Give yourself and your loved ones a delicious gift this year. There's no reason the holiday season has to interfere with your healthy lifestyle. In keeping with Andrew's healthful outlook on life and wellness, Andrew and Muriel’s Happy, Healthy Holidays Cookbook offers a unique collection of natural, wholesome and festive recipes, all of which have special meaning to Andrew, himself.
When I think about the Holidays and their challenges to healthy eating, I am reminded of the opening lines of the novel "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. Of course, this classic novel was not about the healthy eating around the holidays, but because his words depict a world of contrasts and extremes, they aptly describe the challenges we face each holiday season. Just for fun and because they are among the most eloquent words ever written in the English language, I have included them below: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way... My apologies to Mr. Dickens for borrowing his beautiful words to describe the extremes we face each holiday season; but, his words apply so well to the holidays since they truly are the very "best of times." However, when it comes to what we eat, they can also be the very "worst of times." For Muriel and me, the challenges start around Halloween and continue through the seemingly endless "food-centered" Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, events and parties. It isn’t until sometime after the New Year that we can all take stock of the holiday fallout and, once again, somehow manage to find the inspiration necessary to undertake our New Year’s Resolutions. Muriel and I hope that this book’s recipes provide an easy, delicious and healthier way to enjoy the Holidays. We recognize that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so this book’s recipes are not about bland deprivation, but are all about making holiday eating healthier and with fewer calories without sacrificing deliciousness. Our ultimate goal is that we all reach January even healthier than we were before the holidays. This book contains the tools that Muriel and I use to achieve that every year. Since we started this Foreword with Charles Dickens’ opening lines to "A Tale of Two Cities, ' it is only fair that we finish with his inspiring closing words: It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. My sincere apologies if we got a bit too literary here, but I am often amazed at the power and wisdom of words written so long ago. Happy Healthy Holidays - and Every Day! Bon appétit! Andrew and Muriel
Based on 3 reviews
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
I purchased 3 books for myself and family on HSN. We Love this recipe book, the way Muriel lays out all the ingredients and gives you step by step instructions is just perfect, along with the beautiful pictures of each recipe " YOU CAN NOT FAIL!!! " I am not a good cook and get easily intimidated in the kitchen, but with awesome recipes like these you can cook. Muriel has changed all of that for me I can make these wonderful, great tasting recipes with ease. I am going to be getting her other cookbooks as soon as I can. Thank You Muriel for a wonderful cookbook that I will actually use! If you are looking for an awesome cookbook with recipes that are healthy and tasty I recommend this book 100 %, get it you will not be disappointed...
By Lora, UT on 1/14/2014
I love this cookbook!
It's not often that I write a product review; in fact, it's even less often that I cook anything. Nonetheless, this cookbook has really inspired me in the kitchen. I appreciate the step-by-step photos and the detailed breakdown of nutritional information. (And we're not just talking calories and fat, but all the vitamins and minerals in each dish -- even Omega 3.) I've made the sweet potato/zucchini latkes and the pumpkin soup so far, both of which turned out wonderfully. I cannot wait to tackle more of these recipes. This book is a winner!
By Lindsay, NC on 1/5/2014
TERRIFIC Cookbook, Vicki GA
This cookbook is wonderful! I've already made Muriel's "Kale, Ricotta and Pumpkin Lasagna" and the "Quinoa Salad with Beets" and they both turned out great! Aside from all its terrific recipes, I like the way this book is set-up, with EVERY recipe having 3 "sections" of gorgeous colored photos + an initial picture of all the ingredients, then photos of the recipe actually being prepared, and then a final picture of the completed recipe. And this book's spiral binding, and the thick/good quality paper it's printed on, is an added plus! I'm very pleased with ANDREW AND MURIEL'S HEALTHY HOLIDAYS COOKBOOK, and I plan to make almost every recipe.
By Vicki, GA on 10/12/2013