HALF THE SUGAR, ALL THE LOVE; a family cookbook (Workman, 2019, 216 pages, ISBN 978-1-5235-0423-7 $22.95 USD paperbound) is by TV healthy personality Jennifer Tyler Lee (Nutrition and Healthy Living, Cornell University) who comes from Toronto but now currently lives in the Bay Area of California. Her co-author is Anisha Patel, a pediatrics professor at Stanford, specializing in child health and weight. They give us 100 easy, low-sugar recipes for every meal. It is relatively easy to give up the overt sugar laden foods such as yogurt, salad dressings, dips and sauces; it is much harder when sugar is buried everywhere else. To quote: "Today our children routinely consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar – a problem that can cause obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease." The solution proposed in this book is to avoid hidden sugars and replace them with the natural flavours of vegetables and fruits. It's a practical guide with kid-tested recipes (and in some instances, the kids can help out in the kitchen). The basic arrangement is by meal, breakfasts to dinners, with snacks, salads, beverages, and mains. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there are tables of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: families and seniors.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: caramelized pumpkin bread; monkey toast; baked BBQ potato chips; turkey panini with cranberry sauce; Chinese chicken salad with mandarin vinaigrette; oven-baked Korean chicken wings; BBQ pulled pork sliders with buttermilk-apple slaw;
The downside to this book: sugar is lurking everywhere, they say, which is really depressing.
The upside to this book: it is of course, convincing
Quality/Price Rating: 91
May we all have 2020 vision.