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Yummy recipes, beautiful photos - another winner from Cooking Light's Way To... series,
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This review is from: Cooking Light Way to Bake: The Complete Visual Guide to Healthy Baking (Hardcover)
I have been a fan of the Cooking Light magazine for over 10 years. I pre-ordered this book as soon as I heard about it. I have both prior books - Cooking Light Way to Cook Vegetarian & Cooking Light Way to Cook, which I use weekly. I do a lot of cooking/baking for my family and I especially love cookbooks which focus on healthier ingredients and less fat. Here's what I love about it:
1. Photos - This book is filled with photos. I love that - food is so visual. Most recipes have a photo of the finished dish plus special "Kitchen How-To" photos which demonstrate techniques such as the step-by-step process of making monkey bread muffins.
2. Ease of Recipe - The recipes in this book are easy to make. The instructions are clear and the steps are straightforward. Most recipes have only 3-5 steps; these are not fussy or time-consuming baked goods to make. The addition of the step-by-step technique photos for most recipes makes cooking fun and stress-free. No need to guess whether you are shaping and filling your chocolate-hazelnut thumbprint cookies properly, just follow the photos!
3. Nutritional Information - Maybe not important to everyone, but I look for this. Each recipe contains detailed nutritional information such as calories, total fat, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, cholesterol, iron, sodium and calcium.
4. Food that Tastes Great - Of course the recipes have to work and these deliver. The recipes I've tried produce wonderful, moist baked goods. This book has a great variety to choose from - muffins & quick breads, biscuits & scones, waffles & pancakes, cookies & biscotti, bars & squares, cakes & cupcakes, pies & other pastries, souffles, and yeast breads.
A couple of areas to improve:
- I'd prefer if the binding wasn't hardcover but was spiral bound or a binder (like The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook - another favorite) so it would lie open on my counter.
- I'd also like to see more recipes that include some whole wheat flour.
A heads-up to any avid Cooking Light recipe collectors - if you have been a dedicated collector of recipes from the Cooking Light magazine over the years, as I have, then you may recognize a few favorites.
Bottom-line: I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in healthier lower-fat baked goods. Definitely try the recipes for: Butterscotch Blondies, Sticky Date and Coconut Cake, Anise Tea Crescents, Coconut cupcakes with Lime Buttercream Frosting and Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies!