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Presents a selection of two hundred recipes for every type of meal that emphasizes such healthy ingredients as herbs, spices, vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, and fish, and provides a nutritional breakdown for each dish. Title: The Food You Crave Author: Krieger, Ellie Publisher: Ingram Pub Services Publication Date: 2008/01/22 Number of Pages: 316 Binding Type: HARDCOVER Libra Presents a selection of two hundred recipes for every type of meal that emphasizes such healthy ingredients as herbs, spices, vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, and fish, and provides a nutritional breakdown for each dish. Title: The Food You Crave Author: Krieger, Ellie Publisher: Ingram Pub Services Publication Date: 2008/01/22 Number of Pages: 316 Binding Type: HARDCOVER Library of Congress: 2007037528


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Presents a selection of two hundred recipes for every type of meal that emphasizes such healthy ingredients as herbs, spices, vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, and fish, and provides a nutritional breakdown for each dish. Title: The Food You Crave Author: Krieger, Ellie Publisher: Ingram Pub Services Publication Date: 2008/01/22 Number of Pages: 316 Binding Type: HARDCOVER Libra Presents a selection of two hundred recipes for every type of meal that emphasizes such healthy ingredients as herbs, spices, vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, and fish, and provides a nutritional breakdown for each dish. Title: The Food You Crave Author: Krieger, Ellie Publisher: Ingram Pub Services Publication Date: 2008/01/22 Number of Pages: 316 Binding Type: HARDCOVER Library of Congress: 2007037528

30 review for The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shellie (Layers of Thought)

    This is a great healthy cookbook. The author is a nutritionist and pares down recipes that most of us are familiar with but which are high in fat and unhealthy. She uses realistic ingredients and the book has gorgeous pictures! I have tried a number of the recipes and they are really good. My husband even likes them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library

