Monday, November 06, 2006

The New American Plate Cookbook

last christmas, i put this cookbook on my wish list, and (lucky me!) my mom and dad made my wish come true . . . the American Institute for Cancer Research compiled the recipes for this healthy cookbook with the philosophy that americans should increase the amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that they consume, while reducing the amount of meat.

following research showing the cancer-fighting benefits of fancy-sounding scientific terms like phytochemicals and lignans, the recipes are bright and colorful, combining reds, greens, yellows, and oranges in a way that is both visually pleasing and tasty. i've made lots of recipes from this book, from delicious little steamed packets of whitefish seasoned with orange and topped with spinach, tomato, and kalamata olives; mini falafel patties; southwestern red pepper dip; a variety of muffins and breads; and lots more. recipes are not difficult and are explained clearly and concisely. i also like the introductions, which detail why these particular ingredients are cancer-fighters. nutrition information is included with each recipe.

the food in this book is healthy, but doesn't taste or look boring. recipes are fun to make and generally quite beautiful. i don't know if i like the term "foodie," but i consider food and cooking a healthy and exciting hobby. this book fits my lifestyle perfectly. (drea - perhaps a christmas gift for barb?)


Anonymous said...

oooo, bril idea. i will go look it up and purchase on amazon. but are they expensive ingredients? quick to make? barb is working ten to twelve hour days now because her boss is a pooter.

wellunderstood said...

some recipes are generally quite easy to put together, though there are varied levels of time required for different recipes. there are lots of one-pot meals and casseroles, which are easy to make ahead and freeze or eat throughout the week. i think barb would like it.