I had the pleasure of meeting the author of The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor, Gina Homolka, at the Dole Salad Summit a few years ago. She’s a lovely person and I’m thrilled for her success with this book. While I follow her uber-popular blog, somehow I missed seeing her book when it came out. I thought it would be the perfect addition to this month’s grouping of healthy lifestyle and healing-through-food books, so I bought a copy to review and give away. It’s gorgeous! Beautiful enough for a coffee table, practical enough for busy families. Her approach is based in the well-researched Mediterranean diet, so while “skinny” is in the name, it’s really whole foods eating at its best. And yes, she has plenty of success stories with her millions of blog readers, if weight loss is your goal.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into twelve chapters: the skinny basics, sunny mornings, soups & chilis, sandwiches, bites, main-dish salads, poultry, lean meat, fish, meatless mains, sides, and desserts. The book is beautifully designed and user-friendly.
Gorgeous, full-page, full-color photographs by Penny de los Santos are included on every other page.
Recipes include naked eggs benedict, slow-cooker Santa Fe chicken, petite baked crab cakes, buttermilk oven “fried” chicken, teriyaki-glazed pork chops with pineapple salsa, Thai coconut mussels, butternut squash lasagna rolls, shredded Brussels sprouts with prosciutto, and almost sinful maple-raisin bread pudding. Recipes are coded for special diets on both the recipe pages and the chapter opening recipe list.
What I liked about the book:
Gorgeous layout, her friendly helpful tone shines through on every page. Recipes are inventive and will appeal to American palates. You won’t feel deprived eating her recipes! Nutritional analysis is provided, which is helpful for low-sodium eaters.
I wasn’t so keen on:
My only critique is that one of the typefaces is very light, making those sections a bit hard to read.
vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free, low-sodium, weight-loss diets
Not recommended for:
Migraine or paleo diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.