Over the past few tears, I have developed a love affair with cooking. I’ve taken time to learn different skills and experiment with merging different flavours to create dishes that my friends and family can enjoy. Although I indulge in the occasional decadent treat, I usually try to cook using fresh foods as much as possible. So I was thrilled when I discovered the Stiletto Chef. And I was even more thrilled when I heard she was coming out with her very own cookbook!
I have never done a book review on my Website. But I love this book so much that I had to share it will all of you. The Stiletto Chef is Candice Kumai, former Top Chef contestant, Cook Yourself Thin co-host and fit model, and now author of her very own solo cookbook, Pretty Delicious Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You. Oh, and did I mention she is a Cordon Bleu trained chef.
The book promises to abolish diets forever (eye roll) – a claim that we have hear time and time again. But after browsing the glossy pages of yummy recipes, you start believing it! Candice offers advice on eating well while keeping your wallet and waistline in check, and give us an overview of FWB (food with benefits), a concept I adore! Each recipe is made with all natural ingredients (no processed crap here!) and highlights what the FWB are in each dish! And I can’t tell you how good it feels to eat something that tastes so good knowing you are doing something good for your health and body.
The best part is the variety of recipes! Breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, fish, side dishes and even desserts (peanut butter cups anyone?). Bonus! There is even a section at the end showing us how we can use the foods in our pantry to make us more beautiful on the outside.
I have made so many recipes from this book (like this, and this) and I can safely say that this is my favourite cookbook. It has taught me so much more about eating right and has also made me discover new foods that I wouldn’t have ordinarily tried. The book itself is oh so pretty, with its glossy pages and fantastic photos of most of the delicious dishes. Each dish is annotated with its nutritional information, and I love the tips that pop up randomly throughout the book.
Whether you are a cooking newbie or just looking to add another book to your culinary collection, I highly recommend this book! It’s packed full of delicious information that will make you feel beautiful inside and out!
[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]