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Everyone wants to try to eat healthy, right? Sure; why not? When I picked up this cookbook, I was hoping to find some new ways to add some healthy dishes to my cooking repertoire. I was especially intrigued by the emphasis on cooking methods, such as grilling, braising, broiling, poaching, and so on.
The food in American Heart Association Grill It, Braise It, Broil It: And 9 Other Easy Techniques for Making Healthy Meals is indeed healthy, but some of it is from a school of thought that I just can’t get behind. I don’t care for fat-free sour cream or reduced fat cheese, and when I try no-salt-added canned vegetables, I end up adding salt because they’re so flavorless. Personally, I’d rather skip the fake sour cream and the no-salt-added canned veggies. I prefer the approach in Marco Canora’s A Good Food Day: Reboot Your Health with Food That Tastes Great, where robust spices and fresh, wholesome ingredients boost the flavor.
To be fair, there were actually quite a few dishes that didn’t include fat free sour cream or reduced fat cheese. But since the vast majority of dishes didn’t include a photo, it was hard to visualize an appetizing result. Perhaps the real issue with this cookbook was that there just weren’t enough photos. Out of 175 recipes, there were only a couple photos stuck in the middle like an afterthought, compared to the 164 recipes that didn’t have a photo.
I know that professional food photography is expensive and adds a lot to the cost of the cookbook. But for me, a cookbook isn’t coming home if the photos don’t make me hungry. And if there aren’t any photos, then most likely it isn’t coming home at all.