New Cookbook Is a Catalyst for Change

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"Sojourn to Healthy Eating: Tasty Alkaline & Vegetarian Recipes," Beverly Oliver’s newly released book, is steeped in meals influenced by the teachings of the late nutritionist and herbal medicine specialist Dr. Sebi.

The 85-page book shows readers, cooks, and meal planners that when it comes to preparing meals, natural foods like quinoa are mucus-preventing, healthier replacements for gluten-filled items like white rice and flour.

The release of "Sojourn to Healthy Eating: Tasty Alkaline & Vegetarian Recipes" completes Beverly Oliver’s eight-year interest in the distribution of a cookbook containing ingredients recommended by the late nutritionist and natural healer Dr. Sebi, who died in 2016.

Oliver is African American and the offspring of parents born in South Carolina. She understands some people tend to stick to traditional foods because they’re unaware of ways to make them healthy. One of the goals of Sojourn to Healthy Eating is to change that. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of changing one or two ingredients to make meals you were raised on healthy,” says Oliver. “Instead of peas and rice, you can make quinoa and chickpeas or make non-dairy cashew parmesan cheese to sprinkle on spaghetti.” The 85-page book shows readers, cooks, and meal planners that when it comes to preparing meals, natural foods like quinoa are mucus-preventing, healthier replacements for gluten-filled items like white rice and flour.

Steeped in meatless, dairy-free versions of favorite family meals, Sojourn to Healthy Eating adapts traditional recipes according to the advice given by Dr. Sebi. Bacon, for instance, has ingredients such as sliced Portobello mushrooms, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and sea salt, all found on Dr. Sebi’s nutrition guide. Sojourn to Healthy Eating also contains a recipe that imitates fried chicken: baked breaded oyster mushrooms, with the breading made with walnut or hazelnut crumbs.

“I was like other followers of Dr. Sebi. I always wondered how to put the foods on his nutrition guide like quinoa and kamut in a meal. So, I started planning ways to make a cookbook public,” says Oliver, the author of another Dr. Sebi-focused book Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing: Why An Herbalist’s View Matters More Today Than Ever Before (2010).

About the Author

Beverly Oliver is a creative artist and writer in Los Angeles. Her public affairs writing and reporting began in Washington, DC at Howard University radio station WHUR, 96.3 FM, the location of her first interview with herbalist and natural healer Dr. Sebi.

She is the author of three books, all featuring the work and advice of the deceased herbalist. The first one is Seven Days in Usha Village: A Conversation with Dr. Sebi; the second, Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing; and her third, a collection of recipes in the recently released book, Sojourn to Healthy Eating: Tasty Alkaline & Vegetarian Recipes. All are available at Amazon.com.

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