March 23, 2011

The Smart Diet by Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook Review

Time for this week's Single Nester Cookbook Challenge recipe.

I wasn't thrilled to be honest with you about this next cookbook. Once again, I have not cooked anything from it prior to this week. I can see why.

I am talking about The Smart Diet by Better Homes and Gardens.This cookbook is poorly laid out. There is so much empty space and "fancy graphics" on each page that the recipe was in one tiny corner of each page. The only photographs were not always of the completed recipe but of one of the ingredients in the recipe.

I decided to make Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup.Here are the ingredients I used.While the soup was delicious, I was disappointed with this cookbook and may just be listing it soon on Amazon.

I would however, like to share with you one of my favorite kitchen tools - Cuisinart's Smart Stick Hand Blender.I use this instead of a blender to blend my soups. Very powerful and so easy to use.

Do you have an immersion blender? What soups do you like to make?

"Tell me what you eat.
I'll tell you who you are."
- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a healthier soup! Love butternut squash! I don't have an immersion blender, that's one toy I missed:@)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Soup look delicious! Too bad the book was disappointing. I love the immersion blender, one of my favorite kitchen gadgets!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

I hate that. I like a cookbook that gives me a good half page for the recipe & good detailed instructions- then I like the other half of the page to be a photo. That is what draws me in & makes me want to cook. Great review.

Mary said...

The soup looks good but your honest review of the book is greatly appreciated. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

My hand blender is the favorite thin in my kitchen. You name it . . . I blend it!
Another friday's favorite for sure :-)

Miriam said...

Beautiful soup! I love all that orange beta carotene :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Elizabeth said...

Bummer about the cookbook, the soup looks delicious though!

CAS said...

That soup really does sound good. I love my Cuisinart Smart Stick. Mine also came with the mini-chopper & a whisk--maybe they all do, I don't know. Anyway, I use it all the time. I have a recipe for Tuscan Pumpkin Soup that is delish. In the fall, when pumpkins are cheap, I always buy a bunch, use them for outside decor, & then cook, puree & freeze them in 2 cup amounts in zip bags. We love crustless pumpkin pie throughout the year.


This recipe would be great for our linky party starting tomorrow at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS the theme is "WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU HIDDEN? in everyday food" and sweet potato muffins is a SURE WINNER! Please stop by (tomorrow) and linky up your fabulous recipe!

Opal Stevens said...

Love your blog! Following you from blog hop.. I'm Opal from, hope you can check it out sometime.. :D


Thanks for coming back and linking up your recipe to THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS! This is gonna be a fun week, seeing what "secret ingredient" people hide in their recipes!

Just a "sneak peak" for next week, the theme is "HUBBY COOKS". So, we hope to see you again next Monday (and maybe if you don't already have a husband that cooks, you can talk him into making you dinner this week... that's what I have to do!)

michelle said...

Bummer that it wasn't what you thought. The cover really looks like it would be a great book. The soup looks good but I know what you mean about layout. I love those little blenders! I used to have one and I think it broke or got lost in our move so many years ago. I really should go get one again.

I hope you had a great weekend!

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