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Well here we are again at the beginning of a brand new year, 2012 is here! Have you made any New Year resolutions? It’s the perfect time to think about any changes you might want to make to become a healthier, happier, better you! I had a few broad goals in mind when thinking about the changes I wanted to make for myself in the New Year. Here is my list: eat healthier, exercise more, meet new people and try new things. I decided to start with one goal first and then work my way through the rest of the list.

I have made the resolution to eat healthier every year for the past few years. Somewhere along the line I would always give up thinking it was too difficult because of junk food cravings and too time-consuming to prepare meals at home. However this year I was serious about this change and found that tackling the first item on my list was actually much easier and more enjoyable than I had anticipated.

I already started putting the first of my resolutions into practice a couple of months before the New Year began, so I’m committed to it now.  I started slowly by first keeping track of what I was eating in a normal day and then thinking about what changes I could make to my diet. I realized I was eating way too much fast food, and drinking too much soda. My next step was to reduce the amount of fast food and soda in my diet. I decided to start cooking more meals at home and start taking a packed lunch to work. Preparing my meals at home help me eat healthy and save money! I dumped the soda for water and incorporated more fruit and veggie snacks into my diet in place of chips, cookies and other unhealthy junk food I was eating before.

One of the things that has really helped me keep my junk food cravings under control is finding healthier alternative recipes for foods I love, like pizza and brownies. Here are a couple of links to blogs with recipes I have been using to help quash those cravings:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Black Bean Brownies

Another thing I have been doing is allowing myself some of those junk food items, but in moderation. The point isn’t to deny myself completely, but to train myself to eat better on a regular basis. I find that since I started working on eating better I don’t really crave those items as much, and when I do allow myself to eat or drink them they do feel like a special treat instead of a regular part of my diet.

Here are a few cookbooks that I have been using to find ways to make healthier meals at home:

Click on the books to see their availability at the Library and to place them on hold.

Here are a couple of new cookbooks that I currently have holds on and am eagerly awaiting their arrival:

If you are interested in the Happy Herbivore cookbook there is also a website with a blog by the author and a list of recipes for you to take a look at:

Happy Herbivore Recipes

You can also check out the Taste of Home website to find great recipes.

The Alameda County Library has a wonderful collection of cookbooks here. You can refine the search by adding terms like any of the following:

healthy, low-carb, gluten-free, diabetic, vegetarian and vegan, .

If losing weight or eating healthier is on your resolution list keep in mind that it’s extremely important to make sure you are eating the right amount of calories and getting the proper nutrition when making any changes to your daily diet. Also, remember that making some small changes initially will help you transition into better eating habits long term.

So far the first of my resolutions is sticking, now it’s time to start working on resolution number 2: exercising more. Wish me luck, and good luck to all of you who are setting out to accomplish new goals this year!

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Grill It Right

To celebrate National Barbecue Month and get you ready for summer, here are some cookbooks that feature recipes and tempting treats for the grill.

Weber’s Art Of The Grill : Recipes For Outdoor Living weber's_outdoor
The Vegetarian Grill : 200 Recipes For Inspired Flame-Kissed Meals
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Taming The Flame : Secrets For Hot-And-Quick Grilling And Low-And-Slow BBQ
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The Southwestern Grill : 200 Terrific Recipes For Big And Bold Backyard Barbecue
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The Quick Grill Artist : Fast And Fabulous Recipes For Cooking With Fire
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Jerk From Jamaica : Barbecue Caribbean Style
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Grilling & Barbecuing : Food And Fire In Regional American Cooking
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George Foreman’s Big Book Of Grilling, Barbecue And Rotisserie : More Than 75 Recipes For Family And Friends
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The Best Recipe Grilling & Barbecue
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The Asian Grill : Great Recipes, Bold Flavors
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500 Barbecue Dishes : The Only Barbecue Compendium You’ll Ever Need
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These aren’t your cup of tea? Look for more.

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Vegan with a Vengeance

veganI am not vegan, nor am I a vegetarian, but I love cookbooks. I love to cook and I am willing to try all kinds of food . I found the cookbook on Unshelved (one of my favorite webcomics) , and I was curious. So I checked it out. This is a good cookbook. Everything I’ve tried is tasty and most everything is fairly simple. Occasional unusual ingredients , but nothing that is hard to find in the bay area. Here are the ingredients for a sauce used to cook potatoes . I’ve used on potatoes, chicken, and fish.

2 cloves of garlic , minced
3 TBSP soy sauce
1/4 c real maple syrup
3 TBSP Dijon mustard
2TBSP olive oil

mix it up and pour it over what ever you want to bake.

