My Favorite Cookbooks

April 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm 1 comment

Yes, I am aware that this is totally gross. But also kinda funny. And no, I don't own it.

Here’s a question from a fabulous C&C reader:

I’m always on the lookout for healthy, vegetarian dishes to prepare for me and my family. Would totally appreciate any resources or cookbook recommendations! I go to the book store and see so many books – it’s hard to decide which to purchase.  LT, New Jersey

So glad you brought this up! I have been using some new cookbooks that I absolutely LOVE, and they are very well suited for family cooking.

The Kripalu Cookbook: Based on the recipes of the famous yoga retreat center in the Berkshires (and right down the street from my house in Massachusetts), this cookbook has some terriffic recipes. All are uber healthy and very easy to make. Some recipes might call for some esoteric ingredients that can be found in a health food store. I’ve recently made the millet mashed potatoes and loved ’em.

Feeding the Whole Family, by Cynthia Lair: If you want to make healthy meals and you’ve got kids, this cookbook is for you. Lair breaks down each recipe to show you what your child can eat (ie. mash up the peas for the toddler while you have the whole ones) and offers suggestions on how your kids can help you prepare meals. Great lunch ideas, too. A MUST HAVE for any mom.

One Bite at a Time, by Rebecca Katz: Just by looking at the cover, you know this is a winner. Geared towards cancer-friendly cooking, each recipe relies on fresh ingredients. The recipes are simple and DIVINE.Not all recipes are vegetarian, so the meat-eaters in the family will be pleased, too.

Cancer Fighting Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz: As with above, this book is just plain ol’ gorgeous and tasty. The recipes are incredible. I love how some dishes are perfect for a weekday night, while some are a little bit more “special,” yet all are simple, easy to make, and tasty. Definitely a favorite.

Clean Food, by Terry Walter: You’ve gotta have this in your cookbook arsenal. Recipes are sorted according to season, which I love. So, for example, you’ll find beautiful desserts featuring ripe berries (get them from your farmer’s market!) in the summer and heavier meals with squash in the winter.

In addition to cookbooks, I like the site (and magazine) Eating Well. Healthy food porn for sure!

Happy Cooking!



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  • 1. Larie  |  April 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hey there! Thanks so much for the recommendations. I’m also a fan of the Eating Well magazine. It’s the first magazine I grab at Whole Foods ’cause they don’t carry Star, Ok, US Weekly. (kidding)

    The Testicle Cookbook? How appetizing. Well, judging from the picture…. I once saw a book called, “Cooking with Pooh.” (A Winnie the Pooh themed cook book for kids.) heh heh.


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