My Splendid Conversation

You know those strange occurrences that happen? A synchronicity that occurs that you just can’t explain. Well, last week at 4pm, NPR’s The Splendid Table featured a segment on my new cookbook, Eat Complete, and right at that same moment I took the stage for Mind-Body Medicine’s “Food Is Medicine” workshop, which I was co-leading at Kripalu. Yes, the universe seem to be saying, “”Your brain is hungry for this yummy brain-centric cookbook”. Out May 17th…Pre-orders bring good karma.

So, what does happen when you feed your brain cells first?

Well, the first thing you need to know is that there are 21 nutrients that your brain requires for optimal brain function, sharp thinking, and an optimistic mood. But who really wants to start counting nutrients?! BORING. That’s why I found the foods with the highest concentrations of, what I like to refer to as “The Essential 21”, and turned them into 100 recipes for your brain health.

Feed your brain cells first? Miracles Happen.

I had a great time speaking with David Leite, founder of two times James Beard Award winning website, and author of The New Portuguese Table. He was a wonderful host, both curious and experienced in the worlds of food and mental health. David explored the book, and recipes, in a thorough and thoughtful manner, even cooking from Eat Complete the week prior to the interview. (Spoiler Alert: He loved the chocolate cashew smoothie!) David even had a few suggestions that I incorporated into the final edit of Eat Complete. David’s new book, Notes On a Banana, is out later this year.


To read the transcript of my conversation with David , and listen to the podcast, click on link below:


Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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