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Download Cooking Light Holiday Cookbook: Complete Holiday Guide: Recipes, Menus, and Entertaining Ideas epub

by Heather Averett

Provides recipes for low-fat but tasty and elegant holiday fare, and includes menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's entertaining.
Download Cooking Light Holiday Cookbook: Complete Holiday Guide: Recipes, Menus, and Entertaining Ideas epub
ISBN: 0848730046
ISBN13: 978-0848730048
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Christian Living
Author: Heather Averett
Language: English
Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (June 1, 2005)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1499 kb
FB2 size: 1824 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 525
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I love Cooking Light and I subscribe to the magazine, so liking the food in the cookbook was not the question. I was a little surprised how it was organized though. I prefer cookbooks to be organized in a per type of recipe fashion (i.e. separated by cookies, meats, side dishes, appetizers, etc.). Instead, they organized by different menus. Yes, the tips were handy, but hard to find if you are looking for a cookie recipe and need a tip on cookies, for example. I had to go through page by page (and eventually, just turned to the index) to find all of the dessert recipes. *sigh* They could have made this a lot more convenient.
My sister often makes several dishes from this cookbook. They are always a hit. I was going to copy the recipes for myself and my aunt but instead found 2 copies of the cookbook at a reasonable price on Amazon. The books were in near perfect condition and they arrived soon after I placed the order.
While I have not yet had the opportunity to experience any recipes from this book, I purchased it after my sister highly recommended it. This is her go-to book when she needs a new recipe for company. I can't wait to try the recipes she recommended. I already have them marked in my book. Wish she didn't live across the country to I could have tasted what she recommended!
What a great book! It has all the holiday's with great tasting, lower calorie, healthy recipes that make your celebration that much better.
Sermak Light
Cooking Light has Awesome Holiday Recipes! My wife loves to make many of these items. The cookbook is great! Many items soon to be favorites in my household.
This is a GREAT book! It has many, many different and interesting recipes that are not the same-old, same-old holiday fare. The suggested menus and wine pairings make it simple and undaunting to throw together a small or large party. And I love that a lot of the recipes list make-ahead components. The recipes included in this book are ones you can enjoy all year round. Don't wait for a holiday to try them!
Lushly photographed and filled with stunning winter holiday recipes from breakfast and cocktail parties to the Big Events themselves, this cookbook features lighter versions of many old favorites and some great ideas for reducing the fat in your own recipes. Ingredient substitutions, decorating tips, make ahead meals, and even wine and food pairings are included, as the editors make the holidays a joyful time, foodwise, even for those on special diets. Clearly printed nutritional information appears with each recipe so that those on special diets, such as cardiac patients, can choose among the many selections.

Many appetizer recipes feature veggie-based dips and salsas--Tomato Crostini, Tex-Mex Black Bean Dip, and Warm Mushroom Spread all feature less than 1 g. of saturated fat per serving. "Creamy" dips use lower fat cream cheese to keep these appetizers at about 1 g. of fat per serving. One appetizer made with phyllo dough, usually a no-no for those on diets, uses butter-flavored cooking spray between the layers, instead of butter, to save fat and calories. Vietnamese spring rolls and Chicken/Lemon Pot-Stickers, use rice paper and won ton wrappers, lighter than pastry.

"Light" does not mean "dull" here. Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Individual Beef Wellingtons (using phyllo sprayed with cooking spray, instead of puff pastry), or Ultimate Roasted Turkey, with gravy, are all on the menu. A wide assortment of side dishes--soufflés, Caramelized Onions, Potato-Gorgonzola Gratin, Pumpkin-Sage Polenta, and even Leek, Potato, and Caraway Latkes with Spiced Sour Cream--perk up the plate and the palate. The Salad section is outstanding, with unusual combinations of ingredients--Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette is a knockout. Fruit relishes, chutneys, salsas, and even candied cranberries are used as garnishes.

The editors have gone "all out" in the dessert section. The traditional pecan pie is here--regular pecan filling inside a lowfat, cookie-like crust--along with Vanilla or Pumpkin Cheesecake (made with 2 ½ pounds of reduced fat and non-fat cream cheese), gorgeous cakes made with less fat and fewer egg yolks, and pies with lowfat gingersnap, graham cracker, or vanilla wafer crusts. Over forty recipes are included for use as gifts--Apricot Amaretto Bread, Cranberry-Hazelnut Coffee Cake, Orange-Pistachio Baklava.

With over 500 tasty recipes offering a huge selection of elegant and even exotic recipes, this is a cookbook useful to everyone who is health-conscious, including vegetarians. Twenty pages of meatless main dishes and a vegetarian Hanukkah menu are included. A terrific compilation of healthier preparations for traditional holiday foods, this is a cookbook that has it all--and that will be used long past the holidays. n Mary Whipple
This book has many different takes on traditional holiday food plus many unique recipes that one might not usually consider when preparing their holiday feast. There is even a section that includes ideas for edible holiday gifts. I am a subscriber to Cooking Light magazine and own many of their other books, and the recipes never dissapoint. Everything I have made has been delicious. There are so many good recipes I had trouble narrowing down what recipes to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

One of my favorite recipes from this book is the Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread. I plan on using this book year-round.