A formerly overweight veteran food writer tells how he lost thirty-five pounds and kept them off by thinking more--not less--about food, and shows how to eat in a healthy way without sacrificing any of the fun and pleasure in food.
For many of us the idea of healthy eating means bland food, counting calories, and general joylessness. Or we see great cooking for ourselves as a complicated and expensive luxury beyond our means or ability. Now, Peter Kaminsky--who has written cookbooks with four-star chefs and no-star chefs (such as football legend John Madden)--shows us that anyone can learn to eat food that is absolutely delicious without suffering a permanently creeping waistline. Culinary Intelligence is all about thinking before eating, choosing good ingredients, understanding how flavor works, and making the effort to cook. He tells us what we need to give up (most fast food and all junk food) and what we can enjoy in moderation (dessert and booze), but he also shows us how to tantalize our taste buds by maximizing flavor per calorie, and makes delectably clear that if we eat delicious, flavorful foods, we'll find ourselves satisfied with smaller portions while still enjoying one of life's great pleasures.