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Finally, Comfort Foods.
on December 14, 2012
I've been reading these guys since the first ETNT book came out five
years ago. In total I have 5 of their books, including the first Cook
This, Not That and Grill This, Not That and I can say that this is my
favorite book of the series. It's surprising that it took them this
long to publish a book dedicated to comfort food, considering that
seems to be at the heart of the food they analyze nutritionally in the
other books. I'm glad they've finally come to their senses.
I can talk to you about the clever features at the beginning of each
chapter, the complete shopping guide, or the shocking lists of worst
restaurant food, but it's a cookbook, and the proof is on the plate.
I've cooked four recipes: the fried chicken (easily the best "oven"
fried chicken I've eaten, and up there with the best period), macaroni
and cheese (creamy, cheesy goodness for under 500 calories...worth it
for this recipe alone), the cioppino (a dish I had never eaten before,
but will now be a comfort staple of mine), and the French toast--which
is the only recipe that I didn't fall in love with, but my kids and my
husband seemed to enjoy it.
Their cookbooks work because they strike the right balance of culinary
and nutritional information. You learn how to cut calories from a meal
by making a smart supermarket purchase or using a simple technique,
but never at the expenses of the flavor of the dish. Unlike a lot of
other healthy cookbooks I've used, there are no cheap tricks here: no
applesauce for butter, no fat-free heavy cream, nothing like that. The
recipe style reminds me a lot of Mark Bittmans recipes, simple enough
for the inexperienced cook but sophisticated enough for those who know
their way around the kitchen. All in all, an excellent purchase.