19 March 2011

Weekend Cooking: Review: The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger

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Last year, I reviewed Ellie Krieger's So Easy, a cookbook I loved so much I went out and bought a second cookbook by Krieger.

Krieger's The Food You Crave focuses on mouth-watering, eye-catching dishes that don't skimp on health and nutrition. The subtitle is Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, and the cookbook absolutely delivers.

The first chapters cover ingredients and nutritional information. Krieger takes a sane and doable approach to healthy eating, concentrating on providing flavorful, vitamin-rich meals without altogether giving up what she calls "sinful food." She understands that jambalaya requires white rice and that a little bacon or a bit of full-fat cheese can be used
strategically in small amounts for maximum impact, so they add loads of flavor and appeal without upsetting the healthful balance. (p. 8)
You'll find a lot of satisfaction from this cookbook: tasty meals that are easy to prepare and that are good for you. Throughout the book you'll find tips on nutrition, portion sizes, snacks, and ingredients. Each recipe is also accompanied by a nutritional analysis, and most are beautifully photographed.

The book is divided into breakfasts (Peach French Toast Bake), appetizers (White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip), soups (Tuscan Vegetable Soup), salads (Grilled Thai Beef Salad), pastas and grains (Macaroni and Four Cheeses), meats (Sweet-and-Sour Brisket), side dishes (Jewel Roasted Vegetables), and desserts (Dark Chocolate Mousse).

Many recipes are quick enough for a weekday evening. All are easy to make, have clear directions, and use ingredients that are generally available at any large grocery store.

I had a very hard time picking a recipe to share. Jerk Chicken with Cool Pineapple Salsa, Broccoli with Toasted Garlic, and Savory Chinese Chicken Salad lost out to the lamb. Enjoy!

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Lamb Chops

Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Eight 4-ounce lamb loin chops, trimmed of fat
Preheat the broiler, grill, or grill pan over medium heat.

In a small bowl stir together all the ingredients except the lamb. Put the chops in a sealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Move the chops around in the bag so the marinade coats them well. Seal the bag and marinate for 20 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature. Remove the chops from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill or broil the chops for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare or your desired degree of doneness.

Published by Taunton Press, 2008
ISBN-13: 9781600850219
YTD: 29
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: A
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Marg 3/19/11, 6:14 AM  

Yum! These lamb chops sound delicious! Will have to try these next time I buy some.

caite 3/19/11, 6:32 AM  

I looove lamb chops, and that marinade sounds very good.

"mouth-watering, eye-catching...health and nutrition" are not words I think of as going together usually. glad to hear you think she pulls it off

Rikki 3/19/11, 7:04 AM  

Sounds like a very nice cookbook. Has it got a lot of vegetarian dishes? Would you say it pays to get it if you are a vegetarian?

Beth F 3/19/11, 7:07 AM  

Oh, I meant to talk about vegetarian: yes, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes -- not very many vegan. But I think a vegetarian would be happier checking this one out from the library rather than buying it.

Kaye 3/19/11, 7:09 AM  

Ooh, hubby would love this one as he adores lamb chops. Btw, your title has her name as Kellie, not Ellie. Have a great weekend and happy cooking!

Uniflame 3/19/11, 7:53 AM  

The book sounds interesting :)

Mary (Bookfan) 3/19/11, 8:03 AM  

I'm a fan of her Food Network show so I think I'd like this book. Thanks for telling us about it!

Julie P. 3/19/11, 8:23 AM  

This is on my wishlist. I absolutely adore So Easy!

Heather 3/19/11, 8:25 AM  

I'm having such fun with weekend cooking that I decided to offer a foodie contest. I purchased a second pair of sushi socks and am giving them away.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 3/19/11, 8:38 AM  

I have both of those books, and agree with you, it absolutely delivers. I've made a few of her recipes, will have to try this one, sounds delicious!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 3/19/11, 8:46 AM  

I've never cooked lamb - never! I need a "you CAN do it!" cookbook :)

We enjoy the dishes in SO EASY; I'll look for THE FOOD YOU CRAVE.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart 3/19/11, 8:47 AM  

Good morning!

Stopping by for the first time from Carol's place (There's Always Thyme to Cook) and submitted a link to this post.

Looking forward to perusing many of your posts :)

Kindly, Lorraine

Col (Col Reads) 3/19/11, 8:52 AM  

You have me heading out to look for her cookbook today -- this looks like something I would love!

TheBookGirl 3/19/11, 10:01 AM  

I'm glad to hear that there are alot of vegetarian recipes here, as I'm always looking for new ones.
I think I will take your advice and check it out of the library first though. My cookbook shelf is groaning, and I only want to add to it if it's something that I will use alot.

JoAnn 3/19/11, 10:17 AM  

This looks like a cookbook I need to 'test'. Off to the library website now!

Margot 3/19/11, 10:36 AM  

Lamb chops sounds very good for dinner and I like the look of this recipe. The book sounds good too,

Darlene 3/19/11, 11:28 AM  

This sounds like a great cookbook. I really like the ones that are easy to follow and are also easy enough to make any night but still relatively healthy.

bermudaonion 3/19/11, 11:36 AM  

I love Krieger's approach to food, so I definitely want to check this cookbook out!

Sheila (Bookjourney) 3/19/11, 2:46 PM  

I am so hungry right now.... everything looks good. LOL

Belle Wong 3/19/11, 3:04 PM  

I'm not a fan of lamb, but that marinade sounds like it would be good with beef, too!

Unknown 3/19/11, 4:57 PM  

I love her cookbooks! Thanks for sharing this. I hope you will join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can.

Diann 3/19/11, 4:58 PM  

I just bought this book. I haven't had a chance to read it yet.
Have a great week!

Nan 3/19/11, 5:22 PM  

The title makes me think that if it were the foods I crave, it would be all about potatoes, strawberries, and fresh bread :<)
I've just put up my post for this week. It is something a little different. :<)

Marie 3/19/11, 8:08 PM  

The cookbook sounds great! I'll keep an eye out for it. I don't eat lamb, but the marinade sounds really good. I love the combination of lemon and garlic. Yum.

Vasilly 3/19/11, 9:56 PM  

This cookbook sounds like a winner. I'm going to see if my library has it.

Chinoiseries 3/20/11, 8:18 AM  

I love health-oriented cookbooks that don't skimp on flavor :) And if they contain recipes that can be made in half an hour to an hour, even better!

Rebecca Rasmussen 3/20/11, 11:44 AM  

This sounds absolutely wonderful! I would have to make it for my mom b/c my husband is a vegetarian, but I project a girl's night very soon. So good!

Julie Goucher 3/20/11, 4:16 PM  

Dropping in again and linked up, albeit, rather late. I don't know where the weekend disappears too!

Swapna 3/20/11, 10:24 PM  

Oh I love both of her cookbooks! Great choice for Weekend Cooking!

Zibilee 3/20/11, 10:41 PM  

I really love these cooking posts because often you review a cookbook that I feel would be really useful to me, and frankly, I have no idea how to go about searching for one that might be practical while at the same time having delicious recipes that my family might enjoy.

I also appreciate your highlighting the lamb recipe. It's a meat that I don't cook often because I am not quite sure what to do with it, or how to make it appealing to some rather picky eaters. This was a great post!

Unknown 3/21/11, 12:49 PM  

Sounds like a good cookbook to check out. Husband and I need to expand our weekly meals and make them healthy. I've already requested a copy from my library.

Michelle 3/26/11, 5:24 PM  

Man, I wish I was a more eclectic (and healthier) eater. It all sounds so good but I know I can't eat some of it.

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