Book Review: Lighten up, y'all

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

The Key to a happy, healthy life is to treat your body - and the food you feet it - with love. 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. 

Virginia Willis is the author of the acclaimed cookbooks Bon Appetit, Y'all; Basic to Brilliant, Y'all; grits;  and Okra. Willis is a columnist for a contributing editor to Southern Living and was named one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know" by the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Say what you want about Paula Dean's personal life, but one thing's for sure her cooking is fantastic. The problem with her recipes, along with a lot of Southern cooking is that it isn't healthy. Virginia Willis does a great job of lessening this stereotype. The ingredients are easy to find, the prepare time isn't too long or difficult. Also love the extra information about foods, what they're good for and such.  Overall a great Southern Cook Book, and healthy eating book. If you Vegan Holiday Cook Book or A Good Food Day  this is the book for you. 

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