during PMS. I feel like a lot of people with periods suffer from all kinds of symptoms and while not everything can be solved by eating habits (something which was acknowledged in the book and very much appreciated), there are some things which can help. The information of the menstrual cycle was very interesting and I learned a few things. I loved the recipes in this book. I have only tried one so far, but I liked it. I look forward to trying more recipes during the different stages of my menstrual cycle. The adaptability of the recipes to dairy-free and gluten-free as well as having a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes was also very interesting. There were some meat recipes, but most of those can also be changed to a meat-free alternative. This was such a great idea, as adaptability and ease of cooking is something more cookbooks should have. I also really liked all the self-care tips which were included in the book. The only negative thing to note in this book is that the writing could be more inclusive. Not all people who have periods are women and not all women have periods. Therefore, the language could be changed to something more inclusive. Acknowledging also trans and non-binary people who are not women but also experience periods would make this book immediately more appreciated by the queer community. I identify as a woman, so perhaps it could be considered to have a sensitivity reader.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    The Moon Cycle Cookbook: A Holistic Nutrition Guide for a Well-Balanced Menstrual Cycle is an interesting, unique, and easy-to-read book. I think it’s an excellent concept and is really well-executed. I like the book’s gentle colours and pretty pictures, practical advice, and approachable writing style. I love the empowering and comforting feeling that runs throughout the book! However, I wish there were more pictures and recipes. Bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski combi The Moon Cycle Cookbook: A Holistic Nutrition Guide for a Well-Balanced Menstrual Cycle is an interesting, unique, and easy-to-read book. I think it’s an excellent concept and is really well-executed. I like the book’s gentle colours and pretty pictures, practical advice, and approachable writing style. I love the empowering and comforting feeling that runs throughout the book! However, I wish there were more pictures and recipes. Bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski combine comforting and nourishing recipes with useful self-care advice and gently educates women about their menstrual health and well-being. The book is organized around the four phases of the menstrual cycle: the menstrual phase, the follicular phase, the ovulation phase, and the luteal phase. Each section features recipes for desserts, meals, snacks, and drinks which will positively nourish your body and comfort your soul and mind during the specific phase of your cycle. This is a really unique and helpful book filled with wonderful and practical advice! I learned so much about my period, my body, and how to better engage with my overall health and well-being. This guidebook is an invaluable resource for women and girls of every age. The friendly writing style is simple and easy-to-read. I like that the advice and guidance are universal and applicable to women at every stage of life. A lot of the advice is straightforward and common sense. However, it’s presented in such a relatable and accessible way that you feel comforted and empowered. The recipes are nourishing, clearly written, and easy-to-follow. Each recipe begins with a brief paragraph which details the nutritional values of key ingredients. While there are a quite a few recipes that contain meat, many of the dishes are vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. I like that many of the dishes require common pantry staples and easily accessible items. Moreover, while there are some more complicated dishes, these recipes are very doable. There are interesting and unique dishes like Chocolate-Avocado Mousse with Raspberry Compote, Savory Millet Breakfast Bowl with Lemon-Garlic Tahini Sauce, and Rosemary Sausage Quiche with Apple Crust. But, if you’re not feeling adventurous, there are some takes on classics like Chicken Fajitas with Honey-Chipotle Yogurt Sauce, Vanilla Chai Overnight Oats, and Cornmeal Waffles with Lemon-Blueberry Compote. I loved the inclusion of innovative drinks like Vanilla-Cacao Elixir and Vanilla-Rose-Chasteberry Tea! I really like the gentle and soothing colours of the book’s layout and pictures. The design wonderfully suits the comforting nature of the book! Poppi Photography’s full-colour pictures are lovely and simple. However, I am a little disappointed because I expected more pictures of the dishes. While I do appreciate that pictures accompany some of the recipes and advice titbits, I really wish more food pictures had been included as this is a cookbook. The Moon Cycle Cookbook is a unique and fascinating cookbook that will be an invaluable asset to any woman’s collection. Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for this book in exchange for an honest review. 🌕 🌕 🌕 🌕 out of 5 full moons!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    What a great resource! I found the nutritional information to be wise and sound - there’s a lot of concise, yet informative, facts on what types of foods can help support a female’s body during each phase of the menstrual cycle. Further, the breakdown and explanation of each phase was so helpful! As was the details on the phases we go through during our lifetime. This is definitely something every woman should understand. For me, I particularly found the notes on a female’s body during perimenop What a great resource! I found the nutritional information to be wise and sound - there’s a lot of concise, yet informative, facts on what types of foods can help support a female’s body during each phase of the menstrual cycle. Further, the breakdown and explanation of each phase was so helpful! As was the details on the phases we go through during our lifetime. This is definitely something every woman should understand. For me, I particularly found the notes on a female’s body during perimenopause to be interesting and helpful. Somehow, the authors squeeze the basics of so many body supporting and immune boosting foods into this book. There’s plenty of resources in the back to continue your learning, if desired. The recipes are easily doable and sound delicious. I can’t wait to try a few and I’m very interested to try them aligned with the proper timing during my menstrual cycle. There are a few ideas in the Rituals sections that are not for me. But, that’s okay! They don’t take away from the biggest and most important aspects of the book, in my opinion. This is really more than a cookbook. I think every female should grab a copy of this. Bonus: the layout, the photos, and the general aesthetic of this book are gorgeous and peaceful. My thanks to Netgalley and Storey Publishing for an ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Storey Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I love the approach Devon Loftus took with this book. Menstrual cycles are a common problem for many females and Devon and Jenna found a way not only to manage them but, eat deliciously in the process. I was blown away at how many foods contain so many essential nutrients. I also am now going to make my own veggie stock since my husband an This book was received as an ARC from Storey Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I love the approach Devon Loftus took with this book. Menstrual cycles are a common problem for many females and Devon and Jenna found a way not only to manage them but, eat deliciously in the process. I was blown away at how many foods contain so many essential nutrients. I also am now going to make my own veggie stock since my husband and I frequently visit local farmer's markets and are amazed at all the abundance of fruits and veggies we find there. All of the recipes look absolutely delicious and I can't wait to try the Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup, Adobo Tofu Breakfast Tacos, the Hazelnut Brownies, and many more. I know this will be a heavily circulated book and I can't wait to share it with our library community. We will consider adding this title to our TX Non-Fiction collection at our library. This is why we give this book 5 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenn L

