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practiceliving
07-23-2007, 07:55 PM
Hi all!

I'm looking for cookbook recommendations! I prefer books with healthy (obvs!) recipes with a lot of variety - everything from sides to entrees, snacks to desserts.

One of my favourites is the Best of the Best (from the Best of Bridge series). It's got a good mix of healthy every-day recipes, and slightly less healthy "entertaining" recipes that are easy to adapt.

Another favourite is the Rebar cookbook - it's the book from a great vegetarian restaurant in my hometown. I make their salads all the time - great as sides or as dinner on their own!

As much as I love those two, I would like some others to mix up the rotation a little. The boyfriend and I are starting to get a little bored with the same set of recipes constantly being rotated.

So - your favourite cookbooks. Priority to the healthy ones, though I'll take any recommendations!


meowee
07-23-2007, 10:06 PM
Hi Practice . . .

Have you taken a look at the three books by Canadians Janet and Greta Podleski ???? Not only full of good and healthy stuff, but also full of little tips and tidbits that will keep you chuckling as well.

Their three books are . . .

Looney Spoons
Crazy Plates
Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry

I also like just about anything by Sandra Woodruff, particularly her Good Carb Cookbook and her Secrets of Fat Free . . . . series.

All are available through Amazon.ca . . . don't forget to use the 3FC link to get to Amazon, of course.

Spinymouse
07-23-2007, 10:25 PM
My very favorite is the Moosewood Cookbook. I know it is my favorite because although I must have a hundred cookbooks, this is the one with all the sauce spills all over it. I sauce-spilled up the original version and now am working on messing up the updated one "The New Moosewood Cookbook" (mostly updated to be lower fat I think.) I have never made a flop recipe from this. I have purchased other Moosewood and Mollie Katzen cookbooks that came out later but this one remains my fave!
Also Mollie Katzen (author) has a great website with recipes.


moxiesd
07-23-2007, 10:45 PM
A great book is "Recipes To Lower Your Fat Thermostat" Copyright 1984.. I don't know if they have an up-dated version or no...but it is well worth acquiring. The information on it is: Vitality House International, Inc.
3707 North Canyon Road #8-C
Provo, Utah 84604

They give a telephone number: 1-800-637-0708 This is probably 25 year old number...so don't know whether it's still good, or whether the book is still in publication.

practiceliving
07-24-2007, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the suggestions!

Meowee - I *love* the Podleski sisters' cookbooks, I just don't own them. I keep trying to steal them from my parents, but they won't let me! ;) I'm keeping an eye out for them at Costco, so hopefully I'll have them in the rotation soon.

Spinymouse - I know what you mean about the splattered books - that's how my Rebar one is! I'll look for the Moosewood, because I've heard good things about it before.

BlueToBlue
08-02-2007, 04:51 AM
My favorite cookbook isn't a book; it's a magazine and a website--Cooking Light. I subscribe to the magazine and I use the website all the time as well. Almost every recipe comes out fabulous, they provide spot-on nutritional info, and most recipes easily fit into my calorie plan. Even my SO, who is not dieting and normally doesn't like "diet" foods, commented on how great the recipes are.

cottagebythesea
08-02-2007, 07:11 AM
My favorite cookbooks are The South Beach Quick & Easy Cookbookand South Beach Taste of Summer Cookbook.
For cooking magazines, I love Cooking Light, Taste of Home, and Everyday Food. Most of the recipes in them can be easily adjusted to accomodate my diet, and always turn out great.

wisher
08-02-2007, 09:46 AM
I also part of the "Cooking Light" fan club! I get the magazine but use the online recipes all the time! They have thousands of recipes and I've never made anything I didn't like from there, and as someone mentioned above they already figure out all the nutritional info for you! They also come out with full cookbooks you can order from their site or get in the bookstore.

