Several years ago, when Smith "tipped the scales at 325 pounds," he signed on with a health coach who got him "walking, biking, and eating right." In this self-help-cookbook hybrid, the slimmed-down celebrity chef and restaurateur describes these successful recent shifts in his personal diet. Smith (Back to the Table) notes, "The most important word in my new, updated and powerful vocabulary is whole," and he reminds himself to eat "foods as close to their whole and most natural states" as possible, offering ideas and recipes here for dishes that are delicious and nutritious. Breakfast might mean steel-cut oats with Greek yogurt and blueberries, for example, or soft-poached eggs with a root vegetable hash. Lunch could be a bowl of yellow tomato gazpacho, three-bean turkey chili, or miso corn chowder. Salads and seafood feature prominently among his choices as well. Smith includes brief sections on everyday habits, too, giving common-sense advice on selecting cooking oils and healthy carbohydrates. And though name-dropping in the narrative (Oprah Winfrey is a client, President Obama is a Chicago neighbor) occasionally gets annoying, it does not detract from his overall goal: providing a practical framework for good, healthful eating. (May)
What a fantastic book, an amazing journey, and a refreshing attitude to living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Nice one Art!
I always stop at Art’s restaurant when I am in Chicago, I love his food, and his company. I also love the passion that Art has put into this book to help others achieve what he has.
Comfort food is a way of life in the South. When I was flipping through Art’s pages, I couldn’t help but want to make them right away. Recipes like his Barbecue Chicken Thighs and Sweet Potato Salad and Three-Bean Turkey Chili will definitely keep me comin’ back for seconds!
To live better, as well as eat better, just read this book. The phrase ‘life-enhancing’ is egregiously overused, but both Art and his Healthy Comfort are truly that.
My friend Art handed me this book, and I can’t wait to have somebody make me these recipes. (Come on, you know I don’t cook!) I think you’ll be as happy as I am.
If you want to learn how to eat healthy, learn from a world class chef who has lost over a hundred pounds. Art Smith has walked the walk