EAT TO DEFEAT MENOPAUSE:The Essential Nutrition Guide for a Healthy Midlife -- With More Than 130 Recipes, by Karen Giblin and Mache Seibel, M.D. Da Capo/Life Long, 237 pp., $19.

Menopause (not the musical) can be a stressful time in a woman's life. But Giblin, founder of Red Hot Mamas, a menopause education program, and Seibel, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Massachusetts Medical School, write that it doesn't have to be.

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Adjusting your diet can help with some common menopausal complaints. Hot flashes? Try soy and garlic. Insomnia? Turkey (yawn, that tryptophan) on whole-grain bread might induce a snooze. Mood swings? Add omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B. Low libido? Be indulgent with avocados and chocolate.

THE SCOOP Giblin comes from an Italian family and Seibel, a Jewish one. They bring healthy versions of their ethnic cuisines to the table (as well as asking chefs to provide some more).

THE BOTTOM LINE Make Pasta e Fagioli or Mock Chopped Liver (with chickpeas and walnuts), and you won't sweat the small stuff here.