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The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  4,945 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Do you think that healthy food couldn't possibly taste good? Does the idea of "eating healthy" conjure up images of roughage and steamed vegetables? Author Ellie Krieger, will change all that. A registered dietician, Ellie is also a lover and proponent of good, fresh food, simply but deliciously prepared. And she's not about denial - no non-fat foods here, because when you ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Taunton Press
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
This is a great healthy cookbook. The author is a nutritionist and pares down recipes that most of us are familiar with but which are high in fat and unhealthy. She uses realistic ingredients and the book has gorgeous pictures!
I have tried a number of the recipes and they are really good. My husband even likes them.
Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library
With a good turnout of participants and some who brought more than one dish, we were able to taste a large number of recipes from this cookbook.

They included...

- Sloppy Joes
- Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese
- Tomato and Onion Salad
- Salmon Patties with Ginger Sauce
- Grilled Zucchini, Goat Cheese and Spinach
- Cornmeal Ratatouille Tart
- All Day Breakfast Salad
- Spiced Nuts
- Energy Bars
- Whole Wheat Pasta Salad
- Rhode Island Clam Chowder
- Rice Pudding
- Triple Chocolate Cookies
- Tomato Stuffed Peppers
Steven Peterson
Jun 07, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
The photography is a little stodgy, but the recipes are interesting! Ellie Krieger has a perspective on cooking. She begins by saying (Page 3): "Like you, I crave food that is bursting with flavor and aroma. Food that draws you in and leaves you satisfied. Guess what? That kind of food can be healthy." Thus, she is proposing a cookbook that features dishes that are both delicious and healthy.

Some key points up front: buy fresh food, stay away from foods with lots of additives, keep salt to a mi
May 13, 2009 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
When you eat gluten free and vegan like I do, well, you just know that most mainstream cookbooks will be, at best, hit or miss for you. And they are. And this cookbook was too. But I will say that I was impressed with the "hits" in this collection. I didn't know anything about the author before I picked this book up from the library, but now I know that I like Krieger's approach to food and diet and health, even if I disagree with the health benefits of the consumption of animal products. So whi ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I decided to expand my repertoire a little when it comes to reviewing and every now and then, review another passion of mine...great cookbooks. For someone who used to mistakenly put cabbage, instead of lettuce, on her nephew's sandwich, and stuck a whole can of tomato soup in the microwave without water, something finally clicked when I moved to Philadelphia. No longer does my poor husband get a 3-course meal of meat, potato, and vegetable served 15 minutes apart. Now I pride myself on being ab ...more
Feb 11, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I've watched Healthy Appetite (Ellie's show) before and that was enough to inspire me to go to Ellie's page on the Food Network site whenever I wanted to find a healthy recipe. So I'm relieved the book is out so I can stop using computer print-outs. There are a few repeats from the Web site but mot of the recipes are new (to me at least). The turkey meatball subs are beyond delicious and not terribly hard to cook. I've discovered that if I make the meatballs and sauce on a Sunday, my husband and ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
I've had this book for awhile now, but I've just started cooking the recipes and I LOVE it!
Jan 26, 2010 Claire rated it it was amazing
My fiance and I are quickly falling in love with this book. Ellie's recipes are not only quick, easy, simple and delicious - they're healthy! We've cooked a solid 10 recipies so far (with plans for many more)in almost every section and we have fallen in love. I think we may attempt to cook and eat our way through the whole thing (will be healthier than doing it to Julia Child!)

If you enjoy cooking, even if you are a beginner, if you want to eat healthier but still have great tasting food - this
Jan 17, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Ellie is a dream come true: a nutritionist who loves good food, relies on real, whole ingredients, and understands the siren call of creamy, cheesy, salty foods in our lives.

I rely on this cookbook to provide food that is healthy and nutritious and still hits all the flavor bells and comfort spots. She has such a great knack for mixing high-flavor foods with high-nutrition foods and I only wish I could have her in my kitchen to help me alter every recipe I own.

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Apr 01, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing
My husband and I are loving this cookbook. I was looking for a chef who's approach and style called to me, and I found it in Ellie Krieger. No, the recipes aren't all low-cal/ low-fat, but it's the kind of fat that makes all the difference. We have actually lost quite a bit of weight since buying this book, and I haven't felt like I was dieting at all.

