Danielle Walker’s Healthy in a Hurry: Real Life. Real Food. Real Fast.
Danielle Walker. Ten Speed, $35 (336p) ISBN 978-1-984857-66-8
“These recipes are designed to help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your people,” promises chef and wellness advocate Walker (Against All Grain) in this enticing collection of gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free meals. The dozens of tantalizing fares on offer prove that these dietary restrictions do not sacrifice flavor: ancho-citrus shrimp tacos get drizzled with roasted pineapple salsa, while Peruvian steak with french fries pack in spice and protein (to turn up the heat, Walker recommends adding habanero hot sauce to the mix). From dishes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less (Cajun chicken “pasta”) to meals that don’t require any cooking at all (pesto, chicken, nectarine, and avocado salad), Walker’s recipes are sure to delight busy home cooks. Likewise, Walker’s sheet pan meals—such as her sweet-and-sour pork, and herb-crusted black cod with harissa cauliflower—prove to be delectably handy for harried weeknights, as do her tips for “freezer cooking,” which allow readers to make and freeze up to five recipes ahead of time: her foolproof creamy sausage, kale, and sweet potato soup, for instance, takes under 15 minutes to make and cook. Whether home cooks have dietary restrictions or just want to eat healthy, this is a book that they will turn to time and again. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/16/2022