Saturday, July 8, 2017

Staff Picks- Food Swings by Jessica Seinfeld

Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice by Jessica Seinfeld with Sara Quessenberry

The cover first caught my eye with the doughnut and broccoli, then I noticed the title and just HAD to look inside! Captivated by the mouthwatering extraordinary photographs of almost every yummy dish, I wanted to make everything I saw. I also loved the fact that the recipes had easy to find ingredients with simple instructions.

When I delved into the solid blue pages, the author gave a peek at her personal life. I liked that she has a passion for creating good, simple food for busy people. She isn’t a chef and doesn’t play one on T.V. She does happen to be married to the famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld. With her past cookbooks, she tried to help motivate people to cook. I liked having "healthy" and "vice" recipes in the same book. As she puts it, “Sometimes you need to feel the wind in your hair.” She talks about eating wholesome foods, eating what your body craves, and occasionally eating treats. This way you can enjoy life and feel satisfied.

I like her philosophy about cooking. She says, “We use a few select ingredients to achieve maximum flavor at minimum cost…I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to eat or live. Like most people. I am just trying to figure out what works for me. My goal is simply to be helpful to those who share a low-key, high-quality approach.”

Here are some recipes my family loved: eggplant & cauliflower “meatballs”, veggie burgers with pickled cucumber and onion, brown rice bowl with black beans, avocado and sweet potato. These recipes are flavorful and my family asked for seconds. Amazing!

Recipes I want to try on the "vice" side are the cinnamon swirl coffee cake, creamy mushroom pasta, eggplant cutlets, and pepper jack and zucchini quesadillas. This book has over 125 recipes, and I look forward to trying each and every one.

Nora St. Laurent
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