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Love Ellie Krieger, but this book was disappointing
on November 16, 2011
I've watched Ellie Krieger's show in the past, and purchased a previous book of recipes she created. I absolutely loved that book because the recipes were simple, tasty and light on calories. So, when I was offered to review this book, I jumped at the chance. I flipped through the book noting several recipes that I wanted to road test in the kitchen, and headed to the store to shop.
But...after trying the recipes, it was a mess. The potato and zucchini cakes recipe had errors in it. The recipe calls for a person to sautee onion in oil, but never tells you what to do with the cooked onion in the final product. I had an evaluation copy, and am not sure that this error was caught before it went to final publication. But, the taste of the end product -- (and I love zucchini and potato) -- was dry and tasteless. I'm not sure even the addition of the sauteed onion would help. There was also no pictures to indicate what the final product was.
Also, the skillet mac and cheese...um...a big no.
Another problem I had with these recipes is that, in some cases, the calorie savings wasn't that big. For example, a few recipes only had 10 or 15 calories knocked off the final total. I know some will say,"Well, every calorie counts." But, why compromise flavor for ten measly calories. I wasn't impressed.
There weren't many pictures, and with the few that were included in the book -- some of them, even a food stylist couldn't save by making them seem appetizing. Harsh, I know, but true.
I love Ellie's previous books, which are big on flavor and low in calories. I just was disappointed with "Comfort Food Fix".