Are you a celebrity watcher? A magazine clipper? A list maker, supplement taker, whole grains baker? No matter what kind of person you are, there’s a new diet cookbook to help lay the foundation for that inevitable New Year’s resolution.
The 2012 crop of healthy eating books runs the gamut from secrets of the rich and famous to levelheaded lifestyle ideas and quick-loss programs. Here are a few.
•“One Dish at a Time” by Valerie Bertinelli (Rodale Books)
Television actress-turned-Jenny Craig spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli offers recipes and stories based on her Italian-American upbringing. Dishes such as ribollita, a tomatoey vegetable soup, garlicky linguine and clam sauce and chipotle-spiked bison burgers (from the American side) sound warm and filling enough for a cold winter day. Each recipe offers calorie counts (some of which you’d rather not know — that bison burger will cost you around 600 calories). And for those of you who didn’t catch it, the title riffs on Bertinelli’s claim-to-fame, the 1975 television show “One Day at a Time.”
•“The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook” by the editor’s of Cooking Light magazine (Oxmoor House)
More than 250 recipes from the editors of Cooking Light magazine pair with lifestyle changes and a 12-month plan for carrying them out. A solid how-to for people seeking a healthier lifestyle, the emphasis here is on cooking at home and incorporating more fruits, vegetables and grains into your diet. Cooking techniques and introductions to potentially unfamiliar ingredients, such as edamame (soy beans) and the ancient grain farro, are peppered with recipes for dishes such as oatmeal pancakes, the Middle Eastern red pepper dip called muhammara and cinnamon-laced beef tagine with butternut squash.
•“Cook Yourself Sexy” by Candice Kumai (Rodale)
The spaghetti-strap camisole on the cover says it all. Author Kumai, a former model and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, offers recipes for miso-glazed cod with baby bok choy, Dijon-braised Brussels sprouts and oxtail ragu with pappardelle to move you toward a sexier bod (and perhaps even help you cook in high heels and a mini-skirt, as she apparently does).