    "We worship our health, our bodies, our minds, and our emotions. We have faith in our wisdom and in our strength as women, and we seek and integrate rituals that fully support us - mind, body, and spirit." I really like this book! It's mainly a cookbook, however, it's more of a lifestyle guide; health information, rituals involving meditation and gratitude, and recipes for bath soaks are just some of the examples of how this book helps you connect to yourself. It has a variety of recipes, from br "We worship our health, our bodies, our minds, and our emotions. We have faith in our wisdom and in our strength as women, and we seek and integrate rituals that fully support us - mind, body, and spirit." I really like this book! It's mainly a cookbook, however, it's more of a lifestyle guide; health information, rituals involving meditation and gratitude, and recipes for bath soaks are just some of the examples of how this book helps you connect to yourself. It has a variety of recipes, from breakfasts and dinners to drinks to fermented foods to snacks. I love the nutritional information that explains the use of different vitamins and the links to the recipes that include them. [I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    Wow, can I just say that this book is absolutely astonishing and helpful in so many ways?! Detailed information about various subjects, such as: How to shop (ie: bulk, seasons, budgeting), making stocks, nutritional info, Menopause in all forms, estrogen, progesterone, menstrual cycles. Thank you Devon Loftus and Jenna Radomski for writing this this book, it is unequivocally one of 𝘵𝘩𝘦 best books I have read and undoubtedly will use time and time again. Thank you to Storey Publishing and Netgalley Wow, can I just say that this book is absolutely astonishing and helpful in so many ways?! Detailed information about various subjects, such as: How to shop (ie: bulk, seasons, budgeting), making stocks, nutritional info, Menopause in all forms, estrogen, progesterone, menstrual cycles. Thank you Devon Loftus and Jenna Radomski for writing this this book, it is unequivocally one of 𝘵𝘩𝘦 best books I have read and undoubtedly will use time and time again. Thank you to Storey Publishing and Netgalley for the free copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an ARC of this title for a review: This book is everything I love combined: Using herbs and spices in cooking to help with pain and illness Witchy Vibes Taking care of and surround yourself with plants Tarot The Moon and lots and lots of yummy food. This book has several recipes that I am more than excited to try as well as a lot of great self-care techniques and ideas for anyone who deals with everyone's least favorite monthly visitor. I received an ARC of this title for a review: This book is everything I love combined: Using herbs and spices in cooking to help with pain and illness Witchy Vibes Taking care of and surround yourself with plants Tarot The Moon and lots and lots of yummy food. This book has several recipes that I am more than excited to try as well as a lot of great self-care techniques and ideas for anyone who deals with everyone's least favorite monthly visitor.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tali

    Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for letting me get this. So far I have been finding the information useful, however I'll be keeping updating this review to let you know how it goes. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for letting me get this. So far I have been finding the information useful, however I'll be keeping updating this review to let you know how it goes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Green

    Amazing! I wish there were more cookbooks like this. Gives recipes and what's in them + ways it's good for you! Amazing! I wish there were more cookbooks like this. Gives recipes and what's in them + ways it's good for you!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Martin

    This was a sweet, well-intentioned, quirky book. Within it are incantations, positive affirmations, recipes and rituals for healing and happiness during the menstrual cycle. I love the female worship of this concept and the delivery is just as beautiful as any coven could create. The cookbook and life guide is wholesome and possibly has some helpful nuggets of truth and recipes for foods that help with inflammation and cramping.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    This is such a gorgeous book and had so much great information. I must say I loved the information on magnesium zinc and iron. There are some great recipes as well and I highly recommend the vegan mac and cheese recipe is amazing and one I make quite regularly! Give this book a try there is so much information here that I’m sure you will find something to suit you!

  13. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: May 10, 2021 (UK and NA version) Publication date: September 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave (#fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publis Date reviewed/posted: May 10, 2021 (UK and NA version) Publication date: September 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave (#fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The Moon Cycle Bakery, founded in 2017, creates sweet treats that replenish certain micronutrients women lose during the different stages of their menstrual cycle. In the Moon Cycle Cookbook, bakery founder Devon Loftus and nutritionist Jenna Radomski empower women to nourish themselves with recipes for sweets, savory meals, and snacks, organized around each of the four phases of the menstrual cycle, that can be customized to suit their bodies’ fluctuating needs. Every recipe is formulated with the knowledge of what is happening hormonally in a woman’s body during each cycle phase, using ingredients that replenish and support essential nutrients. Suffering from cramps? Try adding more cacao to your diet. Mood swings? A sweet potato brownie can help with that. A happy mix of creativity, self-empowerment, and downright deliciousness, this wellness guide demystifies menstrual health, educating readers about their unique needs and helping them to deepen their self-care regimen. Sidebars feature suggested self-care practices and rituals to enhance a woman's connection to her body and understanding of how to nurture a healthy cycle. Okay, not this has to be the most ORIGINAL book I have ever read when it comes to food and women eating it. Do I believe all the stuff presented? Maybe, maybe not … but it was highly informational and I look forward to seeing if any of their suggested food “cures” work for menopause! (and with sweets and baked goods? yaaaay!) The recipes given are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there. What I especially love about the book is that it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods. I do draw the line at making my own cheese beyond a quickly-made mozzarella, and canning tomatoes but the more "ingredients" you use the better. My one nephew says that I never have any food in my house, only ingredients --- that is why I cook so much. I also refuse to eat or cook with Frankenfoods such as "chick'n" and its 88 ingredients vs. 🐔chicken🐔 having one and cheese that does not come from an animal is udder nonsense!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥧 🥧 🥧 🥧