    With a good turnout of participants and some who brought more than one dish, we were able to taste a large number of recipes from this cookbook. They included... - Sloppy Joes - Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese - Tomato and Onion Salad - Salmon Patties with Ginger Sauce - Grilled Zucchini, Goat Cheese and Spinach - Cornmeal Ratatouille Tart - All Day Breakfast Salad - Spiced Nuts - Energy Bars - Whole Wheat Pasta Salad - Rhode Island Clam Chowder - Rice Pudding - Triple Chocolate Cookies - Tomato Stuffed Peppers With a good turnout of participants and some who brought more than one dish, we were able to taste a large number of recipes from this cookbook. They included... - Sloppy Joes - Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese - Tomato and Onion Salad - Salmon Patties with Ginger Sauce - Grilled Zucchini, Goat Cheese and Spinach - Cornmeal Ratatouille Tart - All Day Breakfast Salad - Spiced Nuts - Energy Bars - Whole Wheat Pasta Salad - Rhode Island Clam Chowder - Rice Pudding - Triple Chocolate Cookies - Tomato Stuffed Peppers - Ricotta Cheesecake with Raspberries - Asian French Spring Rolls Overall, we enjoyed most of these recipes. The exception being the Sloppy Joes which we all thought lacked enough spice and was too much like chili. One participant suggested that the beans be made into a paste to help hold it together. Four other recipes had very mixed reviews...Energy Bars, Pasta Salad, Rice Pudding and Tomato Stuffed Peppers...some liked them, some disliked them very much and some thought they were just so-so. We liked that the recipes did not span more than 2 facing pages, but we would have liked more photos, larger font size and darker print. The recipes were well written, and ingredients were fairly easy to find at our local grocery stores.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    The photography is a little stodgy, but the recipes are interesting! Ellie Krieger has a perspective on cooking. She begins by saying (Page 3): "Like you, I crave food that is bursting with flavor and aroma. Food that draws you in and leaves you satisfied. Guess what? That kind of food can be healthy." Thus, she is proposing a cookbook that features dishes that are both delicious and healthy. Some key points up front: buy fresh food, stay away from foods with lots of additives, keep salt to a mi The photography is a little stodgy, but the recipes are interesting! Ellie Krieger has a perspective on cooking. She begins by saying (Page 3): "Like you, I crave food that is bursting with flavor and aroma. Food that draws you in and leaves you satisfied. Guess what? That kind of food can be healthy." Thus, she is proposing a cookbook that features dishes that are both delicious and healthy. Some key points up front: buy fresh food, stay away from foods with lots of additives, keep salt to a minimum, and so on. Pages 12-15 provide information on key nutrients and what ought to be in a well stocked pantry (I have more of these items than not!). The book, then, moves to recipes--Breakfast; Nibbles & Noshes; Soups & Sandwiches; Main & Side Salads; Pasta, Pizza, & Grains; The Main Course; Sides; Desserts. Recipes are doable and look very tasty! Breakfast? The "New York Breakfast" features simple toppings (such as cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes) over toasted pumpernickel bread. I want to make this in the near future. Sounds yummy! "Scrumptious Scramble" features scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, dill, etc. Looks easy to make and, again, seems like it would be great! Another dish that I want to make. Noshes and Nibbles? There are a bunch I'd like to mention, but I'll stick to just one that I find quite appealing. Grilled zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs and Cheese." This looks really neat--and pretty easy to make. Grill thinly sliced zucchini; place on each slice goodies such as goat cheese, lemon juice, parsley, spinach leaves, and so on. The peanut soup recipe also looks cool (and I expect to make this, too, in the near future). Simple point: I love reading cookbooks where I find myself saying "I want to make that soon." Main dishes? Some that look pretty appetizing to me: Pork Medallions with Cherry Sauce, Tuscan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables. And so on and so on. In short, this is not a great visually appearing cookbook. But it has a host of recipes that look awfully tasty!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    When you eat gluten free and vegan like I do, well, you just know that most mainstream cookbooks will be, at best, hit or miss for you. And they are. And this cookbook was too. But I will say that I was impressed with the "hits" in this collection. I didn't know anything about the author before I picked this book up from the library, but now I know that I like Krieger's approach to food and diet and health, even if I disagree with the health benefits of the consumption of animal products. So whi When you eat gluten free and vegan like I do, well, you just know that most mainstream cookbooks will be, at best, hit or miss for you. And they are. And this cookbook was too. But I will say that I was impressed with the "hits" in this collection. I didn't know anything about the author before I picked this book up from the library, but now I know that I like Krieger's approach to food and diet and health, even if I disagree with the health benefits of the consumption of animal products. So while I wouldn't buy this book, because proportionally there were a lot of recipes I can't/ won't use, there are still quite a few that I thought worth copying out and hope to try in the near future. These include Black Bean Dip, Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup, Plum Tart with Almond Pastry Crust, Grilled Bananas with Chai Syrup, Roasted Nutmeg Cauliflower, Peaches with Balsamic Cherries, Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots, Sugar Snap Peas with Miso Sauce, Ranch Beans, Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops, Green Pea Soup, Aromatic Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce, Pear-Ginger