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Healthy 1-2-3: The Ultimate Three-Ingredient Cookbook, Fat-Free, Low Fat, Low Calorie Hardcover – February 1, 2001

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Simplicity as an art form creates the intrigue and attraction of Healthy 1-2-3, a nutritional cookbook that utilizes only three ingredients per recipe. Award-winning chef and author Rozanne Gold continues her 1-2-3 series with this "Healthy" entry, made with the calorie-conscious cook or host in mind.

Though three ingredients quickly can be construed as a restriction, Gold cleverly maneuvers around her own concept, all the while abetting her healthy cause. If, for example, she has a recipe featuring a particular vegetable, she uses that vegetable's own broth to create the sauce for the dish. The Roasted Asparagus and Orange Salad with Asparagus "Fettuccine" uses a fresh orange vinaigrette (tossed with roasted asparagus) and a fettuccine that is not pasta, but rather actually shaved asparagus stocks.

Gold also gives nutrition lessons throughout--teaching that all foods groups have an important place in a balanced, nutritional diet. Even foods that are high in fat and calories, such as Brie cheese, contain important nutrients that the body needs, even though they've been stricken from many diet plans.

The recipe selection addresses the full range of potential users, from the average hungry guest to the most assiduous, observant vegan. For example, the beverage combination of watermelon, pineapple juice, and fresh mint for a Watermelon Splash is simple in both preparation and the expectation of the pallet, while Immune Tea, made of kombu, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh cilantro, will probably be a stretch for the average American tastes. The quality of food photography and bold colors of this book add an extra flair to the healthy recipes. --Teresa Simanton

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Gold has made her culinary mark with sophisticated dishes that use only three ingredients (Recipes 1-2-3, Entertaining 1-2-3). In her latest book, she combines the 1-2-3 principle with a more nutrition-conscious approach. Readers should be under no illusions: 1-2-3 isn't fast and easy; despite the abbreviated ingredient list (salt, pepper and water don't count), many of the ingredients, such as candied violets, Japanese kombu and pomegranate molasses, aren't exactly standard cupboard fare, and few of the recipes can be made inexpensively. Gold's technique does offer concentrated, balanced flavors, elegant in their restraint. But how healthy are these tasty new trios? According to Gold (who details her own struggles to lose weight), olive oil, butter, cheese, eggs, sugar and even chocolate can all be eaten "as part of" an overall balanced diet. For example, a dish like the silken Carrot Soup with Ginger Essence might use heavy cream, but only one-third cup, divided among six servings. All of which sounds perfectly sensible, but Gold's most eye-catching recipes like Smoked Salmon with Wasabi Cream, Potted Leeks and Corned Beef in Riesling, Scalloped Cheese Potatoes, and Cinnamon-chocolate Ciambella aren't slimming by any measure. (Apr.)Forecast: Gold's devotees will likely snap this book up instantaneously. However, while bookstore browsers unfamiliar with the author may be lured by the book's title, upon opening it they may find it less inspiring than they had hoped, dampening prospective sales.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584790407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584790402
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book because I hate shopping from long lists of ingredients. Some of the ingedients may be hard to find at a regular grocery store(ie tandoori paste or certain fresh herbs). I made the roasted onions with carrot puree, which was delicious. Although the ingredients are few, the preparation may be extensive. This is not a "quick and easy" cookbook. I liked the menu suggestions, complete with fat and caloric information. It would've been nice to have the nutritional information on the same page as the recipes instead of near the index, but that's a minor point. I know I'm going to use this cookbook a lot.
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This book represents Gold's masterwork. It takes the simplicity concept to its best application, namely a cuisine that is sustainable across every night of the week. By simplicity, I mean singularity of taste, not ease of preparation. The majority of dishes here are probably more suited to people who like to spend time in the kitchen and enjoy new challenges, although many recipes are not difficult. Gold does not present a "one pot" style of cooking, but the results are worth it. Her palate is sophisticated and her books have educated my own taste buds and appreciation of food stuffs.
These dishes are healthy but not restricted in ingredient types. Cheeses and oils are frequently found, satisfying the diner but not overwhelming the meals in fats or calories. To eat from this cookbook is to enjoy a wide range of foods, including hints of rich ones, but to be health conscious and to adhere to smart consumption guidelines. Gold presents produce-plentiful dishes, gorgeously photographed and presented. She also provides her most personal, intimate writing, abandoning any connoirseurship of the well-connected New York chef in favor of telling her private motivations for writing this book. She gives us a most interesting point of view in the crowded cookbook arena.
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I found it in an upscale furniture store, set out as a coffee table book. The dissonance was enough that I had to buy it.
I'll vouch for garlic mashed potatoes (p.132), and the pickled beets (p.109). The latter is simple enough that I've told lots of people in grocery store lines (what are you going to do with those beets?) about it. Some aren't nearly as simple, like the pasta cooked with broccoli florets, with a broccoli-butter sauce.
If you make any of these for a pot-luck, which is my usual experimentation mode, double them.
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Overall, this is the best cookbook I've ever used. Every recipe I've made is absolutely delicious, and for non-veggie eaters like myself, it is a God send. This is because the book encourages one to try different types of vegetables cooked in different ways and with different sauces & accompaniaments. Don't be fooled though--while some of the recipes are quick and simple to make, some take quite a lot of time--all the better to savor the finished meal, however. This book has truly taught me to enjoy the entire process of cooking, from shopping for the best ingredients, preparing the meal, then enjoying it with a nice glass of wine.
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I bought this as one of the first cookbooks I ever purchased while in collge. Ambitious is one word for that!

This cookbook is beautiful and inspiring. The photos are wonderful, it has suggested meals (with their nutritional analysis). I really love how original and unusual many of these recipes are. This is not the kind of cookbook that insists you substitue applesauce for butter and other such nonsense- rather, these are recipes that are inherently healthy but delicious in everyway nonetheless.

I made a huge 11 lb ribeye roast recipe from the cookbook (cured in salt, fresh dill) and served it with the wasabi butter asaparagus for a big family Passover meal. It was a HUGE hit, and the family wants wasabi butter on everything now.

I've also made the pink grapefruit with guava syryp and candied violets (which were a trick to find), many of the little salads, and even the 'laughing milk', a strange drink made of whipped egg whites and sugar. The fish recipes are simple and among my favorites.

My only complaint about this book is that some of the recipes are the author trying so hard to force a dish out of three ingredients that the recipe becomes cumbersome and over-complicated. I like the recipes that benefit from the simplicity of using only a few ingredients, rather than seeing how many different ways you can use broccoli in one dish.

Also, unless you live in New York City and know where to find the fish market or the produce market where chefs shop, there are some ingredients that you will simply never find.

Overall, I do adore this cookbook and I drag it out time and time again when I want to make something fun and a bit exotic.
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This is one of my favorite cookbooks. However, because there are so few ingredients, you need really good quality ones to pull these recipes off, which makes them relatively expensive. There are some cheap meals (Pasta in the style of Sardinia, one of my favorites, about $10.00 for a 3 person meal) but expect to spend between $30-$50 dollars for every entrée serving 3-4, with appetizers a little less. Nor does the number of ingredients guarantee speed or simplicity - most of theses recipes take 45 min - 3 hours. However, if you have the time and money, I have made some fantastic dishes with this book. They're so good they don't even taste healthy.
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