2/8/14

Its a Non-fiction Saturday Twofer!


The New Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone
By - Deborah Madison

 
3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking--a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Originally published in 1997, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was both ahead of its time and an instant classic, and has endured as one of the world's most popular vegetarian cookbooks. Featuring 1,600 recipes suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and everyone who loves fresh produce and good food, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is as full of practical information as it is inspiring, a treasure from a truly irreplaceable culinary voice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Deborah Madison is the author of nine cookbooks and countless articles on food, cooking, and farming. Currently she blogs for Gourmet and Culinate.

Visit her at her awesome website - HERE






MY REVIEW -
Well I was mildly disappointed in this book only because there were NO pictures! None. And you all know that is a huge pet peeve of mine with cook books. When flipping through, I just can't get as excited about a bunch of words.

All that being said, there are some good recipes in here. After flipping through this book I had the idea that you would really use this book more if you had a certain ingredient ( broccoli, black beans etc.) and wanted to find a recipe for that. There is a real nice section on grains and rices etc. and also a good section on Tofu.

Here is a list of some of the recipes that sound good to  me -
White bean and roasted garlic spread
Quesadilla with smokey black bean spread and salsa
Sesame noodles with asparagus tips
White bean soup with pasta and rosemary oil (I love soups with beans!)
Spicy stir-fry tofu with coconut rice
Sweet and sour tofu
Rhubarb-apple crisp
Spiced dried fruits in wine syrup
Pear-almond upside-down cake (I do have to say the desserts look (I mean sound) good!

So all-in-all this isn't a bad cookbook and it does have lots of ideas, just no pictures!

Thank you Netgalley and "Ten Speed Press" for sending me this e-book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
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Skinny-Size It
101 Recipes That Will Fill You Up and Slim You Down
By - Molly Morgan
4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Tired of giving up the meals you love because you're trying to lose weight? Stop depriving yourself and start skinny-sizing! Dietician and nutritionist Molly Morgan shares 101 recipes that give your high-calorie faves—think pancakes, muffins and lasagna—a skinny makeover. The only things you'll be missing are those extra pounds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Molly Morgan is a Board Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian, the owner of Creative Nutrition Solutions, and author of The Skinny Rules and her forthcoming cookbook, Skinny-Size It (2014). Her work focuses on developing custom nutrition programs that yield results. Molly's client list includes Fortune 500 companies, national brands and professional sports teams. 
She is the president-elect for the New York State Dietetic Association and has served as an appointed member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Consumer Health Informatics Workgroup, a media representative for the New York State Dietetic Association and a past president of the Southern Tier Dietetics Association. Additionally Molly is a member of many groups including: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians, New York State Dietetic Association and Sports Cardiovascular and Nutrition.

Molly lives in Upstate, New York with her husband and her two sons.  (She lives in upstate NY! Holy Crap!)
Visit her at her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
Again with no pictures! But I am rating this one a little higher because of the creativity and it looks like a lot of work and thought went into this. What I loved about this book (besides the great recipes) - she gives you the before (the normal way it is done) then shows you how to make it "skinny-size". for example -
Before - Usually the word cheesy in a recipe is a red flag, because it commonly indicates that a dish has a heavy, creamy, cheese sauce. One cheesy dish could potentially contain as much fat (or more) as you can need in an entire day.
Skinny-size it - The cheese sauce in Cheesy chicken has fresh vegetables as a foundation, and they add volume and fiber without adding excess calories. Additionally, the sauce is made with fat-free half-and-half, which is an excellent ingredient for thickening a sauce without adding fat. Finally, a light cheddar cheese lends the cheesy texture and flavor without sending the dish over the calorie cliff. Cheesy chicken contains a total of 160 calories and 4.5 gms of fat per serving.
And of course these are followed by an actual recipe.
I really do love the idea of this book! I do wish there pictures though, but still lots of great recipes!

Here are some of my favorites -
Breakfast burritos
Quinoa-bean burgers
Minestrone soup (this is my favorite kind of soup! I can't wait to try this one!)
Blackened salmon with mango salsa
Cheesy chicken

Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin for sending me this e-book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

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