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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850219
  • ASIN: B002IVV3BO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She had me at the macaroni and cheese. Before I received Ellie Krieger's new cookbook, I had never heard of her or Healthy Appetite, the Food Network show she hosts. But in my preliminary flip through the book I stopped at the photo of Macaroni and Four Cheeses and knew I had found a healthful-eating philosophy I could embrace. Krieger's smart, sensible approach to diet uses healthful fats, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables in recipes for beloved comfort foods. --The Baltimore Sun

Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network's show "Healthy Appetite," advances her sensible and appealing approach to nutrition in "The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life". Krieger, a registered dietitian, eschews processed foods - including the fat-free and sugar-free products that are the mainstays of many so-called healthy regimens. Her straightforward recipes emphasize fresh produce and meats, whole grains and judicious amounts of real ingredients, such as good cheese and olive oil that are full of flavor and nutrients. --Newsday (New York)

You’d think a book titled The Food You Crave would be all about meat loaf, mashed potatoes and chocolate cake. Think again. According to author Ellie Krieger, the foods we really crave are fresh, healthy, nutritious. The beauty of this cookbook is that she’s found a way to turn all those old-time comfort foods into healthy, nutritious meals — providing all the flavor and satisfaction without all the fat and guilt. Krieger does it by using loads of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as olive oil, whole-wheat flours, nonfat yogurts and the like. And the results are delicious. --The Kansas City Star

Among the rash of "healthy eating" cookbooks appearing since New Year's, one stands out: Ellie Krieger's new book, "The Food You Crave". Krieger recognizes the stress and guilt baggage associated with diets; her book emphasizes the joy of eating. Although the title may seem to be the antithesis of a healthful diet, the "craved-for-foods" fit nicely with Krieger's two-part method: prepare old favorites in a healthier way, and follow the "Usually-Sometimes-Rarely" philosophy. --El Paso Times

If you’ve planned to change the way you eat for 2008, a new book, “The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life” by Ellie Krieger is a must for your cookbook collection. Ms. Krieger’s name may be familiar to devotees of TV Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite” show. She’s a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia University. Her accomplishments aside, she’s one good cook as evidenced by the numerous recipes in her new book that sent my taste buds tingling. All recipes include nutritional information along with tips that will help make each recipe a success in your kitchen. Color photography of many of the dishes made me want to jump from my desk and into my kitchen. This book is a keeper when I’m looking for ways to please the family while keeping to my plan of improving the way I eat. --Anne Patterson Braly, Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)

Ellie Krieger has a simple philosophy about healthy eating - it shouldn't hurt. That's the message behind the Food Network star's recent cookbook, The Food You Crave - that a healthy diet can taste and look satisfying. And her recipes make her case. Krieger calls for sensible cuts and swaps, the sort of changes that are easy to live with. For example, the New York Breakfast uses full-fat whipped cream cheese, which has the same calories as the low-fat version but tastes better. The book is nicely illustrated and contains plenty of tips for giving your own recipes a healthy overhaul. --The Associated Press

For those who pledged to start the new year eating more healthful food but don’t want to forfeit flavor, has Ellie Krieger got the book for you. The host of the Food Network’s Healthy Appetite, she has written The Food You Crave and that title shows she understands. She knows that turkey burgers aren’t for everyone and a good chicken or pasta recipe is worth its weight in gold. But she has managed to use ingredients we love — pasta, sugar and even a tiny bit of red meat — strategically so you get the flavor but the overall recipe is still on the healthy side. Krieger’s book, subtitled Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life offers 200 recipes and I could print anyone on these pages without a second thought. They look good in the color photographs, have ingredient lists that sound great and calorie and fat counts that are entirely reasonable for those watching what they eat. From soups to sides to desserts, she offers a variety of dishes with an endless array of wonderful ingredients. It’s a fine place to start as having healthful food at your fingertips is important when life gets hectic. --The Providence Journal (RI)

Healthy recipes, good-looking food. Ellie Krieger has a simple philosophy about healthy eating: It shouldn't hurt. That's the message behind the Food Network star's recent cookbook, The Food You Crave. A healthy diet can taste and look satisfying, and her recipes prove it. The book is nicely illustrated and contains plenty of tips for giving your own recipes a healthy overhaul. --St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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.

More About the Author

Ellie Krieger, a born food lover and registered dietitian believes that the words "delicious" and "healthy" can (and should!) be used in the same sentence. She is the host of Food Network's popular Healthy Appetite, now on Cooking Channel, and author of the New York Times bestselling So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week and IACP and James Beard award-winning The Food You Crave. She has a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University. Ellie was an adjunct professor at New York University in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. She speaks regularly at events around the country and has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of programs, including Today, Good Morning America, CNN, The Early Show,. She is a regular columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network and Women's Health magazines and lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

Her recipes are easy to follow and very flavorful.
I have ordered Ellie's second cookbook and I'm really looking forward to trying out the recipes from that book as well.
Susan Quinlan
The nutritional information included with each recipe is extremely helpful.

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242 of 246 people found the following review helpful By NYCer on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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173 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Pie Grrrl TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2008
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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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157 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Fit Bottomed Girls on June 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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