Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book review: Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating by Katie Farrell

This is a great book if you are trying to find healthy, yet flavorful recipes. I have not been exposed to Katie before receiving this book and some of the recipes in my opinion use too much garlic, but overall, the recipes are lighter than the usual recipes you find in most cookbooks. I like the many high quality photographs, so that you can what the finished product is supposed to look like. And for recipes that have too much garlic, which I do not like to include in my cooking, I substitute garlic with either another spice or simply leave it out.

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The book is well organized and the recipes are fairly easy to follow. There are not many really exotic ingredients and so most cooks will have the required ingredients at home. This is another important point for me. I do not like cookbooks that require a visit to the grocery store for every recipe. I want a cookbook that I can pick up after getting home from work and find an interesting recipe that I can complete with a well-stocked pantry.

I have tried a couple of recipes from the book so far, one being a dessert bread and the other being a slow cooker meat dish - both of them were easy and turned out tasty, despite being allegedly lighter. I say allegedly because I usually do not count calories in recipes, but I do not like a lot of heavy sauces or fat in my dishes, so my usual recipes are already fairly light compared to standard restaurant fare.
This book is great for cooks of all experience levels and should provide good instructions for people that want to try out lighter fare without giving up traditional recipes that their families love, such as mac and cheese.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

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