I wanted a cookbook that relied on fresh ingredients that I could easily use and buy (but I love that she often uses frozen and canned veggies to
Nov 12, 2009 Michaiah rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
LOVE this cookbook. Using whole foods, but cutting down on bad fats, etc., Ellie Krieger has created delicious, healthful dishes. I've made many of these recipes and most of them are delicious - I especially love the fettuccine with walnuts and parsley, the baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta, the confetti chili, and the pumpkin pie muffins. I love that more often than not, these recipes can be prepared fairly quickly, so it's a good cookbook for even a busy cook. The nutritional information per ...more
Mar 12, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Really interesting recipes in the "comfort food" genre, great photography by Christopher Hirsheimer, who was most recently a top editor at the lovely Saveur. Despite Krieger's credentials I didn't feel like the nutrition info was THAT good; or that her recipes were startlingly creative in the ways they tricked you into eating healthy foods. Also, she seems to use odd techniques (eg she calls shredded herbs, why not just chop em? she also calls for some kind of weird technique for shredding carro ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Bridget rated it liked it
While I haven't cooked from this one yet, my general thought is that it's a bit basic for where I am as a home cook. That's not a bad thing; this would have been a welcome gift in college when I was looking for things that were not difficult but healthier than beef stroganoff from a box. The healthy additions are apparent and explained, and while the jury is out on pretty much every health rule except "eat more vegetables" for the vast majority of people, this is a decent way to start.

But - the
Genene Murphy
Jul 09, 2008 Genene Murphy rated it really liked it
While I tend to steer clear of Food Network hero worship, The Food You Crave surprises, offering more than just a smartly-packaged branding campaign. Dare I consider this a secret find? Its user-friendly text combines Cooking Light wisdom and Food and Wine style for those that want to eat well and shed a few pounds. The layout includes lots of tips and hints and break-out boxes that explain food science, organic eating and how to use fat substitutes. It goes well with wine stains and sauce splat ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking, nonfiction
With the exception of the Sloppy Joe's (which was more like a flavorless chili), I liked everything I tried in this cookbook. The Broccoli Cheddar Frittata will replace the full fat version I usually make. The Spiced Nuts and the Triple Chocolate Cookies are addictive, but the book just leaves something to be desired. I wish the font was larger and there were more photos. Krieger's nutritional information is helpful for those watching sodium, fat or vitamin levels. Otherwise, I thought it was ju ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
I connect with her more moderate view of's okay to use higher fat ingredients in small amounts, where they are needed for flavor or texture. Add more vegetables, beans, and whole grains where possible and reduce the amount of meat. If food doesn't taste good, you're not going to eat what are you going to eat instead (or afterward)? We LOVE her pumpkin muffins, my husband even enjoys them! She does get a little phobic of food additives, I'm okay with using light or reduced fa ...more
May 22, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it
I love the way Ellie Krieger provides healthy twists on everyday foods. Some of these are kinda out there and not something I'd enjoy - but most of these recipes are great. And, there are alot of ideas to apply to other recipes you use (like substituting plain fat free greek style yogurt for sour cream - I prefer the Trader Joe's brand myself. and, YEA for dark chocolate - did you know it was actually good for you?). Anyway - I watch her show on the Food Network and a friend gave me this cookboo ...more
Dec 29, 2007 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, to-purchase
I absolutly loved this cook book. She not only gave recipes but told reasons why certain foods are good or bad for you. She brakes down ingredients and talks about them in a way even I can understand. I was hooked with the very first recipe in the book and I marked about 30 different ones to try. It is a completely new style for me but healthier. I am really excited to try the recipes. She gives ideas for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, salads, soups and desserts. I would like to purchase this ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Deodand rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, usa
I liked this book. Krieger seems to lean toward my taste in food.

