The Best Life Diet Cookbook, by Bob Greene, is geared toward the cooking shy/inexperienced. Greene seems to think that many Americans are not cooking these days, so he is careful to present a book in which most of the recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less and are technically easy to make.
He understands that many Americans are too busy to cook--or simply don't make cooking a priority. In the introduction he writes: "You can reclaim the experience of eating as a celebration by sitting down to enjoy these high quality, delicious dishes without over doing it."
The book is comprised of recipes plus numerous two-week meal plans.
I love to cook and do so frequently, mixing new with my favorites. I always cook healthy (although not necessarily low-calorie) and have tried several of Greene's recipes. So far, all have been very good.
* Most unusual for a salad was the lamb salad with cucumber and yogurt. Quiet delicious.
* The chicken breasts with pumpkin seeds was also very good. Pumpkin seeds are tasty and very healthy.
* Roasted root vegetables is a variation on what I often make and this recipe was very good, including unusual root veggies like rutabagas.
* YUM on the raw garlicky kale. I love kale and am always looking for new recipes to make with this super healthy and delicious veggie.
I enjoyed the recipes and bios from the world-class chefs, although I will admit that some are too time-consuming for me to consider making. Some of the recipes were simply show-offy chefy stuff; other, quite doable.
If you are searching for healthy and tasty recipes, The Best Life Diet Cookbook will do the trick.
By the author of HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET.
on March 7, 2009
As other reviewers have mentioned, many of these recipes contain ingredients that are costly and fit a more exotic palate. His book, The Best Life Diet, contains many more "family-friendly" recipes and snack ideas. In my opinion, that book is a much better resource for planning and preparing meals to fit Bob's Best Life Diet plan.
Bob Greene begins this book by noting that (Acknowledgements page): "I wanted this cookbook to be something special. . . . [T]he collection of recipes that you're about to experience employs innovative techniques and unique combinations of ingredients to create meals that are respectful of calories, nutritionally rich, and delicious." In the Introduction (Page 1) he contends that "Eating is meant to be one of life's great pleasures." Hence, a cook book that claims that it has delicious meals that are also healthy and good for you. How well does it do at in meeting that high standard?
I think this volume actually does pretty well. Here's, for example, a simple side dish--easy to make and still tasty. Marinated mushrooms (Page 189). Ingredients? Pretty easy. Button mushrooms, some lemon juice, chives, olive oil, and a wee bit of salt. What could be easier? Just toss the mushrooms with ingredients and enjoy. Simple--but yet tasty.
The soups section has a number of straightforward recipes. Chicken noodle soup is a mainstay in many people's diets. Here, we see a pretty doable recipe that promises to taste good (Page 54). Chicken broth, chicken breast, carrots, celery, parsley, rosemary (always good in a recipe), thyme, spaghetti (whole grain). This looks like a good, simple, healthy recipe to me.
With respect to entrees, I have tried to move away from beef toward fowl and fish. In the category of entrees, Greene provides a recipe for Chicken with spring onions and mashed spring vegetables that looks outstanding. Another entree is vegetarian--Angel hair pasta with walnuts and peas. Looks simple to make and healthy to eat! And here's another one that is quite tasty indeed--Chicken poached in white wine with tomatoes. Simple ingredients and a yummy outcome. . . .
Other featues: healthy desserts, some recipes from "world-class chefs," meal plans, basic recipes (e.g., chicken and vegetable stock, vinaigrette), and techniques (such as how to slice beef, blanch fruits and veggies, and so on).
I wish that the pictures of the dishes were in color (while there are a few color plates, most photos are not), but that is hardly a major issue. Overall, this is a really solid cookbook, with pretty healthy recipes. A useful addition to my kitchen library. . . .
The author deals forthrightly with strategies
to increase metabolism. In addition, meals
should be well-spaced with smaller portions.
Dieters should have plenty of water, low-fat
milk, fiber and Omega 3 fish oil.
A strength of the book is that the author
supplies a plethora of delicious meals
which are tailored to a dieter's needs.
The book is well worth the price of admission
for the totality of the advice presented and
the practicality of implementation. I've
utilized some of these strategies myself to
achieve significant weight loss.
on March 8, 2009
The "Best Life Diet Cookbook", by Bob Green has been refreshing to work with, in that each night for the past three weeks I've selected a recipe and tried it out. I had for so long relied on the usual at dinner; chicken or fish with a salad. I had no desire to enter the kitchen! Now I look forward to seeing how the recipe turns out, and my palate has completely changed.
I should note that over the past two months I have been looking for a healthier way of eating, and after reading "The China Study" and the work of Drs. McDougall, Joel Furhman, Dean Ornish and others I was leaning toward vegetarianism, which has quickly turned into a vegan diet. Luckily Bob's book contains a chapter for vegetarians. I found myself restocking my cupboards with beans, peas, lentils, kale, collard greens, many nuts, and so on, things I had no idea how to use. Green's book made the challenge exciting and a pleasure.
I have cooked all the vegetarian recipes and have enjoyed every one. My husband is easy going when it comes to food, so he experimented with me and heartily enjoyed our dinner time experience ( I do think he orders a healthy meat/chicken selection at lunch!).
I can only plea with Bob Green to create more entrees for vegetarians which are as tasteful and satisfying as those in his book! I will be eagerly looking forward to more creative fun in the kitchen!
What I was most grateful for was the nutritional analysis of each meal. I am trying to loose weight and also have osteoporosis, so it was very important to know the nutritional analysis of each meal, e.g., calcium, fiber, calorie.