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Review: A Good Food Day: 125 Recipes for Great Food and Great Health by Marco Canora

Book: A Good Food Day: 125 Recipes for Great Food and Great Health
Author: Marco Canora
Date of Publication: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Source: Blogging for Books

Rating: 4.5/5 Beans
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Back of the Book Says:

Imagine a whole day in which every meal is full of healthy and delicious ingredients.  After years of thoughtless eating that led to weight gain and poor health, chef Marco Canora knew he had to make every day a good food day – but he wasn’t willing to give up flavor for health.  Instead of dieting, he decided to make simple, natural recipes fit for a food lover’s palate.

Marco explains the secret powers of good-for-you ingredients (such as low-GI carbohydrates and alkaline-forming greens), and then builds them into recipes that are all about satisfaction, such as Amaranth Polenta with Tuscan Kale, Black Rice Seafood Risotto, Citrus-Spiked Hazelnut and Rosemary Granola, and Chickpea Crepe Sandwiches.  He covers techniques to coax natural flavor into vegetable salads and pounding fresh herbs and spices into lean meats.

To make a lasting change in your diet, the food you eat has to be delicious.  A Good Food Day is for people who love real food, and know that healthy and flavorful can go hand in hand.

My Thoughts:

We all talk about changing our eating habits into something healthier and better for us, but how many of us actually look forward to eating healthy?  I mean, what’s the first food that comes to mind when someone mentions eating healthier? Salad? Tofu? Boring, watery vegetables?  Yea, that’s about where I was at too.  I started learning more about healthy eating when I became a sudden (one day I kinda decided that I wanted to try it out) vegetarian almost five years ago.  I learned more the hard way, because I did little to no research before and just jumped into this idea head first.  It wasn’t until almost a year later that I actually got a grip on my new diet and started exploring with new foods that I had not tried before, I’ve honestly noticed a difference that from when I ate meat (which I still do occasionally….I’m not very good at staying away from chicken when I know where it comes from).  Don’t worry, this review is not going to be me blabbering on about animal rights or how the animals we eat are treated (for that type of book you’ll have to go elsewhere), I will give you fair warning for that one.  What I want to say is that I think Marco Canora’s cookbook, A Good Food Day, is a great way to avoid what I went through and to find healthy recipes (meat included for all you omnivores…or carnivores?) and actually learn about the foods that you are eating.  Let me explain a bit more.

One of the first recipes that I made out of this cookbook was actually a meat recipe (shocking) for pounded maple spice chicken.  Let me tell you, my dad made several comment about how good the kitchen smelled (and he’s not one to say that just to make me feel good, it was genuine) and my entire family ate ALL THE CHICKEN.  This includes my younger sister who is a picky eater.  I myself prefer the breakfast choices he provides and am enjoying the desserts very much.  With the amazing variety of food in this cookbook, it becomes impossible to think that any of the food I have not yet made could be even considered bland or boring.  This is exactly what Canora hopes to drill into our thick skulls: eating healthy can also taste good!  He has proven it with this cookbook!  Basically a series of health lessons that explain what you are eating and what it does, this chef obviously knows his food and has done his research.  He talks about everything from the importance of breakfast to Glycemic Index and Load values.

With straight forward recipes that are easy to follow and can be adjusted if need be, this food will leave you feeling fulfilled and happy, knowing you made the healthy choice.  So, what was that about changing your diet again?

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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