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An ideal cookbook for families who want healthy food options A groundbreaking addition to our best-selling ring-bound cookbook series, this all-purpose cookbook delivers 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday fare from breakfast dishes and appetizers to pasta, meat, chicken, kid-friendly favorites, desserts, and more. With this comprehensive cookbook in your kitchen, An ideal cookbook for families who want healthy food options A groundbreaking addition to our best-selling ring-bound cookbook series, this all-purpose cookbook delivers 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday fare from breakfast dishes and appetizers to pasta, meat, chicken, kid-friendly favorites, desserts, and more. With this comprehensive cookbook in your kitchen, eating well will no longer be a chore. Here we offer up all-American, home-style recipes that won’t leave you hungry from multigrain pancakes, low-fat spaghetti and meatballs, Tex-Mex meatloaf, skillet pizzas, hearty beef and vegetable stew, and creamy lowfat spinach lasagna to rich-tasting scalloped potatoes, fudgy brownies, rustic apple tart, carrot cake, and lots of simple fruit desserts. Here you’ll also find naturally lean recipes like our Spa Chicken and Lemony Steamed Spa Fish as well as healthy vegetable and grain classics and an entire chapter of vegetarian main dishes. Cook from this volume and you’ll learn tips and techniques that will forever alter the way you cook. Banish fried foods but still serve crispy chicken fingers, eggplant parmesan, and oven-fried fish with our simple tricks (we toast the bread crumbs for that fried flavor). And learn to incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into all sorts of everyday dishes with easy recipes such as Hearty Ten Vegetable Stew, Chicken Baked in Foil with Fennel, Carrots, and Orange, Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Multigrain Pizza Dough, Fusilli with Kale and White Beans, and Barley Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash. And while we kept our eye on the bottom-line nutritionals, we also focused on using healthy ingredients too, so while some recipes might be a little higher in fat and calories, that is because they use nutritionally valuable foods like salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds (and more). We also relied on many lower-fat ingredients here and we tell you which ones really measure up from ricotta and cream cheese to cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Which one you choose and when you use it can make a big difference in your final dish. With this book in hand, home cooks everywhere will be able to make simple changes in how they shop, eat, and cook changes that will deliver a big payoff to their family s health.


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An ideal cookbook for families who want healthy food options A groundbreaking addition to our best-selling ring-bound cookbook series, this all-purpose cookbook delivers 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday fare from breakfast dishes and appetizers to pasta, meat, chicken, kid-friendly favorites, desserts, and more. With this comprehensive cookbook in your kitchen, An ideal cookbook for families who want healthy food options A groundbreaking addition to our best-selling ring-bound cookbook series, this all-purpose cookbook delivers 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday fare from breakfast dishes and appetizers to pasta, meat, chicken, kid-friendly favorites, desserts, and more. With this comprehensive cookbook in your kitchen, eating well will no longer be a chore. Here we offer up all-American, home-style recipes that won’t leave you hungry from multigrain pancakes, low-fat spaghetti and meatballs, Tex-Mex meatloaf, skillet pizzas, hearty beef and vegetable stew, and creamy lowfat spinach lasagna to rich-tasting scalloped potatoes, fudgy brownies, rustic apple tart, carrot cake, and lots of simple fruit desserts. Here you’ll also find naturally lean recipes like our Spa Chicken and Lemony Steamed Spa Fish as well as healthy vegetable and grain classics and an entire chapter of vegetarian main dishes. Cook from this volume and you’ll learn tips and techniques that will forever alter the way you cook. Banish fried foods but still serve crispy chicken fingers, eggplant parmesan, and oven-fried fish with our simple tricks (we toast the bread crumbs for that fried flavor). And learn to incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into all sorts of everyday dishes with easy recipes such as Hearty Ten Vegetable Stew, Chicken Baked in Foil with Fennel, Carrots, and Orange, Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Multigrain Pizza Dough, Fusilli with Kale and White Beans, and Barley Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash. And while we kept our eye on the bottom-line nutritionals, we also focused on using healthy ingredients too, so while some recipes might be a little higher in fat and calories, that is because they use nutritionally valuable foods like salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds (and more). We also relied on many lower-fat ingredients here and we tell you which ones really measure up from ricotta and cream cheese to cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Which one you choose and when you use it can make a big difference in your final dish. With this book in hand, home cooks everywhere will be able to make simple changes in how they shop, eat, and cook changes that will deliver a big payoff to their family s health.

