Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Lighten Up Y'all by:Virginia Willis

Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome
About the Book:
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.

My Review:
 I have been a Southern girl my whole life. I feel like many other Southern girls, when I say that the South knows how to throw down in the kitchen. Even though we can make some good food does NOT mean that it's always healthy and I would venture to say that most of the time it is NOT. Which is sad, really because the older we get there will be proof that we need to eat better. The food that we eat can cause a lot of problems for us in our lifetime.

 Lighten Up, Y'all, is all of that and more. The author Virginia Willis, show us Southern with a new twist---Healthy. The author has a slightly new and different approach than most. First of all, let me state that this is not a low barb cookbook, it is just a way to lighten up those Southern recipes a bit. My favorite recipe in the book is her Oven Fried Okra. I have been trying to figure out a better way to "fry" our okra--now I have. This cookbook will not disappoint, the flavors contained therein are amazing!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging For Books.