The SkinnyTaste Cookbook is the début cookbook of Gina Homolka. It features 150 deliciously inviting recipes, and most are accompanied by a beautiful, well-styled photograph. (Cookbook Review)
Why Buy When You Can Google?
My rule of thumb for buying a cookbook is that it must contain at least five recipes that I cannot live without trying AND it must offer some intangible something – innovation, technique, cultural insight, or even nostalgia – that I cannot already easily find on my shelves or on the Internet. The SkinnyTaste Cookbook far surpasses my cookbook buying parameters.
The SkinnyTaste Cookbook is the début cookbook of Gina Homolka, the personable and creative author behind the wildly successful, award-winning food blog Skinnytaste. A home cook who has taken low-calorie cooking to a new level, Gina started “skinny-fying” her favorite recipes when she joined Weight Watchers and became dissatisfied with the dearth of truly tasty meals that fit into the plan.
As she began tweaking her own favorite dishes to lower the fat and calorie content, she uncovered her secret formula for success: if you put a healthy spin on dishes you already love, you’ll feel satisfied as you slim down.
What's Inside this Cookbook?
The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 deliciously inviting recipes, and most are accompanied by a beautiful, well-styled photograph.
Recipes range from old family favorites like Fettuccine Alfredo to unique innovations like Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs. Instructions are easy to follow, and each recipe also includes detailed nutritional information.
Small things set this cookbook above the rest. Notably, many recipes include suggestions for brands that Gina has found work best. However, unlike so many others, these recommendations do not smack of paid endorsement, but rather simply some friendly advice from one cook to another.
Likewise, eating style is one of the things I try to be mindful of when I develop and share recipes, so I was both impressed and appreciative that each of Gina’s recipes includes a color and letter code just below the title that allows home cooks to easily determine whether the recipe is gluten-free and/or vegetarian. There are also codes for quick meals, freezer-friendly meals, and slow cooker meals.
Gina also offers practical, realistic advice about creating a healthy kitchen and lifestyle: plan ahead, take charge, dump the junk, and fall in love with real food. All things we know already, but within these pages, Gina give her readers a plan of attack. A road-map for success.
Is it Worth It?
At the risk of sounding too kumbaya, I found Gina's book empowering. Whether you are a cookbook collector or you haven’t bought a new cookbook since the day AllRecipes hit the internet, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is well worth the investment.
For the record, I bought this cookbook with my own money. This is not a sponsored post; however, I did reach out and gain permission to share one of the recipes from the book. You can find our adaptation of Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs here.
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