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12 Best Foods Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes Featuring The 12 Healthiest Foods Paperback – Bargain Price, January 27, 2005
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About the Author
DANA JACOBI is the author of three previous cookbooks, including Amazing Soy (winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award). She has written for Cooking Light, Eating Well, and Natural Health, and her syndicated column "Something Different" appears in over 750 newspapers. She lives in New York City.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Both under her name and for Williams-Sonoma, Dana is known for sharing abundant information along with easy recipes. Twice nominated for a James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award, she also writes Something Different, a digital column for the American Institute for Cancer Research, teaches, and her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and Prevention magazines.
Dana lives in New York City, where she shops the Greenmarket, knits passionately, and plays mah jongg. To see more recipes, visit www.danajacobi.com.
Top Customer Reviews
To Jacobi's twelve (12), Pratt and Matthews present fourteen (14), but the agreement between the two lists is remarkably good. A list of the foods covered in both books follows:
Beans (Jacobi singles out black beans)
Salmon (Pratt specifies wild salmon. Jacobi has wild and farm-raised with a caution against the skin)
Soy (in all its gloriously different forms)
In Pratt and Matthews, but not in Jacobi:
In Jacobi, but not in Pratt and Matthews:
I suspect you could pair off the sweet potatoes with the pumpkin as sources of the `orange' nutrients. As fresh sweet potatoes are available the year around, I'll go for them instead of pumpkin, not to mention the fact that you can do with sweet potatoes virtually everything you can do with pumpkin, from soup to pies and back again. Tea and chocolate are also something of a pairing, as both are sources of caffeine and other nifty natural chemicals. If I had to pick, I would go with chocolate.Read more ›
chocolate (high in anti-oxidants, luck us!)
But this book includes more than just recipes. There is a thorough introduction to each of the 12 ingredients - what makes it special, as well as how to buy, store, and use it. There are educational food facts scattered throughout the book, as well as side bars with recipe variations or cooking tips. And there are 44 mouthwatering photos that are sure to make you want to run to the kitchen. For times when you are in a hurry, there's an icon of a clock that readily identifies recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare. There are even specific recommendations about which brand or variety of food is best for what occasion.
12 Best Foods Cookbook contains a pleasing breadth of recipes, from the familiar to the exotic, and from appetizers and side dishes to drinks and dessert. The ingredients are easy to find and the instructions simple to follow. However, the recipes get a bit homogenous in two sections of the book: 9 of the 12 recipes in the "Fish" section use salmon, and 11 of the 13 "Breakfast" recipes use oatmeal.Read more ›
Recipes have thus far proven to be simple and tasty. Occasionally a "different" ingredient is called for, which is hard to find in my medium sized town. In fact, I even looked in a large city for tamarind paste, and was unable to locate it. No matter; in other cookbooks, I am instructed to substitute lemon juice for tamarind paste, and that's what I've done here. None of the main ingredients are hard to find, and in my opinion, a single tablespoon of one odd ingredient is not going to make or break a recipe. Certainly it could alter the final flavor, but I will not pass over a recipe just because I do not have a small amount of one minor ingredient.
There are some recipes which are found in various places (such as Huevos Rancheros), but with the author's own twist on them, still making them worth a try. Others, such as the Sweet Potato Salad, are new to me.
The 12 foods are primarily things that my family eats fairly regularly, and I am enjoying new ideas for preparing and/or incorporating them.
If your family refuses to eat fruits or veggies, this may not be the book for you. I am fortunate that my son (4)... as well as my husband... will eat most anything... at the very least, they will try it once. However, if you (and/or your family) are willing to experiment with fairly common ingredients, you may find some new favorites, as well as an overall healthier diet!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this cookbook - it reads like a novel with many interesting facts about the 12 best foods. The recipes are all easy to make and the book is full of great cooking tips.Published on August 5, 2012 by bonny
12 Best Foods Cookbook is informative. Dana Jacobi easily explains why these healthy ingredients are in fact good for you. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by M. Anderson
This cookbook by Dana Jacobi is excellent in that it gives detailed information that is concisely written on each of the twelve named "best foods. Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Lynn A. Reichel
My favorite cookbook now! I love the 12 foods (except for soy), I love each of the recipes I've tried, and the photos are great. I've given it as gifts, I'm so impressed with it.Published on May 25, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I haven't made many recipes in this book except for a few of the salads and accompanying dressing recipes. However, everything I made tasted amazing. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Asia N. Thompson
I have a lot of health type cookbooks and this is one I am glad I bought, but it isn't really anything amazing. Because of that I have only ended up using it a few times.Published on May 7, 2008 by Searching for breath
Simple recipies for incorporating these healthy foods in your diet. I found the ingredients readily available and the results were very appetizing.Published on July 26, 2007 by JayRo
I like this compact book for giving as a gift. The fact that it includes chocolate in the 12 best foods makes it suited to all my friends! Read morePublished on April 11, 2007 by Sarah
I love reading this as well as cooking all the tasty recipes. So far everything I have cooked has been really good. Read morePublished on December 19, 2006 by Leann