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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite
As someone who uses olive oil in nearly every dish, this book was a welcome addition to my cook’s library. Not only does Healthy Eating Starts With Your Cooking Oil break down the benefits associated with many individual types of oils, it also includes cooking methods for each oil and even some fun recipes. Author Constance W. opens the book with an introduction about the importance of choosing the right oils for optimum health advantages. From there, the reader learns about the relation between disease and a fat-based diet, what the “smoke point” of oil is, and the many different oils available to the home cook. Some of the oils covered include coconut, olive, safflower, peanut, corn, avocado, and soybean. There are many other oils included as well.
For me, the highlight of Healthy Eating Starts With Your Cooking Oil was learning how to use many different types of cooking oils instead of being married to just one. Before reading this book, I only used olive oil and occasionally peanut oil in Asian recipes. I learned new ways to cook with different oils, and I am excited to try the recipes listed, particularly the Lemon Coconut Crumb Bars and the Tuscan Bean Soup. Author Constance W. provides the reader with much information about healthy ways to use various cooking oils, including the breakdown of each oil — how it is produced, its smoking point, and the potential pros and cons of each oil. I highly recommend this book to all home cooks and those who are concerned about their health.