Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Canyon Ranch: Nourish. Book Review

I had to pop in this post…because it’s just hard to resist. Even if my cookbook review skills are notoriously lacking…

I just wanted all you peaches to know how much I really, really like this cookbook, Nourish, Indulgently Healthy Cuisine, from Scott Uehlein at the luxurious and lovely Canyon Ranch Spa and that I urge you to get a copy for yourself.

There are a gazillion of books out there (and many just out in my living room too.) which speak to all sorts of cuisines and fads and fancies. Canyon Ranch: Nourish is not a book like that. It doesn’t pander or preach, or set it's self in some sort of limited category, it just sets forth food you will want to cook.

What sets this apart is that it is that rare thing…a book full of delicious, interesting but approachable recipes that cover a wide range of techniques and tastes without seeming like its oh-so-very-niche. (A good thing in my mind. I mean…I love my macrobiotic-Armenian-soups cookbook but how often do I pull such a thing out?) It’s for people who want dinner. Plain and simple.

While the recipes are all healthy, (having been written by the chef at a world famous health spa and all) it’s all logical healthy. Things people want to eat that happily are good for you too. (How about Chili-Rubbed Tequila Shrimp or Baked Lasagna with Meat Sauce. Italian Vegetable Soup with Cannellini Beans? See.) Pretty fab, right?

There are beautiful (approachable!) photos and calorie counts and explanations too. A few nods to green living and sustainable choices, and voila…a perfect cookbook for the ages. Real, healthy food. (Without any gimmicks. No weird fillers or strange concoctions. Just honest food.)

If you are the type of home cook who wants to open a book for inspiration, information and a bit of hunger-inducing photography…check this one out. It has all that, in spades.

Now if someone would just invite me to the Canyon Ranch Spa to check out the food in person…

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"Founded in 1979, Canyon Ranch in Tucson resides in the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains. "

Nourish - To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter, promote health; to furnish with nutriment. To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues.

Heart of palm, also called palm heart, burglar's thigh, palmito, chonta or swamp cabbage, is a vegetable harvested from the inner core of certain palm trees. - Wiki

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Thank you for a wonderful review. The team at Canyon Ranch worked hard to put together this book; Our nutritionists, food development experts, designers and of course, Chef Scott and our culinary team. Your review hit the nail on the head- as your description was exactly our intent and philosophy behind creating this book. Even down to having the photography capture how approachable the food and recipes are.

Morey Brown
Canyon Ranch
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