12 Best Foods Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes Featuring the 12 Healthiest Foods
Rodale, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he title immediately begs the question of what the
12 foods are. They're on the cover here for all to see - blueberries, black beans, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, salmon, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, chocolate (glad to see that included), walnuts, soy, and onions. Color photos of the foods and selected recipes increase the appeal. In his Foreword, Dr. Mehmet Oz emphasizes the importance of diet in avoiding disease. Dana Jacobi herself tells us that she writes cookbooks '
to show others how healthy food and delicious eating truly can go together.
' In the first chapter, she introduces each of the '
12 best foods
' with '
Benefits at a Glance
', how to buy, store and cook, and ways to eat the food.
n to the recipes themselves, divided into the usual sections from
and the finale,
Breakfasts and Drinks
. I love
Smoked Salmon Dip
and like the look of this one (with scallions, capers and cayenne). Or how about
Roasted Portobello Mushroom with Warm Avocado Salsa
for starters? The
Red Velvet Soup
(beans, tomatoes and beets) intrigues, as does a warm
. There are unusual, but appetizing, salad combinations like
Spinach Salad with Nectarine, Blueberries, and Lime Balsamic Vinaigrette
. We eat a lot of chicken and are always looking for new recipes - I just noted
Chicken with Rhubarb Sauce
here, and will also try
Turkey Meatballs in Porcini Sauce
. And my family will love '
Lean Mean Chocolate Chili
' (made with beef).
and a mouthwatering
Roasted Salmon with Fresh Garden Salsa
Pan-Roasted Halibut with Caramelized Onions
. Following that come a variety of pastas, sauces ('
Ginger Tomato Sauce
' appeals), and grains like
Indian Spinach Rice
. In the
Eggs, Beans and Soy
section, I have to make
Green Eggs and Ham
for my kids. A meatless
also looks good. An impressive selection of veggie dishes includes a
Corn and Broccoli Pudding
that would make a great holiday dish. I love
looks simple to make and good to eat, as does a
Cherry Berry Crisp
, and of course chocolate brownie variations. For
, my vote goes to the
recipe, or maybe the decadent sounding
hope that gives you a flavor of what's in this
12 Best Foods Cookbook
. Cook with it for family and friends, and you'll eat well in every sense of the word.
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