Book review: 'Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being'

A cover of the book Eat & Flourish

In her groundbreaking book Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being (W.W. Norton, 2022), journalist Mary Beth Albright draws on eye-opening research to illuminate how food has the power to literally nourish your mind, supporting emotional wellness through both nutrients and pleasure. Albright, A&S '94, an editor at The Washington Post, redefines "emotional eating" to reveal how the visceral preparation and ingestion of favorite foods can trigger biological responses that affect our emotional states, both immediately and long term. Readers come away knowing how certain foods (e.g., Atlantic salmon and walnuts) help reduce inflammation and which vitamins to take. She even includes a 30-day kickoff plan.