- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (December 31, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0358004411
- ISBN-13: 978-0358004417
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes Hardcover – December 31, 2019
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“Infused with grace, charm, and encouragement to cook what you love, involve the whole family, and create your own version of “balance,” The Defined Dish Wholesome Weeknights—and Alex—will quickly become as beloved in your family as they are in mine.”
—from the Foreword by Melissa Urban, Whole30 co-founder
“Alex and The Defined Dish are my go-to for delicious recipes that are as enjoyable to make as to eat! She approaches both food and life with a playful soulfulness that nourishes my family and my heart.”
—Brené Brown, PhD, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Dare to Lead
“I discovered Alex’s cooking when I was attempting to survive a Whole30 and was at a loss. Alex’s recipes are never intimidating and are always packed with flavor . . . they are guilt-free even when they taste like a guilty pleasure, and they got me excited to be a better cook.”
—Erin Foster, comedian and amateur home cook
“Innovative, bright, simple, absolutely delicious, and totally doable, there’s not a cookbook I’m more excited about. I can’t wait to try every last dish, especially the Better Than Takeout section—her specialty is easy swaps that transform restaurant dishes into something Whole30 and healthy. Alex teaches us how to find balance and have fun doing it.”
—Teri Turner, creator of nocrumbsleft
“Alex Snodgrass effortlessly strikes a delicious balance between healthy, healthy-ish, and indulgent recipes that are approachable and family-oriented. Whether you’re crushing a round of Whole30, discovering your food freedom, or searching for weeknight inspiration, The Defined Dish offers something for everyone.”
—Ronny Joseph Lvovski, creator of Primal Gourmet
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Mom-Bo Italiano - 12 delectably, protein forward recipes
Tacos y Mad - 11 Spanish Themed Meals
Better Than Takeout - 11 Asian Inspired Offerings
Satisfying Salads - 10 Green Beauties with lots of protein and interesting dressing
Soups for the Soul - 11 Yummy cauldrons from every corner of the globe
A Taste of Mediterranean - 11 Recipes that lean towards Greece
Curried and Spiced - 17 offerings from this hot category, many of Indian origin but a few from NOLA and “the Boot”
Southern Charms - 11 Meals from south of the Mason Dixon line
Cleaned Up Kid Food - 4 EZ fixes for the younger set
Back to Basics - 4 very simple preparations, like roast chicken and immersion blender mayo...
Pantry staples are included to make the cooking experience easier as well as the shopping: ghee, coconut milk, arrowroot & tapioca starch,almond flour, coconut aminos and Red Boat fish sauce complete the list. Remember that all ingredients must be free from sugar and additives.
“Nourish. Not Punish” This is the heart cry for author, Alex Snodgrass. Her compassion and drive are felt on these pages. Each recipe is layed out to include: how many it will serve, how it can be modified for Whole 30, Paleo, Gluten Free, or free from anything else and total cooking time. She includes little nuggets about her own life and experiences that are evoked as a result of the recipe. Happily, each one has a picture of the finished product and most have an offset, rectangular box called “From My Kitchen to Yours” that contains additional tips and tricks to enhance your kitchen experience. The index is also set up to frank back into specific recipes if you purchase the Kindle version; one of my favorite features!
“The Defined Dish” is an hugely useful and healthy cookbook for more than just graduates of the Whole 30 program. The recipes are moderate in skill level, the ingredients are easily obtained and there’s a wide variety without being too far off the culinary center of the road. Today is a soup day - Mexican Cabbage it will be; Ole’📚
I also like the way that the book is setup, it's unique in that its pretty much all dinner/lunch meals and divided based on cuisine- which helps add a variety to eating healthy if you feel like you've had to much potatoes or coconut milk on whole30 or just stuck in a rut. If you want something like curry, there is an entire Indian flavored section; If you need a large break from coconut milk in general, there is a section on Mexican and Chinese/Japanese food. Also, every recipe has a picture which is a huge deal for me (I eat with me eyes!).
My one complaint is that most of the recipes are whole30 compliant with a modification suggestion and each recipe reiterates that same suggestion (leave off wine, no diary etc). I can do that with any book and don't need to be told how to do that on each recipe. My issue with this is that when you suggest changing key cooking ingredients (not just your taco shell, but actually suggest leaving off an ingredient thats part of the meal title), you're actually changing the dish and what it should taste like, and instead of having a slew of flavorful recipes in a book, you now have a bunch of recipes that recommend you cook chicken in chicken broth to be healthy- boring. If you want to make the Whiskey Chicken or Skillet Chicken with Wine and Broccolini, and you instead choose to substitute chicken broth, did you really just make Whiskey Chicken or a flavorful chicken simmered in white wine?, Definitely NOT. I think a page or two in the beginning of the book detailing how to change her recipes (or any recipe you find anywhere) to Whole30 compliant would have been better than constantly suggesting to change the recipes.
Overall the recipes seem fairly healthy and a really great mix of cuisine flavors. I particularly like the Southern section, since it's a good mix of regional southern cuisine (Nashville hot chicken, bbq, new orleans dishes, etc), that appears healthier and quicker than the true originals. A few of those southern recipes that look good are even Whole30 compliant. There is also a kids section for healthy foods for young kids, which is unique- this looks like it has some good Whole30 recipes for office lunches if you don't have kids.
I now cook one of her meals at least once a week.
I own 2 cook books and Alex’s is the 2nd. Buy it. You don’t be disappointed.