The Kitchen Commune

Meals to Heal and Nourish Everyone at Your Table

Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food
256 Pages
Reviewed on 10/23/2023
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Author Biography

Chay Wike grew up in New York City. Her parents and grandparents are from Cape Town, South Africa, and from a young age she had the privilege of traveling overseas to visit family and was exposed to all kinds of cultures and eating styles. Her path to healing began after the birth of her second child, when she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, and, eventually, Lyme disease. Following a string of doctor visits, confusion, and failed medication attempts, Chay decided to take matters into her own hands and reclaim her health naturally. She has since mostly recovered using the undeniable power of functional nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She attended cooking school in Los Angeles in 2009, created the food-focused wellness blog The Kitchen Commune in 2018, and became a certified integrative health coach in 2020. Today, Chay lives in the Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and their two teenage daughters.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Food is much more enticing and digestible if prepared from scratch in one’s own kitchen. This doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task, as long as you plan ahead and organize your week’s cooking to include healthy and nutritious ingredients. Chay Wike’s The Kitchen Commune is a great book to help us organize and create meals that we can all enjoy without fear of having an adverse reaction. There are so many more food allergies and intolerances affecting the general population and we need to be prepared to provide inclusive meals that everyone can eat. The author has her own food intolerances and she’s explored many alternatives to allow her, her family, and her friends, to enjoy the foods she loves with tolerable ingredients.

Chay Wike’s cookbook, The Kitchen Commune: Meals to Heal and Nourish Everyone at Your Table, is a thorough and concise book that provides useful information as well as a wealth of interesting recipes to suit multiple tastebuds and food requirements. The author leads the reader through her own journey of experimenting with alternative foods, providing a list of some of these alternatives and how she incorporates them into some of her favorite dishes. The recipes are categorically organized, written in a clear, concise fashion, and accompanied by spectacular color photographs of the finished product. As Chay clearly points out, you don’t have to cut out certain foods because you suffer from an intolerance: there’s always an alternative option. This book is a great resource as well as being an interesting read.

Amanda Blue Leigh

Very useful and absolutely delicious meals ! I love it!