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Cookbook Review: You Can Trust a Skinny Cook

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Cookbook Review—I will be the first to admit that I was initially attracted to this book by its clever title, You Can Trust a Skinny Cook, as I have many times asked myself whether or not a skinny cook could be trustworthy. So I decided to give Allison Fishman a chance to see if I could really trust her.

In You Can Trust a Skinny Cook, Fishman teaches us that we can be trim and healthy without having to give up the good things in life with lightened up versions of the classic recipes we love. The book offers up 140 recipes which cover just about every meal of the day, from soups and salads to main courses and side dishes and even desserts and snacks.

But the book is more that just recipes, as every single recipe has complete nutritional information.  In it, you will also find valuable "Kitchen Tips" to help simplify your cooking and "Kitchen Skinny Tips" with things you can do to make the recipes even lighter. What's also great about the book is that Fishman created it with us home cooks in mind. All of the recipes are easy to follow and call for ingredients that are easy to find.

A couple of stand-out recipes for me are Fishman's New England Clam Chowder and Carrot Cake. In her chowder, she uses pureed potatoes to replicate the thick, rich texture of cream. And in her carrot cake (which is complete with cream cheese frosting), she removes one cup of oil from the batter and substitutes extra carrots to keep the cake moist and leave room for the delicious frosting. Talk about living it up! And because I am a dessert queen, I also gravitated towards Fishman's recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake. Each slice is a little piece of heaven.

You will definitely have fun cooking your way through this book. And you won't have to feel guilty because everything is good for you.

What dishes do you love to prepare that are simple, delicious, and healthy? How do you make healthy eating an enjoyable and flavorful experience?

Eliana Ramos is living the sweet life as author of A Chica Bakes – a blog that explores her baking adventures sprinkled with a little bit of life and Latin Flair. A self-taught baker, Eliana loves sharing tips and tricks to help her readers live the sweet life too. You can find her online at A Chica Bakes and @AChicaBakes.

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Eliana Ramos is living the sweet life as author of A Chica Bakes – a blog that explores her baking adventures sprinkled with a little bit of life and Latin Flair. A self-taught baker, Eliana loves sharing tips and tricks to help her readers live the sweet life too. You can find her online at A Chica Bakes and @AChicaBakes.

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