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The healthy family cookbook
Ricciotti, Hope.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [2004]

Physical Description:
viii, 408 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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RA784 .R53 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Eating together as a family makes for stronger families and more responsible children. Hope Ricciotti of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her husband chef, Vincent Connelly, tell you their secrets for making family meals a time of joy and good eating. Dr. Ricciotti gives the latest nutritional advice for babies, children, and adults, so you know what your family's needs are. She includes advice on how to get the whole family up and exercising. Easy and fast-to-cook recipes (such as Pan-Fried Chicken Sandwich with Avocado and Jack Cheese) make meeting everyone's nutritional needs a delicious delight. The authors suggest how to entice even picky eaters (Oven Baked Tacos) and provide recipes where vegetables can be put as side dishes for children or combined for a more sophisticated dish, suiting everyone's tastes (Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Broccoli). They finish off dinner with luscious desserts, such as Real Chocolate Pudding.

Author Notes

Hope Ricciotti, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Chef Vincent Connelly lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Obstetrician/gynecologist Ricciotti and her chef/husband Connelly combine a wellness strategy and recipe book, believing healthy eating "should be your lifestyle-not a diet." With two sections ("Health and Nutrition" and "Recipes"), the authors' fitness plan leaves almost no dietary contingency unexamined. They explain the myriad healthy eating "pyramids" and sort through the carbohydrate conundrum. To underscore the connection between diet, exercise and health, they include body-mass index charts for adults and children. In assessing today's trend diets (including The Zone and Atkins), Ricciotti and Connelly maintain "it's not what you eat; it is how much you eat." To support their "Don't diet-learn to cook" thesis, the authors include a "Kids in the Kitchen" chapter, and healthful, straightforward recipes for dishes like Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts, Smoky Backyard Chicken, and Hummus with Horseradish. A chapter on kids' favorites includes Oven-Baked Tacos and Fish Sticks made from halibut fillet. Another on treats like smoothies and Frozen Chocolate-Marshmallow Soy Cream Pie complete the book. Orderly and brimming with commonsense advice for seeing and changing unhealthy eating patterns, this gimmick-free cookbook's creative yet substantial recipes should appeal to seasoned cooks or to any readers looking to improve their diet. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Part 1 Health and Nutrition
Chapter 1 How to Eat Now and for the Rest of Your Lifep. 3
Chapter 2 Carbohydrates--the Good, the Bad, and the Uglyp. 27
Chapter 3 Protein--Quit Beefingp. 33
Chapter 4 Fat--All Is Not Equalp. 45
Chapter 5 Weighty Mattersp. 55
Chapter 6 Calcium--the Whole Family Needs Itp. 69
Chapter 7 Children's Healthp. 85
Chapter 8 Family Mealtimes--a Family That Eats Together Stays Healthy and Happyp. 101
Chapter 9 Kids in the Kitchenp. 109
Chapter 10 Vitamins and Supplementsp. 119
Chapter 11 Exercise--a Family Affairp. 125
Chapter 12 Home-Cooking Basicsp. 143
Part 2 Recipes
Chapter 13 Egg Dishesp. 159
Chapter 14 Soupsp. 171
Chapter 15 Pasta Dishesp. 187
Chapter 16 Vegetarian Dishesp. 217
Chapter 17 Chicken Dishesp. 241
Chapter 18 Beef and Pork Dishesp. 261
Chapter 19 Seafood Dishesp. 287
Chapter 20 Accompanimentsp. 301
Chapter 21 Kids' Favoritesp. 331
Chapter 22 Treatsp. 363
Weekend Cookingp. 383
Special Occasionsp. 387
Indexp. 391