Healthy Cookbooks: A Dietitian's Picks (cont.)

This is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to master creative cuisine from all corners of America. Professional dietitians and culinary experts share their love of food with this collection of regional recipes along with helpful tips. The recipes are also easy to prepare.

8. 5 a Day: The Better Health Cookbook by Elizabeth Pivonka and Barbara Berry, (2002, Rodale, $15.95)

For anyone looking for creative ways to work more fruits and vegetables into their menus, this cookbook offers hundreds of appetizing options. Some of the extras include tips on how to store produce, microwaving, simple ways to add fruits and vegetables into meals, getting kids to like vegetables, and a week's worth of menus.

9. The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook (Oxmoor House, $34.95)

My copy dates back a few years but continues to be a dog-eared favorite. This cookbook (one of many fine ones from Cooking Light) features step-by-step guides, menus, splurge-worthy ingredients, top 10 things you didn't know, and essential kitchen tips and tools.

10. The Phytopia Cookbook by Barbara Gollman and Kim Pierce (1998, Phytopia Inc., $17.95).

What I love about this cookbook is how the authors have made healthy eating so colorful and adventurous. It's not necessarily a vegetarian cookbook, but close. It contains seafood and chicken dishes but the majority of recipes feature the "phytochemicals" found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD and the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

Published December 7, 2006.

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