Monday, August 24, 2009

Fun For Foodies

--by Hanje Richards

One of the joys of my job is seeing the new books as they come into the library. I love to see the new cookbooks as they arrive. One that caught my eye this spring is The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger.

The cover flap explains that “it’s the food you crave—in a healthier way!” So who can argue with that! It goes without saying that we all have various dietary restrictions, self-imposed or medically determined, so every item is not going to work for every person, but there is enough selection in this beautiful book that you might find some morsels that you can enjoy in a healthier way.

One of the best things about a good cookbook is the food photographs. This one is excellent. I mean seriously, if you can get me to look twice at something called “Macaroni and Four Cheeses,” imagine what the “Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa” and “Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp” look like!

Each recipe has the serving size, the nutritional breakdown, and the things that it supplies in abundance. For example, The “Arugula Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette” makes four servings, and each serving is 60 calories, 4 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 1.5 grams of fiber, 2.5 mg cholesterol, and 73 mg of sodium. It also lets me know that it is an excellent source of Vitamin A, C, and K and a good source of folate and manganese.

Throughout the book there are tips for eating well, information on various ingredients, and very complete instructions for preparation of each dish.

Enjoy the pictures, the recipes, and the healthy eating! This book is currently on the New Non-Fiction shelf and will soon be shelved (with other cookbooks) upstairs in Adult Non-Fiction under 641.5 KREIGER.