30 review for The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I've been using this book regularly for a month, and I cannot wait any longer to write this rave review. I've been cooking these "healthy" meals for my husband with a man-sized appetite as well as my picky toddler. I LOVE THIS BOOK! True to America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks, this one is educational, tested, foolproof (if you follow the directions exactly) and thorough. They have tested ingredients, tools, methods, and substitutions. My favorite part is that they educate you on the why's and how's. I've been using this book regularly for a month, and I cannot wait any longer to write this rave review. I've been cooking these "healthy" meals for my husband with a man-sized appetite as well as my picky toddler. I LOVE THIS BOOK! True to America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks, this one is educational, tested, foolproof (if you follow the directions exactly) and thorough. They have tested ingredients, tools, methods, and substitutions. My favorite part is that they educate you on the why's and how's. Many of the recipes are a little more work, include fresh ingredients, are better for you, and taste SO much better. Recipes we have tried (and enjoyed): -Date-Nut Bread -Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Waffles -All-Purpose Chicken Broth -Sautéed Peas with Thyme -Oven-Roasted Salmon Fillets -Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce -Skillet Rice and Beans with Corn and Fresh Tomatoes (the Chickpea and Coconut Milk Version) -Pasta Os with Meatballs (homemade spaghetti Os) Educational bits I've already picked up: -How to roast nuts -Proper way to soak dry beans -sautéing vegetables to add flavor to most recipes in exchange for decreased fat -What is buttermilk? How to make my own. Looking forward to: -Cooking with quinoa -More of the quick breads -Learning how to make fish -The "kid-friendly" tab One last thing: I live overseas and love that there are plenty of recipes with ingredients I can actually find.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This is a great resource. It is not a diet cookbook; rather, their approach is to incorporate "more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into recipes on a daily basis, as well as reducing calories from fat...while maximizing taste." They opt to use enough of the "real thing" (i.e., sugar, butter, etc.) to get good flavor, but through some clever techniques, they still manage to reduce the calories. For instance, in the stir-fry recipes, you mix the aromatics (garlic, ginger, onion) in a separate This is a great resource. It is not a diet cookbook; rather, their approach is to incorporate "more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into recipes on a daily basis, as well as reducing calories from fat...while maximizing taste." They opt to use enough of the "real thing" (i.e., sugar, butter, etc.) to get good flavor, but through some clever techniques, they still manage to reduce the calories. For instance, in the stir-fry recipes, you mix the aromatics (garlic, ginger, onion) in a separate bowl with one teaspoon of oil before adding them to the hot pan, which prevents scorching with very little fat. This book duplicates some of the recipes from the original America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, but there are enough new and altered recipes that it's worth owning both of them. I was especially excited about the "Stir-Fries and Curries" section, and I hope to try some of their smoothie recipes soon. I also liked the "Kid Friendly" section and the healthy sauces for vegetables. Recipes include nutrition facts as well as how to make each recipe vegetarian. The "Vegetarian Entrees" section was a nice addition, too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Professor_D_Cobb

    Some of the most delicious foods I have ever eaten came straight out of this book. The recipes are simple, yet delicious. I recommend it to anyone with any interest in eating.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lori Tatar

