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The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook
     

The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

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by America's Test Kitchen (Editor)
 

An ideal cookbook for families who want healthy food options

A groundbreaking addition to our best-selling ring-bound cookbook series, this all-purpose cookbook delivers 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday fare from breakfast dishes and appetizers to pasta, meat, chicken, kid-friendly favorites, desserts, and more. With this comprehensive cookbook

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An ideal cookbook for families who want healthy food options

A groundbreaking addition to our best-selling ring-bound cookbook series, this all-purpose cookbook delivers 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday fare from breakfast dishes and appetizers to pasta, meat, chicken, kid-friendly favorites, desserts, and more. With this comprehensive cookbook in your kitchen, eating well will no longer be a chore. Here we offer up all-American, home-style recipes that won’t leave you hungry from multigrain pancakes, low-fat spaghetti and meatballs, Tex-Mex meatloaf, skillet pizzas, hearty beef and vegetable stew, and creamy lowfat spinach lasagna to rich-tasting scalloped potatoes, fudgy brownies, rustic apple tart, carrot cake, and lots of simple fruit desserts. Here you’ll also find naturally lean recipes like our Spa Chicken and Lemony Steamed Spa Fish as well as healthy vegetable and grain classics and an entire chapter of vegetarian main dishes.

Cook from this volume and you’ll learn tips and techniques that will forever alter the way you cook. Banish fried foods but still serve crispy chicken fingers, eggplant parmesan, and oven-fried fish with our simple tricks (we toast the bread crumbs for that fried flavor). And learn to incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into all sorts of everyday dishes with easy recipes such as Hearty Ten Vegetable Stew, Chicken Baked in Foil with Fennel, Carrots, and Orange, Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Multigrain Pizza Dough, Fusilli with Kale and White Beans, and Barley Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash.

And while we kept our eye on the bottom-line nutritionals, we also focused on using healthy ingredients too, so while some recipes might be a little higher in fat and calories, that is because they use nutritionally valuable foods like salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds (and more). We also relied on many lower-fat ingredients here and we tell you which ones really measure up from ricotta and cream cheese to cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Which one you choose and when you use it can make a big difference in your final dish. With this book in hand, home cooks everywhere will be able to make simple changes in how they shop, eat, and cook changes that will deliver a big payoff to their family s health.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The preface makes clear that this is "not a diet book nor a road map to personal discovery." Rather, it's a well-tested collection of more than 750 recipes that employ vetted techniques and abundant flavor to create dishes that are as healthy as they can be, given what they are, without sacrificing a pleasurable eating experience. Categories run from breakfast to dessert and include pretty much everything in between; scattered among the huge number of recipes are tips for food prep, cooking, equipment, and more. In typical America's Test Kitchen style, head notes are no-nonsense--lacking personality, perhaps, but offering practical advice. Dishes run the gamut from very basic to more adventurous: readers can learn how to make spaghetti puttanesca; crisp oven-fried fish or swordfish en cocotte with carrots and chermoula; pan-seared steaks or spice-rubbed flank steak with toasted corn and black bean salsa. For certain notoriously fat- and calorie-laden dishes--such as meat and cheese lasagna, a New York cheesecake, and chocolate chip cookies--along the way are "Makeover Spotlights" explaining just what the testers did to create better-for-you recipes. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933615561
Publisher:
America's Test Kitchen
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Meet the Author

This book has been tested, written, and edited by the test cooks, editors, food scientists, tasters, and cookware specialists at America’s Test Kitchen, a 2,500-square-foot kitchen located just outside Boston. It is the home of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and Cook’s Country magazine, the public television cooking shows America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen Radio, and the online America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School.