She shows us how to have a little of everything, without having to cook three-page recipes and without guilt. She likes silken tofu as a substitute for the semifirm fats in items such as mousse - I plan to give this a try. She also makes use of a good technique I learned from Cooking Light magazine, which is that you put the tastiest, richest part of the recipe on the top of the food where it hits your tounge first. That way you c
Mar 21, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
I've seen and read plenty of low-fat substitutes for full-fat food, but this book is actually good. She takes things you would actually want to eat like Pumpkin Pie Muffins and Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal makes them healthier but still delicious. A lot of times when you do that, the finished product taste like cardboard or look even worse. I don't like the over-reliance on mayo in this cookbook. And everyone could use a fried rice recipe with brown rice that is healthy but still enjoyable.
Lisa Roney
Jan 17, 2011 Lisa Roney rated it it was amazing
Ordinarily, I wouldn't bother to include a cookbook in my reviews, but we love this cookbook. Almost everything we've made out of it has been easy and terrific, some startlingly so. The turkey meatloaf was the one exception, but the salmon with grapefruit and ginger sauce, the chicken with spinach and a balsamic reduction sauce over cous cous, and the scallops (shrimp for me) with succotash are outstanding and will be made repeatedly at our house. Yum!
Mar 07, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This cookbook is really great so far. I've probably made about 15 of the recipes, and I'd say easily 12 of them I would make again. Which is a pretty good ratio for a cookbook, in my opinion. Her recipes are healthy, but much more importantly, they TASTE GOOD. And, for the most part, the ingredients are not martha-stewart crazy, they are actually accessible. I just ended up buying it instead of copying the recipes I like, because I have a feeling its one I will keep referring to over the years.
Jul 06, 2009 MaryAnn rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I love reading cookbooks but it's rare for me to find one that I really love. This is a great cookbook. Ellie Krieger is both a dietician and a cook, which means that most of her recipes are healthy and taste awesome. I've only tried a few recipes but they've all been great. I recommend the Apple-Pecan Muffins, Oven Fried Chicken, Vanilla Hot Chocolate, and Grilled Zucchini and Hummus Wraps. I'll let you know about some of the others as I try them.
Most of the recipes sound delicious, although some are a bit more involved than what I am looking for at this stage in my life. Having small children, I'm looking for healthy & fast. Maybe I will come back to this cookbook one day.

I decided to order instead, Robin Rescues Dinner: 52 Weeks of Quick-Fix Meals, 350 Recipes, and a Realistic Plan to Get Weeknight Dinners on the Table by Robin Miller.
Dixie Diamond
Dec 09, 2010 Dixie Diamond rated it really liked it
Krieger's recipes aren't entirely my thing, but I like her approach: Lightening manageable everyday meals without resorting to fake foods, expensive specialty ingredients, or unsatisfying substitutes.

She does not write diet cookbooks. If you're looking for low-carb or brutally low-fat, this isn't it. However, the calorie counts are not unreasonable and the serving sizes, I think, are realistic (instead of cheating by making them small so calorie counts seem lower).
Jan 28, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people looking to eat and cook healthier foods without sacrificing flavor.
A great cookbook, especially as I'm transitioning to becoming a vegetarian. Krieger emphasizes the use of the freshest ingredients (for maximal nutrient density... one of the concepts you'll learn), specifically fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy poultry and dairy. You don't feel deprived because the recipes translate to flavorful and colorful foods with enough textures to satisfy even the pickiest of palates.
Mar 16, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to like this book nearly as well as I do. I started bookmarking the recipes I wanted to copy and there were so many only 1/3 of the way through that I am going to buy the sucker instead.

Nice photography, good layout, good recipes that are enticing but not overwhelming for a weeknight dinner. Very nice breakfast suggestions. Dessert section is a little weak, but that's an area I have NO problem with. :-)
Apr 04, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
One point off for featuring herself on the cover and trying to brand the word "craveable", but otherwise I love this. The food is lovely, satisfying, and I appreciate that it is all "real"- no diet tricks that sacrifice purity or flavor. Her "usually, sometimes, rarely" food philosophy is very appealing to me as I am trying to shift my eating habits to a healthy and pleasurable balance. Delicious.
Apr 22, 2008 Bee rated it it was amazing
This is a gem of a cookbook. I like her healthful, simple approach to preparing and eating food, and I can't wait to try some of the recipes! For a certainty, I'll be baking the pumpkin muffins and fixing the walnut/feta pasta salad within the next couple of days. I definitely want to buy this to add to my little stash of cookbooks at home.
Apr 29, 2010 Allyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I really love this cookbook! I tried several of the recipes, including the zucchini crisps and the "fried" chicken (although I'll add less spice next time!). The recipes range from light to heavy, but all with good-for-you ingredients. There's something for everyone, and I marked every other page with a recipe I wanted to try. The desserts looked super yummy, too.
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“In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off-limits. Rather, all of the recipes here follow my Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy. Notice there is no Never.” 7 likes
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