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Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence.

Lindsay Maitland Hunt is an expert recipe developer who has created recipes for everyone from college students to busy families to seasoned home cooks. Now, she brings her trad
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Healthyish is a cookbook designed for actual cooking by home cooks and the author: Lindsay Maitland Hunt expects this book to get stained, bookmarked, and written in. When selecting these recipes, she chose the ones that taste good without guilt, had ingredients you can get at any grocery store, could cook in a reasonable amount of time, and not leave a kitchen full of time-consuming cleanup.

Healthyish consists of recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, soups, vegetarian dinners, chicken/turkey,
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Not only does this cookbook offer easy, delicious recipes but a good message too, balanced eating. Often times I find myself looking at cookbooks that are either filled with unhealthy recipes or recipes that cut out a bunch of things like carbs or fats. Healthyish was really refreshing and overall enjoyable to read and look at. There was a picture for almost every recipe and the ingredients were things you've actually heard of. The
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a really balanced, beautifully designed book which has plenty of recipes you'd actually want to cook

I love the vast array of (very lovely) photos accompanying most of the recipes - it's great to have visual aids and see how something should look! - and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I really liked that the recipes are so balanced and seem to be really healthy without being boring or plain. 

The ingredients aren't ridiculous and won't c
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I'm in love with this cookbook. As someone with a challenging job and a lovely but (understandably) demanding two-year-old daughter who's trying to do the 80/20 thing with eating right and cooking more, I struggle with recipes that require more than five ingredients or (let's face it) more than 10 minutes of attention at a time. The dishes are simple, easy (for a semi-experienced cook) and taste really, really good. They also make you proud to pull them out for the inevitable desk lunch most ...more
Oct 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018, food, netgalley
I received a copy of this through NetGalley, however there is an issue with my download and I can only see several random pages. I hope to get the issue resolved before the pdf expires so that I can give an honest review. It looks like the perfect cookbook for me!
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I really enjoyed this cookbook. I am probably somewhat of a cookbook junkie. In the days of Pinterest where it is so easy to have a recipe at the tips of your fingers, I still like to have a hard copy of my favorites on my shelf. This is going to be one of them. Every section and every page had clear direction. The author wasn't overly wordy, just right to the point of how my mind can I do something quick and still have it be healthy? I felt the grace in her mantra of being "healthy ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simple recipes with fairly easy to get or keep-on-hand ingredients! I love that the idea behind is nourishment without extremism. Perfect for those people who are trying to improve their overall nutrition but don't need specific requirements (like totally gluten free or Paleo, etc.) ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful food pictures and yummy salt-fat-acid recipes. I do take issue with the 'everyone has these ingredients' approach--and she does have one page describing some of the lesser used ingredients.
Got some great snack ideas and I loved the tangine section.
But this isn't a cookbook I would use every week. Some of the recipes use food that I can't eat do to intolerance with no substitutions. Others are things I just don't eat, like grain bowls. One of the fish mentioned I had never heard of and
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt arrived in my mailbox I couldn’t wait to get started and her healthyish cookbook made it so easy for me by offering recipes that took honest, regular pantry staples (nothing expensive or anything that required a special trip to purchase) that could be quickly turned into a tasty meal.

