Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite Hardcover – 2 May 2008
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"Exciting new recipes from Gordon Ramsay" -- Good Housekeeping, June 2008
"Fresh ingredients and deliciously healthy treats that can be thrown together fast"
-- Top Sante, May 2008
"Gordon shows there is no need to scrimp on flavour when eating healthily, and there are also great salads and nutritious meals that take minutes to prepare." -- Hello, 17th June 2008
"Gordon's approach to healthy eating comes from the heart, and this book...is packed with good advice simple recipes and enticing photrographs." -- BBC Good Food magazine, August 2008
"It's easy to eat healthily without sacrificing taste or enjoyment" -- Sainsbury's Magazine, July 2008
A new recipe book collecting together over 125 mouthwatering recipes, centered around healthy living....making extraordinary and delicious dishes that focus on staying in th peak of good health. -- Latest Homes, 15th May, 2008
Get in shape with delicious recipes from Gordon Ramsay's new book Healthy Appetite.
-- The Times Body & Soul, 26th April, 2008
He's tackled fast food- now Gordon Ramsay has set his sights on our expanding waistlines, creating delicious new recipes that are big on taste but not on calories. -- The Times Magazine, 26th April, 2008
"Gordon's approach to healthy eating comes from the heart, and this book...is packed with good advice simple recipes and enticing photrographs."See all Product Description
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This is the first of his books that I have found myself using almost daily. I have a girlfriend who is on WeightWatchers at the moment and if any of you are going through that experience of looking at ingredients, trying to manage your points, you don't believe that X ingredient can be tasty etc then this book is really an asset in order to see what combination work well and do not compromise taste. What I like about this book is that I think it really reflects that kind of things that I eat for myself anyway and it either provides a different way of making/presenting things or it just simply gives me new ideas.
Ramsey is very clear that this is not a diet book as discussed by another reviewer. It is not a diet book. Not at all. But it is a book to keep close to you when you have seen things in supermarkets and you're either not sure what they are or you would like to know what to do with them. I am not a baker but I have made so many of his muffin recommendations since I have bought the book much to the delight of my housemate and, again, said girlfriend.
I would highly recommend this book over many of his others if not for the fact that it is far more practical and I would encourage anyone to have a crack at some of the recipes in it. I do raise an eyebrow at the dessert section of any book claiming to be healthy but I think that again he has made an admirable effort here and should be commended for it.
Highlights for me include the "Four Cabbage Coleslaw," the "Penne Primavera," and the "Pot roast sirloin of beef." Other may warm to the "Glazed Gammon with pineapple Salsa," which I haven't tried yet but will soon.
While the recipes are the main thing, there's also chapters on the "bad" fats and getting the right balance of things on the plate. Overall a great cookbook, on the same par for me as DELIA'S HOW TO CHEAT and THE KITCHEN DIARIES. Anyway you slice it, Ramsay has it going on, hands down!
I also appreciate the inclusion of game dishes - venison, pheasant, pigeon, partridge and guinea fowl. Too many 'healthy eating' cookbooks focus on low nutrient chicken breast.
But why oh why photograph the smoothie, coleslaw and fruit salad recipes, but not the five oily fish recipes crammed onto pages 78 and 79?
Whilst a few recipes include mineral-and-fibre-rich beans and lentils, the opportunity was missed to encourage the use of mineral-and-fibre-rich wholegrains in the pasta, rice and noodle dishes.
Misinformation: page 68 claims "five a day is the recommended intake ... of fruit and vegetables". Nope: the guideline is *at least* five a day in the UK (seven to ten in most other western countries).
More misinformation: page 76 claims "oily fish must be fresh - tinned tuna, sardines etc won't give you the same benefits because most of those omega-3s are lost in the canning process." Nope: that only applies to tuna. Canned sardines, pilchards, salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3s and vitamin D, but do use the oil-rich liquid not just the meat.
Overall I am undecided if I will recommend this book to my nutrition clients.
I particularly like the 'Healthy Cooking Techniques' section and the nutritional guidance - such as how to avoid 'bad' fats and how to eat a balanced diet.
I've tried some of the recipes - the steamed prawns with black bean sauce and the vanilla panna cotta with blueberry sauce are absolutely yummy! If you're a foodie who wants to be healthy, buy this book!
Based on that, I think, it would be fair to say that Healthy Appetite is unlikely to disappoint many.
'After all, a big part of living a good life is the enjoyment of food', and you can't say fairer than that?
Gordon isn't the first and he won't be the last to quote:
'What you are is what you eat' or words to that effect...
From the introduction:
'Healthy eating is a topic close to my heart.
I've been passionate about leaving a healthy lifestyle for many years now...
Now let me clarify: this is not a diet book.
Those who know me know that I don't believe in faddy diets.
I do, however, believe that I can prepare and serve healthy food without jeopardising taste and flavour, or drastically changing my style of cooking. Whether it's an elegant dinner party or a simple mid-week supper, a few simple adjustments are all that's needed to make our favourite meals that bit more balanced...lower in fat and calories yet rich in energy-giving nutrients.
Choosing the right ingredients is the core of healthy eating. It's not just a matter of selecting the leanest cuts of meat and reducing the amount of fat we consume, it helps to know which ingredients are at their peak at any given time, both in terms of flavour and nutrition.........
When it comes to putting a healthy dish together, balance and moderation are key. It's not simply a matter of putting the right types of food on a plate. How the food is cooked and seasoned and how the whole menu comes together are just as important.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really disappointing. The layout is unappealing and the 'recipes' are not particularly inspiring.Published 7 months ago by P
Some really nice recipes here. Enjoying so far the Fennel and peas and broadbean salad and the Borscht. The book design not as stylish as his recent books, but does the job!Published 13 months ago by awaya
I bought this as a Xmas gift it arrived quickly and had a good variety of recipes!Published 19 months ago by Kyproulla Loizou
If your really in the mood change your style of eating if you have a little time this book is brilliant and the food is amazingPublished 20 months ago by Scott Calum Stoddart