Not Quite a Diet, More Than a Cookbook, Diana Henry Gets It Just Right

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The angle: “Accidentally healthy” dishes that redefine diet food.

Recipes for right now: Japanese Ginger and Garlic Chicken, Sweet Saffron Roasted Tomatoes with Labneh, Berry and Hibiscus Sorbet, Whole Roasted Fish with Tahini Dressing, Blackberry and Apple Rye Galette

Who would enjoy this book? People tired of dieting, cooks in the habit (or trying to) of eating with the seasons, omnivores with a love for vegetables.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Diana Henry

Who published it: Mitchell Beazley

Other highlights: Diana Henry takes the conundrum of any food lover and confronts it head on: how do we balance eating the foods we love with the very real concerns we have about our health and bodies? In A Change of Appetite, Diana talks very honestly and openly about her experience trying to find this balance. She offers recipes that she calls “accidentally healthy,” which are drawn from her love for Middle Eastern and Scandinavian cuisine, as well as short essays and seasonal observations.

These essays give a practical, everyday context to the whole idea of healthy eating and explore topics like the real role of calories in our overall health, what to do about lunch, and why you can never have too many salads in a day.

It definitely doesn’t hurt that this book is as beautiful as it is practical. The pages, with their lovely typeface, feel sturdy and dependable in beneath your fingers. The photos of seasonal dishes look so good that this book is even focused on health at all.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry

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