The entire time I’ve been cooking from Healthyish I kept thinking of that Julia Child quote –“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from f
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, cookbook
This cookbook was fine, had several tasty looking recipes. My biggest gripe is that a book which wants to promote itself as healthy, or at least "healthy-ish" has no nutritional data listed at all. That's a huge pet peeve of mine- either declare that calories be damned enjoy the meal, or tell me why your recipes are healthy & I should make them over another that is less so. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Beautiful to look at! This cookbook would be good for someone newer to cooking or is just starting their recipe collection. I did take away a few recipes for sauces and dressings though.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly how I want to approach food for the rest of my life! Eating healthy, mindfully, and being aware of what goes into the food I eat - but also allowing for some indulgence and treats. This recipes are all very unique and artfully crafted, giving me loads of ideas from breakfast to dinner and dessert. They're vegetable centric, which suits me fine, but there are some recipes with meat and dairy. This book is my go-to when I have vegetarian or vegan friends over, despite not spec ...more
Kelly Barton
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone and everyone needs this cookbook! I’m picky and meticulous about the cookbooks I choose to invest in, and I couldn’t be happier with Healthyish!! I have a feeling that I’ll be obsessed with this one for awhile!
Brittany Busboom-Miller
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this cookbook! Beautiful photos to accompany most recipes and they are the exact portion size the recipes call for. The recipes are unique, easy to follow and healthyish. I am hoping to buy this cookbook and test out many of the saved recipes from all sections in this cookbook.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of the five cookbooks I own, this one is my favorite. So far I've tried four of the recipes; I plan on making all of them again and two of them were delicious. The recipes are easy and use healthy ingredients. I'm looking forward to trying more of them. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great starter cookbook for people starting their healthy eating journey.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a very interesting cookbook with a lot of fresh ideas and recipes that are realistic to make with readily available ingredients. I really enjoyed it!
Fullfaun Faun
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking-food
So many great ideas for swaps and inventing new snacks
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simple, healthy recipes. Great pictures. Inspired me to cook and try to improve my eating habits.
Ariste Egan
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful recipes !!! -- perfect combinations of healthy and decadent. Filled with useful tips for the home cook.
Stephanie Feran
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this cookbook! I got it from the library, but am going to purchase my own copy because I want to make so many recipes. The recipes are all very approachable and look delicious.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a digital review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My review is susceptible to changes in the final copy of this work.
The cover of this book is all that I expect from a ‘healthy cookbook’. It has vibrant colors and it makes me want to go shopping for fresh fruits and veggies immediately. The description “A cookbook with seriously satisfying, truly simple, good-for-you (but not too good-for-you) recipes for real life” fits perfectly with the cookbook I
Abrams and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Healthyish. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Healthyish includes recipes for the busy families who are looking for meals that are tasty, nutritious, and not too time consuming. Above all, the recipes within the pages of the cookbook provide a balance of vegetables and whole grains, but with less nutritious and flavorful accents to bring excitement to the food.

The cookbook starts off with a wel
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence in her debut cookbook, Healthyish.
For anyone on the move, working long hours, and trying to eat a bit more healthfully, Healthyish offers 131 satisfying recipes with
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Hunt, recipe tester for Real Simple and other websites, tackles the project of creating an accessible healthy cookbook for everyday meals that taste great. Flavor is not sacrificed for health and the emphasis is on balance but also on perception: to Hunt it’s important that the plate looks full. Hunt wants the recipes to be ready for immediate cooking as well as planning, so the ingredients are mainly those that can be found in your pantry or fridge. There are some noted exceptions that Hunt ind ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
Great collection of beautiful looking recipes with just the right amount of healthy, just easy and simple enough, but just "fancy" enough ideas. Some of the recipes are going to go into my regular rotation.
What I made so far:
Turmeric Horchata Smoothie (delicious, way more filling than expected)
Truly Delicious Energy Bites (so good! and different than the usual bites)
Tangy Chicken Salad Tartine (easy and tasty lunch; love how there are breakfast and lunch recipes for 1-2 people)
Sausage, Potato, W
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2019
- Beautiful photos
- Clear, short, and easy to follow directions
- Mostly short ingredient lists and not too difficult to find
- Pretty familiar dishes but with simple, creative, and healthy riffs

- This is a totally subjective opinion but to me it's a little more "healthy" than "ish" - I found that the food tastes a bit better if you use slightly more of the unhealthy ingredients like white flour or regular butter. But if you're hoping to tip the balance more strongly into "health
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks-2018
Lindsay Maitland Hunt's premise for this cookbook is to make it easier to make healthyish meals at home - whether you're new to cooking or just looking for some quick recipes to make when you get home from work at the end of the day. In her introduction she talks about getting home cooks to test her recipes to make sure they are clear and easy enough for ANYONE to make. The recipes are organized like many cookbooks by meal/type - breakfast, snacks, lunch, soup, vegetarian, etc. But I really like ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I sat down and read this in one afternoon - cover to cover, actually exclaiming out loud over many of the recipes. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to try many of these recipes. Beautiful photos, creative recipes, honest and personable prose. I really liked Hunt's perspective of good-for-you (but not too good for you) food. No ingredients are considered "bad" when used in moderation. From the appetizers, to the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts - yummy food you'll feel good ...more
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