Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Smart Chefs Stay Slim Book Review

I recently had the opportunity to read the book Smart Chefs Stay Slim by Allison Adato.  The author is a People magazine editor who started to lose the battle of the bulge as she wrote stories about the restaurant world.  Hoping to combat that, she looked towards the experts - chefs who kept themselves thin.

One thing that I really loved about this book, is that it is different from any other book I have read before, mixing healthy eating tips with yummy recipes.  The tips are very relate-able, and easy to implement.  For example, one of the tips is "They eat only treats they make themselves" which talks about bringing food that you might normally purchase (such as potato chips) back into the kitchen where they are much healthier.

Another thing that I really enjoyed about the book is that unlike many diet books that list out all of the things that you CAN'T eat - this book really embraces food and lets you know how to maintain your weight while still enjoying what you eat.

From the book's press release:

The book also goes into detail about the following topics that parents everywhere will be dying to hear:
    • How chefs like Cat Cora, Marc Murphy, Ming Tsai and Naomi Pomeroy feed their kids
    • Chefs’ tips for introducing your children to the healthy foods you want to eat as a family (and getting off the mac + cheese or chicken fingers train)
    • What great chefs like Michael Symon, Wolfgang Puck, Michelle Bernstein and others learned from their own parents (even when mom and dad were terrible cooks!)
    • Alison, the author of Smart Chefs is a mom — find out what she changed about how she feeds her family while talking to 40 of the country's best chefs

SMART CHEFS STAY SLIM will help keep New Year’s resolutions to:
·        Cook at home more (without creating a lot of work and mess). Best news: Restaurant chefs don't cook at home like they cook at work—they're just like us and don't want a lot of pots to clean up. Which famous chef uses a toaster oven for dinner? Which likes take-out roast chicken? Who cops to instant oatmeal? 
·        Eat more vegetables (and make them taste terrific)
·        Choose meals with less fat and calories — but much more flavor and satisfaction.
·        Why you should never give up dessert—especially chocolate—even if you're dieting

With a foreword by Art Smith, SMART CHEFS STAY SLIM is a beautifully written, fun and accessible journey into the private world of some of the best chefs in the world. Recipes include Rick Bayless’s Grilled Chicken Salad with Rustic Guacamole, Ming Tsai’s Pork Fried Rice, Andrea Reusing’s Warm Asparagus Salad with Soft-boiled Eggs, Simpson Wong’s Hangover Soup, Karen Hatfield’s Apple Galette and much more.

You can learn more at the book's blog SmartChefs.  You can purchase the book at Amazon. It is on sale right now so you will get a great deal!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.

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