For many of us the idea of healthy eating equals bland food, calorie counting, and general joylessness. Or we see the task of great cooking for ourselves as a complicated and expensive luxury beyond our means or ability. Now Peter Kaminsky—who has written cookbooks with four-star chefs (for example, Daniel Boulud) and no-star chefs (such as football legend John Madden)—shows us that anyone can learn to eat food that is absolutely delicious and doesn’t give you a permanently creeping waistline.
Just a couple years ago, Kaminsky found himself facing a tough choice: lose weight or suffer the consequences. For twenty years, he had been living the life of a hedonistic food and outdoors writer, an endless and luxurious feast. Predictably, obesity and the very real prospect of diabetes followed. Things had to change. But how could he manage to get healthy without giving up the things that made life so pleasurable? In Culinary Intelligence, Kaminsky tells how he lost thirty-five pounds and kept them off by thinking more—not less—about food, and he shows us how to eat in a healthy way without sacrificing the fun and pleasure in food.
Culinary Intelligence shows us how we can do this in everyday life: thinking before eating, choosing good ingredients, understanding how flavor works, and making the effort to cook. Kaminsky tells us what we need to give up (most fast food and all junk food) and what we can enjoy in moderation (dessert and booze), but he also shows us how to tantalize our tastebuds by maximizing flavor per calorie, and he makes delectably clear that if we eat delicious, flavorful foods, we’ll find ourselves satisfied with smaller portions while still enjoying one of life’s great pleasures.
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...despite his reverence for chefs, perhaps the book’s most compelling argument is the one in favor of good old-fashioned home cooking...Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
It is not a diet book, but a book about pursuing the pleasures of the table as the path to good health.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Kaminsky’s ideas, taken together, can make for the most delicious diet you’ve ever been on.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
...Peter Kaminsky’s Culinary Intelligence is a delightfully refreshing approach to health through the preparation and enjoyment of satisfying food.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Like so many books about food and health, “Culinary Intelligence” is as much about the idea of “mindful eating”...as it is about anything new or different.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Who should read it: Those who want to devote time and care to home cooking – others won't find it useful.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Kaminsky is a wonderful writer, and this book was a pleasure to read.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Kaminsky shares his own breakfast, dinner and lunch habits, sprinkled with stories from his food-writing career that readers interested in the big-time food world will enjoy.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Culinary Intelligence is an approach to eating that helps you eat healthy without giving up the pleasures of delicious food.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
The author seem to be confused about what he was writing. Part memoir, part cookbook, part diet manual. In total, a disappointing read.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
Kaminsky tells his story with engaging, thoughtful prose–no gimmicky diets, no impossible-to-follow menu plans.Read Full Review of Culinary Intelligence
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