A few months ago I discovered the company Blogging For Books. It is a simple concept, you select a book, they company ships it to you, you review it, post it and get your next one. I thought this would be a great addition to the blog and a way for me to expand my food knowledge.
Now, this is a quirk about me. I love to read cookbooks. Front to back. I treat it like a novel with pretty, delicious photos involved. To me, a cookbook has to tell a story and flow. That's what gets me hook and makes me want to try all the recipes. It has to be visually appealing and simple at the same time. I don't think this is asking for too much? It is just what I like, ya know. And now a days, you can google any recipe in the world, but to me, there is nothing like flipping through a cookbooks and picking something out. I've tried to get cookbooks on my Kindle or iPad and yuck..I totally hated it. In the flesh cookbooks is where its at.
My first pick was the Skinnytaste Cookbook. I am have been a long time blog follower, so when the author, Gina Homolka , came out with a cookbook, it immediately went on my list. The goal of her blog and her book is to make healthy comfort food, healthier. Gina's main message is saying that healthy food doesn't have to be bland, plain, or boring. You can make lots of delicious food, healthy, and enjoy it, mainly by "health"fying" everything. This premise is especially important to me as I try and eat "clean" as much as possible, as well as eat as much good food as possible. Gina advocates for using real food, which I love. No substituted sweeteners, weird butter products, or any other funky stuff. Just real, good, fresh ingredients.
Gina put together 150 recipes for her book and they include plenty of beautiful photos, helpful nutritional values, lots of cooking tips to help make navigating the kitchen if you're not used to being in there all the time. In the very beginning of the book, Gina mentions a pantry makeover. I love this concept as I think it is so very important when people are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Get the non nutritional food out! The out of sight, out of mind thing is so true here.
There are so many lovely looking recipes in this book and I've got a long list to conquer, but I've been able to try and few that have turned out really great.
On my list of favorites so far:
- Page 58 Too Good To Be True Baked Potato Soup
- Page 26 Good for you Granola
- Page 80 Slow Cooker Chicken
- Page 132 Curried Chicken Salad
There is also a whole page (121) dedicated to healthy snack ideas. Which I always needs since I eat about 5 times a day.
I've got plenty more to try like the Asian Peanut Noodles, Grilled Lamb Chops, Shrimp and Grits, and the Carrot Farroto, just to name a few. Overall, my first impression is that it seems like a great cookbook. It has basic, easy ingredients, simple instructions, and everything is easy to follow. The photos are beautiful and inspiring, and so far, it has all tasted great!
My one not so great thing to say has to do with the salad section. They seem more involved that I am used to with a salad and I think they are more geared towards a dinner main dish salad, then an easy go to lunch salad. I am always looking for creative combination for lunch salads, and I was a little lost in this section. To me, salads should be a little easier to prepare, but they look none the less amazing.
My favorite thing to make so far, and I can't wait to make it again, is Gina's Too Good To Be True Baked Potato Soup, which she also features on her blog. It was a hit with the husband too...of course he had no idea what was in it, and I never told him. Hehe...
Cheers to new cookbooks!
FTC disclaimer : I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are, as always, my own and I was not required to give a favorable review.