Anahad and Dave, who met when they were roommates at Yale, will bring a young, fun voice to this book. With their help, readers will not only be inspired to cook up entire meals - from appetizers to desserts - chock full of the 10 things you need to eat, but they will also become more informed and aware of the food that they choose to put on their tables. This cookbook also sets itself apart form other health cookbooks on the market because of this dual voice and fresh package, including illustrations.
Based on the hugely popular and widely shared New York Times article on this subject, THE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT AND 100 WAYS TO PREPARE THEM is sure to appeal to foodies, health nuts, novice cooks, and people who simply enjoy healthy living.-- William Morrow
I thought it was an appropriate time of the year to review THE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT: AND MORE THAN 100 EASY AND DELICIOUS WAYS TO PREPARE THEM by Dave Lieberman and Anahad O'Connor. After being a total piggy during the holidays and allowing myself to gain way too much weight, I've decided that one of my resolutions in 2011 is to eat healthier. In addition, I have recently started to freak out that my family just doesn't eat all that well. We are always rushing from play practice to dance to soccer to karate to piano lessons, and I just feel like we eat way too much junk. I'm kind of on a mission to get us eating healthier meals, and I thought this cookbook might be a great way to start.
Now being that THE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT sounds like a very healthy cookbook, I wasn't exactly expecting to be wowed by the recipes. In fact, if I'm being honest, I wasn't even sure I wanted to know what "ten healthy foods" I should be eating. However, I didn't think the list was too intimidating, and many of the runners-up are food that I love like cinnamon! Furthermore, I actually found myself marking quite a few recipes to try -- many of which our entire family could eat even with Booking Son's food allergies.
Just in case you're interested the top 10 foods are: tomatoes, avocados, beets, spinach, quinoa, lentils, cabbage, super fish, nuts and berries. As it stands right now, my family isn't doing a very good job eating any of these food except for berries. Each chapter in the cook offers a wide range of recipes for each top 10 food. There are breakfast items, appetizers, soups and salads, main dishes, smoothies, and even a few desserts (like Chocolate Avocado Mousse and Chocolate Beet Mini-Cakes.) In addition, there are recipes from many different ethnicities including Greek, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, and Indian. I was pleasantly surprised by the range of recipes in this cookbook.
Besides having lots of healthy recipes, another thing I really liked about THE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT was that the recipes seemed to be easy. Like many of you, my schedule just doesn't allow for meals that take a long time to prepare. As I was looking through this cookbook, I realized that it really doesn't take that much longer to make a healthy meal than an unhealthy one. I just need to be more organized with meal planning and have the ingredients on hand. (Right now, I only have spinach and berries in my refrigerator and some cans of tomatoes in my pantry; and often times, I don't even have that much!)
In addition, THE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT also has loads of health and cooking tips. There is plenty of information on the benefits of these 10 foods as well as the runners up and honorable mentions. I found that the cookbook is very readable -- with clear and concise descriptions of the health benefits and research that went into selecting these foods. There are also many tips about how to cook and even how to keep these products stored so that they last longer. THE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT had much more than I was expecting when I first picked it up!
As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of recipes that I want to try. However, one that I know we'll eat because it's simple and tasty is Dave's Marinara. It only has six ingredients and I almost always have them on hand! It only takes about a half hour to cook, and I can even make it ahead of time and reheat.
1/4 cup olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
One 26-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, no longer than a minute. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup water, oregano, sugar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes longer.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this cookbook.
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