I know everyone has differing opinions on the Food Network. Personally, I love it. I think the cooking competitions are so fun, especially Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen, and the Next Food Network Star. The first year Ben and I were married, we discovered the Next Food Network and watched Melissa d’Arabian win it all! That’s why I was so excited to receive a copy of her new cookbook, Supermarket Healthy, from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Here is a description of the cookbook from the publisher:
Food Network star and New York Times bestselling author Melissa d’Arabian proves that healthy eating at home is easy, achievable, and affordable.
Everyone wants to feel good about what they are eating, serving guests, and feeding their families, but most of us don’t do our weekly shopping at pricey specialty stores– we do it at the local supermarket and we don’t want it to break the bank. In her second book, Melissa demystifies the task of preparing nutritious and delicious food by showing exactly how you can make your grocery store work for you. She offers helpful strategies for shopping, cooking, and entertaining, as well as meal blueprints and nutritional information throughout. This book will make you confident about the food you’re buying, preparing, and eating. Delicious recipes like Almond Waffles with Raspberry-Basil Sauce, Kale and White Bean Caesar Salad in a Jar, Slow-Roasted Tomato Spaghettini, Flatiron Steaks with Quick Cauliflower Kimchi, and Flourless Fudgy Dream Cookies have something for every type of eater at every meal of the day. No matter your favorite flavors or dietary needs, cooking on a budget is empowering– and now you can learn how to make every bite count. If cooking at home is the key to healthy living, Supermarket Healthy is the only tool you’ll need.
And as usual, my five point review:
- This is a beautiful cookbook. I know one of the draws of blogs over cookbooks is that [hopefully beautiful] photos accompany every recipe, and sure, I do love that. But cookbooks are their own breed of beautiful too even when each recipe doesn’t have its own photo. I love having the recipe printed in front of me, instead of worrying about keeping my iPad clean in the kitchen. And this cookbook is gorgeous… pretty typography, pretty pictures, pretty colors… Pretty pretty pretty! It’s a paperback and seems very high quality too.
- One thing I love about this cookbook is that almost every recipe sounds like something that we would actually a) like to eat, b) find in the grocery store right by my house instead of at a speciality store, and c) be able to afford on a budget. I’ve already tried a couple: this Caesar salad dressing and also red lentils and quinoa, and there are a few more on my “to make” list in the immediate future: jeweled wild rice pilaf, curry-glazed carrots, sesame and pumpkin-seed breaded chicken, and kale breakfast salad.
- I think this cookbook is great both for people who already eat a healthy diet, because it has lots of new, delicious recipes. But I also think it would be great for people looking to eat healthier because the ingredients are simple, easily accessible, and not a bunch of weird one-use ingredients. Melissa also discusses “hot button” issues like organic, buying local, etc. and shares her thoughts on those subjects for an intro to her food philosophy and how SHE shops for her family. She also has a list of pantry staples that can be used in alot of the recipes in this book.
- This cookbook also seeks to teach people how to cook, not just how to follow a recipe. Alot of her recipes can be altered by subbing out herbs and spices, or proteins to make a totally different dish. She also has meal “blueprints”–how to make a great frittata, salad, or her favorite 4 step chicken recipe. These seems super helpful!
- All in all, this is a cookbook I know I will use time and time again. The meals in this cookbook can easily be accomplished after a day of work. Some can be made ahead of time for work lunches, or dinner later in the week too. I’ve looked at every section of this cookbook and can honestly say that every recipe [all 130+] sound good and sound like something I would make. Maybe I will make them all! :) Definitely add this to your wish list, it’s a great cookbook!
Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher, Clarkson Potter Publishers, for the chance to read this great cookbook!