Request this cookbook here

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I like to cook and experiment with new recipes.  Summer brings new food. But I have to admit that when it gets hot, I  spend more time watching the Food network , than I do cooking. I also like to read cookbooks. I did a random check of various food network stars and here are just a few of their cookbooks that I found in the Alameda County Library: Rachael Ray , Barefoot Contessa, Ellie Krieger, Alton Brown, and Tyler Florence.  Click on any of these authors/chefs and reserve a book today. 

Not really in the mood  for a cookbook, but you still want  to read about food? How about that fearless eater, Anthony Bourdain.  We even  have copies of his  television show , No Reservations , which is on the Travel Channel.  Need a taste of his writing?  Try one of his blogs.

Who are your favorite food writers? Are there any cookbooks you like to read for pleasure?

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13 Interesting Cookbooks

Thursday Thirteen #22

For this week’s Thursday Thirteen I bring you 13 cookbooks that caught my eye during a stroll through their section here at the library. (Yes, they are all available to check out if you are interested. Frankly, just looking at these books is making me hungry, so let’s get to the list, shall we?

13 Interesting Cookbooks:

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan
(Psst! The green eggs in the title recipe are actualy made with avocados. Don’t tell anyone that I told you.) This book is filled with Seussian illustrations. It also features the work of some stellar food designer or other. If you want to know what I’m talking about, check out the picture for “Nice Lime Ice (Hold the Mice!).”

The Medieval Cookbook by Maggie Black
Okay, I admit it. I picked up this cookbook because of the author. Maggie Black was the author of a cookbook that I read as a child, and thus is directly responsible for my original major of “Medieval Studies.” Personally, I’m quite curious to try the “Rose Pudding.”


Time for Tea by Mary Engelbreit
Folks who know me will tell you that tea fanatic is quite an accurate description. Looking at this book has got me crave little tea sandwiches now. I think I’ll go put the kettle on…

Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers by Sneaky Pie Brown
As you might expect from a cookbook purportedly by a cat, this one doesn’t merely contain recipes for humans. It also contains recipes for cats, dogs, and even the occasional rabbit. Too cute!

Eating Royally by Darren McGrady
This book is written by the former private chef to Princess Diana, so one would imagine that he really knows what he’s talking about. For example, apparently the Queen feeds her Corgis bits of scone at the end of teatime. Who knew? It seems that her dogs like scones. I am now curious about the recipe named “Veiled Farmer’s Daughter.”

The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker
This book doesn’t just give you recipes for such frontier favorites as “Tomato Preserves” and “hardtack,” it also provides a bunch of background information about the lifestyle and the difficulties faced by frontier cooks. Hey, as long as I can have some strawberry jam (p. 62) and biscuits (p. 72), I’ll be happy.

The New Firefighter’s Cookbook by John Sineno
It’s nice to know that some of our hardworking firefighters get to eat like this. Their job is stressful enough without having to deal with bad food. I wonder what my Mum would think of the Sweet Potato Pie recipe.

Civil War Cooking: The Union by Susan Dosier
Let me just state here how happy I am that I didn’t fight in the Civil War, even though they apparently had “Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese.” I’m not that big a fan of beans, you see, and they seemed to appear with every meal.

Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook
Really, how can you go wrong with a cookbook by The Flagg? I wonder what my family in Atlanta would think of the recipes in this book. Personally, I want to try the Cheese Grits.

Hasty Pudding Johnnycakes and Other Good Stuff by Loretta Frances Ichord
Exactly how hasty is a Hasty Pudding, I wonder. According to the recipe, it takes more than 2.5 hours. Not that quick by modern standards, but then I suppose that Colonial Americans had other ideas about time.

The Only Bake Sale Cookbook You’ll Ever Need by Laurie Goldrich Wolf and Pam Abrams
I must now admit to my guilty secret – I adore rice krispie treats, but I have never made any myself. This book has more than 5 different recipes for those things. Obviously, I must check this book out and take it home. For scientific experimentation, you understand.

Shakespeare’s Kitchen by Francine Segan
Not only did I start out my college career as a Medieval Studies major, but I also worked the Renaissance Faire. You can see why this cookbook might intrigue me. Now I just need a bit more cooking skill.

Bake Until Bubbly by Clifford A. Wright
If you like a good Hot Dish (or casserole, depending on where you hail from) then you really need to flip through this book. Four hundred and forty-two pages of hot tasty goodness. Judging by the recipes, anyway. I had no idea that there were so many different ways to make a hot dish.

Do you have a favorite cookbook?

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