Cook, eat, and be fit with 200 recipes from Bobby Flay, whose approach to healthy eating is all about flavor—not eliminating anything from your diet.
With a profession that has him constantly developing and tasting new recipes, chef Bobby Flay does not eschew any foods: bread, bacon, and butter are still all on the table. His secret to staying healthy is to have on hand an arsenal of low-calorie flavor bombs—like rubs, relishes, and marinades—to transform lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce into craveworthy meals at home. In Bobby Flay Fit, Bobby shares smoothies and juices, breakfast bowls, snacks to fuel workouts, hearty salads, nourishing soups, satisfying dinners, and lightened-up desserts. With fitness tips and a look into the chef’s daily healthy routines, this cookbook is for those who want to eat right without overhauling their pantries or sacrificing taste.
TV personality, restaurateur, and author Flay (Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, etc.) shows readers how to create 200 healthy dishes using many of his signature flavors and methods, proving that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland or boring. Creative riffs on mainstays such as roasted peach and pistachio smoothies, red curry cauliflower soup with cauliflower croutons, spicy black-bean-lime hummus, and mustard-marinated kale salad with caramelized onion and spicy chickpeas give readers plenty of ideas to spice up their dishes. Snacks to stave off between-meal hunger pangs include raspberry-white-peach granola poppers and roasted chickpeas. Flay’s Greek fish tacos with grape-tomato relish and tzatziki cream, pomegranate and chile glazed pork carnitas, and grilled flank steak with cucumber kimchi in lettuce leaves promise to be crowd-pleasers. Even with a dozen cookbooks to his name, Flay still has plenty of flavor-packed, approachable dishes up his sleeve, as proven by this solid assemblage of healthy fare fit for all tastes and skill levels. (Dec.)
Flay, owner of several restaurants and founder of Bobby's Burger Palace presents recipes and fitness tips that have helped him sustain a healthier lifestyle for nearly ten years. Writing with longtime coauthors Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson, he targets health-conscious and diet-averse readers who expect food to taste great, even when it's wholesome. The book does an excellent job of addressing different dining styles—it's easy to pick full breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from dedicated chapters, or to assemble a meal-sized assortment of snacks, sides, and small plates. VERDICT Emphasizing flavorful, nutrient-dense foods made from scratch, Flay's latest is a good choice for anyone trying to count calories and eat more vegetables and protein. Note that this isn't a light or low-fat cookbook.