Food Swings
By Jessica Seinfeld
With Sara Quessenberry
Published by Ballantine Books N.Y.
288 Pages HB

ABOUT BOOKS: An all-new collection of more than 125 delectable recipes that reflect the way we really eat: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent—delicious, either way

Food Swings offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you’ll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for something more indulgent. The first half of the book, “Virtue,” provides recipes for your controlled side, while the other half, “Vice,” is for when you need to feel the wind in your hair. All of it is meant to be enjoyed equally in this fun something-for-everyone collection. So, whether you’re a home cook looking for new inspiration, a big eater who is ready to party, or a human who might be occupied with watching your waist, you will find what you are looking for in Food Swings. Those who are eating gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, or almost-vegan, you have come to the right place!

VIRTUE: Quinoa Bowl with Almond Butter, Strawberries, and Hemp Seeds
Ginger Salmon with Sesame Cucumbers
Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Garlic
Roasted Plums with Honey and Pistachios

VICE: Cinnamon Buns
Buttermilk Panfried Chicken
Lasagna Bolognese
Chocolate Fudge Cake

REVIEW: The cover first caught my eye with the doughnut and broccoli then the title Food Swings. I had to look inside. I was then captivated by the mouthwatering extraordinary photographs (of almost every yummy dish) that made me want to make everything I saw. The next thing I loved was the fact that the recipes had easy to find ingredients with simple instructions.

When I delved into the solid blue pages the author gave a peek at her personal life. I liked that she has a passion for creating good simple food for busy people. She isn’t a chef and doesn’t play one on T.V. She does happen to be married to a famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld. In her past cookbooks, she has had a desire to help motivate people to cook. I liked having healthy and vice recipes in the same book. As she puts it “sometimes you need to feel the wind in your hair” She talks about eating wholesome foods; eat what your body craves and occasionally eat treats. This way you can feel satisfied and enjoy life.

I like her philosophy about cooking. She says, “We use a few select ingredients to achieve maximum flavor at minimum cost…I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to eat or live. Like most people. I am just trying to figure out what works for me. My goal is simply to be helpful to those who share a low-key, high-quality approach.”

Recipes I tried and loved (so did my family) Eggplant & Cauliflower “meatballs” Veggie burgers with Pickled cucumber and onion, Brown Rice bowl with Black, beans, Avocado, and sweet potato. These recipes are flavorful and my family asked for seconds. Amazing!

Recipes I want to try on the Vice side are the Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, Creamy Mushroom Pasta, Eggplant cutlets and Pepper Jack and Zucchini Quesadillas. This book has over 125 recipes. I look forward to trying everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out from the public library. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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