shananigans
08-02-2007, 11:09 AM
I have a lot of food blogs and websites I regularly visit for new ideas and inspiration, but my most used cookbook by far is Vegan with a Vengeance (http://www.theppk.com/veganwithavengeance.html) (often refered to as VwaV by the fans of the book) by Isa Chandra Moskowitz of the Post Punk Kitchen (http://www.theppk.com/). This book made me a better cook and showed me how exciting and awesome vegan cooking can be. Even if you're not vegan it's a great way to branch out into more healthy animal-free fare. Not all the recipes are super healthy, but they can be easily modified. I end up using about 1/2 the amount of oil called for in recipes generally, I find most have more than you really need.

alinnell
08-02-2007, 12:27 PM
My favorite cookbook isn't a book; it's a magazine and a website--Cooking Light. I subscribe to the magazine and I use the website all the time as well. Almost every recipe comes out fabulous, they provide spot-on nutritional info, and most recipes easily fit into my calorie plan. Even my SO, who is not dieting and normally doesn't like "diet" foods, commented on how great the recipes are.

Me too!! You just have to be careful because the site also contains recipes from other publications that are not necessarily low fat/calorie. Some of those don't even give you the nutritional information (so I disregard anything that is not from Cooking Light).

baffled111
08-02-2007, 12:44 PM
Me too!! You just have to be careful because the site also contains recipes from other publications that are not necessarily low fat/calorie. Some of those don't even give you the nutritional information (so I disregard anything that is not from Cooking Light).

Yeah, I'm not thrilled with the new website. But you can choose to search only in Cooking Light and not the other mags. Sometimes I'll include Sunset in my searches as well--their recipes tend to be pretty health conscious.

alinnell
08-02-2007, 12:47 PM
Yeah, I'm not thrilled with the new website. But you can choose to search only in Cooking Light and not the other mags. Sometimes I'll include Sunset in my searches as well--their recipes tend to be pretty health conscious.

How do you choose? I've been trying to figure out a way to do that, but can't seem to. HELP!

baffled111
08-02-2007, 02:48 PM
How do you choose? I've been trying to figure out a way to do that, but can't seem to. HELP!

You need to search from the "Enhanced Search" page.
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=advancedSearch
I have that page, rather than the front page, saved as a bookmark. Down the bottom, below all the other options, you can choose which publications you'd like to search.

alinnell
08-02-2007, 02:58 PM
You need to search from the "Enhanced Search" page.
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=advancedSearch
I have that page, rather than the front page, saved as a bookmark. Down the bottom, below all the other options, you can choose which publications you'd like to search.

Thanks! I knew there had to be a way!

WaterRat
08-02-2007, 03:12 PM
Oh, thanks for the hint on searching the CL website. I've subscribed for years, and have 6 or 8 of their annual cookbooks as well! I have one WW cookbook that I like a lot Simply the Best, and I love to read Cook's Illustrated magazine, but their recipes are far from low cal! I do pick up some cooking hints though.

gailr42
08-09-2007, 07:40 PM
I like Cooking Light magazine. I have a Weight Watchers cook book that I like and the Joy of Cooking - not low cal, but interesting, nontheless.

Nori71
12-02-2007, 01:42 PM
My 2 most used cookbooks are:

How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food (http://www.amazon.com/How-Cook-Everything-Simple-Recipes/dp/0471789186/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196616940&sr=8-1). We got this as a wedding gift 9 years ago and I've used it soooo much. There are recipes for almost everything - just like the title suggests.

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (http://www.amazon.com/Nourishing-Traditions-Challenges-Politically-Dictocrats/dp/0967089735/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196617072&sr=1-1)
While I don't "agree" with everything this author says - she's a little militant when it comes to her views, there are some GREAT recipes in here.