Crumble, and Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad, among others. I would definitely recommend this cookbook to my omnivore friends. The recipes are pretty healthy, yet not exotic, and are made with mostly accessible and not too expensive ingredients (she does seem to be fixated on shallots, though.). The instructions are generally not too complicated either, at least on the recipes I liked. (Side note: I noticed that different recipes were formatted differently, which felt strange...one might list ingredients separately for the crust vs the filling of a crumble, while a recipe for a tart would list everything together. It was a small difference, but still made me wonder about the process of creating a cookbook and the true authorship of individual recipes. Or maybe it's just a matter of editing...). I'm glad I picked this book up, and am looking forward to trying several of the recipes very soon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I decided to expand my repertoire a little when it comes to reviewing and every now and then, review another passion of mine...great cookbooks. For someone who used to mistakenly put cabbage, instead of lettuce, on her nephew's sandwich, and stuck a whole can of tomato soup in the microwave without water, something finally clicked when I moved to Philadelphia. No longer does my poor husband get a 3-course meal of meat, potato, and vegetable served 15 minutes apart. Now I pride myself on being ab I decided to expand my repertoire a little when it comes to reviewing and every now and then, review another passion of mine...great cookbooks. For someone who used to mistakenly put cabbage, instead of lettuce, on her nephew's sandwich, and stuck a whole can of tomato soup in the microwave without water, something finally clicked when I moved to Philadelphia. No longer does my poor husband get a 3-course meal of meat, potato, and vegetable served 15 minutes apart. Now I pride myself on being able to put a delicious, healthy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Ellie Krieger's "The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life" is by far, my favorite cookbook. Ellie is a Food Network personality, but first and foremost, a nutritionist. She believes that food can be healthy and full of flavor if you just make some minor adjustments. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store, and revel in all of the delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, seafood, and dairy. Who wants to eat the "chemistry experiments" in the middle of the store? If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your body. My favorite recipes include Apple-Pecan Muffins (with applesauce substituting for butter), Scrumptious Scramble, Blueberry Blast Smoothie (which my husband asks for all the time), the Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip (which I use with chicken), Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp, Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce, and Vanilla Hot Cocoa (once you taste this, your days of drinking the powdery stuff will be over). Many recipes include a picture for easy following. Here's to your health. You will not be disappointed. MY RATING - 5 See this review on 1776books.net... http://1776books.blogspot.com/2009/10...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I've watched Healthy Appetite (Ellie's show) before and that was enough to inspire me to go to Ellie's page on the Food Network site whenever I wanted to find a healthy recipe. So I'm relieved the book is out so I can stop using computer print-outs. There are a few repeats from the Web site but mot of the recipes are new (to me at least). The turkey meatball subs are beyond delicious and not terribly hard to cook. I've discovered that if I make the meatballs and sauce on a Sunday, my husband and I've watched Healthy Appetite (Ellie's show) before and that was enough to inspire me to go to Ellie's page on the Food Network site whenever I wanted to find a healthy recipe. So I'm relieved the book is out so I can stop using computer print-outs. There are a few repeats from the Web site but mot of the recipes are new (to me at least). The turkey meatball subs are beyond delicious and not terribly hard to cook. I've discovered that if I make the meatballs and sauce on a Sunday, my husband and I can have subs for two nights and then spaghetti and meatballs for two more nights. That's a week's worth of food practically from just one dish! I have gone through the book marking recipes with post-its and I think I'll have enough new meals to last me until the summer. Delicious, easy and healthy--can't beat it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I've had this book for awhile now, but I've just started cooking the recipes and I LOVE it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I found more to learn, love, prepare and enjoy in this cookbook from Ellie Krieger. Though I did tweak some of the recipes for my own taste, I found combinations that were new to me. Most recipes have few ingredients that are easily available in most kitchen pantries. The Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup was delicious and ready in less than I hour. Accompanied by the Avocado and Mango Salad, it was a treat. Made the broccoli frittata this evening with plenty leftover for tomorrow. Have tagged I found more to learn, love, prepare and enjoy in this cookbook from Ellie Krieger. Though I did tweak some of the recipes for my own taste, I found combinations that were new to me. Most recipes have few ingredients that are easily available in most kitchen pantries. The Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup was delicious and ready in less than I hour. Accompanied by the Avocado and Mango Salad, it was a treat. Made the broccoli frittata this evening with plenty leftover for tomorrow. Have tagged 20 recipes for preparation this week. And copied a few summer desserts that will be served in 2018 when I want to eat something icy and not shovel it from the walk.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tamra Lagrone

