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Two of America’s most popular authorities on healthy eating and cooking join forces in this inspiring, easy-to-use cookbook. This is not a diet book. It is a lively guide to healthy cooking, day-by-day, packed with essential information and, above all, filled with enticing food. Andrew Weil, M.D.—author of the best-selling Eating Well for Optimum Health—brings to this perfect collaboration a comprehensive philosophy of nutrition grounded in science. Rosie Daley—acclaimed for her best-seller, In the Kitchen with Rosie—brings to it her innovative and highly flavorful spa cuisine. The recipes are eclectic, drawing from the healthy and delicious cooking of the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Asia, among other cuisines. For starters, you might try Grilled Satay or a Miso Pâté; for soup, often a meal in itself, a hearty Mixed-Bean Minestrone Stew or a Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup with Cilantro Walnut Pesto; a special entrée could be the Savory Roasted Cornish Hens with Roasted Garlic or Baked Spicy Tofu with Bean Thread Noodles, Corn, and Mango; for a simple supper, Turkey Burgers or Portobello Burgers; and for the occasional indulgence, a dessert of Almond Fruit Tart or Peach and Blueberry Cobbler.
- ISBN-13: 9780375413063
- ISBN-10: 0375413065
- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
- Publish Date: April 2002
- Page Count: 368
Good and good for you
I'm not one for glomming on to gurus or taking up fad diets and weight cures de jour, but I am a fan of Andrew Weil. A Harvard trained M.D. who has combined traditional Western medical practice with a deep understanding of nutrition and alternative medicine, Weil has written convincingly about the influence of diet on well-being, health and healing. Now, he and Rosie Daley, Oprah's former chef and author of the best-selling In the Kitchen with Rosie, have teamed up to produce The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit. The result is sensational, satisfying (yes, it's possible) spa cooking served up with a philosophy of nutrition that's grounded in science. Rosie's recipes certainly aren't heavy and, don't worry, neither are Andy's nutrition guidelines. And his chatty, informed inserts on everything from milk to the Mediterranean diet, from cheese, chocolate and chicken to salt, supplements, sugar and sprouts (they're out), give you the info you need to make your own choices. As you look through the 135 recipes, you'll realize this is not a "diet" cookbookno fast fixes, no miraclesit's about adopting a healthy approach to eating and celebrating the pleasures that healthy food, well prepared, can bring. No surprise, there's no red meat here, but there are inviting entrées and appetizers ample enough for the big and brawny, great ideas for breakfasts and beverages, soups and salads, sides and sauces and divine desserts that break a few of the rules.
Have you ever been inn-trigued enough to fantasize about owning a country inn or B&B? I admit I have. Donna Leahy and her husband really did itthey "took the plunge" and, with a lot of work and boundless enthusiasm, transformed a dilapidated clapboard apartment building in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country into a luxurious inn. In Recipe for a Country Inn: Fine Food from the Inn at Twin Linden (Morrow, $29.95, 304 pages, ISBN 0060184922), Donna takes us inside the inn, detailing the nuts (guests, sometimes) and bolts of running such an establishment and sharing her most requested recipes. Since she cooks all the dishes herself, the food she serves rarely involves complex preparation; her goal (and probably yours) is to be inventive and practical. Donna starts off with an array of egg recipes and breakfast fare that bring on bravos. A selection of soups and salads, light and hearty, celebrate the seasons. Then come her straightforward, elegant dinner entrees that concentrate on enhancing a high-quality main ingredienta sirloin strip steak served on a bed of leeks with a savory Stilton crust, jumbo shrimp sauced with lemon pesto and sprinkled with extra pinenuts. Teatime at the inn is special. So you'll find a bevy of baked treats like Almond Palmiers and fudge-like Walnut Brownies, plus desserts from a not-so-humble Cinnamon Peach Pie to regally rich White Chocolate Crème Brulée.
Dim sum and then some
I had my first dim sum when I was in college (pre-historic times for most of you) and I fell in love with these small, savory pastries, buns, potstickers, pancakes, deep-fried delights, dumplings galore and more. I was lucky enough to live in New York with its large Chinatown and endless restaurants, and even then dim sum was somewhat unusual. Dim sum has grown in popularity and availability, but Ellen Lelong Blonder's charmingly illustrated Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch (Clarkson Potter, $25, 144 pages, ISBN 0609608878) is the first cookbook I've seen devoted solely to the making of dim sum at home in your own kitchen. These are not dishes you can whip up in minutes, but they are not absurdly complicatedand now that potsticker and sui mai wrappers can be found in most supermarkets you can speed up the process. Ellen's prep directions are clear and wonderfully amplified by the drawings and watercolors that accompany each recipe. You'll learn to crimp, pleat and fold the dough, then how to steam, boil and pan-fry. The author explains how to fill tender pancakes with shrimp or pea-shoots, stuff bell peppers and eggplant, and make your own crisp spring rolls and the dipping sauces to go with them. These little parcels packed with flavor prove that the sum can be greater than its parts, and that sum is never dim.
Sybil Pratt has been cooking up this column for more than five years.