Set yourself up for success.
Instead of worrying about the counting of calories or measuring portions in your menu, think about your meals in terms of variety and freshness. Focus on preparing meals that you love. Find the easy recipes that include some fresh ingredients. Gradually, what you eat will be healthier and more delicious.
Don’t rush. Making changes to your usual menu during a specific period of time is the first step. It’s unreal to change your whole food allowance in one day. A cardinal rapid change, as a rule, leads to self-deception or the abandonment of plans for healthy eating.
I offer you excellent cookbooks which can actually help you feel healthier, without difficulties and dents in your wallet.
Easy, fast, tasty, healthy way of cooking- ‘The Joy of Cooking’
The Joy of Cooking is written by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker. My mother gave me this book when I was in the first year in college. Frankly speaking, I looked through this book, found nothing special, there were also no pictures and I decided to put it away. A month later there was my best friend’s birthday, and I wanted to bake a vanilla cake for her. And, you know what? The Joy of Cooking saved the day. It was delicious, from that day this book not only taught me to cook lots of dishes but helped me to learn useful information about kitchen and measurement conversion.
Delicious and insanely easy recipes
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten.
Although Ina Garten’s recipes aren’t very healthy (cheese, bacon, butter and more cheese) they are so delicious that there won’t be unsatisfied guests. The peculiarity of the recipes is that every recipe consists of 10 ingredients and you can cook them in an hour. Ina Garten has already published eight books, I recommend you to start with Back to Basics, and you’ll definitely read the rest of them.
Dainty dishes, bottle of wine and perfect evening
The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan. If you want to impress your beloved one, or to show your friends what kind of a cook you are, the book of Marcella Hazan The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is your winning ticket. Long lasting impressions are guaranteed. The book includes the most sophisticated recipes, tips on Italian cuisine. Many recipes are based on adding wine. Sounds tasty, isn’t it?
Robin Leach once said: ‘In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine’.
Do you know how to cook vegetarian food?
How to Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. Also a very useful book with recipes and tips for switching to vegetarianism and for proper nutrition.
The book provides recommendations for those who are confronted with the misunderstanding of their relatives in the transition to vegetarianism, and also have useful applications with tables of measures and weight of products.
Like The Joy of Cooking, How to Everything Vegetarian also doesn’t have a lot of pictures, but simple recipes for everyday cooking will encourage you to try something new and healthy.
Worldwide famous Yotam Ottolenghi published another amazing cookbook
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. Unusual book by Ottolenghi became a bestseller. The book is special because of the combination of meat and vegetarian recipes. However, there are a lot of recipes that include a long list of ingredients, read carefully and take your time.
Don’t be afraid if you don’t know how to cook at all. Practice makes perfect, and everything comes with an experience. Start with some basic knowledge, don’t forget to learn about the right tools and measure conversion. Open up the cookbook every time you want to cook something and you’ll see the results; following the experts’ advice, impress you and your guests. Bon Appetite!