Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
Heart Smart: The Best of Heartsmart Cooking
(Random House Canada) ISBN 0679314121
This collection of 100 new heart healthy recipes features low fat recipes made with healthy fats, high fiber recipes, DASH diet recipes to decrease blood pressure and advice on portion sizes. Bonnie Stern also includes more than 300 updated heart healthy dishes from the HeartSmart cooking series.
Each heart healthy recipe has clear instructions, with ingredients listed in both imperial and metric measurements. Heart Smart: The Best of Heart Smart Cooking includes a nutritional analysis of each delicious recipe, listing calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals for each serving.
Sidebars add information about ingredients and cooking techniques. One, for example, discusses Thai curry pastes. Bonnie Stern explains the differences between red curry and green curry. (Red curry is based on spices, while green curry is based on herbs.)
In another sidebar, Bonnie Stern provides a recipe for East Indian curry powder. She explains that Indian curry paste is better than curry powder, because the spices are roasted in oil, eliminating the dry, raw spice taste.
Sixteen appetizing full-page color photos by Robert Wigington depict heart healthy appetizers, such as asparagus tarts with goat cheese, heart healthy main dishes, like Asian tuna burgers, and heart healthy desserts, such as carmelized pears with tiramisu cream.
The HeartSmart introduction provides information on good and bad fats, the foods they come from, as well as the importance of carbs and fiber in the diet. Do you have high blood pressure? Diabetes? Are you overweight? Then, Learn How to Read Labels is essential reading.
Ricotta bruschetta. Roasted cauliflower shooters. Curried butternut soup. Penne arrabiata. Polenta with roasted ratatouille. Tortilla rolls with hummos and grilled eggplant. Balsamic maple glazed lamb chops with sweet potato. Gingerbread pancakes with pear compote. Asiago drop biscuits.
Contents of Heart Smart: The Best of Heartsmart Cooking
- Latest word on Healthy Eating by Fran Berkoff, RD
- About Nutritional Analysis
- Salads and Salad Dressings
- Meatless Main Courses
- Fish and Seafood
- Vegetables and Side Dishes
- Breakfasts and Brunches
Heart Smart: The Best of Heartsmart Cooking author
Bonnie Stern is author of 11 best-selling cookbooks and winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award.