The words fresh and light perfectly describe the kind of innovative, delicious food so many of us want to cook and eat today: peak-of-season ingredients prepared in simple ways that best enhance their taste, texture, and nutritional value. This volume in the Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles series includes a wealth of tempting recipes, useful information, and inspired suggestions to help you cook fresher, lighter food with remarkable ease. Fresh & Light features 45 outstanding recipes for starters, soups, salads, main courses, side dishes, and desserts. Developed by noted food authority Lane Crowther, each recipe includes a nutritional analysis, helpful tips and hints, and a beautiful full-page, full-color photo. The book's informative introduction devotes itself to the basics of this contemporary approach to cooking, including nutritional guidelines, shopping suggestions, and the latest ideas on how to reduce fat while enhancing flavor. A guide to menu planning includes 10 imaginative meals composed from the recipes in the book and a comprehensive glossary provides descriptions of key ingredients.