The Happy Kitchen

The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, published by Short Books, is about eating to stay calm and well. Together, over 5 years, Rachel and Alice Mackintosh have developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped Rachel to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper.

“By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well, and I wanted to share what I’ve learnt in the happy kitchen.”

Published as The Happiness Diet in the US by Simon & Schuster.


“As a registered nutritional therapist and having my own personal experience with anxiety and depression I have found this book invaluable. It is beautifully written and photographed. Rachel’s approach is very realistic and she shares her own personal journey throughout the book. I particularly like that the recipes are based on sound research and endorsed by nutritional therapist Alison Mackintosh. The book is divided into 7 chapters focussing on different aspects of mental health e.g. Beating the Blues, Mental Clarity, Sweet Dreams and Comfort Food so you can dip into the section relevant to how you are feeling. Within each chapter there are recipes marked “feeling fragile” when you need something quick and easy to make. I have 2 teenage children and they have loved the recipes too – our favourites so far – Salmon & Prawn Teriyaki Skewers, Satisfying Prawn Penne with Broccoli, Walnut & Rocket Pesto, Cinnamon, Almond and Lamb Curry, Tropical Vitamin C Smoothie, Warming Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry and Chicken Pie – quite a good selection!”

The recipes in the Happy Kitchen put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. See References for details. 

“My strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My strength is made perfect in weakness”