Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cookbook Review: Simply Delicious by Candice Kumai

Pretty Delicious was a book I came across because it was a featured new cookbook at Barnes and Noble. The tag line on the cover alluding to it being about healthy eating made me pick it up. As I sat and glanced through the pages I liked Candice's philosophy of eating whole foods, portion control, lots of fruits and veggies, and her focus of always incorporating foods with benefits. Her recipes are fresh, interesting and exciting. I like that the ingredients and techniques are not something that can not be achieved by the average home cook and she breaks healthy eating down to terms anyone can understand. The liberal use of vegetarian and vegan recipes is also a bonus and appeals to even the most dedicated meat eater. The major con of this book is the horrific and liberal use of what I would consider cheerleader lingo. Names like "brekkie" for breakfast and "skinny-wiches" are almost insulting to the reader and I feel play a little too heavily into Candice used to be model and she is pretty. Less of a focus on that aspect and more on her great ideas would help for future books she is bound to write.
Overall worth buying online for a discount but I am happy I did not pay full price at the store.


  1. Hey Ashley,

    I notice many are a fan of the "Clean Eating" cookbooks. The Sparkpeople posted recipes I've read sound very appealing. Have you checked them out, and if so, what are your thoughts?

  2. Hi Hannah,
    Thank you commenting on my blog! I have checked out the books by Tosca Reno and while I agree with many of the ideas in her books I do not find them to be new or originial. A diet made up of whole foods and focusing on eating as little processed food as possible is without a doubt going to produce a healthier body. I do not use the spark people recipe section because I find that the majority of the recipes rely heavily on processed foods and artificial sweeteners.

  3. Thanks for your opinion! My problem lies in the fact I know what foods are good for me, I just don't know how to keep putting it all together to keep me interested!!