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A fun recipe book with a healthy edge
on 8 April 2012
I have read a couple of Sally Bee's other cookbooks and have been very inspired by her story and the reason behind her drive towards heart healthy foods. In the past, some of the recipes have been a little bland for my tastes so I was pleased to see a book dedicated to cakes and baking - my favourites!
The book is split into 7 chapters: Large Cakes, Small Cakes, Breads, Cookies, Cool Puds, Hot Desserts and Ices & Sorbets.
What I would point out from the start is that at no point does this book claim to be about trying to lose weight or being able to eat all the cakes you want from the book and still stay healthy. The premise is that a healthy lifestyle and diet has to include some treats every now and then, and if you're going to do that you might as well make them as healthy as you can. Due to this, many of the recipes simply state that you should make substitutions such as low-fat cream cheese or heart healthy spreads instead of normal cream cheese and full-fat butter. There are some that suggest using apple sauce or apricot puree instead of fat which is a nice idea and makes a tasty and moist bake.
Sally Bee doesn't advocate calorie counting and as a result, other than telling you how many a recipe makes, there is no nutritional advice for any of the recipes. This doesn't bother me at all but may other readers.
One thing that does bother me is that there aren't pictures for each recipe. The pictures that are there are pretty and clearly show the finished product but many recipes do without. I prefer to have a picture for each recipe so I can decide if it looks good enough to cook/eat. The lack of pictures was something of a disappointment.
This cookbook isn't perfect but if you're planning to make a dessert or cake and want to try for a healthier option then this isn't a bad book to give you some ideas. The range of recipes is good, the instructions are clear and the recipes that I've tried had given tasty results. 4 stars.