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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lighten up, y'all - Classic Southern Recipes made Healthy & Wholesome By Virginia Willis

Publisher:  Ten Speed Press
Release Date:  March 3, 2015
Pages:  232
Genre:  Cookbook
Rating: 3 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description: 
A collection of classic Southern comfort food recipes--including seven-layer dip, chicken and gravy, and mudslide cookies--made lighter, healthier, and completely guilt-free.

Virginia Willis is not only an authority on Southern cooking, a French-trained chef, and a veteran cookbook author; she is also a proud Southerner who adores eating and cooking for family and friends. So when she needed to drop a few pounds and generally lighten up her diet, the most important criterion for her new lifestyle was that all the food had to taste delicious.

The result is Lighten Up, Y’all, a soul-satisfying and deeply personal collection of Virginia’s new favorite recipes. All the classics are covered—from a comforting Southern Style Shepherd’s Pie with Grits to warm, melting Broccoli Mac and Cheese to Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. Each dish is packed with real Southern flavor, but made with healthier, more wholesome ingredients and techniques. Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, Lighten Up, Y’all has the recipes, tools, and inspiration you need to make the nourishing, down-home Southern food you love.

Wanda's Thoughts:  Lighten up, y’all includes 10 chapters of recipes with Southern flavor, but done in a healthy way – no need to feel guilty. Included are Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy, Shepherd’s Pie, Carrot Cake, and it goes on and on.

If you want to make changes in your diet for a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing flavor, you will probably benefit from this cookbook. I’ve read through every recipe. Many look interesting that I will definitely try. Unfortunately there are quite a few I will not – they just have little appeal to me. My rating is 3 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author: Virginia Willis is the author of the acclaimed cookbook, Bon App├ętit, Y’all! Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking (Ten Speed Press, 2008). Her latest book, Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company (Ten Speed Press, 2011) was rated as one of the top rated cookbooks of 2011. Virginia was also recently named by the Chicago Tribune as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know."