Secrets of a Skinny Chef

Diet…lowfat…light – three words a French-trained chef doesn’t want to hear. I am no exception, until now. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of a fabulous new cookbook – Secrets of a Skinny Chef by Jennifer Iserloh, ace chef, recipe developer and generous colleague. The book is chock full of recipes Jennifer has developed to create a collection of tasty dishes that are light in fat and calories but loaded with flavor. Seriously.

I’ll admit I was nervous about my few days of eating Skinny until I tasted the Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk. It was perfectly rich and creamy, as butternut squash soup should be, and the simple substitution of light coconut milk made it a healthier alternative to my heavy-cream laden version, without sacrificing any flavor. My finicky family devoured it.

Jennifer even takes on popular takeout items, eliminating the fat in Just Like Takeout Sweet & Sour Chicken, which is a perfect storm of protein, vegetables and grains. Perhaps my favorite thing about the book — besides the mouthwatering recipes – are the Skinny Secrets, tips on simple ways to incorporate healthier fare into your diet. (That’s diet meaning the foods you consume, not those futile exercises in deprivation that promise miraculous weight loss.)

Skinny Chef Jen has put together a primer on how to navigate cooking and eating in a healthier fashion with recipes and tips that are approachable, delicious and life-changing. The Skinny chef way of eating is based on making smarter food choices and enjoying the food you prepare without the guilt that often comes after a meal. And even though heavy cream and butter will always have a special place in my fridge, I’m thrilled to have found a new recipe repertoire that matches my full-fat faves in flavor.

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  1. Glad to see your return to posting. Good stuff!

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