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The New American Plate Cookbook

Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life

American Institute for Cancer Research (Author), Jeff Prince (Other), Maggie Sheen (Other)

Available worldwide

Hardcover, 312 pages
ISBN: 9780520242340
March 2005
$34.95, £24.95
We all want great-tasting meals, but we also want meals that help us maintain a healthy weight and live longer, healthier lives. Marrying the art and science of food, The New American Plate Cookbook is the first cookbook designed to accomplish all three goals. A team of cooks, nutritionists, food writers, scientists, and others who are passionate about food collaborated to create 200 recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that combine sound nutrition with culinary ingenuity. From updated favorites to innovative showstoppers, The New American Plate Cookbook delights the senses—with vivid colors, tempting aromas, and luscious flavors—while helping you reduce your risk of serious health problems like cancer and heart disease. Whether you wish to achieve a healthy weight or find a lifelong approach to eating nutritious meals, The New American Plate Cookbook will satisfy your conscience while it dazzles your palate.

The New American Plate Cookbook includes:

*200 recipes, from appetizers, soups, and salads to one-pot dishes and entrées to vegetables, egg dishes, breads, pilafs, desserts, and more

*74 full-color photographs

*Tips on meal planning and complementary combinations of dishes

*Practical suggestions and a guide to ingredients and cooking techniques

*Information on the science behind the New American Plate approach

Recipes from The New American Plate Cookbook:

Bruschetta with Green Pea and Roasted Garlic Spread

Butternut Squash, Tomato and Watercress Soup

Mixed Greens with Blueberries and Feta

Sweet Potato and Pear Stir-Fry with Chicken and Chili Sauce

New American Beef Stew

Greek-Style Scallops

Chicken with Tomatoes, Honey and Cinnamon

Broccoli with Scallion Dressing and Hazelnuts

Gingered Carrots with Golden Raisins and Lemon

Heirloom Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Corn and Green Chile Muffins

