If part of your resolutions included cleaning up your diet, Bethenny Frankel’s new book, The Skinnygirl Dish, needs an invite next to your stove. After all, clean eating starts in the kitchen!
While the book is chock-full of recipes you can use, the hidden value isn’t in the mixings. Bethenny teaches readers useful, anytime cooking techniques that not only create healthier eats with comfortably familiar food choices, but offer simple ways, tips and tricks that zap the chore out of cooking.
“If I see a recipe that takes 4 eggs, I’ll always try it with 2 eggs and 2 egg whites,” Frankel writes in the “Skinnygirl Desserts to Die For” chapter. “It’s taking a risk, but often you can’t even tell the difference,” she says before serving up a myriad of other options to use other than eggs.
Not to mention, the recipes in the book all offer substitutes using Bethenny’s “Use What You Have” charts, saving countless trips to the market and slashing time spent on shopping lists.
In order to serve the Partygirl in all of us, Bethenny walks readers through “How to Throw a Skinnygirl Party”, even taking into account the cheers and drinking. On her mission to nix unnecessary calories, Bethenny includes the “Skinnygirl Fixologist Formula” with advice and tips on how to order lower-calorie drinks – And how to serve them! A chart within the chapter has usual drinks listed and offers a side-by-side translation of what you could be drinking instead. Frankel suggests that when you cut back on the sugary calories, you’re also giving your body less of a hangover to manage the next day.
The only thing missing from the book is a calorie count for each meal, dish or treat. It was nice to know I was saving calories and choosing healthier options but for those trying to manage meal counts, it would have been a nice addition.
The best part? Chapter 5. Titled “Learn from My Kitchen Blunders” the chapter identifies the entire point of the book. It outlines what situations wipe out most novice chefs and actually make you feel better for some of your own kitchen mistakes (Wax paper in the oven, anyone). As Bethenny breaks down her worst kitchen upsets she advises readers to learn from her mishaps to avoid frustration and burn out.
With sporadic doses of humor and tons of sincerity, Bethenny’s book should most definitely be your kitchen’s new BFF.
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