the cook(book)ing school: from my “healthy books to read in 2013” list – crazy sexy diet by kris carr

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the only book from my “2013 Healthy Books-to-read” list that I’ve read so far. I picked it up at the local library. I’m glad I got it at the library and didn’t invest in purchasing it. While I did get some handy tips from this book, I was aware of most of the information in it already. But, because I am exploring the idea of anti-inflammatory foods, it was a helpful resource about how to turn your entire health routine around and heal yourself from the inside out. Also, I commend the author on her journey from cancer and her goal to share her journey with the rest of us.

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the cook(book)ing school: One World, One Pot

One Pot by Weight Watchers

When it comes to Weight Watchers cookbooks, One Pot is probably the best so far. It’s colorful and chock full of multicultural recipes that will satisfy various taste buds. And the thing I love the most about this book is that the chapters are divided by the type of cooking device: bowl, skillet, wok, saucepan, dutch oven, roasting pan, casserole dish, slow cooker, grill, baking pan, and more. Now, while I only have a few of these cooking tools, this cookbook makes me want to run out and get one of each so that I can try all of the recipes, I’m especially itching to get me a dutch oven. One Pot is an excellent choice to add to your cookbook collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: no more taco bell!

300 best taco recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen

You can official cease and desist with all trips to Taco Bell. This cookbook is a taco lovers dream and probably much healthier.  One of my favorite recipes is a fish tacos recipe with a delicious jalepeno, mayonnaise, sour cream sauce that can be used with other foods besides the tacos. These recipes are also great for moms looking for healthy taco variations for your kids. A great addition to the cookbook shelf.

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the cook(book)ing school: casseroles, chilis, and stews, oh my!

the big book of slow cooker, casseroles, and more by Betty Crocker

What a great cookbook if you love comfort food and love to make “all-in-one” foods. And I love the layout of this book because the recipes are laid out on each page, large print, colorful, with each list of recipe ingredients, that are not too complicated, but easily accessible. This is a great cookbook for the single girl who needs to get some simple, yet hearty recipes under her belt.










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the cook(book)ing school: meat free mondays

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by Annie Riggs

I love this cookbook, with a foreword by celebrities Paul and Stella McCartney, along with the accompanying website,,   It’s all about encouraging us to take account of our meat consumption as well as to pay more attention to the environment and climate around us. And, since I’m trying to incorporate more fun vegetarian based dishes into my meal plan (especially dinner), I thought this was the perfect companion for me. And I also like that the meal plans for a truly Meat-Free-Monday are all laid out from breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The only thing I don’t like about the book is that some of the ingredients may be inaccessible or just that realistically, I’m not going to find them (just being honest). But I do like that it offers to many creative ways to think about how we can easily prepare our food and be okay without eating meat with every meal.

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the cook(book)ing school: the good cook, greatest book club EVER!

So recently,  I’ve become a cookbook nerd (as evidenced from my creation of a whole blog devoted to cookbook reviews) and I joined The Good Cook ( book club! OMG! You would have thought I had died and gone to heaven! Nothing but cookbooks, cookbooks, and more cookbooks (all to help feed my latest obsession – I probably really need to talk to someone about this, LOL).  The Good Cook is a “book-of-the-month” club that sends monthly catalogs for you to peruse and choose from cookbooks by your favorite celebrity chefs to your favorite regional faire and ethnic cuisine.  Here is a list of my first books from The Good Cook (I will review them all later):


One Pot by Weight Watchers 












The Big Book of Slow Cooker, Casseroles, and More by Betty Crocker













300 Best Taco Recipes by Kelly Cleary Coffeen












The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by Annie Rigg with forward by Paul and Stella McCartney


the cook(book)ing school: great low calorie summer cooking ideas

the ultimate low calorie cookbook by better homes and gardens

Since I’ve been exploring low carb and low calorie cooking lately, this book was a great find. (I found it at Walmart a few months ago, who by the way has a great cookbook section). I was also looking for a cookbook that gave you a breakdown of calories (and other nutritional information) of each recipe as well as a book that divided the recipes up by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts), that way I can pick and choose, mix and match my meals and (try) not go over my assigned daily calories for weight loss. I totally recommend this book for anyone looking for easy, quick, and modern recipes in a very photo pleasing cookbook.


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the cook(book)ing school: book review – a cookbook for people with new year’s cooking resolutions

weight watchers new complete cookbook

the cook(book)ing school: a cookbook for people with new year’s cooking resolutions

One of the goals I started off  2012 with has been  to post reviews of cookbooks that I have read or tried recipes from and share with you, my journey  through what I like to call “cook(book)ing school” – how to become a  great cook without going to cooking school.  In the process, I hope to create what I hope will become a pretty impressive cookbook collection.

Since 2012 began, I have also been on a kick to try my best to eat healthy.  One of my other goals for the new year was also to pick up a copy of the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, to begin my cookbook collection. I love this book because 1) all of the recipes come already calculated with Weight Watchers Points Plus and 2) the book came with a free subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine. 2 great benefits if you ask me!  The only thing I would criticize about this book is that there are not enough photos, however, I do like the fact that the book is made like a 3-ring binder with dividers for each section which makes it easy to find recipes. So far, I haven’t cooked anything from the cookbook but as soon as I do, I will post an update to let you know how it turned out.

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the cook(book)ing school: book review – A Real Cookbook Aimed at Real People

the cook(book)ing school:  A Real Cookbook Aimed At Real People

Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families -- Even Yours!Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families — Even Yours! by Art Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kitchen Life by Art Smith is a great resource for anyone who is trying to develop a serious relationship with food, cooking, and their kitchen.  I appreciated the pre-quiz, Art’s Kitchen Life Quiz, at the front of the book that asks the novice chef questions like, What type of shopper are you?, What are your time challenges?, What kind of cook are you?, Are you eating right?, and What are your food preferences? At the end of the quiz, you have the opportunity to make an assessment of yourself as a cook for what Art calls “Real People, Real Solutions”. The cookbook overall is a great colorful book, however, I’m a sucker for lots of photos in a cookbook and this book, while the text is vibrant and easy to read, there are definitely not enough pictures of finished food product. I would have really appreciated that.

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