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5.0 out of 5 stars Another home run!, November 16, 2011
This review is from: Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy (Hardcover)
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This is another beautiful cookbook by Ellie Krieger whom I like so much because her recipes actually taste good (unlike diet recipes elsewhere). This book is filled with the healthy versions of comfort food favorites including meatloaf, cornbread, (crispy) french toast, coffee cake, brownies, cinnamon bread (the whole wheat kind!), chips, dips, sauces, hearty soups and stews and my favorite chapter (9) on desserts, which is where I will spend the most time on this review.

So the problem I've had with so-called healthy recipes (from sources like Hungry Girl or Cook Yourself Thin# is you must add to the recipe your imagination as the final ingredient. By imagination, you must actually "imagine" the item tastes good and I am referring mostly to sweets where the texture or artificial sweeteners make the finished product less than palatable. Believe me, I've made ome of those recipes and found most inedible. Ellie's take on sweets is basically a reduction in the less healthy, traditional ingredients or substitutions #such as canola oil, whole wheat flour, natural sugar substitutions for the higher fat, lower nutrient foods#. There are no aftertaste issues or texture problems and you could put any dish of hers on the table and no one could differentiate between the higher fat version unless you broadcast it. Now there are some recipes in the book that may not seem healthier by calorie count alone #chocolate chunk cookies: 120 cals before, 110 cals Ellie's recipe# but if you look at the recipe, fat, cholesterol and sodium content is down and fiber content is up. It's not just about calories when it comes to health.

The dessert chapter is filled with some traditional favorites in cookies but also includes some lovely recipes for dark chocolate brownies #150 cals#, mini cheesecakes #250 cals each!#, puddings, pies, crisps, tarts etc. I'm doing the mini cheesecakes this weekend. This book is worth the price for this chapter alone. Hands down, the best comfort food cookbook out at the moment.
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