American classics… This cookbook is like the essence of the food you find when you chow down at local food fairs. Barbecue pork ribs, lobster rolls, fried green tomatoes and New Orleans gumbo. Or when you visit an out-of-state friend and they serve you up the regional favorites – caramel-sticky buns, macaroni & cheese, chicken-fried steak and banana pudding. That’s what this cookbook is like.
But the essential difference… The regional favorites, in this cookbook, which are normally made with cheese, cream and/or butter received recipe makeovers. In the Lighten Up, America! Favorite Foods Made Guilt Free cookbook, Allison shows us how to make the favorite classic dishes lighter and healthier but keeps the foods delicious flavors.
“In writing this cookbook” says Allison Fishman Task, “my biggest takeaway is that we can all prepare and enjoy traditional American dishes, without the side of guilt…” We thank you for that, Allison!
Author: Allison Fishman Task & Cooking Light
Publisher: Oxmoor House
Number of Recipes: More than 150
- Classic American Dishes Made Lighter: 150 delicious recipes from coast to coast. All complete with nutritional analysis.
- Regional Culinary Traditions: Join Allison as she tells delightful and tantalizing stories behind some of our most regional dishes.Every story gives insight into regional flavor and color while celebrating iconic fare like Memphis barbecue, New Orleans gumbo (can’t wait to make the gumbo!), and Iowa pork tenderloin sandwiches.
- Insider’s View of Festivals and Food Fairs: Allison also visits food fairs and festivals, so you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the more unusual foods this great country has to offer such as wild boar nachos, bear meatloaf, and dandelion soup.
- Food Born in America: There are many inspiring stores share about the many American entrepreneurs and home cooks who conceived and popularized recipes and ingredients. Take the Philly cheesesteak, cobb salad, and stove top stuffing — just to name a few — all crafted through the ingenuity of American food lovers.
Question: What is one of your favorite regional dishes? Have you found a way to make it healthier?
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Two copies of the Cookbook were forwarded to Oatmeal in my Bowl for review and testing. All views expressed are of the reviewer.
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