Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The New American Plate Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life Hardcover – March 8, 2005
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Top Customer Reviews
It's an attractively photographed, well-laid out book. I was worried that the recipes might be a bit fussy, but I've tried several, and they're all really good -- lower in calories and fat without TASTING like they're lower in calories and fat. Filling, too. Had some friends over and made the Sweet Potato Chili, one of the salads, and the corn muffins, and nobody suspected the recipes came from a "health" cookbook.
What I really like, though, is the overall approach. I try to keep up with the nutrition news, but there's just no way for me to get my head around "six servings of vegetables" or whatever. The common sense approach in this book -- just make sure that your plate's covered with at least 2/3 plant foods -- really appeals to me.
When I opened the New American Plate cookbook, I found pages of attractive, tasty, healthy, and easy-to-prepare recipes (none of the recipes is longer than a page!). I also learned a lot - both about healthy meal composition and creative flavor pairings. I honestly never would have thought to make fettuccine with figs and chiles, but it's delicious!
The book is also visually appealing and well designed. The "cooking basics" section at the end is particularly helpful, and includes useful tips on food substitutions, proper storage and handling, as well as an extensive guide to the vegetables, fruits, grains and spices used in the recipes.
I'm so glad to have this wonderful book as a kitchen resource.
I just finished eating, but I'm already planning the menu for tomorrow night!
The book's recipe section is organized into 3 parts. The first two parts are two different approaches to composing a meal. The first part consists of recipes for vegetables, salads, animal proteins, sauces, etc with their own respective sections. Most of these recipes have suggestions (in their introduction) of what other items could be served with it to make a complete meal. The second part is one-pot meals, i.e., casseroles (yes, casseroles!), stews, stir-fries, pilafs, entree salads, frittatas and chilis. The third part consists of items that really should be eaten more in moderation, i.e., appetizers, soups, breads/muffins and desserts, with soups being the exception.
All recipes have nutrition summaries (calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber and sodium) and most recipes include the nutritional benefits of certain ingredients and recommendations on how not to destroy the nutrition in what you set out to cook (brussels sprouts, for example).Read more ›
Fresh ingredients, paired in interesting ways. (There's a citrus sauce for pasta that my finicky family loves.) Meat used to impart flavor and texture, not as the sole focus of a given meal. Processed sugar, flour and saturated fat nudged aside in favor of natural foods, prepared simply and elegantly.
That said, there's a bunch of "comfort food" type recipes, updated so they're a bit lighter and more interesting. I NEVER thought I'd find myself making a casserole (too many memories of Mom's canned cream o'mushroom soup suprises) but there's a great potato, green bean and lamb casserole that turned me around.
There's a great deal in the book's appendix about the science behind the recipes, and nutrition principles, and how phytochemicals (natural plant chemicals)protect health, and I suspect that's why people are lumping this in with the health cookbooks. Me, I bought the book because of the photos, (they're quite lovely) and because I suspected that my vegetable-hating 8-year old would love the curried cauliflower recipe on page 26. And I was right.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eh, so-so recipes. It seems like is more standard mid-western fare, while I was hoping for more California New-American recipes nad not so hearty.Published 7 months ago by CaptLoveBug
I am really glad that I purchased this cookbook. It is a beautiful, hardbound book, with wonderful photos. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marlo O.