The book is based on the show and I guess Ellie says it best on the book jacket… “..delicious food that will make you feel great”. Too often I eat things that are extremely tasty, but then I feel guilty….and you know exactly what I’m talking about- don’t give me that shocked look! Or I look through some of my older cookbooks and am surprised at the way I used to cook, opting for healthier choices today.
That said, I’m not a dietician and lots of today’s lingo is beyond me. I know that antioxidants and probiotics are good for me (just not sure why)…and that different foods contain different nutrients that are important…that trans fat is bad, and there are good and bad carbs…but what does that actually mean? I don’t always know and so it’s great to have a book that actually explains things – there’s even a nutrition chart with daily values and functions…like…”vitamin D – 400 IU - that helps form & maintain healthy bones and teeth and may play a role in cancer prevention”.
I often get asked about the kind of staples new cooks (and some older cook-out-of-necessity cooks, too) should have on hand and Ellie has a great section on what she calls “The New Way Pantry” that’s organized by oils & vinegar; condiments & other flavor boosters; on the shelf; sweeteners; nuts, seeds & dried fruits; bread, flour & grains; and “in the freezer”…and it’s not overwhelming as many sources are.
But on to why most people buy cookbooks…the recipes! And I promise to share a couple with you, but first a word or two about the recipe presentation…besides the stunning photos…every recipe has a section on the right hand side which, at first glance, provides all the dietary info you could imagine…the typical - like calories, fat content, carbs, fibre, cholesterol & sodium, as well as, the fantastic – that the dish is an excellent source of daily nutrients, like copper, iron, fiber, protein, etc. The directions are clear and…most important, at least for me…quick and easy to follow.
I have tons of bits of paper marking the many dishes I’ll be making - like Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs & Cheese; Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups; Curried Butternut Squash Soup; Beef & Mushroom Barley Soup (that sounds even better than my mom’s version); Sweet & Sour Brisket; Lemon Garlic Marinated Lamb Chops; Crab Cakes with Smarter Tarter Sauce; Triple Chocolate Cookies (and that’s just the tip of my iceberg).
I know…I know…you want some examples. Here are a couple that I whipped up recently and they are very tasty!
If you’re looking for delicious guidance to healthy eating…this book is it.