Kosher by Design Lightens Up: Fabulous Food for a Healthier Lifestyle
This sixth volume in Susie Fishbein's celebrated Kosher by Design cookbook series was crafted with your good health in mind! Kosher by Design Lightens Up is a gorgeous culinary guide, bursting with easy-to-do ideas for eating and feeling better. This cookbook teaches healthy cooking and food combining techniques, with special commentary by certified nutritional expert Bonnie Taub-Dix, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Assn. Susie says, "These nutritious recipes are easy to integrate into your everyday menus. Anyone looking to migrate into a better way of eating and living will find delicious options here." Featuring: *Over 145 brand new recipes *Over 160 full color photos *Over 320 pages *Creative entertaining ideas, including oil olive tasting, a party spritzer station and more! *Simple, healthy approaches to: cooking oils, sweeteners, whole grains, superfoods, smarter shopping, and more efficient kitchen gadgets *Comprehensive cross-reference index
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I was interested in Kosher by Design Lightens Up as, though I'm not Jewish, I've long been intrigued by kosher cooking. However, I did not hold out much hope for it because I don't cook light. We don't do diet anything in this house, we make full fat meals and desserts and simply eat smaller portions. But I have to say I was truly impressed with Kosher by Design Lightens Up. I was immediately drawn in by the large, lovely photographs. I love to see what a dish should l ook like upon completion and every recipe boasts a photograph. After flipping through the photos I decided on a handful of recipes to try over the following weeks. Let me tell you, none of them disappointed. I was pleased with each and every dish and dessert. My favorites would have to be the Garlic Burgers and Green Tea-Applesauce Cake. Of course with over 140 recipes I'm still cooking my way through, who knows what new favorite may present itself next? What does Kosher by Design Lightens Up have to offer? How about Tex-Mex Turkey Meatballs, Miso Glazed Cod, Peasant Soup or Fudge Brownie Torte? Or perhaps Chummos Canapes, Mile-High Chinese Chicken Salad, Veal Marsala, Spicy Fries and Apple-Rum Croustade. Doesn't sound light does it? It doesn't taste light either!
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Susie Fishbein is one of the premier names is kosher cookbooks, with her Kosher by Design series. KbD: Lightens Up is her most recent book, taking both new recipes and old classics and reworking them for a more health conscious world. This volume contains over 145 kosher recipes that Fishbein wrote with the help of nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix. The first thing I noticed about KbD: Lightens Up is the pictures. Oh, the pictures! My biggest gripe in cookbooks is that often times there are no visual references with the recipe, or else there are multiple pictures crammed onto one page. This is certainly not the case here- almost every recipe is flanked by it's very own full color photograph. Even before I perused the ingredient lists my mouth was watering! Another thing that I loved about KbD: Lightens Up is that Fishbein goes back to the basics with her introductive chapters. The first 40 pages of the book are a veritable encyclopedia of cooking knowledge- everything from different types of flour (and sugar and oil and…), to a dictionary of common terms, to a guide to the kosher kitchen. Any reader just starting their foray into a healthier lifestyle will love this guide! For each recipe Fishbein delivers her own personal story involving the dish, as well as basic nutrition facts involving the ingredients. This is actually where I find my biggest issue with KbD: Lightens Up. Often times this description is longer then the recipe itself and at times I feel the book suffers for it. It's as if Fishbein expects her readers to have a good amount of cooking experience and be able to read between the lines when some of her directions are too vague. As a novice cook, that may just be my issue, but I'm sure there are others like me around… KbD: Lightens Up is a visually stunning, hunger inducing cookbook. The guides and pictures lend for a wonderful browsing experience. The two recipes I attempted both turned out tasty, though I did have some trouble with the directions at times. I think if Fishbein spends more time flushing out the recipes that she'd have an amazing book on her hands. As is I'd recommend KbD: Lightens Up to cookbook browsers and practiced cooks, but not to anyone with a lower skill level.
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