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Great resource of how to naturally support your (female parts) body through your total menstrual cycle. Lots of seriously yummy recipes that are gluten-free and have dairy options when available. Every recipe is specifically formulated in regards to what is happening hormonally in a woman’s body during each cycle phase, using ingredients that replenish and support essential nutrients. (I know it's basically stated in the blurb, but I really dig that). As a female-part bearer that has entered into Great resource of how to naturally support your (female parts) body through your total menstrual cycle. Lots of seriously yummy recipes that are gluten-free and have dairy options when available. Every recipe is specifically formulated in regards to what is happening hormonally in a woman’s body during each cycle phase, using ingredients that replenish and support essential nutrients. (I know it's basically stated in the blurb, but I really dig that). As a female-part bearer that has entered into the 'I've been having menstrual periods for over half my life" league, I feel it may actually be time to, oh, I don't know, listen to what my body is telling me during my cycles. I've had children, I'm entering my 40's, and well, I feel I'm pretty in sync with my cycle. But I find it utterly fascinating regarding the recipes and how the nutrients could help support my hormonal fluctuations but also help with some of my random cravings at certain times. The Moon Cycle Cookbook provides a variety of recipes (breakfasts, snacks, lunch and dinner ideas as well as desserts and drinks. I was happily surprised that most (like 99%, I think there was 1 soba noodle dish) were gluten-free and had dairy-free options. I'm gluten intolerant and think it's such a great thing when cookbooks take the time to help with recipe alterations or work out a pure GF recipe. This book is absolutely a great resource for those wanting to take a deeper dive into nurturing themselves through their cycles. *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    My knowledge around nutrition and your cycle is limited so I was really drawn to a book dedicated to this topic. The section is broken up by the phases of your cycle. It is wellness focused and breaks down each phase of your cycle, where your body needs more support, the types of foods that will assist with that and why. I really liked that it broke it down before going into recipes that way you could really continue to be creative in finding your own ways to incorporate similar foods. In additi My knowledge around nutrition and your cycle is limited so I was really drawn to a book dedicated to this topic. The section is broken up by the phases of your cycle. It is wellness focused and breaks down each phase of your cycle, where your body needs more support, the types of foods that will assist with that and why. I really liked that it broke it down before going into recipes that way you could really continue to be creative in finding your own ways to incorporate similar foods. In addition to recipes there were also passages and rituals throughout the book. I was a little worried that this book would be filled with ingredients that were going to cost me more than I am usually willing to drop or ingredients I had never heard of before. Not the case. There was really just one ingredient that kept coming up that i just didn’t know enough about to want to add it to my food. I just chose not to use it. The recipes I tried were simple, delicious and comforting. I really appreciated the acknowledgment of using the book as a guide and not necessarily a strict set of rules. They discussed adapting recipes to taste and to your personal budget. It is also shared that their focus is on natural remedies but does not ignore that some things should be treated with your physician. Lastly, this book is just so pretty! It is filled with lovely pictures and formatted in a way that made me want to keep flipping through the pages. I would love to add a physical copy to my collection. Big thank you to NetGalley & Storey Publishing for a copy in exchange for an honest review. #TheMoonCycleCookbook #NetGalley.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beulah

