Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: A Good Food Day by Marco Canora

A Good Food Day: 125 Recipes for Great Food and Great HealthA Good Food Day: 125 Recipes for Great Food and Great Health by Marco Canora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, how's everyone's 2015 diet goals?

Marco Canora describes himself as a lifer, a professional chef for twenty years. He loves cooking and he loves food. However, like many people who enjoy cooking, it eventually caught up with Canora's health.

He had a wake-up call and decided to make some changes. He would cook healthier. He then created his ten principals for a good food day. These principals include: eating must be enjoyable, cooking empowers you to eat better, proper prior planning prevents poor performance, get in sync with Mother Nature, quality ingredients are everything, eat real food, be a conscious eater, a twinge of hunger isn't the end of the world. diversify, and make indulgences a guilt-free part of the program. His recipes are broken down into: breakfast, salads, vegetables, beans & lentils, great grains, fish, meat & poultry, snacks, and sweets.

So far, my husband and I have enjoyed the recipes I have made from this cookbook. My favorites include: New York City Jewish-Style Chicken Soup, Flavor-Pounded Chicken, and Ginger-Scallion Turkey Burgers.

Yet, some of the advice in the book needs to be taken with a grain of salt, so to say. If you eat a lot of fast food and switch to this book, you will be healthier. But if you already have a healthy diet, some of the recipes call for a lot of carbs and oil, and you probably won't see a difference. I applaud Canora for making personal changes. Still, he is in the business of making food taste good and it's easier for men to lose weight than women. So, that needs to be taken into consideration. Personally, the book includes many ideas that can be tweaked into a healthier recipe. Use fat-free Greek yogurt and leave the coconut oil behind.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this cookbook and Canora's story. For me, his snacks and sweets are a better choice to bring to large family gatherings over the commonly used traditions. For reluctant health eaters, this book would be a gentle introduction. It's a fair start to a good health day.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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