    One point off for featuring herself on the cover and trying to brand the word "craveable", but otherwise I love this. The food is lovely, satisfying, and I appreciate that it is all "real"- no diet tricks that sacrifice purity or flavor. Her "usually, sometimes, rarely" food philosophy is very appealing to me as I am trying to shift my eating habits to a healthy and pleasurable balance. Delicious.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hartlaub

    Fairly standard recipes adjusted for healthy results. Interesting sauces and marinades for some. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Ellie's recipes and practical advice on how to create healthy, well rounded, low fuss meals have been lifesavers on so many an evening. Hers are the cookbooks that I reach for most frequently and I am slowly adding each to my personal library (I currently own 4 of her titles). There is a beautiful variety of ideas in this book, as well as her others, which make it ideal for family meal planning and no recipe I have tried has failed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Award-winning cookbook author, popular TV host, registered dietician-nutritionist--Ellie Krieger wears many hats. However, what she really does best is to offer up scrumptious, flavorful food made good and healthy with no artificial ingredients, no weird stuff you can't find and wouldn't eat anyway, and no deprivation of the sensory pleasures of enjoying your food. In "The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life", in addition to the many delicious recipes, you will find a complete nu Award-winning cookbook author, popular TV host, registered dietician-nutritionist--Ellie Krieger wears many hats. However, what she really does best is to offer up scrumptious, flavorful food made good and healthy with no artificial ingredients, no weird stuff you can't find and wouldn't eat anyway, and no deprivation of the sensory pleasures of enjoying your food. In "The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life", in addition to the many delicious recipes, you will find a complete nutritional analysis for each dish, ideas for healthier ways to eat and cook, and a guide to essential nutrients. Here are just some of the cravings-satisfyers included: "App[e-Pecan Muffins"; "New York Breakfast"; "Cherry-Vanilla Oatmeal"; "Soft Asian Summer Rolls with Sweet and Savory Dipping Sauce"; "Spiced Mixed Nuts"; "Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip"; "Summer Corn and Vegetable Soup"; "Tuscan Vegetable Soup"; "Sloppy Joes"; "Savory Chinese Chicken Salad"; "Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing"; "Tomatoes with Green Goddess Dressing"; "Linguine with Shrimp and Vegetables"; "Macaroni and Four Cheeses"; "Tomato, Olive, and Parmesan Pizza"; "Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers"; "Peppercorn Pork with Wine Sauce"; "Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust"; "Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta"; "Jewel Roasted Vegetables"; "Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots"; "Zucchini Parmesan Crisps"; "Banana Cream Pie"; "Mocha Cake with Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting"; "Pear-Ginger Crumble"; "Dark Chocolate Mousse"; and "Vanilla Hot Cocoa". Hungry yet? Get your cravings fix right here! Book Copy Gratis Taunton Press

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    My fiance and I are quickly falling in love with this book. Ellie's recipes are not only quick, easy, simple and delicious - they're healthy! We've cooked a solid 10 recipies so far (with plans for many more)in almost every section and we have fallen in love. I think we may attempt to cook and eat our way through the whole thing (will be healthier than doing it to Julia Child!) If you enjoy cooking, even if you are a beginner, if you want to eat healthier but still have great tasting food - this My fiance and I are quickly falling in love with this book. Ellie's recipes are not only quick, easy, simple and delicious - they're healthy! We've cooked a solid 10 recipies so far (with plans for many more)in almost every section and we have fallen in love. I think we may attempt to cook and eat our way through the whole thing (will be healthier than doing it to Julia Child!) If you enjoy cooking, even if you are a beginner, if you want to eat healthier but still have great tasting food - this book is awesome! She even includes tips and sidebars throughout about how to help eat better. This isn't bland "fat free" type cooking. If you are looking for serious diet food you'll probably need to get one more notch more to the "super healthy" side. But Ellie's ideas are great. Example, she subs a portion of a normally mayo based sauce for yogurt which makes it healthier on several accounts. I reccomend: Edamamme hummus with spicy pita chips, Curry Butternut squash soup, Roasted red pepper pasta, scallops with succatash and parsley drizzle, and the white grape soup. Yum!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz Deken