    It’s August 2021 and reading about the menstrual cycle feels especially fraught. Will the author make awkward, exclusionary comments about people who menstruate? It shouldn’t be that a reader interested in the menstrual cycle and eating well should have to conduct an epic background check before purchasing a book. But we do and I did and I’m relieved to report that The Moon Cycle offers exactly what the title implies. A relatively non judgemental overview of the science and some nice recipes, fo It’s August 2021 and reading about the menstrual cycle feels especially fraught. Will the author make awkward, exclusionary comments about people who menstruate? It shouldn’t be that a reader interested in the menstrual cycle and eating well should have to conduct an epic background check before purchasing a book. But we do and I did and I’m relieved to report that The Moon Cycle offers exactly what the title implies. A relatively non judgemental overview of the science and some nice recipes, for when you’re feeling a bit delicate and your period tracking app keeps beeping at you. The Moon Cycle is separated into four sections, one for each phase of the menstrual cycle. Each section opens with a snapshot of what’s happening to your body during this phase, what foods are best to eat, a couple of rituals, a poem and then some recipes. The authors also link these phases to aspects of Chinese and alternative medicine, which went completely over my head but were still interesting, without becoming too Earth Mother Higher Power about the whole business. Read the rest of this review on my blog.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This cookbook is a hug to the soul and a sensual feast for the eyes. Devon Loftus and Jenna Radomski have put together nutritional education for balancing hormones in a way that is accessible. Pairing the information with self-care rituals, poetry, and seasonal practices takes this cookbook to the next level. Gone are the days of hiding a pad on your way to the bathroom and praying for the next week to vanish. The Moon Cycle Cookbook brings body love and acceptance, self-care, and mental health This cookbook is a hug to the soul and a sensual feast for the eyes. Devon Loftus and Jenna Radomski have put together nutritional education for balancing hormones in a way that is accessible. Pairing the information with self-care rituals, poetry, and seasonal practices takes this cookbook to the next level. Gone are the days of hiding a pad on your way to the bathroom and praying for the next week to vanish. The Moon Cycle Cookbook brings body love and acceptance, self-care, and mental health into the same landscape as menstrual health: where it always should have been. This book is an essential tool for anyone who menstruates, including those seeking help as your cycle transitions into perimenopause and menopause. Often we are battling a medical system that pushes medication over slower healing modalities. Loftus and Radomski show that nutrition can be simple, affordable, and comforting. The recipes are easily modified to fit dietary restrictions or personal tastes. Recipes include breakfast, drinks, dinners, and desserts. The majority of the recipes could be made ahead, frozen, and pulled for meal planning. Ingredients are common at local grocery stores without having to outsource to online ordering.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Hatch

    This was a very interesting, unique, book which I wish had been available many years ago. The subtitle of the book says it all -- "A HOLISTIC NUTRITION GUIDE FOR A WELL-BALANCED MENSTRUAL CYCLE." -- The book breaks down a month, or a "moon cycle" into four season, basically on average, one week per season. The book describes what a woman's body is going through each season as it pertains to her menstrual cycle. It includes a description of what the body is doing, the nutrients that is needed dur This was a very interesting, unique, book which I wish had been available many years ago. The subtitle of the book says it all -- "A HOLISTIC NUTRITION GUIDE FOR A WELL-BALANCED MENSTRUAL CYCLE." -- The book breaks down a month, or a "moon cycle" into four season, basically on average, one week per season. The book describes what a woman's body is going through each season as it pertains to her menstrual cycle. It includes a description of what the body is doing, the nutrients that is needed during this season, includes recipes to help achieve and maintain balance, and also includes suggestions on how to pamper one's body and mind. The format of the book is really nice. High quality paper and photographs. Smaller than normal book makes it easier to hold and flip through the contents. The publisher is Storey -- a good name behind things nature, garden, organic, farm, and natural health based titles. I didn't get to read as much of the book as I wanted to before it was due back at the library. I will have to check it out again or better yet, buy my own copy because it would be worth owning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Gibson

