Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Secrets of Healthy Cooking: A Guide to Simplifying the Art of Heart Healthy and Diabetic Cooking

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book Review - Secrets of Healthy Cooking: A Guide to Simplifying the Art of Heart Healthy and Diabetic Cooking

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About the Book
Mastering the kitchen basics of healthy cooking can be a challenge, even for the most experienced cook. For those just learning to cook as a means to a healthier diet, it can be even more daunting. Author and TV host Barbara Seelig-Brown (The Stress Free Diabetes Kitchen and Stress Free Cooking) teaches you to prepare heart-healthy meals in a flash, giving you more time to enjoy your meal with family and friends.

SECRETS OF HEALTHY COOKING [American Diabetes Association, July 2015, $19.95 US/$24.99 CAN] is the perfect companion for any home chef. It includes everything a healthy cook needs to know about how to pick out the best ingredients, how to stick to a budget while making high quality, healthy choices, and how to optimize your time in the kitchen. This beautifully photographed book includes complete step-by-step instructions that take the guesswork out of learning how to make your kitchen the healthiest room in the house.

The book features more than 80 diabetes-friendly recipes, which are easy and quick to prepare, including:

  • Salad Pizza
  • Spicy Garlic Ginger Chicken
  • Key Lime Swordfish with Apple Radish Salad
  • Olive Oil Cake with Raspberries and Cream
  • Farro Soup with Mushrooms and Kale
  • One Dish Veal Chop in Savory Gravy
  • Black Bean and Peach Salsa
  • Lemon Garlic Shrimp on a Cucumber Flower

With chapters on cooking fundamentals like understanding kitchen terms and making sure you have a properly stocked pantry to tutorials on freezing, baking, and making fresh pasta and pizza dough, SECRETS OF HEALTHY COOKING will help you get comfortable in the kitchen in no time.

About the Author

Barbara Seelig-Brown is the host of the TV cooking show, Stress Free Cooking and author of the companion cookbook. She is also the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. Her career in food began when she was inspired in the kitchen by her mother and grandmother. Since then, she has been teaching healthy cooking classes and has been writing about food and wine so that others can share in her love of cooking. Her extensive culinary knowledge comes from a long career as a cookbook author, food columnist, radio personality, food blogger, and television host.

My Take on the Book
I am adding this cookbook to my cooking library today. Barbara Seelig-Brown has done an excellent job taking the reader/chef step by step through the process of thinking healthy cooking starting with building your pantry, secrets of healthy cooking, freezing food, and basic information about food choices. 

The table of contents takes you through so many delicious choices. Yes there is pizza and pasta . You will be able to prepare some fabulous homemade vinaigrettes too. She shows the reader how to cut various fruits and vegetables which is helpful to the new cook.There are soups,omelets, sauces, meats, fish, and even recipes using Splenda.

So many delicious choices with accompanying color photographs.

Whether you just want to eat healthy and acquire some new recipes or you are a diabetic looking for some recipes to try, I think you will find this cookbook a great resource. Oh and she also includes the exchanges and nutrition information for each recipe. Check this cookbook out today.
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