Learn How To Cook Delicious Food

Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories by Lisa Lillien provides three-hundred recipes for full-sized meals that are healthy as they are delicious. Recipes include breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes plus appetizers and sides. And here’s the kicker: each easy recipe only contains three-hundred calories or less! These recipes allow you to use supplies already in your kitchen such as crock-pots and foil packs. Look forward to guilt-free Creamy Crab Cakes Benedict, Buffalo Chicken Wing Macaroni & Cheese, and Big Apple Butternut Squash Soup.

Academy-Award Actress, avid foodie, and mother of two Gwyneth Paltrow shares a delicious collection of recipes and beautiful photographs celebrating cooking for family in a tribute to her father entitled My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness. As a young girl, Gwyneth cooked and ate with her father, Bruce Paltrow, and she developed a passion for food that shaped how she belives cooking goes hand in hand with family togetherness. In her book she discusses how she balances healthy food with scrumptious treats, how she involves her children in cooking, and offers a glimpse into her life as a daughter, mother, and wife. This book includes 150 recipes and meal ideas that will inspire readers to cook delicious food with those they love.

Heidi Swanson shows readers an easy way to eat naturally and healthily in her recipe collection Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen. Swanson has introduced us to less-processed foods and taught us how to incorporate nutritious and great tasting food into our diets. This book shows you how to pack meals with nutrition by providing nearly 100 natural recipes that are delicious and good for the body. With gorgeous illustrations, you can look forward to cooking Sweet Panzanella, flaky Yogurt Biscuits, or Rose Geranium Prosecco. Swanson makes eating healthy look and feel easy.

Angie Dudley gives the inside scoop on a new irresistible mini treat that is sweeping the dessert world in their recipe book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats. Through Dudley’s blog, cake pops have become an international sensation. Want to learn how to prepare these cute little cakes on a stick? Cake Pops is the book for you. From simple shapes like decorated balls to more ambitious shapes such as ice cream cones, cupcakes, and baby animals, these delicious treats are the perfect alternative to cake for any celebration. This recipe collection provides clever tricks and tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, and melting chocolate.

Eric C. Westman, Stephen D. Phinney, and Jeff S. Volek have combined their expertise in their book, New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great. This book takes a new take on the exhausted traditional Atkins Diet by simplifying it and making it more satisfying. It teaches you how to learn how to eat the wholesome foods that will turn your bodies into fat-burning machines. It was created with your goals in mind so it allows you to eat healthy yet delicious food with balance and variety. The New Atkins allows for flexibility so that it can remain a part of your busy life. After incorporating this book in your life you not only will get rid of the pounds but you can keep them off for good.

Food Lover’s Guide to Portland – By Liz Crain

When exploring the many unique restaurants of the Portland area, you’ll soon discover the exemplary use locally grown foods and beverage in Portland provides a completely unique culture. In the book A Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, written by Liz Crain, was released in July 2010. While the book does delve into many of the unique establishments in the totally self-sustained restaurant ecosystem of Portland, it misses the mark of the target audience.

This book, which consists of 256 pages of restaurants in a highly local town. Through a lengthy series of essays, she explores the numerous advantages and lifestyles of those providing the support for this completely unique culture, reviewing the various restaurants that make this town special, and how everything comes together to form one of the best food towns in the United States.

Unfortunately, this is where the good points of the book end. For a unique food culture, like Portland, many of the local favorites have been excluded, opting for more of a tourist focus. This can be viewed as both a blessing and a curse. While smaller eateries have been skipped over for more tourist friendly restaurants, this can help to keep these hidden treasures buried, but also take away needed business to help the community grow and prosper. Some locals may love it, but others would prefer to attend the places they already know and love.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Portland could provide a lot more than it did, but it is still currently available in paperback and electronic editions for those who would like what I could best describe as the basic of the Portland restaurant community.

Michael Pollan’s Food Rules – A Review

This small book is a great beginner’s guide on eating. If you are overweight or have been dieting for years, you’ve probably determined that there is no instant cure for what you have been doing for the last umpteen years. What Pollan does is give you quick rules to eat by that will get you as far, if not farther, than many diets. Muffin tops and spare tires might seem fashionable, but they are not very attractive or healthy. If you have them now in your twenties or thirties, it gets even more difficult to lose them as you age. So, no time like the present to read this little book to help you get started.

As a curious journalist, Pollan has written several books on food including In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Cooked. Try checking one out from a local library and by this time next year, you may just get a call to tell you to come pick it up or download it. This little book may be the only thing that is available by this author for free and it is a good start.

Nutrition is a relatively new science. The food companies want you to be their guinea pigs and try their new foods that are bound to be “healthy” in one aspect or another. By focusing on one element, vitamin, or nutrient at a time, they ignore other ingredients that are harmful and, as a result, perpetuate confusion and poor health. Thus, the food companies and the medical community are making a fortune at your expense. The only things for certain are that by eating highly processed foods, you will most likely be obese and diabetic and prone to heart disease and cancer. That is the result of the American diet.

Pollan sums it all up with “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” But he gives you 64 rules to guide you to that conclusion. One rule in particular that supports it is Rule 12 “Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.” That’s another way of saying eat fresh fruits and veggies, meat, fish and dairy and avoid processed foods.

So before going on a diet, make a record of what you are currently eating, follow Pollan’s rules and see if that doesn’t make a difference. If you think that eating healthy may cost a little more, it is much cheaper than what you will pay out to the medical community if you don’t make a change.