Rice Pudding with Pears and Apples

Fresh Plum Tart
Introduction: Proportion and Portion Size

Fish, Poultry, and Meat
Sauces, Dressings, and Marinades

Entrée Salads

Breads and Muffins

Cooking Basics
Food Storage and Handling
Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits
The Science behind the New American Plate
The mission of the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is twofold. The institute educates Americans about healthy eating through food and nutrition columns in newspapers and magazines, the Recipe Corner on its popular website (, brochures and other informational materials, and seminars held across the country. AICR also funds basic research on the links between diet and cancer prevention. Joyce Oudkerk Pool is an award-winning photographer specializing in food and wine photography for publishers, designers, and advertising agencies around the world.
“While maximizing flavor and reducing risks for cancer or heart disease, this book offers terrific recipes and good advice for any kitchen that aims for a healthy diet.”—Jessie Price Eating Well
“There’s no shortage of cookbooks full of healthier favorites, from mac and cheese to turkey pot pie.”—Suzanne Schlosberg Fitness
“There’s no shortage of cookbooks full of healthier favorites, from mac and cheese to turkey pot pie.”—Suzanne Schlosberg Great Falls Tribune
“Slim down your comfort foods: There’s no shortage of cookbooks full of healthier favorites, from mac and cheese to turkey pot pie.”—
“The recipes, abundant with healthful ingredients, are haute cuisine in presentation and taste, but foolproof in preparation. . . . The book offers good, fresh food for family or guests in a way that will make any cook proud.”—Donna Segal Indianapolis Star
“I usually steer clear of cookbooks with ‘healthy’ texts. This book is a phenomenal exception! It includes 200 mouthwatering recipes, with foods easily available in the local supermarket. The recipes combine good food with health science; appetizing photos make you want to start cooking!”—Ruth Taber KTSM-TV (El Paso)
“Welcome to a whole new healthy way of eating. The New American Plate Cookbook . . . shows how to make exciting, enticing, one-pot meals that are as delicious as they are good for you.”—Ladies' Home Journal
“Truly a gourmet cookbook.”—Sharon Thompson Lexington Herald-Leader
“Recipes are appealing and easy to make and cover every course of a meal. . . . [A] glossy, eye-catching cookbook.”—Deborah Shippy Library Journal
“A far cry from the diet directives of years past. With beautiful pictures and helpful cooking tips, these recipes will keep your palate satisfied through the year.”—Meeta Agrawal Life Magazine
“A delicious resource. Not only does it include recipes that are high in good-quality proteins, but most are also low-fat, include lots of healthy ingredients and actually taste great.”—Joanne Kempinger Demski Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The New American Plate is bursting with color and flavor. . . . We are not talking diet food here, or being beaten over the head once again with nutrition facts. We are talking healthy, savory food that even helps protect against health problems.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
“An updated and more vibrant version of dinner: Where there was once Hamburger Helper, there’s now sesame-ginger frittata with broccoli and shrimp. . . . With 200 tempting choices, The New American Plate [Cookbook] makes weight loss and healthy eating easy as pie—or, in this case, fresh plum tart.”—Jennifer Murray O: The Oprah Magazine
“This well-written cookbook is based on the notion that dinner should comprise something other than a hunk of meat, a pile of potatoes and a handful of some sort of green. . . . But if all this clean living sounds a bit too virtuous to be delicious, fear not: there are some wonderful recipes to be found in this volume . . . exceedingly easy to follow and appealingly photographed.”—Publishers Weekly
“Terrific. . . . The delicious and simple recipes help you bring healthy food to the family table without complaints of dullness.”—Ann Lovejoy Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“With 200 recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, breads, entrees, desserts, and more, this cookbook makes it easy to eat in a way that helps maintain a healthy weight and protect against disease.”—Kristy Erickson Taste For Life
“[This] new book has a little something for everyone: 74 mouthwatering photos, 200 recipes, many of which can be pulled together without an extra trip to the store, and nutrition facts listed with every dish. At the heart of it is a new way of eating for better health, emphasizing more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, and less meat. Instead of preaching the virtues, the authors appeal to our appetites: Recipes combine vivid colors and flavors, yet seem doable for the average cook.”—Leslie Cole The Oregonian
"The New American Plate Cookbook is a hefty piece of work and a sound tool for doing two things at once: eating good-looking food with pleasure, and taking steps toward long-term health.”—Joan Brunskill Associated Press
“Lots of cookbooks promise healthy foods without compromising taste, but few manage to pull it off. Count this as one of the best. Attractive photographs and appetizing recipes make eating healthfully a joy.”—Atlanta Journal- Constitution
“If you'd like to eat healthier without compromising flavor, check out The New American Plate Cookbook. . . . A good resource for cooks of all abilities.”—Elizabeth Lee Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Offers terrific recipes and colorful photographs to entice readers to take a sensible approach to eating. . . . You definitely won't be depriving yourself with the appealing recipes in this book.”—Cheramie Sonnier Baton Rouge Advocate
“The entire book is worth reading to understand how and why eating well contributes considerably to living well.”—Ellen Sweets Denver Post
"These recipes are so compelling they make me want to run back into my kitchen-and I was just there a minute ago! This is the way it should be: beautiful, accessible food that is gloriously healthful, with complete sensuous appeal and no compromise."—Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook and host of Mollie Katzen's Cooking Show

"This amazing book weaves together state-of-the-art nutrition information with recipes you can't wait to prepare. It erases any lingering doubt that food good for the body can also be exquisite."—Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., Director, Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, Yale University

"Delicious! The New American Plate Cookbook should do much to recreate the look and taste of America's dinner plates, adding to them all those wonderful vegetables that most Americans still ignore, along with other rarities such as fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs. Bravo!"—Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

"At last, a cookbook with a sensible, scientifically sound approach to diet."—Martha Rose Shulman, author of Mediterranean Light and Ready When You Are

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