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Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite: 125 Super-Fresh Recipes for a High-Energy Life Paperback – March 6, 2012
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One reviewer said the meals didn't seem appetising - to that I say just try them anyway because I felt the same but will try (and eat) anything once. It really was a pleasant surprise and I keep picking random dishes from the book 'just to try'. I must say I've never had so many successes from the one cookbook, usually they're quite hit and miss, but Ramsay balances flavours SO well. Some of the recipes are a touch simple (i.e. oatmeal), but I get the impression that this book has been targeted at men. And if it has then it works, because it's the one book my partner doesn't mind opening up and cooking something from.
Furthermore, this book is very much in keeping with the Mediterranean food pyramid (Google it), which has been shown not only to aid in weight loss, but reduce cholesterol, and the risk of cardiovascular disease. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
The recipes in this book are really easy to follow and are often accompanied by a big colorful photo of the finished dish. There is a great selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner, bbq, weekend, and some recipes for entertaining.
Aside from being so excellently tasty these dishes are also full of healthy nutrients and are very balanced. Here you get lots of healthy grains, veggies, fish, and meats. You'll be eating healthy meals with Gordon Ramsay quality of flavor.
I won't list all the recipes I've made since that would be long, but let me just say the muffins are fabulously moist, the beef curry (a weekend recipe, simmers for a few hours) is out of this world full of spices, and the super simple ricotta-stuffed chicken has so much moistness and flavor. I'm also loving the lunch recipes for cod and tomato chowder, spiced lentil soup, and the fabulous stuffed mushrooms... mmm!
I seriously have gotten exited every time I've made one of these recipes and I taste it and it's like "OMG that is so good!". I've been a fan of Gordon's food for some time now, and it is such a nice thing to have from his genius food mind also some nice healthy every-day dishes. This book is a keeper!
*** Update March 20th ****
After all the cooking I've done with the book I have to sadly say that the binding isn't holding up, and I haven't even had it that long. The paperback version is very cheaply made, which is really too bad. This has to be the worst binding for a cookbook I've had yet. So while the content certainly deserves 5 stars, the binding I would give 1 star.
What I like:
- Gordon Ramsy uses a lot of fresh ingredients in these recipes, which I vastly prefer to relying on pre-packaged foods which often contain chemicals, sugars and preservatives.
- The recipes taste good.
- Thought has clearly gone into ensuring necessary vitamins are present in these recipes.
- These recipes are quite healthy.
What may be problematic for some people:
- There are many recipes in this book using less-than-common meats, which may be hard to find in some areas. These include: anchovy fillets (and anchovies), trout, palourdes in the shell (apparently commonly called carpet shell clams), mackerel (fillets and/or smoked), herring, smoked salmon fillets, whole sea bass, pheasant, haunch of venison, squid, fresh sardines, poussins (I googled this, it's a really young chicken), smoked haddock, monkfish, crayfish, calf liver, duck breasts, sashimi grade fish (swordfish, salmon and tuna), mullet fillets, black bream fillets, guinea fowl breasts, partridge, pigeon
- There are many recipes in this book using other less-than-common food products, which may be hard to find in some areas. These include: watercress, canned cranberry beans, garam masala (a spice), baby turnips, crimini mushrooms, fennel bulbs, fava beans, chicory, figs, fermented black beans (apparently available at asian food markets), baby leeks, baby fennel, baby zucchini, cooking pumpkin, banana shallot, cavalo nero (a type of kale), purple sprouting broccoli, harissa
- Some cooking equipment needed for a recipe may not be common in every kitchen.
- The directions are formatted differently than many cookbooks. Rather than being step-by-step, they are in more of a paragraph format with many steps to a paragraph. Therefore, it is exceptionally important that recipes are read thoroughly in advance (as it can be difficult to find exactly where you're at when you're in a hurry).
I currently live in a small town where getting some of these food products is extremely difficult (please keep in mind, for the above lists I went through pretty much the entire book). Propper planning, however, can alleviate some of these problems by allowing me to order some of the ingredients, while others may have acceptable substitutions which can be identified with a bit of research. Personally, I find that the good taste, and healthy properties of many of these recipes outweigh the slight inconvenience of having to plan a bit in advance. While this is not likely to be my primary cookbook, it is one that I am glad I have in my collection.