This compact cookbook highlights flavorful food needn't mean unhealthy food

The Switch It Up Cookbook by Corrine Trang is a lightweight and compact cook book that packs in 188 pages of recipes aimed at dieters and diabetics who don’t want to sacrifice flavor.

To this end the recipes combine an array of international flavors and dishes, many of which even amateur home cooks should be able to master. Examples include:

* Fennel salad with blood orange
* Eggplant, tomato, mozzarella Napoleon
* Baby bok choy, stir fried with ginger and garlic
* Spicy miso guacamole
* Calamari in tomato sauce with basil
* Curry spiced chicken breasts
* Pan seared pork tenderloin with sauteed apples
* Apple cranberry pecan crisp

Pan-seared Scallops with Avocado Walnut Sauce

Pan-seared Scallops with Avocado Walnut Sauce

We found the sample copy we received for review full of great ideas, and refreshingly for a cookbook – to the point. There are no ode’s to childhoods spent in Provence or musings on long lost origins of a dish; this cookbook has a singular defined goal and it executes it well: dishes are quickly and simply explained and packed full of flavor, while keeping a critical eye on the health aspect of the dish.

Each dish has a handy full nutritional breakdown and also lists an exchange / choice list for those following the American Diabetes Association food exchange list. In total there are fifty recipes here, with a healthy balance for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. If you know a foodie in your life struggling to make a transition to healthier cooking for any reason, this cookbook would make an excellent inspirational gift.

The Switch It Up Cookbook by Corrine Trang is written by Corinne Trang, a New York-based award-winning author of nine cookbooks. She has written for such distinguished publications as Food & Wine, Health, Cooking Light, and Saveur, and has has guest on such shows as NBC’s Today Show, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, and many more.

Images ©2017 by Corinne Trang. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Switch It Up is available at ShopDiabetes.org, in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733. Food Photography: Corinne Trang.” Review copy provided for free.