This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Tina A!
Ack! I’m so excited.
If you’ve been around here for much time at all, you know that I simply adore Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen (they’re the same company…one is a magazine and one is a TV show). Cook’s Illustrated is THE only website I pay to visit (the $35/year is so worth it!), and though I don’t usually watch America’s Test Kitchen (we’re going to call them ATK from here on out to save me some typing, ok?), I do love the cookbooks they put out. I have a number checked out from the library right now, actually!
Anyhoo. When they contacted me to see if I wanted to do a review and giveaway for their newest cookbook, I said a starstruck, “Yes!!!”.
Shortly thereafter, ATK’s Healthy Cookbook arrived at my doorstep. Yay!
Now, these days I don’t buy a lot in the way of healthy cookbooks (Michael Pollan’s “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” is what informs my thinking.), because they’re usually filled with recipes that aren’t too tasty and have iffy ingredients (like fat-free mayonnaise).
But since this one came from ATK, I knew I could trust it, and it did not disappoint. This cookbook focuses on real food (there are nuts and avocados and butter in the recipes, people!), and the ATK team refused to put anything in the book that didn’t please their discriminating palates.
For instance, they couldn’t figure out how to make a decent low-fat pie crust, so they chose not to include a pie crust recipe at all, rather than include one that was only passable.
Not only that, they didn’t pull the trick that most healthy cookbooks do, which is to make a recipe low-calorie by making the serving sizes infinitesimal. No, the serving sizes are just as normal as the servings in all of their other cookbooks.
The cookbook is filled with beautiful photos…
and comes with plenty of in-depth non-recipe content, including food recommendations (the best balsamic vinegar, or the best olive oil, for example) and kitchen tool recommendations (like the best citrus squeezer or the best colander.).
I just love that about ATK/CI material…learning about ingredients and cooking methods and how to avoid common pitfalls is so helpful.
I’ve tried several recipes and many more are on my to-try list. For instance, there is this delicious-looking shrimp dish which includes avocado and tomato, and some yummy-looking quick cinnamon rolls, and Chicken Parmesan, and Crunchy Granola Bars. And I gotta say, the Fruit, Granola, and Yogurt parfaits that Annie posted about this morning look super delicious too.
<Kristen adds them to her to-try list.>
So far, I’ve made shrimp burgers (which were sort of like a cross between a crab cake and a fish sandwich),
Green Goddess dip,
and Sweet Potato biscuits, which were great for using up some sweet potatoes I had sitting around. They have whole wheat flour in them, so between that and the sweet potato, I felt good about feeding these to my kids.
ATK gave me permission to post these recipes, but so that this post doesn’t get crazy long, I’m putting them in separate posts for you. I’ve got the Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe and the Green Goddess dip posted, and once I get permission, I’ll get the Shrimp Burger recipe posted as well.
Now, the most fabulous part of all this is that I get to give away one of these cookbooks to you. And this is not just any old copy…nope! Your copy will be autographed by Christopher Kimball himself and if you’re as big a fan of his as I am, the autograph is quite the exciting touch.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. You can get fancy and tell me about your favorite way to cook healthy while sticking with real ingredients, or you can just cut to the chase and tell me you want the book!
I’m going to randomly choose a winner in 48 hours, so get your booty in gear and leave a comment before it’s too late.
If you don’t win the giveaway, never fear. ATK’s Healthy Family Cookbook is available on Amazon, but I also recommend checking to see if you library has a copy. I’ve found a lot of ATK and CI cookbooks at my library, which makes me a happy camper.