Healthy French / Italian or Asian Cookbooks

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    Dec 17, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    hey guys I was wondering if any of you knew of good Cookbooks that specialized in French, Italian or Asian cooking.

    I usually eat my fruits and veggies raw and cook my meats the same way every time so things have gotten a little boring, would love to fill up myself with fresh ideas and flavors.
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    Can't recommend any cookbook off the top of my head, but send me a message if you're after French recipes - they're practically all I cook these days.

    Also, do you read and understand French? I can give you a French-language website that is packed with simple recipes and some are quite healthy too. The internet really is your best friend for recipes these days.
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThis is a great topic to start. Although I do not know of any such thing as healthy French cooking. The reason why French cuisine is so good is because nearly all the food they make is served drowning in butter sauces.


    Not necessarily true. French cuisine is a broad umbrella label for all the regional dishes coming from France. Heavy butter and cream sauces come from the north and especially around Paris; healthier tomato-based sauces come from the south and is closer to a Mediterranean diet.
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    Ehm, most French stay slim because they eat proper portions....

    OK, why dont you just use "mastering the art of french cooking"? Its almost an encyclopedia of french cuisine
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    Dec 17, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    kangourou said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThis is a great topic to start. Although I do not know of any such thing as healthy French cooking. The reason why French cuisine is so good is because nearly all the food they make is served drowning in butter sauces.


    Not necessarily true. French cuisine is a broad umbrella label for all the regional dishes coming from France. Heavy butter and cream sauces come from the north and especially around Paris; healthier tomato-based sauces come from the south and is closer to a Mediterranean diet.


    Why not just go with Mediterranean cuisine, and add a glass or two of wine daily?
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    Dec 17, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    PrinceOfArya saidhey guys I was wondering if any of you knew of good Cookbooks that specialized in French, Italian or Asian cooking.

    I usually eat my fruits and veggies raw and cook my meats the same way every time so things have gotten a little boring, would love to fill up myself with fresh ideas and flavors.


    TOP CHEF cookbooks, highly reccommended.
    And anything from that hot italian guy Rocco something, forgot his last name...
    Bon Apetit! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 17, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    The Athlete's Palate Cookbook is a collection of high-energy, healthy recipes made by renowned chefs. It's a collection of recipes from Runners World magazine's Athlete's Palate column, and I love it. The New York Times cookbook is amazing, but I guess you have to fish around for legitimate "healthy" dishes.

    A lot of the time, if I want a recipe in a specific style or using specific ingredients, I search online. A lot of places will have user-submitted recipes, but I only try those if I'm feeling brave.
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    Dec 17, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    Authentic asian foods are incredibly healthy for you. They steam their vegetables and meats to cook them. And it tastes pretty good too.

    **I'm not talking about Americanized chinese food either, which I feel like is worse than McDonalds**
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    Dec 17, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    Not that I've attempted making any of her recipes, but Laura Calder seems great for simple French food. I love watching her show on The Food Channel.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEbQ5S-LHc8&feature=related
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    Jan 16, 2011 1:40 AM GMT


    Never heard of a Healthy French Cook Book... But the French eat in moderation...


    Italian food is generally healthy... If you just don't use all the cream sauces and use lower fat cheeses..



    Asian food by nature is healthy... its the Americanized Chinese food that is bad for you.