Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free

Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free


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Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free by Allison Fishman Task

**As seen on ABC's The Chew!**

Cooking Light Lighten Up, America! is a celebration and discovery of regional American cooking, and the permission to eat the foods you love-it's the soul of American cooking made light.

This collection of America's favorite fare offers healthy versions of classics new and old, memory-making recipes from all walks of life and regions, and returns the most beloved American dishes to the table.

Lighten Up, America! follows Allison Fishman Task as she embarks on a cross-country road trip in search of the country's favorite classic dishes. Allison shows the reader how to take these regional recipes and make them lighter and healthier with a few simple substitutions and smart cooking techniques. From caramel-pecan sticky buns to reuben sandwiches to fried green tomatoes, this book teaches how to turn what might have been once-in-awhile favorites into everyday classics.

Highlights Include:

  • Classic American Dishes Made Lighter: Readers will rediscover regional American cooking and eat the food they love through more than 150 delicious recipes from coast to coast. All with complete nutrition analysis.
  • Regional Culinary Traditions: Join Allison as she tells delightful and tantalizing stories behind some of our most beloved regional dishes. Each story gives insight into regional flavor and color while celebrating iconic fare like Memphis barbecue, New Orleans gumbo, and Iowa pork tenderloin sandwiches.
  • Insider's View of Festivals and Food Fairs: Allison also visits food fairs and festivals, so you'll get a behind- the-scenes look at some of the more unusual foods this great country has to offer such as wild boar nachos, bear meatloaf, and dandelion soup.
  • Food Born In America: Allison will share inspiring stories about the many American entrepreneurs and home cooks who conceived and popularized recipes and ingredients. Take the Philly cheesesteak, cobb salad, and stove top stuffing-just to name a few-all crafted through the ingenuity of American food lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780848739591
Publisher: Oxmoor House
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

An author, contributing editor and spokesperson for Cooking Light, Allison Fishman Task also hosts Yahoo's "Blue Ribbon Hunter", and is the author of You Can Trust a Skinny Cook. A passionate home cook, Allison has worked for Martha Stewart, Food Network, and Atkins as a food stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook editor. Her writing and recipes have appeared in Saveur, Fine Cooking, Glamour, Real Simple, and Everyday Food. She was a host of Lifetime's "Cook Yourself Thin" and TLC's "Home Made Simple." Allison is a graduate of Cornell University and The Institute for Culinary Education and she has a Masters degree in Food Studies from New York University. Allison currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her family.

Cooking Light is the nation's leading epicurean magazine brand with the largest audience and most epicurean editorial. It is the only epicurean brand positioned where great food meets good health. Cooking Light received two James Beard Foundation 2013 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards. The brand delivers innovative recipes, nutrition advice, and resources to live a healthful lifestyle via its magazine, website, and portfolio of cookbooks; across all tablets; through the highly-acclaimed Cooking Light Quick & Healthy Menu Maker app; and on social media platforms, including Facebook (, Twitter (@Cooking_Light), Pinterest (, Instagram (@cookinglight), and Google+ ( Cooking Light is part of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, a division of Time Inc., the largest magazine media company in the U.S.

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Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HoneygirlCA More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up a couple years ago and have tried many recipes from it and am very happy with the results. These are not "diet" recipes but favorites made more sensibly and nutritious. I love the okra-less gumbo (I've made lots of variations on it--all great), and the wild rice soup. The veggie dishes are great as well as the pulled pork. Lots of fun info and variations, too. Bought a second volume to give as a gift for Christmas!
JmeleeS More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid Cooking Light fan and adore their cookbooks - this cookbook is one for the collection. I love the photos and the vignettes on the locales under which the recipes are premised. The only reason this one is not higher rated is the fact that many of the recipes are "repeats" of several other cooking light cookbooks. The recipes are either "keepers" or "duds" - no in-between. Having grown-up & currently living in the Midwest, I am impressed with the "comfort food" classics that are available in this book. Unfortunately, part of eating well / healthy is to not frequent these recipes so having a "light" version available when I'm craving something from my youth is the main reason I purchased this cookbook. On that front, it does not disappoint. If you are looking for a way to enjoy comfort food "lightly" and want a beauty of a cookbook, this one is for you!