Cookbook 2 – The Sneaky Chef

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Title: The Sneaky Chef How to Cheat on Your Man (In the Kitchen)

Date Completed: 9/20/09

Author(s): Missy Chase Lapine

Copyright: 2008, Running Press Book Publishers

# pages: 337

Genre: Cookbook

This is one of my favorite cookbooks to come along in a while.  The premise of the book is that you can hide vegetables in a meal without your husband (or kids) knowing that they are in there. 

In reality, I did it for myself also.  There are a couple of key vegetables that I don’t really like.  I’ll eat them because I know I should, but I don’t enjoy them.  So, I was thinking that if I can hide these vegetables in a recipe and not really know they are in there, I’ll be increasing my veggie intake without any sacrifice.

I have already made several of the recipes and can report back that they are very successful.  If I were to offer you a chocolate blueberry spinach cookie, what would you say?  I’m guessing it would not be very positive.

However, I made these and fed them to my husband without telling him what they were, and I can honestly tell you that he had no idea that there was anything healthy in the recipe.  He thought they were chocolate cookies. 

My favorite recipe so far is a sweet and sour chicken that has sweet potatoes as the ‘secret’ ingredient.  I will be honest; I didn’t use the exact recipe from the book, so I’m not sure that I’ll be able to recreate it.  But, I’ll try to post it for you in a future post.

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Cookbook 1: Totally Vegetarian (don’t be scared meat-eaters)

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Title: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian

Date Completed: 9/15/09

Author(s): Toni Fiore

Copyright: 2008, Da Capo Press

# pages: 257

Genre: Cookbook

 About two years ago, I decided that I would try and eat vegetarian at least one day each week.  I’ve really taken to healthy eating (in moderation – meaning I still eat brownies) ever since reading You on a Diet by Dr. Oz several years ago.  I knew that I would never be able to go totally vegetarian because I like meat too much.  But, I also believe that something is better than nothing.  So, just because I can’t commit to doing it 100% of the time doesn’t mean I can’t improve myself by cutting back somewhat. 

 I picked up this cookbook at the library in hopes of finding something new in the side dish arena.  I don’t know about you, but I get really tired of the same old side dishes. 

 I liked this book.  There were at least a dozen recipes that I copied down to try.  Haven’t tried any of them yet, but when I do, I’ll publish a recipe that I like.