A New Year always encourages me to take better care of myself. But good intentions are never enough. It takes great healthy cookbooks to actually inspire me to cook nutritious but delicious food. These five cookbooks are at the top of my list right now -- all for different reasons. Here they are, in no particular order:
A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider. A thoughtful exploration of the principles behind eating healthy, with plenty of enticing recipes that explain how to lighten up recipes while preserving the integrity of their flavors.
Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters. The queen of produce-based cooking shares simple recipes that allow vegetables to shine. A great book to get inspired by as you cook vegetables in every season.
Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. A beautifully photographed, mainly vegetarian cookbook with recipes that follow healthy principles like "Eat More Grains" and "Try Superfoods".
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. This encyclopedic cookbook is packed with accessible vegetarian recipes. It's the meatless Joy of Cooking.
Japanese Hot Pots by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat. A great introduction to a healthy, delicious way of preparing fish, meat, and vegetables. Perfect for winter comfort!
What's the cookbook you rely on for healthy recipes?