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"Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show "Healthy Appetite," provides healthful, crave-busting recipes in her recently released The Food You Crave. Designed to combat cravings, each recipe provides sources of essential nutrients. We tried several that were both good and good for you." -- Joanie Fuson, IndyStar.com

About the Author

Ellie is the host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite and she has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of programs including Today, CNN, and CBS's Saturday Early Show. Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications, and her extensive work in the media has earned her a loyal following and national recognition as a trusted health professional. Ellie is a regular contributor to People's Your Diet and Parenting magazines, was the nutrition columnist for Rodale's Fitness Swimmer, and has written articles for Women's Day, Baby Talk, American Baby and Running News magazines. Ellie is an adjunct professor in the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health. She regularly speaks at events around the country. Ellie was also a Wilhelmina model for more than ten years. She received her bachelor's degree, with honors and distinction, in clinical nutrition from Cornell University and her master's in nutrition education from Columbia University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600850219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well known as the host of Food Network's hit show "Healthy Appetite," Ellie Krieger is a nutritionist who helps people find the sweet spot where "healthy" and "delicious" meet.
She is a James Beard Foundation and IACP award winning, and New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and a weekly columnist for The Washington Post. She has also been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazine and USA Today. Ellie speaks regularly at event around the country, appears on national television shows, such as Today, Good Morning America, and Dr. Oz, and has been featured in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, People, Self, and More, to name a few.

Ellie is a born food lover and registered dietitian nutritionist who earned her bachelors of science in clinical nutrition from Cornell and her master's in nutrition education from Teacher's College Columbia University. Her latest book is "You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals" (Jan 2016). When she is not cooking, at a farmer's market or enjoying a family meal with her daughter Bella and husband Thom, she is probably out biking, kayaking, doing yoga or taking in a Broadway show.

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Ellie Krieger is different from the exercise fanatics and diet gurus out there in that she doesn't promise you'll lose 10 pounds or two inches off your waist if you adhere to a strict regimen over the course of a week. Instead, she provides all the tools you'll need to develop a healthy attitude toward eating that doesn't sacrifice flavor or require intensive labor. The crux of her approach is common-sensical: fresh ingredients, lots of whole grains, reasonable portions. But while the idea seems easy enough, Ellie makes it even simpler by outlining what ingredients to keep in stock (for a quick meal anytime) and what small but oh-so-important finishing touches change a dish from bland into brilliant. So far, I've made about a dozen of the recipes in this book (including 4 alone for one meal), and all have been met with rave reviews from the appreciative attendees. I recommend a meal consisting of the Oven-Fried Chicken, Garlic Fries, Zucchini Parmesan Crisps, and finishing off with the Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries. Let your oven do all the work, and stop worrying about your waistline!

I am a fan of Ellie's television show and completely agree with her food philosophy. If we all learn to love the way food tastes, instead of over-processing and masking it in fats and chemicals, then we can once again relish our meals instead of feeling guilty about them. Ellie will show you how in this book full of great recipes. Not only does she transform comfort foods like mashed potatoes and meatloaf into her better-for-you versions, but she also provides recipes inspired by a variety of cuisines ranging from Asian, Greek, and Middle-Eastern and covering every meal, including side dishes and desserts.

Don't expect a strict plan or any guaranteed weight loss.
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For reasons unknown to me, I can't stand watching the Food Network. Although I've cooked all my life and my friends insist that I should like it, it just grates on my nerves.

So, it would be natural to understand that I did not know who Ellie Krieger was when I saw her have a food segment on my local noon-day news. I always stop what I'm doing during this daily 5 minute soundbite because it usually features recipes of interest to me. However, this time it was different. From the moment they said the title of the book, THE FOODS YOU CRAVE, and then the display of 3 dishes that Ellie had pre-made, I was SOLD!!! I came to amazon (where I buy all my books), read some reviews and ordered it that day. Two days later, it arrived.

Now, some back story: I've cooked my entire life and was raised on a dairy farm where calories were not even known. Fresh milk, cream, eggs, beef, pork and produce came from our land. I learned to cook at my grandma's knees but the dishes I learned were for people working outside 10 hours a day. In the course of my 55 years, I kept packing on the pounds and packing on the pounds until a year ago, I weighed 280 pounds...on a 5'5" frame! Blessed with no health issues, I still realized that enough was enough and before I got diabetes or high blood pressure, I needed to lose weight. I joined a gym, hired a personal trainer to teach me to exercise safely, followed the Campbell's Soup "Soup for Life" diet change plan (available on their website) and 1 year later, I've lost 100 pounds and kept it off! I went from a size 2X to a size 14!!!

Now, that said, because of my former eating habits and love of cooking, I had amassed over 500+ cookbooks that consume an entire 20' wall in my kitchen.
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Despite Ellie Krieger's down-to-earth personality and sensibility when it comes to having a healthy diet, I've always found her Food Network TV show, "Healthy Appetite," to be a little-- pardon the foodie irony here--bland. For this edition of FitLit, the Fit Bottomed Girls decided to review her cookbook, The Food You Crave, to see if it delivers more spice than the TV show.

To get a feel for the book, I made a recipe from each section of the book. I've been cooking for a number of years now and, unlike some people (cough, Erin), I really enjoy it, so although making eight recipes in about two weeks time seemed daunting, I was up to the challenge. (On occasion, I even pretended I was competing on Iron Chef and frantically sped about the kitchen pureeing and chopping feverishly. Although it's loads of fun, turns out rushing isn't the best way to cook. I almost ruined two recipes by forgetting crucial steps like, oh, turning off a burner. Oops.) Below are my notes from the recipes I tried.

Breakfast: The Southwestern Hash and Eggs (p.30) was easy to make and pretty tasty. It's not overly interesting or different, just your basic potatoes, egg, black beans and red pepper hash. However, of all the recipes I tried, this was probably the best pick for cooking for the hungry man (or men, growl) in your life.

FBG Tip: To make this recipe less time consuming, you can sub a can of diced tomatoes for the fresh tomatoes.

Nibbles & Noshes: The Herbed Goat Cheese Dip (p.66) took me five minutes to make. It's tasty, has few ingredients and pairs wonderfully with fresh veggies or baked pita chips.

FBG Tip: Many grocery stores don't have a great selection of fresh herbs, so if you can't find fresh parsley, mint and/or thyme, substitute 1/4 tsp. dried.
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