We all have them; a good food day and a bad food day. Cheat meals. Cheat days. Cheat weekends. They can become bad habits and spiral out of control for some of us every now and then, including me. I'm totally human if you didn't know that already.
When I chose this book for my next Blogging for Books review, those were some of the first thoughts that came to my mind after reading the title and not really knowing what the book was about. I try my hardest to have good food days most of the time, but can often find myself in a rut!! I was hopeful for this cookbook to spark some new ideas to add to my everyday cooking. More veggies, less cheese and wine - maybe?
A good food day starts out with the author’s story about how terrible he ate about 4 years ago while working as a chef in NYC. He first talks about his daily routine of coffee, cigarettes, starchy foods, and booze. Marco goes on to tell the reader how he came to realize this way of life was not so great, so he pulled up his boot straps and got to work. He mentions that trying to change the mindset that cooking healthy food isn’t just for necessity to survive, but it can also be delicious and pleasurable and his goal is to inspire you to want to eat healthy foods at every meal. So you have good food days all the time. I like it because he isn’t a doctor, a specialist, or on some fab diet or lifestyle. He is just a chef who had to learn the hard way about eating whole, nutritious, real food – which is right up my alley.
Each section has a little intro and personal story then there is a section with some sciencey stuff.
There are plenty of basic recipes, such as hard boiled eggs, to some classic's like meatloaf and and a variety of fun, more in depth salads like spinach with roasted fennel, olives and grapefruit that I made for my lunches this week.
He has a lot of really intriguing twists on some of my favorites like Roasted Broccoli with Hazelnuts and Pecorino and a recipe for Roasted Carrots with Pistacio and Mint pesto! I love these because it can shake up an other wise boring veggie routine.
As I mentioed in my Skinnytaste review, once I get a new cookbook, I read through the whole thing and list of which goodies I can't wait to try: Here's what my list is looking like:
Kale and White Bean Salad with Tuna
Thai Eggplant Salad
Camalized Cauliflower and Apple Soup
Morracan Spiced Eggplant Soup
Lentil Soup with Tomato and Kale
Shrimp and Chickpea Trifolati
Braised Chicken Thighs with Garlic, Lemon, and Greek Olives - which I made on Monday evening!
Salmon in Parchment with Olives, Fennel, and Lemon
Meatloaf with Roasted Broccoli, Carrot, and Onion - and if a cookbook can make meatloaf look appealing to me, it is a winner!
Overall, I really like this cookbook. The photos are beautiful, the recipes have real, simple, and whole ingredients, and it makes me feel fancy to make pistacsio mint pesto on a Tuesday night to go with my roasted carrots (which was amazing!!).
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.