I always love a “good food day”! Heck, just about any day with good food is a good day. A Good Food Day is a cookbook by Marco Canora (with Tammy Walker). The subtitle promises the opportunity to “reboot your health with food that tastes great.” Sound good? Then keep reading…
I received a review copy of A Good Food Day through the publisher and Blogging For Books. As eating well is essential to feel your fittest, I like to review cookbooks and other resources that may inspire and assist.
I am not a dietitian or medical professional. I am a reformed kitchen-phobe who has experienced benefits from learning to cook and improving my diet bit by bit. I typically will take one of the recipes for a test drive to asses how easy it is for someone like me to follow the recipes.
My Impressions of A Good Food Day by Marco Canora:
A Good Food Day is beautifully designed and well-organized. The recipes appeal to me, though some use unusual ingredients I am not sure whether my grocery store carries. And some of the recipes look a little intimidating.
The author, Marco Canora, was a professional chef for over twenty years primarily in New York City. His hectic lifestyle and diet contributed to health issues that forced him to change his diet. A Good Food Day shares some of his recipes. I would describe it as healthy gourmet food–though much of it does not on the surface seem like stereo-typical health food.
Note About Specific Dietary Preferences and Needs: A Good Food Day is not a vegetarian cookbook, but it does contain vegetarian-friendly recipes (and some vegan-friendly). It is not Paleo, but many of the recipes work for a Paleo eating style. It is not gluten-free, but I noticed many recipes do not contain gluten. It is mainly focused on whole, real foods that may contain low GI carbohydrates and “alkaline-forming” greens. It is a book for foodies who want to eat healthily and either don’t have a strict eating style or are willing to pick and choose what works well for them.
Ten Principals For A Good Food Day (List Excerpted From The Book):
- Food must be enjoyable
- Cooking empowers you to eat better
- Proper prior planning prevents “piss-poor” performance
- Get in sync with mother nature
- Quality ingredients are everything
- Eat real food
- Be a considerate eater
- A twinge of hunger isn’t the end of the world
- Make indulgences a guilt-free part of the program
I must say, I agree with his statements! This book in theory and in practice fits in well with Feeling Fit, Bit by Bit. So, how easy is it to follow? I chose one recipe to test…
My Experience Cooking With A Good Food Day by Marco Canora:
I prepared Shrimp and Chickpea Trifolati from page 181 from A Good Food Day. I learned a few cooking techniques. The writing makes cooking such an adventure.
I did find the instructions were not quite as clear as I would prefer mainly as they were a little complicated. I had to read them a couple of times to feel I knew what to do. It was written as three steps when it was actually a little more. However, the recipe was not that difficult and I learned a few tips. It was delicious and zesty. I didn’t manage to chop the parsley as fine as shown in the book, but it still tasted good.
Summary A Good Food Day by Marco Canora with Tammy Walker:
“What is a Good Food Day? A day when feeling well and eating well go hand in hand.” (Excerpted from the back cover of A Good Food Day by Marco Canora).
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385344910
- ISBN-13: 978-0385344913
I highly recommend a visit to A Good food Day’s official website for more information and purchase options: www.agoodfoodday.com (They have some of the best content I have seen on a book-related website.)
Where to Purchase A Good Food Day by Marco Canora:
A Good Food Day is available on Amazon in both hardcover and e-book formats: