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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HP Trade (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557884234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557884237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Pirello (Cooking the Whole Foods Way) offers this happy, almostsingsong primer for those who are intrigued by-but still unfamiliarwith-a whole foods diet. An in-depth introductory section, withinformation on everything from the dangers of dairy to the basics ofbeans and tips for getting started in an all-around healthy lifestyle,can help readers understand what they're getting into. Recipes arefairly simple, comforting and sensual-Caramelized Shallot and RoastedPepper Linguine, Sautéed Cucumbers with Peaches and Blood Orange Tartwith Caramel Sauce are examples of the tempting entrieswithin. Amusing "Did you Know?" sidebars with quick tidbits about thebenefits of whole foods and herbs such as basil are good reminders ofwhy someone might want to eat whole foods, and the recipes in thisbook make that seem like an enjoyable goal to attain.
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About the Author

In 1983, Christina Pirello was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. With little prospect of help from conventional therapies, she turned to a nutritional program using a whole foods approach. Now, after more than 15 years cancer-free, Christina Pirello is the Emmy award-winning host of Christina Cooks! on National Public Television, teaching whole foods cooking classes and lecturing nationwide. Christina is the author of Cooking the Whole Foods Way, Christina Cooks, and, most recently, This Crazy Vegan Life. She and her husband publish a natural foods magazine, Macrochef.

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Christina Pirello is the Emmy Award-winning host of the national public television cooking show Christina Cooks!. She teaches whole foods cooking classes and lectures nationwide. Christina lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

The recipes are easy and tasty.
MDB
I have been watching Christina Cooks on PBS and love seeing some of those wonderful recipes in print.
Helene J. Allred
I liked it so much I gave this book to several of my friends for the holidays.
G. Rogalla

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bad Babs on April 26, 2006
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I kind of had my doubts about this book. My boyfriend and I have occasionally stopped by her show on PBS to mock her husband's guitar playing. Next time we might restrain ourselves - all the recipes we've tried from this book have been wonderful!

Last night I made the Tofu and Hiziki Croquettes and they were so delicious I was inspired to write a review. They were so delicious!

The recipes are not necessarily low fat - e.g. she recommends deep frying the croquettes (I pan fried them instead) - and some of her recipes are quite sweet - lots of mirin and brown rice syrup in some savory dishes. Nonetheless, her style of cooking is very appealing and imaginative. I like the asian influences as well.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. Mastroianni on October 11, 2005
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Christina is so great at what she does when it comes to cooking with whole foods. Her recipes in this book are easy and you can find the ingredients in any Whole Foods market. She really explains why it's so important to eat the right foods and why organic cooking is so much healthier. This book is wonderful.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2004
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Christina Cooks: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Whole Foods But Were Afraid To Ask is combines extensive information, tips, and advice about preparing whole foods with mouth-watering recipes. Written by Christina Pirello (the Emmy award-winning host of the "Christina Cooks!" show), Christina Cooks includes tips for avoiding or making healthy substitutes for dairy foods, encouraging children to eat healthy, incorporate vegetarian alternatives, create delicious non-sugary desserts, and much more. Recipes range from Jasmine Rice with Scallions and Lemon to Cinnamon Baked Apples, Wakame with Scrambled Tofu, Spicy White Bean-Tomato Pate and much more. Christina Cooks is a very welcome addition to the cookery reference shelves for kitchen chefs of all skill and experience levels who are learning to embrace the nutrition and health benefits of whole food cuisine.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Rogalla on January 29, 2007
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This is the best cookbook yet by Christina. Every single recipe I have tried thus far has been outstanding. I liked it so much I gave this book to several of my friends for the holidays. It is an excellent cookbook for persons just transitioning into macrobiotic cuisine, who are in good health as it is a very wide diet. Recipes are balanced and most of all delicious. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janet Freedman on July 13, 2008
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I've tried about a dozen of Christina's recipes and they've all turned out well. I always ask my husband (picky) to rate a new dish from 1-5 stars and so far he's given 4 or 5 stars to every dish we've tried. The only drawback to the recipes is that many call for a substantial number of ingredients or things I don't regularly have on hand, so I have to plan ahead if I'm preparing one of Christina's dishes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MDB on September 6, 2005
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Excellent! This has become my "go to" cookbook. The recipes are easy and tasty. Christina makes healthy eating a pleasure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DVB on February 27, 2007
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This is an excellent resource for everyone who would like to upgrade to healthier cooking without the use of sugar and animal products including dairy. The book provides an intro that explains benefits of whole foods/vegan diet and is full of delicious recipes that would excite even sugar junkies or long-standing carnivores. Some of the ingredients may be unknown to mainstream American audience, but are generally easy to come by given proliferation of health food markets such as Whole Foods or Wild Oats. The book is also a great resource for those interested in macrobiotics. Followers of macrobiotic diet tend to have a rather restricted diet due to lack of imagination or too narrow interpretation of traditional macrobiotic teachings. This book will help them to get out that rut into a more exciting and flavorful realm.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Antony Witheyman on January 9, 2006
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Ideal for anyone who wishes to obtain information on whole foods without arousing suspicion.
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