    Ellie is a dream come true: a nutritionist who loves good food, relies on real, whole ingredients, and understands the siren call of creamy, cheesy, salty foods in our lives. I rely on this cookbook to provide food that is healthy and nutritious and still hits all the flavor bells and comfort spots. She has such a great knack for mixing high-flavor foods with high-nutrition foods and I only wish I could have her in my kitchen to help me alter every recipe I own. Something I really like about this Ellie is a dream come true: a nutritionist who loves good food, relies on real, whole ingredients, and understands the siren call of creamy, cheesy, salty foods in our lives. I rely on this cookbook to provide food that is healthy and nutritious and still hits all the flavor bells and comfort spots. She has such a great knack for mixing high-flavor foods with high-nutrition foods and I only wish I could have her in my kitchen to help me alter every recipe I own. Something I really like about this book is it gives not just calories, fat, fiber and the standard "diet" information, but it gives you the nutritional profile: - micronutrients and vitamins, what types of fats, etc. It also includes lots of tips for how to makes changes in your regular cooking style. I am a very experienced home cook. I cook from scratch all the time. I loathe "diet" food or "fake" food (fat-free dressings, sugar-free, etc) and this has NONE of that. This is real food, combined to be healthy and delicious. It is a great cookbook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    My husband and I are loving this cookbook. I was looking for a chef who's approach and style called to me, and I found it in Ellie Krieger. No, the recipes aren't all low-cal/ low-fat, but it's the kind of fat that makes all the difference. We have actually lost quite a bit of weight since buying this book, and I haven't felt like I was dieting at all. I wanted a cookbook that relied on fresh ingredients that I could easily use and buy (but I love that she often uses frozen and canned veggies to My husband and I are loving this cookbook. I was looking for a chef who's approach and style called to me, and I found it in Ellie Krieger. No, the recipes aren't all low-cal/ low-fat, but it's the kind of fat that makes all the difference. We have actually lost quite a bit of weight since buying this book, and I haven't felt like I was dieting at all. I wanted a cookbook that relied on fresh ingredients that I could easily use and buy (but I love that she often uses frozen and canned veggies to simplify), recipes that my southern meat-and-potatoes husband would also enjoy eating and cooking, and recipes that didn't take a sous-chef to make. I am a novice cook, but I'm expanding my repertoire by leaps and bounds with her book. Some of our favorites include: Fried Rice with tofu and Edamame (We make this every week) Mac n' cheese Grilled Pork Loin Carrot Cake Cupcakes Lemon Chicken

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Really interesting recipes in the "comfort food" genre, great photography by Christopher Hirsheimer, who was most recently a top editor at the lovely Saveur. Despite Krieger's credentials I didn't feel like the nutrition info was THAT good; or that her recipes were startlingly creative in the ways they tricked you into eating healthy foods. Also, she seems to use odd techniques (eg she calls shredded herbs, why not just chop em? she also calls for some kind of weird technique for shredding carro Really interesting recipes in the "comfort food" genre, great photography by Christopher Hirsheimer, who was most recently a top editor at the lovely Saveur. Despite Krieger's credentials I didn't feel like the nutrition info was THAT good; or that her recipes were startlingly creative in the ways they tricked you into eating healthy foods. Also, she seems to use odd techniques (eg she calls shredded herbs, why not just chop em? she also calls for some kind of weird technique for shredding carrots (without even explaining how to do it!), when a julienne would probably work better for the average home cook. But having said that,it's a very enjoyable and good looking cookbook with interesting recipes that are very appealing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michaiah

    LOVE this cookbook. Using whole foods, but cutting down on bad fats, etc., Ellie Krieger has created delicious, healthful dishes. I've made many of these recipes and most of them are delicious - I especially love the fettuccine with walnuts and parsley, the baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta, the confetti chili, and the pumpkin pie muffins. I love that more often than not, these recipes can be prepared fairly quickly, so it's a good cookbook for even a busy cook. The nutritional information per LOVE this cookbook. Using whole foods, but cutting down on bad fats, etc., Ellie Krieger has created delicious, healthful dishes. I've made many of these recipes and most of them are delicious - I especially love the fettuccine with walnuts and parsley, the baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta, the confetti chili, and the pumpkin pie muffins. I love that more often than not, these recipes can be prepared fairly quickly, so it's a good cookbook for even a busy cook. The nutritional information per serving is listed with each recipe, which I also appreciate. The only complaint I have about this book is that it could use more pictures. There are quite a few, but I'm the kind of cook who likes a picture for every recipe.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    While I haven't cooked from this one yet, my general thought is that it's a bit basic for where I am as a home cook. That's not a bad thing; this would have been a welcome gift in college when I was looking for things that were not difficult but healthier than beef stroganoff from a box. The healthy additions are apparent and explained, and while the jury is out on pretty much every health rule except "eat more vegetables" for the vast majority of people, this is a decent way to start. But - the While I haven't cooked from this one yet, my general thought is that it's a bit basic for where I am as a home cook. That's not a bad thing; this would have been a welcome gift in college when I was looking for things that were not difficult but healthier than beef stroganoff from a box. The healthy additions are apparent and explained, and while the jury is out on pretty much every health rule except "eat more vegetables" for the vast majority of people, this is a decent way to start. But - the photos are all right, the directions are mostly clear, I'd say it's a great cookbook for someone looking for some fairly easy basic recipes that are not terrible for you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    I absolutly loved this cook book. She not only gave recipes but told reasons why certain foods are good or bad for you. She brakes down ingredients and talks about them in a way even I can understand. I was hooked with the very first recipe in the book and I marked about 30 different ones to try. It is a completely new style for me but healthier. I am really excited to try the recipes. She gives ideas for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, salads, soups and desserts. I would like to purchase this I absolutly loved this cook book. She not only gave recipes but told reasons why certain foods are good or bad for you. She brakes down ingredients and talks about them in a way even I can understand. I was hooked with the very first recipe in the book and I marked about 30 different ones to try. It is a completely new style for me but healthier. I am really excited to try the recipes. She gives ideas for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, salads, soups and desserts. I would like to purchase this book and would recommend to all.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Genene Murphy

