It’s time to get into summer shape and the most famous chef in America helps us do it this year. WOLFGANG PUCK MAKES IT HEALTHY: Light, Delicious Recipes & Easy Exercise for a Better Life from über chef Wolfgang Puck is a great way to start a fitness plan and still eat well. The color photographs of the food are mouthwatering and the photos of Chef Puck going through his fitness routine are fun and inspiring. Don’t miss the buckwheat blini with smoked whitefish; Chinois chicken salad with Chinese mustard vinaigrette; seared ahi tuna with grilled pineapple-mango salsa; and chocolate soufflés with orange marmalade.
A LIGHTER WAY TO BAKE, by Lorraine Pascale, noted UK cookbook author and TV cooking show host, is packed with some of this amazing chef’s best-loved sweet and savory baked recipes made a bit lighter. The book has straight forward recipes with easy-to-find ingredients to make wonderful concoctions that are guilt-free. Standouts include sweet potato, butternut squash, apple & sage muffins; wild mushroom tart with sherry & onions; skinnier mac & cheese with thyme; and lemon-yogurt pound cake with a tangy citrus glaze;
THE NOURISHED KITCHEN: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jennifer McGruther is a stunningly illustrated book to track traditional foods and techniques from our ancestors and bring them back into practice. The traditional foods movement represents a balanced diet of meat and milk, grain and bean, and vegetables and fruits. Nothing processed in this paean to real food. Standouts include shirred eggs with gravlax and asparagus; cider-brined slow-roasted chicken; salt-roasted clams with garlic butter; and roasted plum ice cream.
STRAIGHT FROM THE EARTH: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone by Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman is a fresh approach to farm-to-table vegan recipes. Myra Goodman, the co-founder of Earthbound Farm, and her daughter Marea, are skillful home cooks who have developed some delicious and satisfying recipes that go beyond the typical vegan fare. Highlights include: colorful garden Cobb salad with creamy avocado dressing; grilled summer vegetables and tofu on sweet corn and farro; miso-roasted eggplant; and apple and pear maple crisp.
Foodies will love this wonderful debut novel from food authority Ruth Reichl called DELICIOUS! A Novel. I am still laughing at her other autobiographical books “Tender at the Bone,” and “Comfort Me with Apples.” Reichl brings her humor into play in this fun novel who’s main character leaves California for New York to start a new job at a food magazine and begin a new life, leaving behind her family, and a heartbreaking mystery about her beloved sister.