Healthy Table: Simple, Delicious Home Cooking

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For the past decade, Luiz Ratto, one of New York's most sought-after personal chefs, has won rave reviews for serving flavorful, healthy meals at intimate gatherings as well as at large dinner parties for the rich and fabulous. Using ingredients and techniques from his native Brazil, where color and presentation are important to eating enjoyment, Luiz has made both exotic and familiar cuisine simple for everyday cooks and healthy for their captive audiences.

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Overview

For the past decade, Luiz Ratto, one of New York's most sought-after personal chefs, has won rave reviews for serving flavorful, healthy meals at intimate gatherings as well as at large dinner parties for the rich and fabulous. Using ingredients and techniques from his native Brazil, where color and presentation are important to eating enjoyment, Luiz has made both exotic and familiar cuisine simple for everyday cooks and healthy for their captive audiences.

By following his helpful tips and straightforward, uncomplicated recipes, you, too can transport your friends and family with the wonderful flavors of Seared Sea Bass prepared with ginger, gin, and cilantro; Green Grape Salsa; Caldo Verde; and Brown Rice with Cashew Nuts and Cranberries. Dazzle your guests with imaginative variations on tried-and-true favorites like chicken cacciatore, gazpacho, ceviche, pad Thai, and crunchy cole slaw. Luiz's dishes combine an abundance of fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and grains, so every delicious bite is packed with vitamins and nutrients.

But even the healthiest eaters enjoy a culinary splurge sometimes, so Luiz also shares with us some of his favorite weekend recipes. These dishes take a little longer to prepare and are less likely to slim your waistline, but they are well worth both the time and the extra calories! Enjoy Ximxim, a sublime stew of chicken, shrimp, grated coconut, lime, and white wine, or Thai Chicken Cups, made with crisp wonton cups and served with a tangy homemade plum sauce. To finish the meal with something sweet, delight your guests with Light Floating Islands accompanied by vanilla sauce, Egg White Flan, or Doce de Abobora, an intensely sweet pumpkin dessert.

Luiz believes firmly that food is more than just a combination of ingredients — it is a product of inspiration and imagination. Now, with The Healthy Table, you, too can bring a world of color and flavor to your home.

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In this exceedingly straightforward cookbook, personal chef and Brazil native Ratto asks, "What if I told you that if you slightly change your eating habits you could add many-and healthier-years to your life?" The proposition is so familiar one wonders if Ratto's debut was written for an audience of dietary simpletons, who also need to be instructed to "[e]xamine fruits, vegetables, and herbs for freshness" and "[c]heck the meats and fish for smell and appearance" (though what sort of smells or appearances should raise red flags is left unsaid). Despite the dumbing-down, however, Ratto's cookbook offers many basic, heart-healthy and appealing dishes, ranging from the down-home (a mildly spicy Black Bean Soup; a hearty Vegetable Stew) to the almost exotic (the simple but flavorful Pistachio-Crusted Sea Bass; the Herbed Oven-Dried Tomatoes, an alternative to sun-dried). Easy enough for the most timid beginner, these recipes rarely require more than three steps, and yield fresh-tasting basics, sometimes, as in the Pudim de Coco (coconut pudding), flavored with Brazilian flair. In short, while this volume offers little in the way of culinary innovation or news for the health-conscious, it does offer some simple ways to cook healthfully and deliciously. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060088675
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2003
  • Edition description: FIRST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Luiz Ratto was born in Brazil. He has been cooking professionally for ten years, the last seven of which he has spent as one of the premier personal chefs in New York. He lives in Katonah, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2003

    Bravo!!!

    I was in a bookstore few days ago checking some cookbooks when I see this handsome youngman asking a store worker about some book. I couldn`t hide noticing his reaction as he found out the book he was looking for in the bottom of the shelf of the cookbooks section. He got very excited and even screamed few words that I didn`t understand. I than asked him what was all about? He apologized and replyed that the book in question was written by him and that he was so proud and happy he couldn`t contain himself. I tougth that was very sweet. He was so charming and sincere about the book that I was convinced to buy it. It turned out to be a great decision. I loved the simplicity of the recipes and the way he uses vegetables, herbs, and all the other healthy ingredients. I was happyly surprised to find out that no red meat, flours, or canned products are used in any of the recipes. I was also surprised the youngman is not that young, he is in his forties!!! It must be the food. Bravo!!! It is a wonderful book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Who's this guy?????

    Great cookbook. Simple recipes, yet creative, healthy, and, more importantly, delicious.

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