A Good Food Day

“…This collection of recipes is for everyday cooking. You won’t find a laundry list of stuff you’ve never heard of, and you don’t need to spend five hours in the kitchen. I take on the simplest ingredients, the workhorses of a healthy diets, and give you luscious flavor combinations and easy techniques that are designed for convenience and flexibility.” – Marco Canora

Some cookbooks focus on adding certain ingredients, others emphasize time-consuming recipes that are sure to boost your health and well-being. But rarely is there a single cookbook that manages to succinctly incorporate fresh ingredients, little preparation, and sound advice into a work that conveys healthy living habits. A Good Food Day: Reboot Your Health with Food that Tastes Great by Marco Canora is just such a book.  It is a beautiful collection of vibrant recipes to fill every part of your day.  Most of the ingredients are familiar (but there are some options that can be easily substituted to modify tastes or availability) and there are no complicated steps in these recipes.

While this book does not fall into any single category – vegan, gluten-free, etc. – for those seeking a general cookbook that offers delicious recipes with stunning simplicity and good-for-you ingredients, it is a gem. Options like Roasted Carrots with Millet and Mint-Pistachio, Thai-Style Eggplant Salad, Garlicky Brussels Sprouts, Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms, Cabbage, and Thyme, and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds ensure that you will be satisfied and healthy. Spiced Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Crumble, Blueberry Pie, Corn and Blueberry Muffins, and Goji Berry and Banana Shake go a long way in ensuring that you will never find the options lacking. A Good Food Day is not a diet plan or a lifestyle guide, but a stunning collection of recipes sure to make every day a good food day!

Tomato and Peach Salad

2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into large chunks

2 peaches, cut into wedges

1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

1/4 cup basil leaves

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Fine sea salt

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. On a platter or in a large, shallow serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, peaches, and cucumber. Tear the basil leaves and scatter them over the top.

2. Drizzle the vinegar over the salad, add salt to taste, and pour on the olive oil. Toss gently.

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