Monday, October 04, 2010
Eat This Not That, Cook This Not That!
Have you read any of the “Eat This Not That” books?
Have you heard about the series of books by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, titled “Eat This Not That?” David is the editor-in-chef and Matt is the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health Magazine.
When they first came out I found myself paging through one of the books in a bookstore. At that time I just didn’t think it was anything to get too excited about. Nice glossy photos with not a lot of content on each page. It seemed like basic information one could find in any monthly health magazine.
So what possessed me to order several of them last winter, I’m not sure. During the winter I tend to spend too much time on Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble. And it’s the time of year that I think more about losing weight but don’t actually do too much of it. I justified ordering these books because I thought that my husband could learn a bit about nutrition and eating and that we could help each other.
Eat This Not That – Supermarket Survival Guide
Eat This Not That – New 2010 Edition
Eat This Not That – Restaurant Survival Guide
And what would become my favorite in the series:
Cook This Not That – Kitchen Survival Guide - The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
What I like most about this series is that I can pick up a book, look at it for several minutes, read a short excerpt, and realize that I did learn something.
Upon opening a book, on the left side is the “Eat This” and on the right side is the “Not That!” for each category. For instance: Tortillas, Pitas and Wraps…I get information as to why I should choose one type, not necessarily one brand over another…
Here’s a sample from the “Eat This” side:
“Mission White Corn Tortillas- always trump flour tortillas. That’s because they’re made with whole grain corn and little else.”
The Supermarket Survival Guide is a real help when trying to pick the healthiest version of a food. Nice layout, and the glossy pictures do draw me in. I’ve been tempted to take it with me to the grocery store. So far, I’ve just added foods it suggests to my weekly grocery list.
I love the “Cook This Not That” book. It’s my favorite in the series.
It takes a favorite restaurant recipe and makes it healthier and for less money, too!
This follows one of my favorite premises: If you make it at home, you know what you put into it!
There are chapters on Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Sandwiches & Burgers, Off the Grill, Pasta, American Classics, Sides, Snacks & Sauces, Desserts & Drinks.
There are many recipes each with a color photo, here are some of them: Dr Pepper Ribs, Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps, Grilled Pork & Peaches, French Onion Soup, Mini Pizzas- 3 Ways, Artichoke Dip, French Toast with Vanilla Bourbon & Caramelized Bananas, Caprese Tomato Towers, Patty Melt, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Chicken Marsala, Crispy Apple Turnover, and Chocolate Chip Cookies…just to name a few.
It gets you cooking and baking at home, making real food that’s healthier and more satisfying.
You can check these books out at your local library and then invest in the ones you think you will use.
They are little books with lots of good information in them!
Healthy Cooking and Happy Eating!