Fashion Flash this week is hosted by Cindy of Prime Beauty . I was a big fan of Prime Beauty, long before she agreed to join Fashion Flash. I quickly learned to just her judgement about products and some of my current favorites were discovered in her blog posts. At The BoomBox Party during BlogHer, I got a chance to see her in action. I watched as she interviewed a few brands and was so impressed by the insightful and useful posts she wrote about the new skin care lines. She can spot a new idea, literally across the room, while I am still trying to find my glasses. If you care about how you look, check out Prime Beauty before you buy new products. She’s that good.
I usually don’t trust skinny chefs. All those cookbooks with the word “skinny” in the title seem to offer recipes that don’t taste like real food. But when I first flipped thru the gorgeus pages of Its All Good by uber slim Gweneth Paltrow, I was intrigued. Her menus were a blend of different nutritional ideas that echoed my current food choices– mainly vegetables, quinoa, fruits, and chicken as the main source of protein. She is also gluten and dairy free which is a bit farther than I am currently willing to go.
But what makes this book a keeper is the depth of flavor and nutritional payload of the recipes. I love soups, but many tend to be high in salt and carbs and carry a seriously high calorie pricetag Paltrow’s soups are another story. The chicken soup with Kale and Carrots brings “jewish penicillin” to a new level. Her White Bean and Swiss Chard and Spring Vegetable soup are easy, affordable and super satisfying. Other favorite recipes include Vietnamese Salad, Veggie Dumplings and Carrots with Ginger. Many of her recipes are graceful adaptions of Mediterranean and Asian dishes. Others are orignal ways of followng a gluten and dairy free diet.
I’m on my third copy of Its All Good. I gave away my first two copies to friends and family who came for lunch and fell in love with both the food and the cookbook.