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Grace O Foundation Funds Research at Cedars-Sinai

Donation Will Support Study on Inflammation and the Diseases of Aging

Grace with cookbook

Grace O launched her third cookbook, Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World, in style with an upscale party held at Saks in Beverly Hills. Amidst friends, fans, and designer dresses, Grace signed copies of her book for eager partygoers including NBA star and former Laker Robert Horry and his wife Candice.

TV host and producer Robb Weller announced Grace’s generous donation of a $300,000 research award to support the Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle (CIRCL) at Cedars-Sinai. The gift will provide for research on inflammation and the diseases of aging, and the role nutrition and lifestyle can play to prevent and/or minimize inflammatory disease. Laura Asok, Ph.D., Senior Major Gift Officer for Cedars-Sinai and Alex Mack, Program Manager for the CIRCL program at Cedars-Sinai were on hand to receive an oversized check from Grace O.

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The research dovetails nicely with Grace’s mission to promote better health through eating nutrient-rich foods. Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World features 250 easy-to-make recipes using everyday favorites, exotic ingredients, and superfoods from around the world. It also includes healthy resources, guides, and tips for improving your lifespan and health span. Grace’s global approach to her age-fighting recipes is to ramp up the flavor profiles of each dish to entice food lovers everywhere.

Some of the delicious anti-aging recipes found in the cookbook were served at the party including Vietnamese Shrimp & Noodle Salad, Aztec Berry Salad with Lemon Chia Dressing, Cuban Black Bean and Corn Salad, Barcelona Flatbread with Grapes & Blue Cheese, Indian Chai Tea & Plum Bread, African Dawadawa Cake, and Moroccan Brownie Bites. Find a few of these recipes and learn more about the book at FoodTrients.com.

All proceeds from the sales of the cookbook will be donated to the Grace O Foundation, wch supports educating the public about nutrition, working with other food-based non-profits, and participating in research that explores food and the diseases of aging, such as with Cedars Sinai. Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com.

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GRACE O'S NEW COOKBOOK IS HERE!

Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World: Recipes to Boost Immunity, Improve Skin, Promote Longevity, Lower Inflammation and Detoxify

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Chef and author Grace O has traveled the world in search of delicious, good-for-you foods. Her passion for discovering food treasures from the Blue Zones and elsewhere, where people live longer, healthier lives, is the driving force behind FoodTrients.com and her new cookbook, Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the WorldRecipes to Boost Immunity, Improve Skin, Promote Longevity, Lower Inflammation and Detoxify

In her third cookbook, Grace O delivers all the hallmarks of her two previous award-winning cookbooks, and more. In addition to 250 easy-to-make recipes using everyday favorites, exotic ingredients, and superfoods from around the world, Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World includes healthy resources, guides, and tips for improving your lifespan and health-span.

The book also features invaluable guides to:

  • Herbs and Spices from Around the Globe
  • Top 50 Foods for Longevity
  • Alternative Flours and Grains
  • The Healthiest Cooking Oils
  • Better-for-You Sweeteners
  • The Best Anti-Aging Teas
  • The ”New” Ancient Grains

And of course, her signature FoodTrients chart that tracks the health benefits of each recipe.

Grace O’s global approach to her age-fighting recipes ramps up the flavor profiles of each dish to entice food lovers everywhere. She takes classic recipes and gives them international twists with a few simple steps, creating very interesting meals. For example, people will love her global take on chicken soup with recipes developed with Asian, French, Greek, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Latin, and Indian variations.

She does the same thing with basic sauces, pestos, main dishes, pastas, bowls, drinks, and more. Her recipes use superfoods and spice profiles from all over the world, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Polynesia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, India, Mexico, and the U.S.

If you want to know the top foods for aging better or the difference between prebiotics and probiotics; which cooking oils are best to use; which salts are healthier; the perfect teas to help you calm down, energize, or fight the flu. . .this is the cookbook for you.

All proceeds from this new book will be donated to the Grace O Foundation, which supports educating the public about nutrition, working with other food-based non-profits, and participating in research that explores food and the diseases of aging.

 

Preorder now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Grace Ouano Awarded Knighthood by Pope Francis

First Filipino-American Named Dame for Her Generosity and Service to the Catholic Church

Read the full article in The Asian Journal

Alhambra, CA, August 4, 2022 – On August 4th Grace Mercado Ouano became the first Filipino-American to receive the Order of St. Gregory the Great from the Catholic Church. Monsignor Lawrence J. Spiteri, on behalf of Pope Francis, bestowed the knighthood at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Alhambra, California.

The Order is awarded to Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Roman Catholic Church, through their unusual labors, their support of the Holy See, and their excellent examples set forth in their communities and their countries. Dame Grace Mercado Ouano shares this honor with such great luminaries as G.K. Chesterton, Bob and Dolores Hope, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

The beautiful ceremony took place during a full mass with the Philippine Chamber Singers of Los Angeles and six musicians, including a pipe organist. For the investiture, Monsignor Spiteri changed into his red and white vestments to fulfill his role as the Supreme Justice of the Roman Rota. He pinned the medals onto Dame Grace’s emerald green cape, custom-designed, along with her black dress, by David Tupaz Couture for the occasion. David Tupaz was named International Designer of the Year by Metropolitan Fashion Week in 2015.   

Grace acknowledged Msgr. Spiteri’s spiritual guidance as her big brother in her acceptance speech. She also said, “A sincere thank you to my family and friends. I am deeply touched that you are here on one of the most important days of my life. I will always remember this day and that you were all here to celebrate with me.” 

Special guests included Los Angeles’ Philippine Consul General Edgar Badajos, La Cañada Flintridge’s Mayor Sonny Santa, and Bellflower’s Mayor Michael Davitt, who were there to support and congratulate Grace. The crowd of nearly 300 family members, friends, colleagues, dignitaries, priests, and nuns filed out of the church into the lovely California sunset, on their way to a celebratory dinner at Capital Seafood in Arcadia where Dame Grace continued her long tradition of generosity.