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Book Review: A Good Food Day by Marco Canora

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What does a "good food day" look like to you? For Marco Canora, it's a day when feeling well goes hand-in-hand with eating delicious food full of healthy ingredients. Canora, a chef, noticed around the time he turned 40 that he wasn't looking good or feeling healthy. After some eye-opening medical tests and after some soul-searching, Canora realized the way he was eating had a lot to do with these issues. His chef lifestyle meant he was eating convenience foods laden with starch, sugar, and bad fats usually late at night and alongside too much alcohol and cigarettes. Soon he was dealing with prediabetes, high cholesterol, and full-blown gout. He knew he had to change his eating habits, but he was afraid that he "would be subjected to a life of calorie-counting and eating celery sticks and unsalted almonds".

Food can be the make-or-break factor when it comes to being heart-healthy. So many of us look at "healthy food" as bland or boring or just plain unappetizing. Canora sees it much differently. Because of his background as a chef, he has been able to create recipes that deliver the best possible flavors and that are worthy of eating again and again. He recommends using the best possible ingredients you can afford so that you get the best flavors. While it may be easy enough to do for things like nuts, seeds, and eggs, getting the grass-fed ground beef and butter he recommends may not. Fortunately, the vast majority of recipes in the book are simple to make and don't require a lot of strange ingredients. Canora also believes that you shouldn't have to cook every day in order to eat healthy (can we get a high-five for that?) so the majority of the recipes feed at least four people, with many of them feeding more. This means you will most likely have some leftovers. And in case you were wondering, yes, this book does have a dessert section.

This book is great for people who are trying to eat healthier but are having a hard time moving away from the temptations of chips, pastries, and other indulgences. Canora understands that food not only needs to be healthy, but also easy to prepare and obtain and it must taste good. Visit the Karen Yontz Center today to check out "A Good Food Day" and see if Canora's method can work for you too!

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