Grunes is the author of numerous popular cookbooks, including Appetizers on the Grill ( LJ 4/15/92) and the best-selling Fish on the Grill (LJ 6/15/86) . Her latest title seems a natural, taking on as it does Americans' love for pizza and their current fear of fat. She presents dozens of recipes for low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium pizzas, from the familiar to the exotic. Most are both good and easy, though the dessert pizzas are generally skippable. It does seem unrealistic, to say the least, to give nutritional information based on 12 servings per 12-inch pizza. That aside, Grunes's latest is likely to be popular. Better Homes & Garden Book Club selection.
Pizza, an adopted-from-Naples American favorite, has never been considered a healthy diet food. Yet, as Grunes points out, pizzas contain four food groups and, by using certain low-fat and low-sodium ingredients, can be made virtually fat-free. Each of her more than 100 combinations features nutritional data. For those who shudder at fashioning crusts from scratch, substitutes include bagels and pita, lahvosh and flatbread, among others. Some of the mixtures (e.g., mango salsa, and bok choy and tofu) are decidedly upscale; others will appeal to hearty palates--for instance, southwest chili, fajita, and turkey and onion pizzas. Food inventions galore for cooks willing to spend some time in the kitchen or over a grill.