I could probably fill half a bookshelf with all the cookbooks I’ve accumulated over the years. Crockpot recipes. Cocktail recipes. 4 ingredient recipes. I’ll admit that most of my recipe books have gotten awfully dusty lately. With the explosion of Pinterest, food blogs, food apps, and social media, I no longer have to flip through the pages of a book to discover tantalizing meal ideas, but no matter how “techy” recipe hunting becomes, there will always be three recipe books that I use until the pages turn yellow and crumble.
I just discovered this fantastic new cookbook by Gina Homolka, author, photographer and recipe developer of Skinnytaste.com. Gina takes your favorite full calorie dishes and skinnies them down without sacrificing any of the flavor. Love! My mom sent me this cookbook for my birthday in September and right away I flagged five or six recipes that I couldn’t wait to try out.
I’ve already made Gina’s Italian Gnocchi Soup and the Orecchiette with Sausage, Kale and Bell Pepper. Both recipes were perfection. They were restaurant worthy dishes that are light on calories, big on flavor, of course!
What I love most about this cookbook are the clear instructions, the tempting pictures and the uncomplicated ingredient lists. Each recipe is presented with nutritional facts about the dish and nutritional side notes courtesy of registered dietitian Heather K Jones, RD.
2. My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
Gwyneth Paltrow has become a global icon of style and good taste. This is her debut cookbook. Gwyneth shares her favorite family-friendly recipes, her recipe inspirations and personal stories about how she cooks for her own family. I’ve cracked this cookbook open so many times that the pages automatically flip open to certain recipes (Read: Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano). I’ve made other recipes so often that I don’t even have to look at the book anymore (Read: Butternut Squash Soup).
Some of my other favorite dishes are the Turkey Bolognese, Broiled Salmon with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce, and Bruce’s World-Famous Pancakes.
I love that this book has a section dedicated to pasta (mmmm) – one of my favorite comfort foods. It has a good mix of classic weeknight dishes for families as well as recipes for special occasions. I also love all the personal stories that accompany the recipes and the adorable pictures of Gwyneth with her family.
3. IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great
It’s Gwyneth: The Sumptuous Sequel. While her first cookbook contained an array of classic comfort food, her second collection of recipes focuses on the other side of the culinary coin: clean eating. The book is billed as recipes that will make you look good and feel great. It’s a collection of dishes that adhere to an elimination diet which is meant to clear and heal the body. That means no sugar, shellfish, gluten or soy.
Many of these dishes have become regulars in my house – the Avocado Toast, Salmon with Sriracha and Lime, and Tomatillo Salsa. Others I’m dying to try, include the Chicken and White Bean Chili and the Many Mushroom Soup.
I love that this book has and entire Smoothie section. It also has a rundown of suggested weekly recipes for A Detox Week, A Vegan Week, and A Family-Friendly Week. There are also suggestions for a few “clean” staples to keep in your pantry like maple syrup, almond milk and vegenaise. Unless you are super committed to the cause, it’s not an every day cookbook, but it’s a wonderful place to find dishes for our “cleanse” days. I know I need them every now and then.