A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Welcome to our new series highlighting cookbooks in the Thomas Ford Memorial Library collection. Each week we will review a cookbook that offers helpful hints or great ideas. Some of the cookbooks may simplify your meal planning and preparation, while others might challenge you to expand your offerings and impress your guests. We promise a variety of cuisines and hope you find the series helpful and entertaining.
When was Hungry Girl first published?
Hungry Girl was published in 2008, but there are now five more Hungry Girl books. Hungry Girl began as (and is still) a free daily email about “guilt-free eating.” Fans can sign up to receive emails about food-finds, tips, and recipe substitutions at www.hungry-girl.com. Lillien also has a TV show on the Food Network.
What kind of cookbook is it?
The recipes are low in fat and calories but high in fiber. Many of the recipes are also 1 or 2 servings.
Is this cookbook easy to use?
Yes. At the beginning of the cookbook, Lillien shares a list of recommended brand-name products, many of which are used in the recipes to keep the calorie and fat counts low—The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges, for example, and fat-free liquid egg substitute to name a few. Nutritional information is provided at the start of each recipe in a colored box.
Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
Yes. However, if you are looking for a brand-name product and can’t find it in stores, check the website. I wasn’t sure where to buy Tofu Shirataki noodles, but the website has a search feature that led me to this information: “Available at select grocery stores, select Whole Foods locations, Japanese markets, or order them online (link provided).”
What is special about this cookbook?
I like the single-serve recipes and the low-fat, low-cal options. The recipes are easy to make, too (and that is coming from someone who doesn’t cook). Photos for every recipe are provided online. I once went to a party where everyone made and brought their favorite Hungry Girl recipe (or one they wanted to try). A great idea for a Girls’ Night Out!!
What are your favorite recipes from this cookbook?
• Yum Yum Brownie Muffins—There are only two ingredients! (p. 180)
• From the website and TV show: Morning Waffle Dip—Easy-to-make, hearty breakfast sandwich at 299 calories (search www.hungry-girl.com for recipe)
Review by Dana