It’s post-holiday pig-out and time to reform our eating habits. We are very lucky to have GIADA’S FEEL GOOD FOOD: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets by Giada de Laurentis to guide us back on the path to eating well. Giada looks the part and obviously eats healthfully. This comes across in this solid book of wonderful dishes that will make a healthy eating convert of even the fussiest of eaters. No deprivation with recipes like whole wheat orzo with artichoke pesto; whole roasted chicken with vegetable Bolognese; and spiced pumpkin-raisin cookies.
SOUTHERN LIVING: THE SLIM DOWN SOUTH COOKBOOK: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon by Carolyn O’Neil, M.S., R.D. will also help to slim down post-holiday binging. Southern food has a bad rap for its abundance of fried foods, heavy biscuits, thick gravies, and other rich dishes. But in this volume, the author shows that it is simple to eat traditional Southern dishes and stay healthy. Ms. O’Neil even has a section on “good grazing,” full of helpful snacks. The corncakes with tomato-lima bean relish is low in fat and calories; the pork chops with grilled pineapple salsa are a far cry from gravy-laden ones; and each of the buttermilk biscuits have only 83 calories!
I live in Los Angeles and one of my favorite lunch spots is Lemonade, at any of their many locations. THE LEMONADE COOKBOOK: Southern California Comfort Food From LA’s Favorite Modern Cafeteria by Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciulli is a lovely volume of recipes from this unique chain of eateries. The premise at Lemonade is quick affordable food that doesn’t sacrifice taste or creativity. Favorite recipes include: butternut squash, chives, lemon-truffle vinaigrette; char siu chicken; Jackson’s pulled pork, barbecue sauce; and butterscotch blondies.