I find this an interesting question because I sometimes review cookbooks for our newspaper (big readership). I also have been on Weight Watchers since I was 15 and lost 50 pounds. I am older than that and still look good.
Anyway, here are my favorites with some explanations below:
- Any Jacques Pepin cookbook and even better when he cooks with Julia Child
- Take 5 and Turnaround WW cookbooks
- The Frugal Gourmet Series ( I saw him and Craig in person. He actually was not very nice but Craig was)
- Recipe collections from Cooking Light Magazine
- Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson
I got to review "Chez Jacques" for the paper. It is really almost more of a coffee table book. Each of the recipes is prefaced by his memories of cooking them and there are beautiful pictures and illustrations. The recipes do, however, use ingredients and utensils that a home cook may not have or use.
Of the cookbooks that I have reviewed, my favorite is "Super Natural Cooking." I mentioned this in a post about coconut oil. This is a vegetarian cookbook. However, it is not just an ordinary vegetarian cookbook. It made me re-think flours and fats that I use. I restocked my pantry. I constantly go back for tried and new recipes. Geez, I should be her publicity agent.
I went to Cornell and ate at Moosewood Restaurant while Mollie Katzan was still there.