Chew on This Book: Smart Chefs Stay Slim
“Never trust a skinny chef.” I’ve heard that phrase a lot in the food world (and from FBG Tish’s wise mom). But as we’re rounding out our special foodie coverage for Fit Bottomed Eats Week—a week in which we’re celebrating all things nutritous—we want to turn that phrase on its head a bit. Okay, totally flip it around for the better. Because not only can healthy food be delicious, but you also don’t have to be super restrictive to be healthy. Case in point, the book Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living from America’s Best Chefs.
Smart Chefs Stay Slim is written by Allison Adato who stumbled upon the fast-paced world of food when an assignment crossed her desk involving celebrity chefs. She was thrown into a world of late nights and amazingly delicious food day after day. Which got her wondering, with how hard chefs work and how much food they’re around, how the heck do some of them stay slim? So she looked into it, talked to a number of super well-known chefs (Tom Colicchio, Cat Cora, Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck ring a bell?) and wrote a book that compiles their best tips, tricks and techniques for being healthy.
If you’re a bit of a foodie and/or enjoy cooking (and therefore eating!), this book is a super fun read. Celeb chef groupies will get a kick out of the personal stories the chefs tell about their time eating in the industry, and the entire book’s message is totally FBG approved. It’s all about moderation, only eating the really good stuff you love, listening to your hunger and making time to be active. While the tips aren’t anything particularly new or that you probably haven’t read, the anecdotes are really fun and entertaining. Not to mention that each chef shares a favorite healthy recipe or two.
If you’re a chef or chef-wannabe, Smart Chefs Stay Slim is a must read. See? You CAN trust a skinny chef! Lots of them actually! —Jenn