Friday, March 13, 2015

Lighten Up, Y'All

Yep, another cookbook review. I just love cookbooks! I read them, use them, collect them, love them.
However, I'm just not sure about this book, Lighten Up, Y'all.
I haven't found too much I actually want to try. :( Which is disappointing.
The premise is that the Southern author, realizing southern food is often not very good for you, has remade those famous southern dishes. Unfortunately, I haven't found many I'm itching to try. I think, if I'm honest, I'd rather eat healthy consistently and then splurge on occasion with REAL southern food.
I know some people choose cauliflower as fake rice. Too much work. I'll eat rice. And hiding broccoli in guacamole? Um, no.
And some of the recipes, didn't sound especially southern, and actually didn't sound all that good. I realize many people will probably love this book. But I am not one of them. Thanks for trying, Virginia Willis. I might find a few recipes to try, but I lost interest about halfway through and I'm moving on.

Here is the official blurb:
A collection of classic Southern comfort food recipes--including seven-layer dip, chicken and gravy, and strawberry shortcake--made lighter, healthier, and completely guilt-free.  $24.99

Virginia Willis is not only an authority on Southern cooking, a French-trained chef, and a veteran cookbook author; she is also a proud Southerner who adores eating and cooking for family and friends. So when she needed to drop a few pounds and generally lighten up her diet, the most important criterion for her new lifestyle was that all the food had to taste delicious.

The result is Lighten Up, Y’all, a soul-satisfying and deeply personal collection of Virginia’s new favorite recipes. All the classics are covered—from a comforting Southern Style Shepherd’s Pie with Grits to warm, melting Broccoli Mac and Cheese to Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. Each dish is packed with real Southern flavor, but made with healthier, more wholesome ingredients and techniques. Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, Lighten Up, Y’all has the recipes, tools, and inspiration you need to make the nourishing, down-home Southern food you love.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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