27 December 2010

Cookbooks authored by Gordon Ramsay, Trisha Yearwood make 'Five Worst of 2010'

A few top celebrity chefs have ended up on The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) naughty list for peddling unhealthy, fat laden recipes in their latest cookbooks.

PCRM, a non-profit advocacy group which promotes nutrition education, has released its list of the Five Worst Cookbooks of 2010. Among the offending offerings guaranteed to send your cholesterol levels skyrocketing are deep fried bacon donuts from How to Cook Like a Top Chef, and Gordon Ramsay’s "Pheasant Casserole," an artery clogging concoction of two pheasants, bacon, butter, and double cream.

"They use some of the worst possible ingredients in terms of nutritional profiles," said Susan Levin, nutrition education director for PCRM. "They're using lots of heavy cream and butter and going all out in terms of fat and calories."

Trisha Yearwood, country singer and Mrs. Garth Brooks, offers Home Cooking which includes a recipe called "Garth’s Breakfast Bowl" consisting of 8 large eggs, a pound each of bacon and sausage, cheese tortellini, cheddar cheese, tater tots and butter. Hello Garth Brooks! Your wife is trying to kill you!

“These cookbooks completely disregard the fact that America’s in the midst of an obesity epidemic,” Levin stated. “Ramsay and other chefs have turned even traditionally healthy recipes into unhealthy ones by adding copious amounts of fat.”

Food Network star Ina Garten gets called out for turning simple vegetables into a weapons of mass destruction intent on increasing your girth by smothering them with butter, cream and bacon in her cookbook How Easy is That? Well, Ina, I have an easy way to prepare vegetables, don’t overcook them or drown out their flavor with heavy sauces. That’s easy and healthy too.

The Primal Blueprint’s cookbook which promotes the trendy Paleo or caveman diet makes it onto the list with its meat heavy offerings of entrails and offal, which sounds, well, just awful.

So here they are, 2010’s Five Worst Cookbooks that, according to PCRM, are “blueprints for obesity and heart disease”:

World Kitchen: Recipes From the F-Word by Gordon Ramsay
Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
Home Cooking by Trisha Yearwood
How to Cook Like a Top Chef from the makers of Top Chef
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier

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