    While I tend to steer clear of Food Network hero worship, The Food You Crave surprises, offering more than just a smartly-packaged branding campaign. Dare I consider this a secret find? Its user-friendly text combines Cooking Light wisdom and Food and Wine style for those that want to eat well and shed a few pounds. The layout includes lots of tips and hints and break-out boxes that explain food science, organic eating and how to use fat substitutes. It goes well with wine stains and sauce splat While I tend to steer clear of Food Network hero worship, The Food You Crave surprises, offering more than just a smartly-packaged branding campaign. Dare I consider this a secret find? Its user-friendly text combines Cooking Light wisdom and Food and Wine style for those that want to eat well and shed a few pounds. The layout includes lots of tips and hints and break-out boxes that explain food science, organic eating and how to use fat substitutes. It goes well with wine stains and sauce splatters ... and gives Weight Watchers an essential resource without announcing it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I love the way Ellie Krieger provides healthy twists on everyday foods. Some of these are kinda out there and not something I'd enjoy - but most of these recipes are great. And, there are alot of ideas to apply to other recipes you use (like substituting plain fat free greek style yogurt for sour cream - I prefer the Trader Joe's brand myself. and, YEA for dark chocolate - did you know it was actually good for you?). Anyway - I watch her show on the Food Network and a friend gave me this cookboo I love the way Ellie Krieger provides healthy twists on everyday foods. Some of these are kinda out there and not something I'd enjoy - but most of these recipes are great. And, there are alot of ideas to apply to other recipes you use (like substituting plain fat free greek style yogurt for sour cream - I prefer the Trader Joe's brand myself. and, YEA for dark chocolate - did you know it was actually good for you?). Anyway - I watch her show on the Food Network and a friend gave me this cookbook and I have really liked it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I connect with her more moderate view of cooking...it's okay to use higher fat ingredients in small amounts, where they are needed for flavor or texture. Add more vegetables, beans, and whole grains where possible and reduce the amount of meat. If food doesn't taste good, you're not going to eat it...so what are you going to eat instead (or afterward)? We LOVE her pumpkin muffins, my husband even enjoys them! She does get a little phobic of food additives, I'm okay with using light or reduced fa I connect with her more moderate view of cooking...it's okay to use higher fat ingredients in small amounts, where they are needed for flavor or texture. Add more vegetables, beans, and whole grains where possible and reduce the amount of meat. If food doesn't taste good, you're not going to eat it...so what are you going to eat instead (or afterward)? We LOVE her pumpkin muffins, my husband even enjoys them! She does get a little phobic of food additives, I'm okay with using light or reduced fat mayo, cream cheese, etc.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deodand

