Fishman, a contributor to Cooking Light magazine and coauthor of Cook Yourself Thin, advocates taking control of your health by learning to cook delicious food that also happens to be low in calories. Among her "10 commandments for your best body" are "never go hungry," "snack between meals," "fill half your plate with vegetables," "have breakfast and make it at least 250 calories," and "Enjoy what you eat. If you don't like it, don't put it in your mouth." The emphasis is certainly on eating, not dieting, though each recipe lists serving size and nutritional information. Breakfast options include crepes with sautéed apples and bread pudding with peaches and blueberries; there's a flourless chocolate cake, berry cobbler, and profiteroles for dessert. In between, there are your run-of-the-mill salads and soups (spinach, Caesar, beet; potato-leek, black bean, carrot-ginger); snacks (deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, hummus); pastas; vegetables; sides; and mains (quick chicken mole, shrimp scampi, classic roast beef, seared duck breast, pulled pork). While nothing is particularly groundbreaking, Fishman gets points for her emphasis on enjoying food and eating more in smaller portions, and her "skinny tips" accompanying most recipes are insightful. This is a good book for beginning cooks who want relatively healthy versions of classic dishes. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, March 2011)
From the Inside Flap
Forget starving yourself. Forget grapefruit diets,no-carb diets, and cabbage soup diets. A healthy body needs real food, and none of those fad diets work for very long anyway. Instead, what if you could stay trim without giving up the foods you love? What if you could lose weight and get in shape in your own kitchen while you eat delicious, real food?
In You Can Trust a Skinny Cook, Allison Fishman, a healthy cooking authority, shows you just how easy it is to stay slim and healthy without giving up the good things in life.
This is a cookbook about being healthy, happy, and looking your bestall while being able to eat the foods you love. It starts with preparing your own meals. Cooking for yourself is more than just a healthier and cheaper option than eating out; it's also a great way to stay active as you lift, stretch, reach, and move. You can fill your kitchen with flavorful, nutritious food, and when dinner's ready, you've already earned it.
Why give up what you love? You Can Trust a Skinny Cook shows you how to have fun and stay active,live life to the fullest, and eat all the foods you really love without guilt or fear. These recipes have nothing in common with tasteless rice cakes or watery cabbage soups. You'll find main dishes to die for like Sage-Roasted Turkey with Apples and Onions, sides that truly satisfy like Roasted Baby Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic, tasty breakfast treats like Banana- Blueberry Bread, and decadently delicious desserts like Flourless Chocolate Cake.
With "Kitchen Tips" that trim down your cooking time and "Skinny Tips" that cut out the calories without cutting out the flavor, You Can Trust a Skinny Cook makes eating healthy both simple and simply delicious. Living a full and happy life means being able to eat the foods you truly love, and there's no reason you can't do that and look your best. You can't deprive yourself and expect to be happyso don't! Get cooking and get healthy at the same time with Allison Fishman.