    The Moon Cycle Cookbook is a very unique cookbook that will appeal strongly to a specific niche of people but in some ways may not be for everyone. It’s a novel idea, recipes catered to the nutritional needs of women at different points in their menstrual cycle and the cookbook does a good job explaining their philosophy and why certain foods are used at different points of the month. I tried three recipes (the vegan Mac and cheese, broiled cinnamon peaches with coconut whipped cream, and pumpkin The Moon Cycle Cookbook is a very unique cookbook that will appeal strongly to a specific niche of people but in some ways may not be for everyone. It’s a novel idea, recipes catered to the nutritional needs of women at different points in their menstrual cycle and the cookbook does a good job explaining their philosophy and why certain foods are used at different points of the month. I tried three recipes (the vegan Mac and cheese, broiled cinnamon peaches with coconut whipped cream, and pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream cookies (from the cover). I am not vegan and IMO vegan versions of other dishes never measure up. The Mac and cheese was no different. The peaches and ice cream sandwiches were really good. There are a lot of specific ingredients in here that suit a specific type of life style (a lot of coconut milk and oil, ashwaganda, etc...) so this cookbook likely won’t suit everyone but it’s an interesting idea and the recipes are pretty good from the few I tried. Overall 3.5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    Firstly - I have never read/seen a book like this before. It's such an original concept. I love the way it looks at food, health and spiritual practises all in one. The photography is the first thing that stands out when flicking through the book. Absolutely stunning pictures, particularly the nature shots. Beautiful! I love the way the book is laid out, with detailed information at the start of each section before going into the recipes. I am yet to try the food recipes - and a lot are jumping Firstly - I have never read/seen a book like this before. It's such an original concept. I love the way it looks at food, health and spiritual practises all in one. The photography is the first thing that stands out when flicking through the book. Absolutely stunning pictures, particularly the nature shots. Beautiful! I love the way the book is laid out, with detailed information at the start of each section before going into the recipes. I am yet to try the food recipes - and a lot are jumping out to me - but I have tried a few of the drink suggestions. Lush! I also like the idea of the rituals pieced between the recipes. The rituals themselves are a little generic and nothing new but the idea is great and certainly gets you inspired. I also love that the acknowledgement section is called 'grattitute' - love that attention to detail! Overall a really unique idea for a cookbook - lots to take from it, lots of new recipes to try, lots of great photography to admire, and some spiritual rituals to get you thinking!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kera

    This cookbook delves into the science behind menstruation and is based around the idea that during each of phase of your menstrual cycle your body requires a specific set of nutrients. By feeding your body with these nutrients you can minimise or even eliminate PMS symptoms. As there are four phases of menstruation, there are four main chapters in this cookbook. Each chapter begins by explaining the science behind the phase and what it is our body needs during this time. This is then followed up This cookbook delves into the science behind menstruation and is based around the idea that during each of phase of your menstrual cycle your body requires a specific set of nutrients. By feeding your body with these nutrients you can minimise or even eliminate PMS symptoms. As there are four phases of menstruation, there are four main chapters in this cookbook. Each chapter begins by explaining the science behind the phase and what it is our body needs during this time. This is then followed up by the recipes. I liked how the recipes were broken up within the section by rituals - little thoughts and ideas you can put into place to help you feel your best. There is also a nice mixture between sweet and savoury recipes. The recipes are written using American weights and temperatures however there is a conversion chart at the end of the book and Celsius temperatures are also given in brackets in the recipe making this book accessible wherever you are. I wish there were more photos of the food throughout the book, however the photos that are included are beautifully arranged.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Genesee Area Library

    I received this book as an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I've already pre-order this cook book, that's how strongly I feel about it! A woman's body is complicated and changes through out her cycle, and her life. This book goes way beyond recipes (though I wish there were more pictures!) and breaks down your menstrual cycle and what your body needs. It discussing listening to your body and your own needs, how to fuel and feed your body as well as your soul. Anyone I received this book as an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I've already pre-order this cook book, that's how strongly I feel about it! A woman's body is complicated and changes through out her cycle, and her life. This book goes way beyond recipes (though I wish there were more pictures!) and breaks down your menstrual cycle and what your body needs. It discussing listening to your body and your own needs, how to fuel and feed your body as well as your soul. Anyone who considers themselves a "wise woman" should add this to their collection. The recipes are thought out, show the importance of eating seasonally, listening to your body, eating whole/real foods, and they sounds just delicious. There are maybe two or three recipes that I wouldn't try, simply because I'm not a fan of the main ingredient, but that doesn't mean I can't adapt it to something else. Don't think twice about whether you should pick this book up. Just do it. You'll be happy you did.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Opal Edgar

