Lighten up, y’all- cookbook review

I was born and raised in Texas, grew up on fried chicken, mac and cheese, biscuits and gravy and fried okra. We would eat ice cream all summer and top all pie with said ice cream.

IMG_7402A key feature of southern cooking is butter, fried foods, and starch. In Lighten Up, y’all, Virginia Wells a well-known Southern chef explains and shows readers how to enjoy their southern favorite recipes without all the guilt.IMG_7398
Wells, begins the book with an 10 tips for lightening up your recipes, her opinion on good fats vs bad fats. (Personally I believe in coconut oil, olive oil, butter, and lard. This author does not endorse lard). She gives readers a lovely introduction into her past and why she wrote this book for us!IMG_7398Each recipe includes the calorie, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, protein count for each recipe. Not each recipe includes an image, she reduces regular dairy heavy recipes with greek yogurt and low-fat milk.

IMG_7399She makes recipes Southerners love like mac and cheese and healthifies it with broccoli, she uses lots of fresh ingredients, she unbatters the favorite onion blossom and has a recipe for pulled chicken sandwich instead of a pulled pork. She also gives us some new favorites like the chicken, apple and cheddar burger and the vegetable corn bread.


2016 James Beard Award winner and 2016 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) nominee for Best American Cookbook

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Grab a copy of this award winning Southern Style Cookbook, HERE

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One thought on “Lighten up, y’all- cookbook review

  1. I definitely need to buy this cookbook!!! I LOVE my Southern food, but I feel like Paula Dean in the kitchen!! I think everything I fix has a half a stick of butter!!! Thank you for posting such a great resource for us Southerners who want to eat healthier!!

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