ABOUT THE BOOK
In their debut cookbook, the Trim Healthy Mama’s share hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well. This companion cookbook to the bestselling Trim Healthy Mama Plan is just what readers have been waiting for. It features simple, mouthwatering, recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including slow cooker and one-pot meals, hearty soups and salads, omelets and waffles, pizzas, breads and more. No Trim Healthy Mama should be deprived, so there are also favorite snacks, delectable desserts, and the smoothies, sippers and teas fans love. With pantry-stocking advice, time-saving tips, and information on how to cook for the entire family, the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook offers a delicious and nutritious way to make trim and healthy meals with less stress—so you have more time with your loved ones.
Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison indeed is a cookbook that really focuses on healthy meals and it's a cookbook that gives you a nice bang for your buck. It consists more than 350 recipes and the book is literally an inch thick. With nice images, glossy pages, easy layout, and basic intro to the authors's famous Trim Healthy Mamma Plan, what not to love. In terms of the physical aspect of the cookbook, I think the font is too small, especially the recipe columns. And you will need something to keep the cookbook open if you're at the front or the back of the cookbook. It's one of those that will close itself up. That doesn't sit well with me since I like to have it open while prepping and cooking to refer to. Who doesn't?
Now to the "heart" of this cookbook. There's plenty of healthy recipes with healthy ingredients, and I can imagine fans of the THM plan finding success. However - wait, it's not however. It's preference. Most recipes calls for an ingredient that is not necessarily simple or easy to find in a local grocery store, unless your local grocery is Whole Foods. And in terms of preference, using stevia and alternative sweeteners aren't exactly something my family and I prefer. I do use agave, honey or brown sugar instead of traditional refined sugar. Now if I do substitute or tweak some of the ingredients to my preference, the tastes is pretty good. As to preparation, is it simple, it also depends. The prep time is longer than I expect from what it claims, but for the yummy tastes, it's worth it.
In all, this is a great debut cookbook, since it does include an enormous variety of recipes and they do tastes good. For someone who wants to go on a diet and wants to trim down through healthy means, this cookbook is a start.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Random House Publishing, through Blogging for Books for an honest review.
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