    A very interesting book that truly deserves to exist! There is so much information that I had no idea about, and that feels wrong. Why don't women know more about their own chemistry and proper nutrition and how to answer to their own bodies? There is a lot of very healthy, tasty sounding recipes. Not very kid friendly though, and as I have little time and preschoolers to feed I'm afraid this isn't for me right now. But it is a book about self care and I do hope that in a few years I'm be able t A very interesting book that truly deserves to exist! There is so much information that I had no idea about, and that feels wrong. Why don't women know more about their own chemistry and proper nutrition and how to answer to their own bodies? There is a lot of very healthy, tasty sounding recipes. Not very kid friendly though, and as I have little time and preschoolers to feed I'm afraid this isn't for me right now. But it is a book about self care and I do hope that in a few years I'm be able to have a bit of breathing space for myself again. The only bad point is the lack of pictures. I find it hard to visualise recipes into dishes in general, and love pictures to help me better appraise whether a dish interests me or not. There is only a picture every 5 or 6 recipes, I would say. I recommend this book as a gift for a young woman leaving the nest and about to create her own homely rituals and self care routines.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mardi

    [Reviewed uncorrected page proofs] This title takes a unique approach to treating the common issues faced throughout the menstrual phases. More than a simple cookbook, it often reads like advice from your grandma or the village wise woman. Filled with both nutritional advice and self-care rituals, it's an interesting read even if you never make a single recipe from the book. But several of the recipes are amazing (don't think I'm not adding the beet hummus and rosemary sausage quiche to my reper [Reviewed uncorrected page proofs] This title takes a unique approach to treating the common issues faced throughout the menstrual phases. More than a simple cookbook, it often reads like advice from your grandma or the village wise woman. Filled with both nutritional advice and self-care rituals, it's an interesting read even if you never make a single recipe from the book. But several of the recipes are amazing (don't think I'm not adding the beet hummus and rosemary sausage quiche to my repertoire!). It also sent me off on a side quest into the world of sprouted nuts (I'm not a 'makes her own almond milk' kind of girl so that was new to me). And you can bet I'll be asking my doctor to check my iron level. Best of all for a nonfiction buyer, it includes an extensive bibliography and an index.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    As someone who struggles with chronic Pelvic Pain associated with an abnormal uterine condition, I am always drawn to books about women's health or the menstrual cycle. This book is definitely more on the spiritual side, but in a sense of honoring your body.. I really liked these recipes as they are health conscious, no processed sugars, no wheat flours, and options for substitutions. The focus of these recipes is Anti-inflammatory, which can cause painful cycles, and listening to your body thro As someone who struggles with chronic Pelvic Pain associated with an abnormal uterine condition, I am always drawn to books about women's health or the menstrual cycle. This book is definitely more on the spiritual side, but in a sense of honoring your body.. I really liked these recipes as they are health conscious, no processed sugars, no wheat flours, and options for substitutions. The focus of these recipes is Anti-inflammatory, which can cause painful cycles, and listening to your body through the different stages in your cycle. There are many recipes I saved and I can't wait to try. I definitely recommend to anyone interested in better understanding their body throughout their menstrual cycle and being conscious about the food you consume to make you feel your best. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    I really loved the vibe I got from this book! The cover was eye catching as well as the title. Sync your menstrual cycle and phases of the moon. Sound weird? If women can sync their cycle to another woman then moon phases don’t sound too terribly difficult. What did I like? The attitude through out the book is peaceful and relaxing. The recipes looked great but the kindle file was all distorted so those were hard to go through. I couldn’t get the pdf to load. While I’m in a peri menopausal stage I really loved the vibe I got from this book! The cover was eye catching as well as the title. Sync your menstrual cycle and phases of the moon. Sound weird? If women can sync their cycle to another woman then moon phases don’t sound too terribly difficult. What did I like? The attitude through out the book is peaceful and relaxing. The recipes looked great but the kindle file was all distorted so those were hard to go through. I couldn’t get the pdf to load. While I’m in a peri menopausal stage the book still gives you some inflection material. Would I recommend or buy? I’d love to look at the final copy in print. This was a unique find and a calming read that I’ve never got from any other holistic approach. I enjoyed looking! I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left a review!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Harris

