Supermarket Healthy

D’Arabian, Melissa. Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot. New York, NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
healthyFood Network star, Melissa D’Arabian, not only knows how to cook healthy but also how to shop cost-effectively. With affordable and easy recipes, Melissa D’Arabian utilizes items in most home pantries, healthy options found (on sale) in most stores, and new wholesome ideas for common fare. With prep time, cooking time, pictures and nutritional values included, Supermarket Healthy makes dinner a hearty, healthy snap.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a fan of Melissa D’Arabian and Food Network, I was excited to read and review her new cookbook. Having most of the items on-hand already while substituting easily for those I did not (or chose not to include), I found this book easy to use and follow. Breakfast, snacks, soups, veggies, pasta, seafood, meat, sides and desserts were all included in very attainable recipes. I especially enjoyed the added personal thoughts introducing each recipe along with the extra information scattered throughout (making soups kid-friendly, should you salt eggplant). After-all, who doesn’t want to eat healthy while saving money?

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Supermarket Healthy from Blogging for Books for my honest review*

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Kitchen Confidence

Nixon, Kelsey. Kitchen Confidence. NY, USA: Clarkson Potter/ Random House. 2014.

SUMMARY:
cookbookStuffed-full of absolutely mouth-watering pictures and their accompanying tasty recipes, Kitchen Confidence makes cooking a breeze as well as enjoyable! Basic yet essential, this book shares everyday recipes, tidbits and directions to help feed even the pickiest eaters. Recipes explained, kitchen utensils discussed and personal experiences and instructions included for each recipe make this a truly complete book. Years of culinary training followed by a stretch on Food Network Star and now Cooking Channel’s Kelsey’s Essentials only add credibility and familiarity to the book.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Wow…another really good cookbook! Having watched Food Network Star previously and now Kelsey’s Essentials (while on the elliptical at the Fitness Club…yes, really), I was excited to actually try her recipes for my family. With everyday ingredients found in most pantries (or easily accessible at the grocery stores), this book shares really delicious and variable recipes I am sure my family will appreciate. Wonderful for my own kitchen yet presentable as a gift, Kitchen Confidence is a new favorite, highly usable cookbook of mine.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Kitchen Confidence from WaterBrook Press for my honest review*