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Jan 9, 2008 11:14 AM

Low-Fat Cookbook Recommendations

Hi all,

With the start of the new year, I'm looking to cook and bake in a healthier manner!

Do any of you have any recommendations for low-fat cookbooks (both cooking and baking?). I've heard Moosewood's is pretty good. Any thoughts?

The one thing I do require, is that the ingredients are mostly (or all) natural. I want to cook healthy with real ingredients, not make something low-fat because I'm using all artificial ingredients (like all non-fat cheese, etc). I don't mind a few, but I've seen some recipies, where all they've done is replace the full-fat ingredient, with a non-fat alternative, and that isn't very appealing to me.


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  1. I'm a fan of Cook's Illustrated cookbooks and they have a Best Light Recipes cookbook.

    I haven't looked through it, but I trust the CI team to try the best combination of lower-fat items to produce a tasty dish.

    1. the "cooking light" annual collections are good. i also like:

      "the new american plate" [published by the american institute for cancer research]
      "healthy in a hurry" and "the essential eating well cookbook" [both from the publishers of "eating well" magazine]
      "the new american heart association cookbook" [published, obviously, by the AHA]

      1. I just starting using "Super Natural Cooking" by Heidi Swanson. My friend recommended it to me, and I really like it thus far. I'm hoping to try a new recipe each week.

        Also, I'm really enjoying my Eating Well magazines. I've been a long time subscriber to Cooking Light, but the Eating Well recipes seem fresher for some reason...maybe I just needed something new.

        1. I love the The Best of Cooking Light over 500 recipes. I think its about 5 years old, but it has great recipes for Salad/Mains/Appetizers, you name it. Any of their books would be great for low-fat.

          1. I love Sally Schneider's "A New Way to Cook". The recipes aren't just low fat - they're high vegetable, whole grain, and healthy foods (olive oil, dark chocolate, leafy greens, etc.) And they use real food - no fake cheese in this book.

            See this related thread for more info and ideas:

            Cookbooks with healthy AND delicious recipes?