Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Quick & Easy Healthy Cookbook: 125 Delicious Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

The Quick & Easy Healthy Cookbook by Carrie Forrest is a recipe collection and cookbook for healthy nutritious meals based on whole, unprocessed, organic ingredients. Released 17th Dec 2019 by Callisto on their Rockridge imprint, it's 186 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

Each recipe has a header with special symbols such as nut-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, with a short description of the recipe and approximate prep-times. The ingredients are listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only. (There's a metric conversion chart in the appendices). Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Alternative preparation ideas and tips are listed in sidebars. Nutritional information is also given in a footer at the end of the recipe instructions. 

The included recipes are made with easily sourced ingredients and the instructions are crystal clear and easy to follow. The photography is not abundant; most of the recipes are not illustrated, but the photographs which are included are clear and well done.  I wish there had been more photographs and serving suggestions, but I do understand that extra photography increases the price of book projects very quickly.

Most all of the recipes are sensible and family friendly. They're arranged thematically: breakfast, soups & salads, vegetarian mains, seafood, poultry, meat, snacks & sides, desserts, and basics/partial ingredients/staples.

This is a traditional time of year to consider making healthful choices and this book will provide some good starting points for whole food eating and nutrition.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes 

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