From Sweeps4Bloggers (Click here to read the full review) by Valerie
“Yum Yum Yum! This is a fabulous collection of easy to follow flavorful recipes. For those of you who are wimpy like me, don't be frightened away by the word 'spice' in the title - this means spice as in flavorful - not spice as in burn the house down. Many, but not all, of the recipes are vegetarian. I've already made the oh so tasty pumpkin soup, and am looking forward to trying more of the recipes.”
From A Book and a Dish (Click here to read the full review) by Martha
“I can't say that I've ever found a "healthy" cookbook that made me actually want to try it's dishes. The pictures grab my attention but the ingredients are always the same. Veggies, veggies, veggies. Don't get me wrong, I love vegetables but when I find myself thumbing through a health conscious cookbook I'm usually turned off by the lack of taste. I want healthy foods that have spunk and bold flavors. And that's exactly what I've found in Bindu Grandhi's book Spice Up Your Life.
This book enticed me so much that I've already cooked two of her dishes. Her Chicken with Spiced Cashew and Almond Sauce is out of this world. The sauce made from cardamon, cashews, almonds, half & half, saffron and chili powder has a rich taste with just a little heat. It compliments the chicken to the point that I found myself wanting a 2nd serving. Her Bananas with Coconut and Honey explodes with taste.”
From Cooking Books (Click here to read the full review) by Andrea
“Well at least you can't say I didn't warn you. I said things might slow down around here for a bit, and they really have, haven't they? But to make it up to you, and partially in celebration of my approximate one year blog-o-versary, I have something special for you. If you've been reading with any regularity, you've probably noticed that while I'm not a vegetarian, I lean that way. There's a catch phrase for my kind of eating floating around. Mark Bittman has used it. So has Peter Berley. Now you can add Bindu Grandhi to the list of proponents of the Flexitarian lifestyle. So when Ms. Grandhi offered to send me an advance copy of her brand new cookbook Spice Up Your Life The Flexitarian Way, of course I said yes!”
From Wishing Penny (Click here to read the full review) by Jamaise
“Everything is easy to follow and healthy. We made the Almond Panna Cotta. It was sooo yummy and very similar to the Panna Cotta I was served in a restaurant. I couldn't believe it turned out so well and I made it myself!! Thanks Bindu - I can't wait to try more recipes. We could all use a little spice in our lives!!”
“In addition to testing these recipes with a family more familiar with hamburgers and hotdogs, we also had a friend, a native of India, who is familiar with the various regional offerings of his country, and is a fabulous cook, try out several recipes. He reports that these meals are not typical Indian fare which tend to be heavy on coriander and curry (and fairly spicy), but instead offer a more delicate taste, reminiscent of European fare. He even decided to test one recipe from this cookbook, Chicken with Spiced Cashew and Almond Sauce, for a large dinner party. The meal was a big hit and drew positive comments from all his guests.
Quill says: You’ll spice up your cooking and eat healthier with this new cookbook!”
“Throughout Spice Up Your Life, Bindu features page after page of healthy and low fat recipes all full of savory herbs and spices. The recipes focus on grains, fruit, vegetables, seafood, and poultry. The beginning of the cookbook includes tips, tools, and techniques for mastering her recipes. The thing I did love about her recipes though were that they are not complicated nor do they contain crazy ingredients that you have no idea what they are! I also love how the cookbook is broken into easy to navigate sections including Side Dishes, Appetizers, Breads, Seafood, Chicken, and more!”
“A lot of people are looking for healthy but still tasty ways to prepare their meals. But, it can be quite a challenge to end up making more than the same old salads and other standard low fat & low sodium dishes and still keep everyone happy and interested.
I had never heard of flexitarian before I read this cook book. The word means "...a primarily plant-based diet composed of grains, vegetables, and fruits, which also occasionally includes protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, or dairy. This diet is low in saturated fat and high in fiber..."
I made several recipes from Spice Up Your Life, I loved them all and they were all easy to prepare.”
“I am pleased to introduce my readers to a new flavorful cookbook from author Bindu Grandhi! Spice Up Your Life is a wonderful collection of easy-to-prepare recipes that feature healthy flexitarian ingredients (fruits, vegetables, lentils, legumes, nuts, chicken, fish and spices). These dishes are very unique and promise to pack lots of flavor!”
