By Marco Canora
Published by Potter
The subtitle of this book is: Reboot Your Health with Food That Tastes Great. And that is exactly what the author did. He is a chef who found that he needed to make some major changes in his life. Unhealthy eating habits had left him with gout, high cholesterol and with a serious risk of developing diabetes. As a chef, working long hours in restaurants, he ate foods that would only make his conditions worse. At first he panicked about the diet changes, thinking healthy food wouldn’t taste as good and he would never enjoy eating again. But then he began doing research and found that healthy food didn’t have to be bland. This cookbook is the result of his quest to make foods that are good for you taste wonderful. A Good Food Day is a day when feeling well and eating well go hand in hand.
There are a lot of vegetarian recipes in this book, as I had expected. I can’t wait to try the Pear-Maple Oatmeal Shake for breakfast soon. There a salads, soups, side dishes and even sweets like Hazelnut Brownies. While much of Canora’s diet now is plant based he still eats healthy fish and lean meats like wild salmon and grass-fed beef. The one recipe that really caught my eye was Flavor-Pounded Chicken. He uses a meat tenderizing mallet to pound herbs and spices into boneless, skinless chicken breasts. What a great way to add a huge boost of flavor to an otherwise bland meat. Bonus that the flattened chicken is quick to cook.
Most of the recipes use readily available ingredients. I think the only ingredient I have never seen in my area is marinated anchovies. The pantry list at the beginning is a great way to start building a healthy arsenal of foods. There are no complicated recipes with long ingredient lists, just easily made, healthy dishes that are full of flavor. I can’t wait to try more of these recipes, especially with fresh produce from the farmer’s market this summer!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.