Stumped about an ingredient or recipe? Got a health query? Here’s your chance to ask Sheree your most compelling question! 

In addition to queries about kitchen appliances, I often get asked about other items—from books to kitchen gadgets to exercise equipment. If you have a question, I usually have an answer! 

Q: I’m looking for a good, all-around food and nutrition book. I’d like one with recipes, but I also want some science and theory. Suggestions? 

A: One of my favorites is Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods. I can honestly say it changed my life because it helped me shift how I look at food! It’s comprehensive and well-written and contains lots of good recipes to boot. I had to replace my first copy because I used it so much the binding broke and the pages fell out! (If anyone reading this has other book suggestions, please post them here, or email us at [email protected]. We love learning new things!) 

Q: What kind of vegetable peeler do you like?    

A: There are several kinds of vegetable peelers available. Each one is good for certain tasks. A swivel peeler is the type your grandma had: the blade swivels so it can conform to the surface of whatever is being peeled. These are great for vegetables that are harder to hold, and also work well on carrots, zucchini and larger potatoes. Non-swivel peelers have a fixed blade. These are good for round fruits and vegetables, such as turnips, apples or beets. They work well for people who peel toward themselves, rather than away. Slingshot peelers are useful for specialty tasks like curling chocolate or making ribbons, but they’re not as good for peeling potatoes or other hard vegetables. 

Q: What is a rebounder? Do you recommend them? 

A: Quite simply, a rebounder is a mini-trampoline. Unlike with a regular trampoline, the idea isn’t to bounce high, but to perform a series of small, controlled movements. Done correctly, rebounding is as close to zero-impact exercise as you can get. Rebounding is said to: 

  • Boost the lymphatic and immune system 
  • Improve circulation 
  • Increase heart and lung capacity 
  • Improve coordination and balance 
  • Reduce stress and tension 
  • Improve muscle tone  
  • Increase energy and vitality 

I have a rebounder at home and I enjoy just a few minutes on it several times a week. Afterward, I feel great…sort of like a “runner’s high.” 

Please remember your health is your own responsibility. Nothing here is to be construed as medical advice. This information is not meant to replace the guidance offered by your health practitioner.