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Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free by [Task, Allison Fishman, Editors of Cooking Light Magazine]
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"This book is too much fun! It's a culinary roadtrip where you eat your way across America and never have to gain a pound."―Sandra Lee, host of Food Network's "Semi-Homemade Cooking"

"Thank you Allison Fishman Task and Cooking Light for serving up all the flavor of America's favorite foods in a better-for-you way. You have really hit the spot!"―Ellie Krieger RD, host of Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite"

"At Cooking Light, it has been our mission for more than 25 years to honor the values of traditional foods while coaxing a lot of fat and calories out. With this book, we're thrilled to celebrate the almost infinite number of regional favorites that form the backbone of this country's great culinary heritage. From creamy clam chowder in the northeast to cheesy burritos in New Mexico, from piles of porky barbecue with 'white sauce' in Alabama to Hoosier pie in the midwest: the menu is vast. We see lightening up these dishes as a new sort of cultural preservation: classic flavors served up for a healthier generation. "

Scott Mowbray, Cooking Light Editor

About the Author

An author, contributing editor and spokesperson for Cooking Light, Allison Fishman Task also hosts Yahoo's "Blue Ribbon Hunter", and is the author of You Can Trust a Skinny Cook. A passionate home cook, Allison has worked for Martha Stewart, Food Network, and Atkins as a food stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook editor. Her writing and recipes have appeared in Saveur, Fine Cooking, Glamour, Real Simple, and Everyday Food. She was a host of Lifetime's "Cook Yourself Thin" and TLC's "Home Made Simple." Allison is a graduate of Cornell University and The Institute for Culinary Education and she has a Masters degree in Food Studies from New York University. Allison currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her family.



Cooking Light is the nation's leading epicurean magazine brand with the largest audience and most epicurean editorial. It is the only epicurean brand positioned where great food meets good health. Cooking Light received two James Beard Foundation 2013 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards. The brand delivers innovative recipes, nutrition advice, and resources to live a healthful lifestyle via its magazine, website, and portfolio of cookbooks; across all tablets; through the highly-acclaimed Cooking Light Quick & Healthy Menu Maker app; and on social media platforms, including Facebook (Facebook.com/CookingLight), Twitter (@Cooking_Light), Pinterest (Pinterest.com/CookingLight), Instagram (@cookinglight), and Google+ (google.com/+CookingLight). Cooking Light is part of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, a division of Time Inc., the largest magazine media company in the U.S.




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  • File Size: 88503 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP3NDDA
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I just bought this Kindle book and I'm loving it so far! Great pictures of all the dishes and I love the addition of nutrition information. I do have a question though about the "Maine Blueberry Cake".....12 cups of fresh blueberries??? I love blueberries but I'm thinking that's a bit too much. I used 2 cups and it came out wonderfully..also I used frozen instead of fresh, I had to let it cook a few more minutes but again it came out wonderfully. There is a great variety of recipes so I am looking forward to choosing and enjoying more!
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I found this book when some of the recipes were featured on Serious Eats.

Here is my complaint- the food is not super healthy nor super tasty- its some kind of middle ground that pleases no one. If you have read any Pollan books you will have heard about the dangers of "low fat" etc kinds of "diet" food- one bad thing is often replaced with another, and because you think you are eating well you end up eating way more than usual. This is a pretty apt description of lighten up America. Really what it is are a set of home cooking/comfort food style recipes made slightly more healthy and substantially less tasty. I think most people if given the option

A. Eat a 8oz portion of mediocre mac and cheese
B. Eat a 4 oz portion of delicious mac and cheese

would end up chosing the latter. If that is your line of thinking, this book is probably not for you.

More than that, it just doesn't fit together coherently as a cook book- there is not really an organized theme or set of meal plans/menus its more just "here are some things fat people like to eat, lets make them with 20% less calories!" -not exactly thematic.

I have made about 15 of the recipes so far and none of them have jumped out at me as something I want to make again.
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When you talk about cooking light or eating healthy, I bet this publication is going to come to mind. I have a number of Cooking Light's anthologies and they are all awesome! This one is no exception. I have tried many recipes in this tomb, here are a couple of reviews just so you know what you're getting into:

+Caremel Pecan Sticky Buns-this is always a tough one for me. You can buy them lightened up already, which means less work, but sometimes it's fun to get the flour up and roll up my sleeves. Sadly, this one was only ok. For all the work you put into it, for it to turn out less than stellar, especially when you can buy them for about the same price...

+Philly Cheesesteak-I LOVE a good sandwich, and when it's hot and drippy-even better. These did not disappoint! Easy to prepare, and excellent seasoning, these were a winner with everyone in my family!

+Slow Roasted Pulled Pork-my family loves a good pulled pork sandwich. LOVES IT, and I have tried many recipes, both on the stovetop and in my slow cooker. This one was tasty. Nothing special, but not offensive either.

This book excels at taking down home southern classics and making them a bit more figure friendly-Lobster Rolls anyone?
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Format: Kindle Edition
I’ve been trying to eat healthier and thought this book would help me find recipes even my son and hubby would enjoy. Foods included in this book are ones you’ll often find travelling across America at fairs, festivals and local eating places. While some of the recipes are a little lighter on calories than their counter parts sometimes the serving sizes are impossibly small to be satisfying. For instance the grinder which I’ve never had calls for two top split hot-dog buns to serve 4 people. Really now that’s only a couple bites. The filling on the other hand would easily fill eight of the buns instead of two. I made these and we had one bun each instead of half a bun and I had enough filling for five more which son and I ate over several days for our lunches. I generously filled the buns and topped with a 1/4 cup of part skim mozzarella before toasting and son decided to try some with low fat cheddar which he liked even better.

On the other hand the Tex-Mex Migas were very filling and a reasonable serving size. They were delicious as well.

I also made the Butter Crunch Lemon Bars. To lighten them up you use one percent cottage cheese which is processed in a food processor to make it smooth. They are very lemony and a nice size for a treat, 1/12 of an eight by eight pan. Very good and you’d never suspect they were made with cottage cheese.

Other recipes I’ve tried so far are the Reuben Sandwich which hubby and son loved and I enjoyed as well. I did have trouble finding low sodium corned beef though and ended up using some that didn’t have a real high sodium count, but probably more that the one used in the book.
Garlic Parsley Steak Fries were a hit with all of my family and they did indeed go great with grilled steak and a salad for a nice meal.
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I just got this jampacked and beautiful cookbook-I love that it is such an eclectic and delicious compilation of so many different regions. So far my favorite recipe is the "Sweet and Sour Meatballs"..you would never think these were lowfat because there is so much flavor and it's a great bonus that they are very quick and easy to make. I can't wait to try the rest of the recipes!
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