    Absolutely fabulous recipes that taste scrumptious...you don't miss what's "missing" for even an instant. These recipes are packed with delectable flavor and fewer calories, lower fat and cholesterol. There are sauces, dips and dressings, desserts as well as main dishes and sides, made with common ingredients. Best methods and products are compared and specified. You will never have to buy another bottle of steak sauce, salad dressing, fruit topping, you name it. Fresh and delicious!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    “Do not substitute skim milk here” is not a statement you expect to see in a healthy cookbook yet it is repeated throughout the cookbook as “nonfat ingredients may impart poor texture and lack of flavor to dishes.” This cookbook doesn’t claim to be a diet book but scientific culinary testing illustrates how the ingredients and techniques chosen highlight the natural flavors that shine through each recipe. In traditional Cook’s Illustrated style, this collection of over 800 recipes were extensive “Do not substitute skim milk here” is not a statement you expect to see in a healthy cookbook yet it is repeated throughout the cookbook as “nonfat ingredients may impart poor texture and lack of flavor to dishes.” This cookbook doesn’t claim to be a diet book but scientific culinary testing illustrates how the ingredients and techniques chosen highlight the natural flavors that shine through each recipe. In traditional Cook’s Illustrated style, this collection of over 800 recipes were extensively tested, they “make mistakes so you don’t have to”. Recipes cover 22 categories from breakfast to dinner to desserts and everything in between. Each recipe focuses on incorporating more fruits, vegetables or whole grains. Recipes range from basic to complex. The complex dishes often utilize step-by-step photos to assist the novice cook. The head notes offer practical advice however lack explanation on the flavor and texture of the completed dish. Test Kitchen Tips accompany many recipes explaining the science behind the recipes such as why roasting vegetables concentrates the flavor. Each category offers numerous “Fast” dishes perfect for weekday meals while the weekend cooks can leisurely make dishes such as Pork Roast en cocotte with Apples and Shallots. Valuable Test Kitchen Favorites are scattered throughout and offer tips for equipment purchases, ingredient recommendations and healthy preparation techniques. Whether you’re looking for gourmet to everyday or international to comfort food, this cookbook is sure to thrill your culinary palate.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Don’t let the word “healthy” in the title of this cookbook fool you. While this book does help guide you into really thinking about healthier alternatives to items and portion control, it does not mainly focus on low fat or low calorie in the recipes. The introduction in the beginning of this cookbook talks about how this book is not a diet book but more about good eating. Also before you got into the recipes, there ere a list of essential cooking tools that everyone should have in their kitchen Don’t let the word “healthy” in the title of this cookbook fool you. While this book does help guide you into really thinking about healthier alternatives to items and portion control, it does not mainly focus on low fat or low calorie in the recipes. The introduction in the beginning of this cookbook talks about how this book is not a diet book but more about good eating. Also before you got into the recipes, there ere a list of essential cooking tools that everyone should have in their kitchen like knifes, pots and pans. There was a picture by each item that explained the differences and the prices for each size from small, medium, and large. Now to the good part…the recipes. There are so many, yummy recipes to be found throughout this cookbook. This is nice as some cookbooks don’t feature a lot of recipes. This book is worth your money. The only problem you will have with this book is selecting which recipes to try first. What I liked about this cookbook besides the recipes was the handy tips and pictures. Also, there was a fast indicator besides the name of some of the recipes, so that you knew it was quick and fast to make.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    Nice cookbook! First, it has all manner of tidbits and lists that are useful to the would be chef. Pages 10 and after provide a listing of "equipment essentials"; pages 274-275 describe the various cuts of beef as per tenderness and flavor. But the recipes are the heart of a cookbook. This one is divided thus: appetizers and snacks, salads, soups and stews and chili, vegetables, rice and grain, pasta, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, vegetarian entrees, stir-fries and curries, grilling, pizza a Nice cookbook! First, it has all manner of tidbits and lists that are useful to the would be chef. Pages 10 and after provide a listing of "equipment essentials"; pages 274-275 describe the various cuts of beef as per tenderness and flavor. But the recipes are the heart of a cookbook. This one is divided thus: appetizers and snacks, salads, soups and stews and chili, vegetables, rice and grain, pasta, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, vegetarian entrees, stir-fries and curries, grilling, pizza and tarts, whole grain rolls and loaves, quick breads, cookies and bars, cakes, fresh desserts, and "kid friendly" dishes. The title of the book suggests its goal--healthy cooking. But it is not just cooking for healthy; the book aims to combine health AND taste. And the recipes certainly promise that this goal might be met. An interesting cookbook for those who want tasty healthy meals. . . .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Picked up the last copy at our Costco for $16.99! :) I've only made one recipe in the book so far, but it was awesome! I've looked through the entire book and I have to say I've never owned such a nice recipe book before. The set-up, explanations, instructions, and organization are great, not to mention I LOVE the 3 ring binder style. I'm ordering The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book tonight. I went to a birthday party today and my friend made the yellow cake recipe from the book and it Picked up the last copy at our Costco for $16.99! :) I've only made one recipe in the book so far, but it was awesome! I've looked through the entire book and I have to say I've never owned such a nice recipe book before. The set-up, explanations, instructions, and organization are great, not to mention I LOVE the 3 ring binder style. I'm ordering The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book tonight. I went to a birthday party today and my friend made the yellow cake recipe from the book and it was divine. They have a good thing going with this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is another good cookbook, similar in style to your typical Betty Crocker type book. It's a 3-ring binder with tabs. In addition to what seem to be solid recipes, it includes more general information on equipment, healthy ingredients, etc. What is always nice about America's Test Kitchen is how they take something simple like scrambled eggs, and off several ways to prepare them uniquely. They allegedly cook a single recipe many times over before it meets their approval. I'm inclined to belie This is another good cookbook, similar in style to your typical Betty Crocker type book. It's a 3-ring binder with tabs. In addition to what seem to be solid recipes, it includes more general information on equipment, healthy ingredients, etc. What is always nice about America's Test Kitchen is how they take something simple like scrambled eggs, and off several ways to prepare them uniquely. They allegedly cook a single recipe many times over before it meets their approval. I'm inclined to believe them. Good stuff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I am in love with this cookbook! It is extremely well organized with sections ranging from appetizers to family favorites to grilling. The recipes are healthy without being tasteless and my family will actually eat them! So far I've made Green Goddess Dip with veggies, Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Kebabs, and Breakfast Burritos. All three recipes have been a hit. I can't wait to cook some of the others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I appreciate that this "healthy" cookbook doesn't call for "lite" everything, or synthetic products (that I don't feel like buying) to take the place of more common ingredients like butter or what have you. Things are healthier, but still tasty and easy to make with normal ingredients. I made a few of the recipes with pretty good results. (A big thumbs-up for the Pasta O's with Meatballs in the kid-friendly section.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn

