The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka (A book review)

skinnytasteI enjoy good food and my increasing waistline shows it.  Because of these two facts, I am often on the lookout for new recipes for meals that both taste good and are relatively healthy. Gina Homolka started her blog, Skinnytaste, to provide those types of recipes. Many of her recipes can be found in her new book, The Skinnytaste Cookbook.

In The Skinnytaste Cookbook, Gina covers the basics of cooking healthy and what to have (and not have) in your refrigerator and pantry. Much of it you probably know but, like me, probably ignore and gravitate to the less healthy choices. The bulk of the book is the recipes. All of the typical recipe categories are found in the book and in each category you will find a variety of food types, from Italian to Mexican and most things in between.

What I found unique about this book when compared to other cookbooks for healthy eating is that the recipes have ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen and, if not, can actually afford. I am often annoyed with “healthy eating” books that assume everyone has a grocery budget that allows for hundreds of dollars to be forked out for unpronounceable foods that you will never use. Gina not only makes the recipes affordable, but offers tips on how to freeze and store the foods for later use and shares how you can make a recipe and use elements of it in other recipes. This helps to stretch your budget and makes planning meals easier.

But is the food any good? That’s the big question, isn’t it? I made the “So-Addicted Chicken Enchiladas” just last night and they were really good. Only 2 remained for leftovers. I served them with my favorite Spanish Rice recipe (I won’t share that here since it’s not a Skinnytaste recipe).  Apart from the great recipes, the book itself is well put together, a hardback packed with beautiful pictures.

With Christmas just around the corner, this book would make a great gift for the person that loves to cook. Or  just get one for yourself and begin Skinnytaste cooking and eating.

(I received this book from Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review)

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