By this time, anyone that pays attention has figured out that I love not only food, but nutrition and health as well. Because of that, I spend a lot of time reading about new ideas for finding the best combinations of healthy and tasty. When I was recently asked to take a look at and review a new health food cookbook by one of the authors, I jumped at the chance to get some new ideas from someone that’s been working on the same problems.
Squeaky Gourmet is a healthy cookbook that’s all about making good choices. Beyond that, it’s really the only one I know of that takes families into account. All of the recipes are built on the importance of lean protein, balance of healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.
The authors (Maureen Jeanson and Jamie Wilson) both have families and know what it’s like to have a limited amount of time to get dinner on the table. Maureen holds personal training certifications from both the ISSA and ACSM and has worked as a trainer with the US Navy in addition to running a web based fitness consultation service at YourFitnessJourney.com. She is also a mother of four. Jamie is also a busy family-woman and spends a lot of time traveling for work. Her background working in professional kitchens made her an obvious choice for the partnership. This book was the end result of the collaboration.
The only thing that disappoints me about the book is that it isn’t spiral bound. I like spiral bound books because they lie flat on the counter and can be folded over to take up less space. At the same time, there are a painfully small number of spiral bound cookbooks these days so I don’t hold it against them and the book has so much more to offer that it’s easy to overlook this very minor gripe.
I spent the last 4 days preparing multiple recipes from as many sections of the book as possible just to get the best sampling. On one of those days, I had someone who was a relative novice to the kitchen follow two of the recipes in the book and both turned out extremely well. I spend enough time in the kitchen that I can whip things out without much thought at all. Turning the kitchen over to someone that has far less confidence and having the end result turn out so well speaks very highly of the quality and clarity of the instructions for each recipe.
The layout of the book is very clean and very simple. Each recipe is on its own easy-to-read page and contains a complete macronutrient breakdown per serving both in grams and illustrated on a pie chart as a percentage of calories. This is (obviously) very important for people who need to track macros and measure their overall daily intake