Good for You: Bold Flavors with Benefits. 100 Recipes for Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan Diets

Chronicle. Aug. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781452181776. $29.95. COOKING
With his knowledge of Indian, Southern, Mexican, and Italian cuisine, Alta Calidad chef Nawab aims to give home cooks a variety of flavorful, nutritious options that support health and well-being. Cowritten with food journalist Strong and featuring stunning photographs by Achilleos, this offering “packs flavor into lean dishes,” with 100 recipes that include gluten and dairy-free options, as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes, all of which are easy to identify based on a clear, color-coded key. Recipes are divided into “Foundations” (staples to make ahead of time); “Good Breakfast, Good Morning” (smoothies, oats, and more); “Sandwiches and Salads”; “Soups and Stews”; “What’s for Dinner?” (from ceviche to chicken tinga); “Sides”; “Desserts”; “Aiolis, Dressings, Salsas, and Chutneys.” The “Foundations” section includes a pantry list and spices, along with “good to know” tips for planning and prep.
VERDICT While not a diet book, there is an emphasis on diet for health that may not have universal appeal. That said, it is rare to find a cookbook that presents traditional ethnic cuisine in a format that also addresses dietary restrictions, making this an exciting option for home cooks who want plenty of flavor.
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