Cookbook Review: The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook & Giveaway

Love cookbooks?

I do.

In fact, at one point in my life, I made it a point to collect cookbooks. I always have my eye out for a good one.

Today, I fell in love again. I am more than thrilled to share this gem.

It’s a beauty.

A cookbook like no other I have seen.

Cookbook is an inadequate word actually–not descriptive enough to showcase what this book is really about. Yes, this book is loaded with beautiful pictures of more than 250 kitchen-tested recipes, something that will surely draw you in.

But this book has so much more.

The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook by Janet Helm, RD and the editors of Cooking Light, not only helps you create healthy meals, it is designed to help you break your unhealthy habits and replace them with healthy ones.

Struggling to get more whole grains in your diet? Eat more fish and healthier fats? Want to be better about exercising, but don’t know where to begin? Need help with kitchen techniques and skills?

You’re not alone. The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook addresses and tackles these common barriers to becoming a healthier person, so you can move forward, and not stay stuck in negative health patterns.

You’ll find real people (Cooking Light readers) with everyday diet challenges, who get expert nutrition advice and tips, inspiring you to adopt healthy habits. And, you’ll get the advice of over 50 nutrition and fitness experts, bloggers and chefs. I’m one of them–a featured blogger and nutrition expert helping readers and their kids eat more fish (page 189). 

What I think you’ll find most helpful is the organization of the book—each chapter outlines one healthy habit and provides strategies, tips, guidelines and recipes, while addressing consumer confusion on a number of vexing concepts such as Omega-3 fats and protein.

Not only will you get a cookbook chock-full of recipes, you’ll get the supporting nutrition information as well, something I like to call the ‘Why’ behind nutrition recommendations.

Here’s a peek at the 12 Healthy Habits:

  • Learn to Get Cooking
  • Eat Breakfast Daily
  • Go for Whole Grains
  • Get Moving
  • Veggie Up
  • Eat More Fish
  • Eat More Healthy Fats
  • Go Meatless One Day a Week
  • Get Stronger
  • Eat Less Salt
  • Be Portion-Aware
  • Eat Mindfully

Even I can brush up on some of these habits…

As I reviewed this cookbook, I made a mental list of healthy habits to tackle for myself—I couldn’t help it. That’s how inspiring this cookbook is. We all want to live a long, healthy life. This cookbook will help you get there, one healthy habit at a time, and one healthy meal at a time. Now, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Amazon and put this under the tree, or on the New Year’s resolution list! You’ll be healthier for it!

Even better:  You can win a copy for free!!!!

I am giving one copy away to one very lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Mandatory Entry: Tell me your most challenging unhealthy habit and why you want to change it. Leave your comments below.
  2. Second Entry: Like Just the Right Byte on Facebook, or if you’re already a fan, sign up for my weekly email or RSS feed. Leave a comment below letting me know that you did.
  3. Third Entry: Like Fearless Feeding on Facebook, or if already a fan, sign up for the newsletter, The Fearless Feeding Times, on our new website. Leave me a comment below letting me know that you did.

I will select a winner from the comments posted on this blog on Thursday, December 27th using Good luck!

Must be 18 years old and a US resident to win. 

Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher.


  1. Debbie says

    I need to stop eating late at night. Usually after a long day I just want to sit and relax, but that usually entails eating something unhealthy…

  2. Karen says

    I need to add more veggies to daily meals. I want to be a role model to my kids. I can’t ask them to eat their veggies if they don’t see their mother eating hers!

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