When I moved to Canada almost 3 years ago, I’ve left all my cookbooks I had in Poland. I love cooking and preparing something yummy for my hubby and me. I sometimes creatively come up with the recipe, but other times, I go accordingly with someone’s instructions. Nina Cucina is a brilliant woman, who promotes healthy lifestyle and as you know that is something I love, as well! 🙂 Her cookbook “Nina Cucina- Your Healthy Gourmet – Beautiful, Healthy Food to Keep You Healthy and Beautiful” is the one I’ve been using the most for over a year now and that’s why I’d like to share it with you.
What I love about her book, she doesn’t go with a fancy names of the dishes, but mostly puts the ingredients in the title of each meal, which makes my life easier. I’ll be honest with you, I’m slightly frustrated when I ask someone about his or her dish “oh, what is it?” and they respond with: “devils on horseback”, which are prunes wrapped in bacon. Don’t get me wrong, I understand if I’m at a restaurant looking at menu and I see what’s in the meal right below, but when I visit someone or ask a friend or a family member “what is it?”, don’t tell me “priest stranglers”, because I don’t see any priest, nor stranglers, but pasta with something and I’m just curious what is this “something” in there. Or “glorious cloud of mashed potatoes”, well the clouds are in the sky, not in front of me and if I’m interested in poetry, I’ll go ahead and buy a book with poems. So let’s leave the fancy names to the restaurants and their menus and real chefs and if we’re at somebody’s home or a simple party, you can tell me what’s exactly in the meal without the fancy name :).
That being said, I really like Nina Cucina’s cookbook, because without looking at the recipe, but only the title of it, I know what I need to buy or if I already have it in my fridge. It’s just easier and faster that the names are at the margin of each page. When I see “Pumpkin quinoa pilaf”, I know that pumpkin and quinoa are the things I need the most for this dish or “Zucchini almond soup” where I know that zucchini and almonds are necessary.
Of course, each recipe has a list of ingredients, but also, which I find very helpful, there is a “What you’ll need” section where are listed all the tools from your kitchen that are needed to prepare the dish. “Chef’s tips” area will give you storage information, recipe alternatives and a plethora of other great information in a short form.
Since Nina Cucina is healthy gourmet lifestyle cooking with accent on healthy lifestyle, the nutritional information is included with every recipe to help you stay on track with your health. Each recipe includes chart of calories, and amounts of protein, carbs, fat, sodium and fiber.
In this book, you’ll find healthy gourmet starts, bites and desserts, gluten free breads, soups, marvelous mains, “garden to table” and meat temperatures charts and measurement conversion as well.
Great purchase for yourself or somebody you love, who are health food conscious people. This 180 pages can really change your plate into a much colorful and healthier for you and your family.
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Great post xx
Thank you! 🙂🌺
The cookbook must be good I am sure but it really enjoyed your post.
The devil’s on horseback were particularly funny.
Thank you so much! 😆🌻
My other half loves a cookbook, I can’t stand most of them because they are just too fancy and complicated! Who cooks like that when you come home from work?! This sounds really interesting though, and a bit more down to earth. Will definitely keep an eye out 😊 Sam xx
For sure girl, I’m with you, but this cookbook works great for me 🙂🌸
Good tip. Funny how you can have a couple of dozen cookbooks and end up returning again and again to the same one. I treasure my original 1972 copy (no, I am not old enough to have bought it then) of ‘The Vegetarian Epicure’.
Yes, I agree 100%! 🙂🌻
Good presentation! Next: you have to show us the results, I mean a meal from one recipe from the book. Have a great day!
I regret that I didn’t take a picture last Sunday when I cooked one meal from this book 🙈, sorry about that… and thank you! Same to you! 🙂🌷
I am definitely getting this cookbook, I love when people simplify recipes. My hubby and I are trying to eat much healthier. Thanks for sharing.
You won’t regret it girl, especially if you want to eat healthier 👍🙂🌼
My husband was diagnosed with diabetes today, so I am looking forward to all of us eating better.
I’m sorry to hear that, but it’s a great thing that you want to start eating healthier, all the best for you guys! 🙂🌻
You’re wonderful 🤗
Awww, thank you! You are too! 🙂🌼
Hahaa…agree with you on those complicated names, but ends up being the complete opposite 🙂
The cookbook looks really good! I only have a few cookbooks that I use time and time again – they have it be written in a style I like!!
That’s great girl! 🙂🌷
This sounds awesome (: thanks for sharing!
Thank you for stopping by! 🙂🌷
The cookbook looks good.
The meals from there taste delicious, as well! 🙂👍🌷
I m sure the book u r using is quite good….here too we have a lot of indian chefs who are pretty good…you could refer to them like sanjeev kapoor and others like manjula’s kitchen online
Excellent Cookbook, Thanks for Sharing.
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Yummy! I love Polish and or/ East European cuisine.
That’s great! 👍 (Polish food is the best 😆👍)
Thank you for sharing. This looks great. I’ll have to pick up a copy!
That’s great! 🙂🌹
Sounds great. I, too, dislike all the fancy names that mean nothing to me and don’t make the dish taste any better or deliver better nutrition than if you just call it as it is. I rarely use cookbooks though I have quite a few. But when you cook for one, it seems unnecessary. But this one sounds like a good choice and would make cooking for more than one much easier. I tend not to plan meals but just decide on the spur of the moment what I’m going to eat. I’m retired, so don’t have to be anywhere at any special time except for church events and other occasional times when something is planned. Like you, I try to eat as healthy as possible. At 73 I don’t have much wrong with me and I intend to keep it that way as long as possible. 🙂
That’s wonderful that you’re keeping your life as healthy as possible 🙂🌹
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thank you for stopping by! 🙂🌹
I have a ton of cookbooks on my shelf but, unfortunately, most of them don’t lean toward the healthy side of cooking. I will have to check this one out 🙂
That’s great! 🙂🌻
Very good post! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! ☺🌷