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The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anne-B More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to start trying recipes from this cookbook. It was very interesting to peruse through it. One of my favorite cookbooks is America's Test Kitchen's Family Cookbook (minus the healthy title). I've had it for three or four years and have a bunch of favorite recipes in it. When I heard the Healthy Family version was coming out, I was very curious. When I first opened this cookbook, I noticed that a few sections are different than the regular family cookbook such as stir-fries and curries and kid pleasing foods. Though I haven't tried any of the stir fry sauce recipes yet, I am looking forward to it! For the most part, the recipes in this cookbook are different than in the original cookbook, though a few have only minor changes. The great chili and cornbread recipes are here but with minor changes. Still, it is a different cookbook. I was most curious about the baking recipes. I tried the brownie recipe and was wowed by it! Last night, I made the oatmeal raisin cookies and when my neighbor tried them, her eyes widened. She loved them and so did I! I made the Butternut squash soup this week--which was very good though it didn't need the extra vegetable broth added to it. I made several other recipes along the way including the strawberry banana smoothie and all have turned out well. I also made the Chinese chicken salad. I was so surprised at how they made it lowfat! I still added 2 Tbsp of sugar because I do like it just a tad sweet, but that's a far cry from the 1/2 cup sugar in my original recipe that I've been making for 10 years. With one recipe I did skip a couple of their steps because it simply wasn't practical for me and the recipe still did turn out okay. But, in general, you do need to follow the recipe's directions in these two cookbooks. They often add different quirky and unexpected steps in that make the recipes come out better work. One big difference that I noticed in this cookbook was that the recipes are either designated Fast or they have no time identifier. In the original cookbook, there was a prep time identified which I usually found inaccurate for me (and I am a quick cook). So, I suppose it's probably wiser to omit the prep time estimation altogether. I liked the philosophy that this cookbook had about food. It was moderate, middle of the road and wasn't extreme. I typically do choose lowfat over nonfat products. When products go the way of nonfat, many artificial ingredients are added in. The other bits of advice scattered throughout this cookbook about cooking equipment and ingredients is all very helpful. I highly recommend this cookbook. But, I have one last piece of advice. What I did with my original cookbook is get a separate binder and take my favorite recipes and put them inside sheet protectors. I will likely do the same with my recipes from this one. It is a large binder with thin, magazine thickness pages. It is durable enough for looking through once in a while, but if you use it constantly, the pages just won't hold up. If you're looking for one family cookbook, I'd recommend this one first--simply because the recipes are healthier. But, the original family cookbook is wonderful as well. They compliment each other! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Boston Common Press.
mrs.deuce More than 1 year ago
I bought this for myself. read the recipes on my christmas vacation. When I came back to my kitchen I started by making the Cheese Pizza. It was DELICIOUS. I have made dinner for the last 4 nights out of this book and each one is in my favorites list. My 11 year old daughter approved and my Husband approved. And my taste buds approved. I"ll be buying two more copies to give as gifts.
TaylorP More than 1 year ago
This book is FANTASTIC! I am not very skilled in the kitchen and this book has helped me so much. It has delicious recipes, GREAT instructions, and informative tips about cooking healthy. I love to bake and I really love that it has lots of healthier recipes for some of my favorite foods. This book is a wonderful investment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't express enough how wonderful this cookbook is. I've been a fan of the television show for some time, and the book is set up just like it. It explains everything step by step, with new and rather inventive ways to cut down fat without sacrificing flavor. I have been cooking way more as a result, and so far the family has not complained!
Sexy-Nerd More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to say thank you to America's Test Kitchen. This big family cookbook is jammed packed with healthy recipes. The book contains healthy dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have only made a few recipes like the green goddess dip, spicy chipotle chicken corn salad and the buckwheat crepes. You can't go wrong with this book because there is something for everyone. You can eat healthy meals without feeling like you're on a diet.
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I've only tried a few things but look forward to trying more. The low fat cookies and mac and cheese are fabulous. With the mac and cheese, don't double, make two batches as it is hard to thicken. The only downside is the need to purchase additional equipment such as a dutch oven.
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I have the first two Family Cookbooks and they are both excellent as well. I was super excited when they came out with the Healthy Family Cookbook, and it is AWESOME. Just like the others, every single recipe is a winner!