    I liked this book. Krieger seems to lean toward my taste in food. She shows us how to have a little of everything, without having to cook three-page recipes and without guilt. She likes silken tofu as a substitute for the semifirm fats in items such as mousse - I plan to give this a try. She also makes use of a good technique I learned from Cooking Light magazine, which is that you put the tastiest, richest part of the recipe on the top of the food where it hits your tounge first. That way you c I liked this book. Krieger seems to lean toward my taste in food. She shows us how to have a little of everything, without having to cook three-page recipes and without guilt. She likes silken tofu as a substitute for the semifirm fats in items such as mousse - I plan to give this a try. She also makes use of a good technique I learned from Cooking Light magazine, which is that you put the tastiest, richest part of the recipe on the top of the food where it hits your tounge first. That way you can use a little less without sacrificing flavour.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    With the exception of the Sloppy Joe's (which was more like a flavorless chili), I liked everything I tried in this cookbook. The Broccoli Cheddar Frittata will replace the full fat version I usually make. The Spiced Nuts and the Triple Chocolate Cookies are addictive, but the book just leaves something to be desired. I wish the font was larger and there were more photos. Krieger's nutritional information is helpful for those watching sodium, fat or vitamin levels. Otherwise, I thought it was ju With the exception of the Sloppy Joe's (which was more like a flavorless chili), I liked everything I tried in this cookbook. The Broccoli Cheddar Frittata will replace the full fat version I usually make. The Spiced Nuts and the Triple Chocolate Cookies are addictive, but the book just leaves something to be desired. I wish the font was larger and there were more photos. Krieger's nutritional information is helpful for those watching sodium, fat or vitamin levels. Otherwise, I thought it was just an okay cookbook.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A great cookbook, especially as I'm transitioning to becoming a vegetarian. Krieger emphasizes the use of the freshest ingredients (for maximal nutrient density... one of the concepts you'll learn), specifically fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy poultry and dairy. You don't feel deprived because the recipes translate to flavorful and colorful foods with enough textures to satisfy even the pickiest of palates.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    One point off for featuring herself on the cover and trying to brand the word "craveable", but otherwise I love this. The food is lovely, satisfying, and I appreciate that it is all "real"- no diet tricks that sacrifice purity or flavor. Her "usually, sometimes, rarely" food philosophy is very appealing to me as I am trying to shift my eating habits to a healthy and pleasurable balance. Delicious.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This cookbook is really great so far. I've probably made about 15 of the recipes, and I'd say easily 12 of them I would make again. Which is a pretty good ratio for a cookbook, in my opinion. Her recipes are healthy, but much more importantly, they TASTE GOOD. And, for the most part, the ingredients are not martha-stewart crazy, they are actually accessible. I just ended up buying it instead of copying the recipes I like, because I have a feeling its one I will keep referring to over the years.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I didn't expect to like this book nearly as well as I do. I started bookmarking the recipes I wanted to copy and there were so many only 1/3 of the way through that I am going to buy the sucker instead. Nice photography, good layout, good recipes that are enticing but not overwhelming for a weeknight dinner. Very nice breakfast suggestions. Dessert section is a little weak, but that's an area I have NO problem with. :-)

  29. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnn

    I love reading cookbooks but it's rare for me to find one that I really love. This is a great cookbook. Ellie Krieger is both a dietician and a cook, which means that most of her recipes are healthy and taste awesome. I've only tried a few recipes but they've all been great. I recommend the Apple-Pecan Muffins, Oven Fried Chicken, Vanilla Hot Chocolate, and Grilled Zucchini and Hummus Wraps. I'll let you know about some of the others as I try them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Most of the recipes sound delicious, although some are a bit more involved than what I am looking for at this stage in my life. Having small children, I'm looking for healthy & fast. Maybe I will come back to this cookbook one day. I decided to order instead, Robin Rescues Dinner: 52 Weeks of Quick-Fix Meals, 350 Recipes, and a Realistic Plan to Get Weeknight Dinners on the Table by Robin Miller. Most of the recipes sound delicious, although some are a bit more involved than what I am looking for at this stage in my life. Having small children, I'm looking for healthy & fast. Maybe I will come back to this cookbook one day. I decided to order instead, Robin Rescues Dinner: 52 Weeks of Quick-Fix Meals, 350 Recipes, and a Realistic Plan to Get Weeknight Dinners on the Table by Robin Miller.

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