Favorite general healthy cooking starter cookbook?

Can anyone recommend a great cookbook for 60-something healthier eating newbie? I'm thinking Clean Food for one...

  • Posted by: fuhsi
  • April 17, 2013
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sdebrango
sdebrango April 17, 2013

You can look at Clean Food by Terry Walters and also check out Gena Hamshaw, she is a regular contributor here on food52 has amazing vegan/raw recipes here is a link to her website http://www.choosingraw.com/ and also check out in features here on food52 The New Veganism.

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sdebrango
sdebrango April 17, 2013

Also Alice Waters The Art of Simple Food http://www.amazon.com/Art-Simple-Food-Delicious-Revolution/dp/0307336794

drbabs
drbabs April 18, 2013

I wanted to get a healthy cooking book for a friend's daughter for her bridal shower, and I found the three that are nominated for James Beard awards this year:

Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook by Scott Mowbray, Ann Pittman

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods by Sara Forte

and True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure by Sam Fox, Andrew Weil, Michael Stebner.

I bought her True Food. Hope this helps.

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petitbleu
petitbleu April 18, 2013

The Sprouted Kitchen is a good one--everything we've tried out of this one has been tasty.

Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson is excellent. I use this book frequently.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is great--delicious recipes, gorgeous photos. An altogether inspiring book.

Coincidentally, these books are mostly vegetarian oriented (Sprouted Kitchen has a few meat-based recipes, but not many), but it would be wise to point out that a vegetarian diet (nor a vegan one) is innately healthy. It's all about balance.

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avimom
avimom April 18, 2013

An oldie but goodie: Great Good Food by Julee Rosso of Silver Palate fame. It's focused on low-fat, seasonal cooking.

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fuhsi
fuhsi April 18, 2013

Thank you, everyone- this is a real help; it's been a way of life for me but having your input for cookbooks is a HUGE help.

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susan g
susan g April 18, 2013

Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health -- every recipe I've tried has been excellent.

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alygator
alygator April 18, 2013

I know that they have been mentioned already but Heidi Swanson's (Super Natural Cooking; Super Natural Everyday) and Terry Walter's (Clean Food; Clean Start) books are EXCELLENT!! Cooking from their books really helped me get on track when I needed to eat a little healthier but still wanted great food.

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Linn
Linn April 21, 2013

Any of the above recommendations in this nutritionist's opinion would be excellent choices. Kudos to you for linking healthy with cooking, which may be the single most important component of healthy eating.

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