Half the Sugar, All the Love Cookbook Review

Half the Sugar, All the Love Cookbook Review

Title: Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day
Author: Jennifer Tyler Lee and Dr. Anisha I. Patel
Published: December 24, 2019, Workman Publishing
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $22.95 Paperback, $10.99 Kindle

If you are of the opinion that most of us, including children, eat way too much sugar, and that many foods are way too sweet, then you will enjoy Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Dr. Anisha I Patel. It may surprise you to learn that many foods we eat, such as condiments (i.e., ketchup) and ingredients like Hoisin sauce are full of sugar. Many convenience products are also full of sugar. If you want to cut down your family’s consumption, you will want to make the recipes in this excellent cookbook.

While you would expect to find a book full of lower sugar desserts, this cookbook has recipes for appetizers, beverages, salads, main dishes, and desserts, as well as basics and condiments such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, Hoisin sauce, jam and salad dressings. Some of the favorite recipes, that are absolutely delicious with less extra sugar, include Shrimp Pad Thai (a new favorite), Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice (lower in fat, too), and Pumpkin Spice Waffles. In the queue are BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad with Creamy Ranch Dressing (a lower sugar version of that served at California Pizza Kitchen), Pineapple Teriyaki Short Ribs, and Citrus Chicken Stir-Fry with Green Beans. Desserts, many relying on sweeter fruits such as dates rather than sugar, include Pecan Pie Bars, Double Chocolate Brownies, and Caramelized Pumpkin Pie.

Honestly, knowing that too much sugar in our diets can lead to poor health and obesity, you can’t go wrong with this excellent cookbook. There are beautiful photographs (although there should be more – in a perfect world every dish should have a photographed), and the instructions are easy-to-follow. Some of the ingredient lists are quite long, and some recipes are time consuming, but that is to be expected when preparing healthier foods – the extra steps are worth it.

This cookbook is definitely recommended for everyone who wants to feed their family’s healthier food.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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