The Bone Broth Secret: 3 Stars

The Bone Broth Secret: A Culinary Adventure in Health, Beauty, and Longevity
Authors: Louise Hay, Heather Dane
File Size: 25406 KB
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Hay House, Inc. (January 5, 2016)
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Source: Hay House via NetGalley

Lots of Blurb from the publisher: 
When a forgotten, time-honored traditional food is rediscovered for its health and beauty benefits, we all pay attention. In this one-of-a-kind culinary adventure, internationally renowned self-help pioneer Louise Hay and “21st-century medicine woman” Heather Dane join together to explore a fresh and fun take on the art of cooking with bone broth, as well as the science behind its impressive curative applications.

Chock-full of research, how-tos, and tips, this inventive cookbook offers a practical, playful, and delicious approach to improving your digestion, energy, and moods. With over 100 gut-healing recipes for broths, elixirs, main dishes, breads, desserts—and even beauty remedies and cocktails—Louise and Heather will show you how to add a dose of nourishment into every aspect of your diet. You’ll also get entertaining stories along the way that remind you to add joy back onto your plate and into your life. Plus, you’ll find out how Louise not only starts her day with bone broth, but uses it as an ingredient in many of her meals as well—discovering why it is one of her secrets to vibrant wellness and longevity.

“Wherever I go, I’m asked, ‘How do you stay so healthy and young?’ Or I’m complimented on how beautiful my skin, hair, and nails look. I always say that the key is positive thoughts and healthy food. For many years, the staple of my diet has been bone broth. My doctors keep pointing out that my blood tests and other health-test results are better than people half my age. I tell them, ‘I’m a big, strong, healthy girl!’ Then I talk about bone broth. I want everyone to know about it because I believe it is an integral part of my health, energy, and vitality.”
— Louise Hay

To say that authors Louise Hay and Heather Dane are strong proponents of the health giving benefits of bone broth is very much an understatement. Making bone broth has long gone out of fashion, after all, who has the time?
However, anyone caught up in the resurgence of this health sustaining super-food and is wanting to give it a go, then they would do well to read this book.
Apart from the recipes, the authors teach us how the use of modern equipment makes this task far more feasible, even for busy people. this is good news considering some of these broths take days to make.

The book is laid out quite well beginning with the history and the science behind bone broth. What it is, and why it is considered such a restorative.
They provide healing affirmations specific to particular health conditions. I do not find affirmations particularly inspiring myself, but I know that many people do.

Next comes equipment, refreshingly basic, nothing fancy required and nothing too expensive other than, perhaps, a large slow cooker/crockpot.
 Next we learn about the different types of broth and how to choose the bones. 
Then comes a “getting started” section which pretty much repeats much of what has been written, but in more detail.

Part Two repeats a bit more, then we get to what to actually do with your broth.
There are some really surprising recipes here, that is for a bone broth book, but you will find out the hows and whys. There are desserts, drinks, cocktails and some really sumptuous but rather complicated (for me) fine dining style recipes.

If you want to make your own beauty products these are included too, but don’t worry, you won’t have to use the gelatine hard won from the bones, the packet stuff is fine. Using collagen to improve hair, skin and nails is all the go these days, the authors explain how it works and, better still how to make your own

What I did not like so much:
I found the book a little difficult to navigate due mostly to similar information being disseminated. The text is clunky and it doesn't flow and this spoiled the reading experience. Rigorous editing would polish up this book beautifully.
Source: Review copy provided by Hay House via NetGalley

About the Authors (via
Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. For more than 30 years, Louise has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. Visit

Heather Dane is a certified health coach specializing in applying functional medicine and nutrigenomics protocols to resolve chronic conditions. She has worked with many of the great minds in medicine, natural health, nutrition, and energy healing, and designs delicious recipes to nourish body and soul. Visit

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