If your New Years resolutions involved eating healthier, losing weight, or purchasing more organic products, then you're sure to be interested in Mom-a-licious, a new cookbook out by Chef Domenica Catelli.
This colorful, "magazine style" spiral bound book has glossy pages with bold, beautiful images of nutritious meals (and of Catelli's family and friends enjoying them).
The book begins by helping you "reclaim your pantry" and "face you refrigerator." For example, Catelli tells you to toss canned vegetables, fake fruit snacks, and fake butter spreads, but she tells you to add dark chocolate, organic milk, and fresh herbs. She then goes on to provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and side dish recipes (many with stunning photos to make your mouth water). Don't let the "weird" ingredients scare you - a little flaxseed, quinoa, and tofu never hurt anyone!
Throughout the book are inspirational phrases from the Mom-a-licious manifesto, a list of 16 virtues for moms to aspire toward, created by Catelli. After you read the manifesto, you might want to nominate a special mom (maybe your mom, sister, cousin, neighbor, best friend) that embodies one or more of the elements of the Mom-a-licious manifesto to be the Mom-a-licious Mom of the Month. Selected moms will be celebrated on the Mom-a-licious site and may receive a prize. It really doesn't take much effort. Just one small paragraph to share your admiration for a mom in your life!
In sum, this cookbook is perfect for people who prefer "more photos, less text" cookbooks and who are on a mission to cook and eat more nutritiously and more organically in 2008. True, the title is a teensy bit corny and some of the ingredients aren't ones that most families have lying around (chickpeas, tahini, chard, and scallions), but it's a spunky little book that encourages good habits and promises a little bit of adventure. And...really...what moms doesn't want to add a little "flavor" into her life?
WIN IT! One lucky mama will win Mom-a-licious: Fresh, Fast Family Food for the Hot Mama in You by Domenica Catelli. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Wednesday, Jan. 30, at midnight. The winner will be contacted and announced on Thursday, Jan. 31. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #37 SJ. Congratulations!