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The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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"Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show "Healthy Appetite," provides healthful, crave-busting recipes in her recently released The Food You Crave. Designed to combat cravings, each recipe provides sources of essential nutrients. We tried several that were both good and good for you." -- Joanie Fuson, IndyStar.com
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Ellie Krieger is the host of the popular show Healthy Appetite, which airs on the Cooking Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers So Easy and The Food You Crave.
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I have made many recipes more than once. This book will be a staple in my kitchen.
I own almost 100 cookbooks, and in the year I've owned this one, I think I've used it the most. Every recipe I've tried is something I have added to my repertoire to be made again (and again). This recently includes Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa, Macaroni and Four Cheeses, Aromatic Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce, and Fettuccine Bolognese. This is healthy cooking? Yes! And I'm grateful for it.
I love to cook, and although I consider myself fairly experienced, I do not gravitate toward recipes with exotic, hard-to-find ingredients or hours-long preparation. This book is chock-full of recipes that are tempting in both flavor and ease. There are a few involved recipes that I'm looking to try, but most (by far) are approachable and inviting to a cook who, like me, wants to make something good-looking and delicious without spending an entire day shopping, cooking, and cleaning multiple pots, pans, bowls, and appliances.
All recipes come with very detailed nutritional information. I especially like the fact that she identifies each recipe as an "excellent" (at least 20% of the daily value) or "good" (at least 10% of the daily value) source of certain nutrients, both obvious (such as various vitamins, like A, C, and E) and less "famous" (such as molybdenum and pantothenic acid). By the way, if you're wondering what any of the nutrients are, she lists them and their functions in the first, pre-recipe chapter.
The book is filled with color pictures, although from my unscientific calculation, it only comes to about one color picture for every three recipes. The pictures are so enticing; I wish all the recipes came with one.
I spent the week perusing my cookbooks and trying to decide on something new to make. I kept coming back to an untried recipe in this book even though I feel a little guilty for neglecting my other cookbooks. :-) Nevertheless, THE FOOD YOU CRAVE is a great cookbook for me to use as my "go-to" cookbook for healthy, comfort-type food.
Otherwise this is a great cookbook and I recommend it. P.S. my fussy family thinks I'm wonderful creating all these tasty dishes.
I also like Ellie Krieger's "So Easy", as well. Delicious recipes in that one too!
I love her approach to food because I too prefer real food to lightened up diet foods with lots of chemicals. I'd rather have no mayonnaise than light mayo. It's so refreshing to find recipes that don't require a lot of packaged diet foods to make dishes that are lower in calories. I love to cook and eating healthfully used to mean lots of steaming and baking things bare...boring to make and to eat! But I get to cook and eat to my to my heart's quite literal content with her recipes! I am really looking forward to cooking and eating my way through the rest of this book!