I use www.allrecipes.com ALL the time though. I search for recipes and then make adjustments that will work for me.

tamaralynn
12-02-2007, 02:52 PM
Company's Coming - Low Fat Cooking

It has everything in it (Meals, snacks, appetizers and desserts)\

http://www.companyscoming.com/index.php?par=cookbook_catalogue&cat=cookbook_catalogue&scat=&bcbb=series&bcbbname=original_series&bcbbid=1&vpnu=CCLFC

(it's cheaper if you buy it at Wal*Mart)

zenor77
12-02-2007, 03:44 PM
~Moosewood Restaurants Low-Fat Recipes (not a Molly Katzen book~it's from the co-op that she helped start though and it has nutritional info)

~Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson (101cookbooks.com is her website)

~More with Less Cookbook and Extending the World Table (a lot of authentic healthy ethnic recipes)

~All of Nigella Lawson's cookbooks (not necessarily healthy I'll admit, but they are great fun and the recipes all work)

gailr42
12-03-2007, 03:44 PM
The Sara Foster books that are written with Nancy Careno. Not a diet book, but a fresh food book. The recipes are easy to tweak into more diet friendly food.

FitMomEB
12-03-2007, 06:34 PM
My favorites:
- The Hamptons Diet Cookbook (I modify some recipes to make them lower in fat, but they are fab!)
- Recipes for Dairy-Free Living (I'm sensitive to dairy products)
- Weight Watchers Simply the Best: 250 Prizewinning Family Recipes (sometimes modify to lower carbs, and don't use chemical sweeteners)

SouthLake
12-13-2007, 01:04 AM
Oooh, ooh! I have one! Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter's cookbook. Y'know, the old red and white one that everyone has? They have a healthy version that is amazing. Everything is very low in calorie, fat, etc., everything I've made has been delicious (try the skinny mashed potatoes... YUM), it includes all the nutritional info... and best of all it has PICTURES of ALL the recipes! Can't beat that!

j45rpm
12-16-2007, 02:23 AM
I love just about everything from Cooks Illustrated and the King Arthur Flour Company. Cook's Illustrated book on lite cooking is great, and for those looking to increase their fiber, King Arthur's book on whole wheat baking is ideal.

Spinymouse
12-16-2007, 09:49 PM
I just bought a new one! How To Cook Everything Vegetarian.
Because I just got it, I haven't used it yet except to read/skim it and it looks amazingly good! It's a big one! With lots of instructional diagarams, kind of like in Cook's Illustrated, where there are diagrams of how to cut and trim an artichoke, for example. And there are lots of suggestions for how to modify recipes to add/substitute ingredients. I'm excitedly aniticipating using it soon!

CountingDown
12-16-2007, 10:59 PM
American Wholefoods Cuisine - my favorite veggie cookbook!
Joy of Cooking - really an encyclopedia as much as a cookbook
and
More With Less - changed our diet and lifestyle forever!

Both oldies but goodies!

BlueToBlue
12-16-2007, 11:04 PM
Me too!! You just have to be careful because the site also contains recipes from other publications that are not necessarily low fat/calorie. Some of those don't even give you the nutritional information (so I disregard anything that is not from Cooking Light).

I know! It's a change they made within the last year and I'm still annoyed about it. I even emailed them to complain about it. Everyone who is annoyed about this should email them to complain and maybe they will fix it. One tip they gave me was, when your search results come up, type "Cooking Light" in the Search Within These Results field and then search again. That will limit the results to just Cooking Light recipes. If you use the advance search tool, you can also choose to limit the results to just Cooking Light recipes, but I find that tool to be a pain to use.

baffled111
12-16-2007, 11:42 PM
Spiny, Bittman is great! I have the How to Cook Everything (original, non-vegetarian) we use it all the time. It's a fantastic basic cook book and I don't think I could do without it. Bittman also has a fish cookbook which is ok but not spectacular.

I use the advanced search on the Cooking Light website and just remember to check 'cooking light' with each search. It's worse than it was before they made the switch, but not the end of the world. Don't disregard Sunset though. They are a health conscious publication and have lots of nice, calorie-friendly recipes and provide nutritional info.

I'm currently cooking the Ancho chili from this month's Cooking Light for tonight's dinner. It's looking and tasting delicious!

youngchick
04-04-2008, 11:55 AM
I love Ellie Krieger's "Foods You Crave." She's on the Food Network and you can get a lot of her recipes on the website and they have nutrition information. I just made a Red Pepper Fettucine recipe that was super fast and easy that had Feta cheese in it that was to die for!