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Review: The Healthy Hedonist
Mar 7th, 2006



My posting record has been spotty over the past few months, holidays and trips combined with the doldrums of winter have left me feeling I don't have much to post about. But that isn't to say that I haven't been cooking, or eating, or reading! In fact my cookbook consumption has been at record high levels all year long - a red alert may need to be issued. So I thought I'd review a few of the more interesting books I've encountered along the way, starting with The Healthy Hedonist: More Than 200 Delectable Flexitarian Recipes for Relaxed Daily Feasts, by Myra Kornfeld.

Flexitarian, apparently voted the most useful word of 2003 by the American Dialect Society, means a person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet but does not entirely omit meat. Kornfeld defines it a bit more specifically as those that include a bit of fish and chicken in a diet high in whole foods: fresh vegetables, whole grains, eggs, fruit, etc. This describes my preferred method of eating pretty well, although I would add pork to my ideal flexitarian diet. I say ideal because the reality of cooking for Jim and the two boys means I end up cooking more meat based meals, but left to my own devices I tend much more towards veggies, legumes, and fish.

Kornfeld's recipes are immensely appealing and fairly straightforward - she includes many that are Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, or Asian inspired - and healthy without adhering to any particular dietary doctrine (low-fat, low-carb, etc.). She also includes a yummy dessert section that thankfully is not so healthy.

Some recipes that caught my eye include: Onion-Rosemary Fig Jam, Cardamom and Coconut Basmati Rice, Indonesian Corn Chowder, and Halibut Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise.

This book definitely made my to-purchase list, and I would recommend checking it out if the flexitarian approach appeals to you.


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