I received this book from the Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. The opinions on the book are 100% my own.
I was so excited to receive this cookbook by Marco Canora, titled A Good Food Day. I hadn’t even opened it yet and thought if the picture on the cover is indicative of what is inside, I am going to love this cookbook. I was not disappointed, it is filled with vibrant pictures of foods that we all should be eating more of and should try if we are not.
Marco is a restaurant chef that had to make some life-style changes in the way he ate to become a healthier person and once he started this trek to a healthier lifestyle, he’s stayed the course. The recipes in the book are ones he actually eats himself and not just recipes he’s “found” somewhere to include. I love the “10 Principles for a Good Food Day” section as it gives good advice to get started on your goal to eat healthier. He says that you need to change your cooking methods and ingredients you use as the seasons change to get the most benefits from the foods you eat.
Going through the book, two things stood out to me: the education of the foods Marco uses in his recipes and his tips of what he does for each recipe. The food knowledge of the ingredients used in each recipe are listed for you to learn why the food is good for you and what health benefits you will get from it. It’s like having your own personal chef and doctor all rolled into one. The tips for each recipe are great because you can read what works and what may not. Also, the tips lend knowledge on how to cook an ingredient that you may not be familiar with.
There are sections ranging breakfast to desserts including snacks in the book. While you may turn your nose up at some recipes that you are new to you, you will find many that you will be drooling over. Lemon-Rosemary Popcorn sounds odd, doesn’t it? But it is so good! Perfect combination of flavors for a perfect snack. I cannot wait to make the Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Crumble or Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries. Oh and this one – Caramelized Cauliflower and Apple Soup. It sounds weird, I know but once you read the recipe ingredients, you will be wanting to make it, I know I do!. Great sections on whole grain recipes as well as seafood and a few I would like to try.
I started using beet in my soups and am loving it.
Thanks for stopping by Paula. I love beets, sadly no one else in my family does so I rarely eat them.
Oh, it’s the same with my family – they say they don’t like beets but in the past weeks I’ve been adding a bit (not much because of the color) to every soup I make (and I make a small pot of soup every day, just enough for our dinner, as they don’t like reheated soup…) and there have been no complains. They have no idea what’s in the soup and I don’t tell them 🙂
Genius, Paula! I tried to do that with carrots when I make meatloaf or meatballs but once they found out, they boycotting it! I bet I can get away with the beets in the soups though!
Holly E says
I have tried some Thai food, finally, at a local restaurant. It was pretty tasty.
Holly, my daughters keep wanting me to try Thai food but something keeps me from trying it. What did you have?
Alison H. says
I just recently tried chia seeds for the 1st time, and now I put them in everything…smoothies, cereals, even soups!
Thanks for stopping by Alison. I’ve yet tried those but want to since they have so many health benefits. There is a recipe in the cookbook that use them so might be my hint to try them.
I recently tried eggplant for the first time.
How did you like the eggplant? I’ve had eggplant parm but that’s my extent, although I want to roast slices of it with some olive oil and seasonings.
I TRIED BUTTERNUT SQUASH FOR THE FIRST TIME. I REALLY LIKED IT. I GREW UP EATING SUMMER SQUASH. WE NEVER HAD WINTER SQUASH OTHER THAN PUMPKIN. I AM GOING TO TRY SOME MORE WINTER SQUASH .
Tamara, Butternut squash is great! Try is roasted, or in soups! Thanks for visiting and if you win, there is a few recipes with all kinds of squash in the book!
Katherines Corner says
I am constantly trying new things when I create recipes. I’ve been using peppermint extract lately. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I invite you to visit and enter my giveaways too. Hugs!
Katherine, thanks for the invite and for stopping by here! I love peppermint anything and everything!
Oh dear! I don’t think I’ve tried anything new this year! 🙁 I’m inspired now to do it though. Perhaps the last new thing I’ve tried is arugula. I grew it for the first time last year and really liked it – I’ve got it growing again now. And chard – I grew it for the first time last year and I love its flavor.
I’m headed out to buy groceries today, and I’m going to find something new!!! 🙂
I’ve never had chard before but arugula, yes. I sure wish I had the green thumb you do, Karen! Hope you find something great to try! Thanks for stopping by!