I love to cook but rarely follow recipes, therefore my kitchen is often described as a science lab (oh, no, sorry - that's my fridge!) yet I have a vast collection of cookbooks. I believe I collect cookbooks more for inspiration than for the actual recipes!
So Why Review A Cookbook?
Good question... because this one is really good! Healthy Homestyle Cooking is not really my forte - cream, red meats, potatoes etc., are more my niche - but don't be fooled by the title. This book is not an "eat healthy and stay starving" genre of book.
Hot Beer Cheese Dip... Does not sound very healthy, but it can be found on page 51 under the category "Appetizing Tidbits".... Have I piqued your interest yet?
This hardcover book is filled with 303 pages of delicious, hearty and easy to concoct reciped that will warm the heart of any hungry soul. Although the book itself is 342 pages deep, the first 25 focus on tips and suggestions on how to cut down the calories in most dishes and how to repair dishes that go wrong - tres helpful! The final several pages are occupied with the usual easy to follow alphabetical index.
Amidst the pages of delicious recipes are some beautiful full color, glossy pictures showing what your meal should look like - note SHOULD!
From appetizers, and entrees to desserts and side dishes, this book is a great addition to any kitchen, although I would suggest that vegetarians avoid this one - it's rather carnivorous! It's easy to follow instructions and clearly listed ingredients make this one fool proof and I particularly like the cover as it is "kitchen friendly" in that it is very easy to wipe down should you be a little messy in the preparation ....
Recipes Include (but are not limited to.....)
Chicken a la King, Turkey Tetrazzini, Beef Stroganoff, Savory Three Cheese Ball, Layered Raspberry Bars, Hummus, Cocktail Party Meatballs, and my personal favorite.....Sole Stuffed with Broccoli and Cheese.
Are You Hungry Yet?
If so, don't rush off to McDonalds, rush online or to the local bookstore and pick up this book. There are no ingredients in here that you can't buy at a reasonable price from your local grocery store, so no need to worry about finding truffle or sapphron at midnight!