My sister is a health nut, and is always looking for snazzy healthy meal ideas. She does not enjoy cooking, but will do so in order to make healthy food. This holiday season I am giving her a cookbook along with a coupon for a number of homecooked meals (that I will cook for her, using recipes in the book!).
I was thinking of Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking or her Cook 1.0. Anyone have either who could elaborate on experience with the book? Reviews seem promising, and my sis is quite experimental with flavors and dishes, enjoying quinoa, bulgur, etc. She is always scouting out "new" (to her/us) fruits from the market, but often they sit in her kitchen because she has no idea what to do with these other than smoothies. She does not eat red meat. She does not like to use oil or any fat (while I would happily toss bacon fat here, there, everywhere) in the dishes she prepares or eats. She loves food, enjoys desserts, and will happily slurp up anything "healthy" that I make her.
I will probably be cooking the dishes for her, as that is the idea of the gift, and a good one given that I cannot afford a big lavish stack of packages this year. :)
Cook 1.0: A Fresh Approach to the Vegetarian Kitchen
Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking (this one is also up for COTM in January -- so more fun for me?!)
Heidi Swanson's blog: