Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka

After years of following Gina Homolka's blog, Skinnytaste, I was thrilled when she decided to write a cookbook. The Skinnytaste Cookbook was released September 30, 2014 and is available in hardback or eBook format.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 125 new recipes as well as 25 favorites. All the recipes are low-calorie and waist-friendly. A majority of the recipes are accompanied by beautiful, full-page photographs.

The book begins with an introduction that explains the intentions of this cookbook and provides the Skinnytaste origin story. This section also provides you with a recipe key which is one of my favorite parts of the book. The key is used to identify vegetarian, gluten-free, quick (ready in 30 minutes or less), freezer-friendly, and slow cooker recipes.

The chapter titled The Skinny Basics provides readers with tips for a healthier kitchen as well as a healthier lifestyle. I think this was an important addition to the book, because sometimes changing the way you eat or cook can be a daunting task, so tips from a professional or role-model are always appreciated.

Once you get past the introduction and basics you get into the most exciting part of the book: the recipes. The recipes are grouped into chapters such as Sunny Mornings, Skinny-Licious Soups & Chilis, Sandwiches On The Lighter Side, Skinny Bites, Fabulous Main-Dish Salads, Perfect Poultry, Lean Meat Dishes, Fabulous Fish, Meatless Mains, Veggie-Licious Sides, and Skinny Sweet Tooth.

Throughout the recipes Gina added helpful hints and tips to make your meal prep easier. Pairing options, storage tips, and tool suggestions are just a few of the tip topics. This is in addition to the nutritional information that is provided for every recipe. As a professional calorie counter this is what I am most grateful for.

Overall, I am thrilled with this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a low-calorie cookbook.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own and are completely honest.