    If cooking were a religion, this cookbook would be my bible. Many of the recipes are repeats of those in the original, red cookbook. But the advantage of this cookbook is that I can cook from it on a daily basis and know that I am eating well-balanced and delicious meals. You'd probably die of a heart attack at 40 if you cooked out of the original cookbook on a daily basis.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Finding this to be an excellent resource. I have an online membership to Cook's Illustrated but somehow having a book to browse and plan meals with just makes more sense. I also like that every meal has nutritional information available, and lots of meals that will be great food that happens to be healthy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Van Wagenen

    I need to buy this book. I've been using the library's copy. Everything has turned out really well, with universal thumbs up from the entire family. I can see myself making almost everything in this cookbook. It tells you when light ingredients work and when then don't. It has a section of family friendly recipes and identifies fast recipes for busy weeknights.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Great cookbook. Uses real ingredients and what looks like they will not sacrifice taste. There are some smart reworks of classic recipes. Using egg whites and one egg, for example, will cut the calories and not the flavor. Also many good tips and suggestions for cooking gear to make your kitchen time more efficient.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    One of my favorite go-to cookbooks for good family fare. "Healthy" connotes better, healthier eating overall: less fat, more produce/whole grains, less meat (in recipes such as stir fries), and the like. This is most definitely NOT a diet cookbook; instead, it's simply a healthy approach to everyday cooking. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Recipes come in a shiny three ring binder so recipes can be removed...gives serving size, calorie, nutritional content. Nice variety of recipes. Great for beginner cooks, those wanting healthier alternatives, or those who want to pare down their cookbook collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Schumann

    so excited about this one! I'm a big fan of Cook's Illustrated and the ATK show on PBS. Curling up to savor it! ** Not one bad recipe so far. Shrimp burgers were a HUGE hit - even with me and I don't like shrimp. You can't go wrong with this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Nice cleanup of ATK's full fat, higher family style recipes. I trust their cookbooks because all recipes are meticulously researched and tested, along with explanations of how and why the recipe works.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Large

    Great book, full of really delicious, healthy recipes. As with most ATK recipes, though, there are often alot of ingredients and several steps to the recipe. But, overall, I definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys cooking and wants reliable, healthy recipes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Awesome cookbook - simple and easy for everyday cooking. I consider it to be the modern joy of cooking!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I have made the corn muffins, keylime bars and the blueberry crumb cake and they are all great, I am loving this new cookbook that my wonderful children gave me for christmas !!! :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    A departure for sure from the TV show (where they aren't afraid to use butter; have you seen them make chicken Kiev??), but nonetheless a great cookbook.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    These cookbooks are my aspirational cookbooks, which is why I get them from the library. If America's Test Kitchen recipes didn't take so darned long I might have time to make them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    One of my favorite cookbooks. A must have and go to book for our family. Every recipe is perfect for our family and delicious.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Lots of interesting tweaks on favorite recipes to make them healthier without losing flavor. Lots of suggestions for kitchen equipment.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    Notes: aside from the 'lowfat' premise this is an excellent resource

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily Shields

    Fine but disappointing over all

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I've made several recipes from the book and they turned out well. Will continue to review as I cook more from the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Good recipes, but I was unimpressed with the push of skim dairy. Not my definition of healthy.

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