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Raising The Bar On Healthy Eating

Just because you can make something quick, doesn’t mean it’s not healthy.

BUY IT! - Healthy in a Hurry: Simple, Wholesome Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Healthy is a trend that’s not going away anytime soon. And, that’s a good thing. We could all use a few healthy alternatives in our lives. Let’s face it, pork belly is awesome, but, a steady diet will probably lead to some not so pleasant results.

Because healthy is so popular there are virtually a truckload of cookbooks that have been written in this culinary space. How to sort out the great from the so-so? That’s where I come in.

If you’ve been a semi regular reader of this site, you know that I’ve touched on a few vegetarian and vegan titles over the past several months. They’re all great cookbooks and contain some very healthy alternatives. But, I have to admit, I like healthy provided it tastes like it’s not.

When it comes to healthy eating it can be tough to strike the correct balance. One part of us whispers, “Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho”. While the other part screams, “Patty Melt”. Weldon Owen is out with a book that can take care of the former, while pacifying our craving for the latter.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Healthy in a Hurry strives for delicious, healthy and accessible food that won’t take you four hours to make. We’re all busy. And, we all like to eat great meals. So, this is a perfect combination.

It’s arranged by meal type and could not be easier to cook from. It carries the Williams-Sonoma nameplate, so, you know that these recipes have been tested time and time again. They’re known for putting great dishes into print. That’s a big plus when buying a cookbook today. You can feel confident that if you take the time to make these recipes they will work. Even in your kitchen.

Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira have teamed up on the recipes, while Maren Caruso contributes some beautiful and mouthwatering photographs. If you already maintain a watchful eye on your diet, this book will give some new options. It’s also a superb starting point for any busy family looking to upgrade their less than healthy menu.

AFTERWARD: I’m pretty certain that you won’t be fooled into thinking that the Pork Medallions with Romesco Sauce is a braised pork shoulder. But, your bathroom scale and your Cardiologist aren’t that easily fooled either.

Author: Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Weldon Owen
ISBN-10: 1616282134

BUY IT! - Healthy in a Hurry: Simple, Wholesome Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Can Cookbooks Really Be Hazardous To Your Health?


Just because a cookbook has recipes and images that leave you drooling, doesn’t mean it’s good for your general well being. At least that’s the message that a group of physicians are putting out.

Once again, the dieticians from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have put together a list of the years worst cookbooks. Worst is a relative term. And, worst in this case means the dishes in the book are probably super delicious, but loaded with ingredients that the health conscience world has deemed toxic. Did someone say bacon and butter?

Anyway, I’m a pretty big believer that moderation along with a dash of common sense will temper any short term bad behavior. Back in 2010, the “committee” put out their list of the worst cookbooks of the previous decade. You can check out that honor roll here.

A healthier diet is an admirable pursuit. And, it is resolution time. A lot of people will be looking for some guidance on keeping that weight loss/cholesterol lowering/healthy lifestyle promise.That doesn’t have to mean a steady diet of boneless skinless chicken breasts. But, there is always room for a little healthful improvement in all of our diets.

Links, links, links. Yes, we have them for you. Let’s get down to what you may have missed from around the web this past week. Start clicking…

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