Light & Healthy 2011

Light & Healthy 2011

The Year's Best Recipes Lightened up

Book - 2011
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"Here in America's Test Kitchen, we put flavor first, which usually means that we don't worry too much about fat or calories. But with this new annual series, we've taken on the challenge of lightening up some of our favorite recipes from the previous year--dishes like our Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu and Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake..."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: Brookline, Mass. : Americas Test Kitchen, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781933615707
1933615702
Branch Call Number: 641.563 Light 09/2011
Characteristics: 304 p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Alternative Title: Light and healthy 2011.

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Khru_JoAnne Oct 04, 2011

Everything from appetizers to desserts–lightened up, as promised, by the cooks at America’s Test Kitchen. I wanted to sample a recipe from each chapter but ended up sampling most of them. The recipes were “light” if you define light as low in fat, carbs, and calories, as most of us do.”Healthy” though, was debatable. I was really concerned by the high sodium content of some dishes, particularly those that called for canned soup. I was under the impression that healthy meant “less processed the better.”

To sum up here are what I thought were the Cons

Wordy; lengthy explanations of their process but not enough pictures of each recipe
Good: nutrition information told me how much fat, carbs, and calories were in each dish and its variation so I could become more aware of healthy eating habits.
Bad/unhealthy: high salt content of some recipes, e.g. Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup with Beef

And now, the Pros

Helpful: “Notes from the Test Kitchen,” e.g. forming a press-in tart crust
No-brainer: “Notes from the Test Kitchen,” how to prevent wooden skewers from burning–cover them with foil! Now, why didn’t I think of that?
Best Test Kitchen Makeover: Chicken and Dumplings p.49
Awesome: “Notes from the Test Kitchen” on testing meat for doneness (table, p. 91)

Though I was disappointed in the amount of salt in a supposedly “healthy” cookbook, there were more pros than cons. America’s Test Kitchen recipes have been thoroughly tested and I haven’t been disappointed yet. This cookbook gets my thumbs up!

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