My Favorite Bodeci-ful Cookbooks
I thought I would have more to offer up for this post. But the fact is, I am picky as all get out when it comes to food and there really aren't many cookbooks I feel are bodeci-ful. (What is bodeci-ful, you ask? Bodeci is: an attitude of 'I'm human and flawed' mixed with excellence. Pleasure with responsibility? Get your ass moving and stop eating so damn much. Take a look at a past post for an even more abstract definition.)
The Bodeci-ful requirements for a cookbook are:
- Delicious recipes.
- Emphasis on health without limiting food groups.
- Easy to prepare recipes without hard to find ingredients.
- Use of fresh, local and organic ingredients whenever possible
- Nutrition facts including calories, fats (broken down between the good and the bad), carbohydrates, protein, sodium, cholesterol and fiber.
- Attractive pictures.
|One of my favorite recipes from Ellie Krieger's cookbook, The Food You Crave.|
Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad
Ellie Krieger has two great cookbooks, but my all time favorite is "The Food You Crave". What sets it apart is it has real family appeal. Even kids enjoy these recipes. My husband got into a mood last year and actually cooked nearly every recipe in it. The other really outstanding feature is that she is a nutritionist, a mom and works outside the home. There is some valuable nutrition information and pantry/ grocery lists that educate us so we make better choices. It is the book I give to my clients when they want to make changes with their weight and diet.
In "So Easy" she moves things forward into emore simple meal plans and creative recipes. Both cookbooks are fantastic and I love her gentle spirit.
These two cookbooks have tasty and easy recipes with tight calorie budgets: "Easy Healthy" and "Just 100 Calories" are both a Parragon Book. I am guessing this means there is no author. I cannot find an author's name anywhere, only a little heart logo with "love food" written over it.
|Ellie Krieger is just so darn beautiful, simple and REAL! |
|Parragon Books seems to have a simple model for their books; attractive, glossy photos and simple, tasty recipes.|
|Easy recipes, tight calories, YUMMY|
The only "diet" cookbook I really like is the "Flat Belly Diet Cookbook" by Liz Vaccariello with Cynthia Sass, MPH RD. It is filled with mouth-watering recipes and has all the bodeci-ful bells and whistles. I do not endorse weight loss diets but I do recommend a the type of eating lifestyle these gals offer up in this book. The main ideas for the promotion of weight loss are: eating less calories, certain fats are helpful and a primarily Mediterranean diet is the best model.
|Once again, the food is really delicious.|
|Yes, pasta! Yes, cheese! Yes tomatoes!!!!|
Do you have a favorite Bodeci-ful cookbook? Perhaps you have a recipe that you have made Bodeci-ful. What can you not live without when it comes to food? I must know!