30 January 2010

Doctors name best and worst cookbooks for healthy eating

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Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has named the five best and five worst cookbooks of the decade.

A recent report compiled by PCRM finds that many of the last decade’s cookbooks are filled with recipes encouraging high fat, meat-heavy dishes. The doctors note that Paula Deen’s Baked Wild Rice sounds perfectly healthy until you discover the one cup of heavy cream and one cup of butter that is used in the recipe.

“These high-fat recipes help explain why America’s obesity-related medical spending doubled over the past decade,” said PCRM nutrition director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “You’d need a magnifying glass to find a vegetable in some of these cookbooks. But the good news is that a growing number of chefs are offering tasty meatless recipes that can help us stay trim and healthy.”

The best list features The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. Not surprisingly, Ted Nugent’s Kill It and Grill It did not fare so well.

PCRM’s Best and Worst Cookbooks of the decade:

Best Cookbooks
The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook by Nanci Alexander
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!) by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen
The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pirello
Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

Worst Cookbooks
Paula Deen's Kitchen Classics by Paula Deen
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 13th edition by Julia Child
Grilling For Life by Bobby Flay
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book: Celebrating the Promise
Bones: Recipes, History, and Lore by Jennifer McLagan
Atkins: The Complete Cookbook by Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
Kill It and Grill It: Ted and Shemane Nugent's Guide to Preparing & Cooking Wild Game and Fish by Ted Nugent

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