From Publishers Weekly
Frankel (Naturally Thin
), star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City
, presents a healthful, no-nonsense approach to eating and cooking. Comparing food to a wardrobe, she advises readers to know what classics to have on hand. Then, she adds, accessorize with items like pine nuts or sun-dried tomatoes. Frankel's book is divided in three parts: the first (The Skinny) explains her methods and philosophy; the second includes recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; and the third part offers tips for holidays and special occasions. Frankel teaches how to think like a chef, urging readers to use the ingredients they have in their own kitchens. In fact, the 60 recipes presented become more than 1,000 with the substitution charts Frankel provides. For instance, when roasting chicken, the author suggests opting for turnip or parsnip instead of carrot; when mixing up tuna salad, sprinkle with capers; or adding pesto or horseradish to mayo for personality. Frankel describes her recipes as instructional and conversational rather than authoritarian, and encourages experimentation. She also helps readers organize and streamline their kitchens, and allows such shortcuts as boxed stock or prepared piecrusts. This fun, engaging, and easy-to-follow guide will be welcomed enthusiastically by Frankel's fans. (Jan.)
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About the Author
Bethenny Frankel is the four-time bestselling author of Skinnydipping
, A Place of Yes
, Naturally Thin
, and The Skinnygirl Dish
. She is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, fitness, and health and focuses on practical solutions for women. She has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes
magazine and is regularly featured in both Health
magazine and Glamour
. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York with her daughter, Bryn, and dog, Cookie. Visit her at Bethenny.com.Eve Adamson
is a New York Times
bestselling author and freelance writer who lives, works, parents, cooks, practices yoga, and obsesses about food in Iowa City. Find out more at www.eveadamson.com.