|Richard Sax & Marie Simmons|
|Pages/Publication Date:||416 / 1995|
Passionate eaters as well as chefs and food writers, Marie Simmons and Richard Sax here present more than 200 recipes that are modern variations on the simple, full-flavored recipes they each grew up with, but re-interpreted to be lighter in fat, quicker to prepare, and better tasting than you may have thought possible. Here they show how to add fat-free flavorful accents with herbs, vinegars, and mustards in slimmed-down favorites like Macaroni and Cheese with Ricotta, Vegetable Paella, and Southwestern-Style Meatloaf. Here too are quick choices like 10-minute marinades for fish, pasta and vegetables cooked in the same water, and mix-and-match stirfries.
"Short of time, longing for flavor and striving for culinary virtue, today's harried cooks will welcome this collection of over 200 recipes with its multitude of ingenious suggestions and substitutions. Tendering recipes for dishes that have been trimmed of fat but not robbed of flavor, veteran cookbook writers Sax and Simmons, who also co-author Bon Appetit's 'Cooking for Health' column, make use of such flavor-intensive ingredients as citrus zest, roasted vegetables and fresh herbs (Fish Steaks Glazed with Ginger, Soy and Lime; Roasted Tomato Gazpacho with Basil Puree). Sax and Simmons also create low-fat versions of old favorites: 'Unfried' Fried Chicken and Deep, Dark Devil's Food Cake. Soups are thickened with pureed vegetables instead of cream; lowfat milk and whole eggs make a respectable custard sauce. While many recipes are quickly prepared (Spicy Tortilla Chips need just 10 minutes in a hot oven), time-saving tips for individual recipes are also included. Never losing sight of the importance of taste, the authors urge a judicious use of such flavor essentials as Parmesan cheese and olive oil."—Publishers Weekly