    The Moon Cycle Cookbook is an amazingly beautiful photographs, a holistic guide for your well being during menstral cycles and a book full of lyrical prose that will delight any reader. The images in this book play to the emotions, and I found them calming and captivating. This book stresses the importance of creating rituals, medications, yoga, creativity, and how to shop on a budget for creating beautiful nutritional meals during ovulation, menstruation, periomenopause, menopause and post meno The Moon Cycle Cookbook is an amazingly beautiful photographs, a holistic guide for your well being during menstral cycles and a book full of lyrical prose that will delight any reader. The images in this book play to the emotions, and I found them calming and captivating. This book stresses the importance of creating rituals, medications, yoga, creativity, and how to shop on a budget for creating beautiful nutritional meals during ovulation, menstruation, periomenopause, menopause and post menopause. The reader is guided through the moon phases with luscious photography as they learn about foods that support hormones, sooth cramps, reduce pain, are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and provide comfort. I loved this book and rarely give a full 5 stars! Worth the read! Thank you to Storey Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced digital copy of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ess

    I have been, unknowingly, searching for a female written cookbook with pearls of information on foods best suited for menstruation-related symptoms. What to eat when you have harsh cramping, bloating, cravings for salty/sweet foods, are all answered in this delightful, safe space for female readers. I felt warm and comforted by my fellow females in the affirmations and anecdotes provided by Jenna Radomski. While I can’t say that I am wholly looking forward to my special time of the month with al I have been, unknowingly, searching for a female written cookbook with pearls of information on foods best suited for menstruation-related symptoms. What to eat when you have harsh cramping, bloating, cravings for salty/sweet foods, are all answered in this delightful, safe space for female readers. I felt warm and comforted by my fellow females in the affirmations and anecdotes provided by Jenna Radomski. While I can’t say that I am wholly looking forward to my special time of the month with all the internal pain it causes me, I can say I am looking forward to eating healthful foods from the recipes provided in this book to soothe the fracas within. I received an ARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    LittleRead

    So often we look to our diet to help us with things like inflammation, gastric issues and so on. How have we never truly looked at our diet as a way to respond to and ease the cycles through life? This book does exactly that and it’s an interesting take. From maiden, to mother, to crone, there are recipes and dietary suggestions to help ease the body through each phase of life. I found this to be more than a cookbook and wish I had found it 30 years ago. As the saying goes, better late than never So often we look to our diet to help us with things like inflammation, gastric issues and so on. How have we never truly looked at our diet as a way to respond to and ease the cycles through life? This book does exactly that and it’s an interesting take. From maiden, to mother, to crone, there are recipes and dietary suggestions to help ease the body through each phase of life. I found this to be more than a cookbook and wish I had found it 30 years ago. As the saying goes, better late than never. I think all women should read this to get a better idea on how to deal with their cycles and along their diet to help ease any problem they may have. I’ll be sharing this book with the mown in my life and I know they’ll each find something relevant to themselves. Kudos to the authors.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Macaela

    If you’ve ever wondered if eating certain foods would help relieve your menstruation symptoms, then this is the cookbook for you. The book is broken down into the four phases of your cycle to help you feel balanced for the entire month. There are tips throughout, like using yoga and why you might feel certain ways at that time. These recipes are everything from breakfast to drinks and dessert. Most of the recipes can be prepared fand frozen for those, like me, who like to cook in advance. Did yo If you’ve ever wondered if eating certain foods would help relieve your menstruation symptoms, then this is the cookbook for you. The book is broken down into the four phases of your cycle to help you feel balanced for the entire month. There are tips throughout, like using yoga and why you might feel certain ways at that time. These recipes are everything from breakfast to drinks and dessert. Most of the recipes can be prepared fand frozen for those, like me, who like to cook in advance. Did you know that you can sprout nuts? I didn’t. This will guide you in how and when to use those sprouted nuts. Thanks to NetGalley and Store Publishing for the advanced copy.

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