My unapologetic love for Martha Stewart is no secret. So this may be biased. But I think everyone can agree that the woman knows how to make a good cookbook. I own a few of her other cookbooks, and while I love them (obviously), sometimes the recipes are a little too rich - a little too old school for me. Sure, using butter to flavor everything tastes great, but my metabolism just isn’t into it. So when I stumbled across this gem - Everyday FOOD: Light - I was overjoyed. And Martha, well, she did not disappoint.
It has a basics section at the beginning, full of tips on how to boost flavor and cut out those sneaky fats. Otherwise, it’s organized by season, which helps in terms of buying seasonal ingredients, which tends to be healthier and cheaper. Double whammy. The recipes throughout are photographed beautifully. Each is accompanied by nutritional information, some come with tips on how to best store leftovers for a given dish, and nearly all come with an explanation as to how or why the recipe is light - how those extra calories were trimmed. And from what I’ve made so far, none of this sacrifices flavor. A few of these recipes immediately got dropped into our regular rotation. If you like Martha’s recipes or are looking for an easy way to start eating healthier, this is a great find.