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THE SKINNYTASTE COOKBOOK by Gina Homlocka REVIEWED


The Skinnytaste Cookbook
By Gina Homolka w/Heather K. Jones R.D.
Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers
ISBN#978-0-385-34562-0
320 Pages

Back Cover: Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste

Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" that truly fill you up until lunchtime, and sweets such as Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that are low in sugar and butter-free but still totally indulgent.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.

With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love.

ABOUT AUTHOR: GINA HOMOLKA is the founder of Skinnytaste.com, the award-winning blog that's been featured on Fitness, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour.com, and FineCooking.com, among other media outlets. She lives on Long Island with her husband and their two children.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Gina Homolka and her blog skinnytaste.com; there is an introduction that talks about Gina’s journey to eating healthy and creating meals her family liked to eat. She said, “I needed to love the food I was eating.” I feel the same way. She talks about how we get “stuck” into the diet trap “buying processed, so-called “weightloss” food that is nothing more than junk food (some of it wasn’t even food).”

She goes onto say, “I’m going to bust all the excuses that keep you out of the kitchen, and show you that cooking- even cooking healthy, nutritious food – is quick, easy and dare I say painless.”

Yes, she can say it because it’s true. When I made Kiss My (Shrimp) and Grits I wondered how this would taste. I have made several different Shrimp and Grits dishes. I haven’t really liked any of them. When I tasted this dish I felt like there was a flavorful party going on in my mouth. I could see it was happening to my family as well. They were beaming as they ate. When I made the Double Chocolate Chunk Walnut cookies; I never imagine putting avocado into a cookie and have it taste good. Oh, I was wrong. My family ate every last one of my cookies. I beamed knowing it was good for them. I loved seeing their surprised faces when I told them they had avocado and applesauce in them. Fun! I also made the Pumpkin-Obsessed Vanilla-Glazed Scones (yummy), Quinoa Tabbouleh and Acorn Squash.

On the inside cover it says, “Gina has tweaked recipes to lower the fat and calorie content. She also wanted the meal to appeal to her family.” I agree with her when she said she didn’t have time to make two meals one for her and one for her family. The thing that’s important to me is to teach my kids how to eat right and to be health minded.

There are 150 recipes in this book that are easy to make (the ones I tried) low-calories, made from fresh ingredients I found in my regular super market. I was over joyed at how flavorful the dishes I made were and how much my family loved them.

She has a key to each recipe that tells the reader if the recipe is V – Vegetarian GF – Gluten Free, Q – Quick (30 minutes or less) FF = Freezer Friendly – SC – Slow Cooker. The instructions are easy to follow and Gina helps simplify eating healthy and cooking too. This is a beautiful hardback book with wonderful pictures inside of food and some of Gina and her family.

What tickled me was the feedback from my family. My boys are picky eaters and I watched them eat all the baked goods I made and eat the main courses until it was all gone. At first they were not excited to see I was cooking from a book titled “The Skinnytaste” cookbook – to their brains healthy and skinny translate to yucky! I loved seeing their surprised expressions as they ate what I made and loved every bite.

I can’t wait to try more recipes and learn more from Skinnytaste cookbook. I’m thrilled at my family’s reaction to the dishes they’ve eaten so far. It makes me feel great knowing the food we’re eating not only tastes wonderful but it’s good for us too. It’s a win win for everyone!! I highly recommend this cook book for those who love good healthy food!

Nora St Laurent
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