If you like food, (i.e. you are any sort of human), you’ve probably encountered one of the most gut-wrenching struggles of mankind. It is this: food has calories. Calories make you fat. This is not good.
I do wish a scenario had worked out where we could eat unlimited qualities of highly caloric food and feel more energetic and healthy than ever. Part of me is still holding out hope that this scientific breakthrough is on its way. It’s the same part of me that is convinced my life purpose is to eat twelve brownies a day.
BUT, until that golden day, you can bet your butt that I will be trying to get as much flavor out of healthy food as possible. And the best way to do this? To the cookbook shelf!
Here are the 5 cookbooks I’ll be pulling from my kitchen shelf this year to make my “get healthier STAT” resolution happen:
For your post-holiday detox:
Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide to Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living
How gorgeous is that cover? My sister bought this book over the holidays, and we both completely fell in love with the spare but elegant design. It also has options for a 3-Day Cleanse or a 21-Day Cleanse, and the recipes look delicious. If you need to watch what you eat, why not do it in style?
For everyday, easy cooking:
The SkinnyTaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka
Based on the wildly popular blog, this book has gorgeous photography, easy recipes, and dishes that promise to be light on calories, but big on flavor. Check, check, and check!
For when you need hot comfort food on a cold night:
Comfort Food Makeovers by America’s Test Kitchen
From America’s authority on all things food, here are hundreds of recipes that are going to knock out that comfort food craving without a calorie overload. I mean, if they can promise to let me eat bowls of mac and cheese without all the fat and calories, how could I say no? And if there’s anyone I trust to develop a recipe that still tastes as good (or better!) than the original, it’s the folks at ATK.
For rethinking your desserts:
Everyday Grain-Free Baking by Kelly Smith
Full disclosure: this is a book I acquired as an editor at my previous publishing house. Double full disclosure: this is a book I totally love. Whether you’re gluten-free or not, this book (just released last week!) is a great guide for showing you how to add more nourishment and hearty, healthful ingredients to all your favorite desserts. And Kelly is a doll–she instantly won over our entire editorial team with her sweet, warm-hearted nature! Try her recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits from the book, and you’ll see why this one’s a winner!
For wow-worthy entertaining:
America: Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers by Mario Batali
Having company over, but don’t want to gorge yourself on cocktails, appetizers, sides, and a flashy main dish? Reach for this beautiful book and find a recipe that will wow, without weighing you down. You don’t even have to tell your guests that more than 3 pounds of greens went into the Swiss Chard Spanakopita Pie!
Here’s hoping 2015 brings you a year of delicious, nourishing food!