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Best of all the spa cookbooks!
on May 1, 2009
I have purchased 2 other Canyon Ranch cookbooks which I have rarely used, since the recipes and ingredients didn't seem to suit my everyday meals. Neither were they exciting enough for entertaining. They were lacking, too, in not providing caloric information for the recipes.
As I read "Nourish.." tonight, I found myself pleasantly educated as to cooking techniques and equipment. I could immediately see how the expertise of the CIA-trained author could generalize to enhance the taste as well as nutritional quality of food akin to what I prepare every day. For example, he suggests that some cream cheese be used for butter in a biscuit recipe. I can't wait to try this and to experiment as to whether I can thus convert other baking recipes.
Amazingly, "comfort" foods are not excluded from the repertoire. For example, there is a great recipe for macaroni and one for baked ziti! Both are amazingly low in calories.
A few of the ingredients require a trip to a specialty store, but I think that there are work-arounds.
I was especially impressed by the chapters on vegetarian meals and various beverages.
There is even advice on making fruit jams so that it's possible to take advantage of the abundance of summer fruits. I am really looking forward to trying these.
While this is the most pricey of the Canyon Ranch Cookbooks, it is also the weightiest and provides the most extensive illustrations. I think that it is a good investment. The recipes have "staying" power. Also, the cooking wisdom contained represents an important aspect of the spa experience.