“Flexitarian is a nice way to say “vegetarians who cheat.” My friend, Karen, knows exactly what I mean. She’s “a vegetarian who occasionally eats boneless, skinless, vein-less, connective tissue-less chicken.” It’s not picky; it’s selective.
Vegetarian diets are tremendously healthy. Fish, chicken and other non-vegetarian choices can also be very healthy. Flexitarians are … well, flexible. They make healthy food choices, even if those exist outside vegetarian realms.”
“After reading this cookbook cover to cover, I discovered that that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for a healthy meal. Rather, you can have both! Much of the recipes in this book are too spicy for the twins. Therefore, I wasn’t able to get around to cooking the recipes just yet (*I need an adult here to share the food with me!*). But, I didn’t want that to prohibit me from sharing my admiration of the cookbook. From what I can see in reading the recipes, is that you get a nice Thai/Indian feel to the dishes.”
“What is great about these recipes is they all seem to include a great selection of spice to add to the taste. Before getting this book I thought it was an indian cookbook. Although there is some influence these recipes are actually geared towards healthy food with great flavor. Bindu Grandhi also got an early endorsement from Chef Emeril Lagasse!”
“I have a Wonderful Cookbook for Y'all today! It is for anyone thinking of taking the first step towards going "Veggie" or wanting to eat less meat or just wanting to eat a little healthier!”
“This cookbook is a proponent of a 'flexitarian' diet - which just means that "it focuses primarily on grains, fruits, and vegetables, with proteins such as seafood and poultry mixed in sparingly." (So it's not just for vegetarians like me; there are lots of recipes inside to satisfy any family's needs.) This way of eating is good for your health - low in saturated fat, high in fiber, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and prostate and breast cancer. Sounds good, right?”
“I found a book that takes healthy, low-fat recipes and dresses them up with savory herbs and spices that you might not have tried before. The "flexitarian" approach to eating focuses primarily on grains, fruits and vegetables but adds poultry and seafood to provide protein in the meals.
Recipes such as "Masala Yogurt Chicken" and "Pasta With Spiced Cashew and Almond Sauce" can be prepared and ready to eat in less than a half hour.”
“As I sat there enjoying my second servings of eggplant curry and carrot halwa, I realized that none of this could be good for me. Then I remembered a review copy of Spice Up Your Life: The Flexitarian Way I received last summer from author, Bindu Grandhi.
Bindu touts the health benefits of eating a flexitarian diet comprised primarily of vegetables, legumes, whole grains, spices, fruits and nuts with an occasional serving of chicken and fish. She believes that eating a tasty and satisfying nutritional meal is exactly what our mind craves and body needs.
These are the sorts of recipes she features in Spice Up Your Life. Now I can replicate what I had at Mt. Everest Cafe, but do it in a healthful way. I’m excited to try her dishes!”
“Spice Up Your Life's diet is based on flexitarianism, which the author explains “is a primarily plant-based diet composed of grains, vegetables, and fruits, which also occasionally includes protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, or diary. This diet is low in saturated fat and high in fiber…Studies show that people using this approach generally weigh less and reduce their risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and prostate and breast cancer.”
The recipes are whole-food, made the traditional way from scratch, using light olive oil, fresh produce and Indian spices. Modern research has shown the benefits of turmeric, which is found in curry and garam masala. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, and many other diseases.
Bindu Grandhi DID send me a copy of her new cookbook, Spice Up Your Life. Grandhi makes food that is healthy, low-fat, Indian, spicy and flexitarian. Being fond of giant slabs of meat, I wasn't sure this cookbook would do anything for me, but even I have to eat vegetables once in a while. The recipes are easy and spicy and they never betray their flavor, even when they are good for you. So many cookbooks offer up "healthy eating" but if you won't eat it, how healthy can it be.
Spice Up Your Life does just that, it gives you spicy and tempting recipes with plenty of chicken and fish for those carnivorous eaters who might balk at anything both vegetarian and healthy. The fish recipes in Spice Up Your Life really shine. As you know, I am not at my best when cooking fish, but these recipes are clever and easy enough for me to try.”
“Since I was making the recipe for lunch I scaled back the size to make enough for just me. I also had to substitute the fresh garlic for minced garlic that I had in the refrigerator. The Garlic and Chili Cheese Toast recipe was super easy and it tasted great too! I could definitely see myself making this with the Shrimp Curry recipe.
"Spice Up Your Life" The Flexitarian Way would make a perfect gift this holiday season for a beginning chef or the most seasoned one. I know I am already eying the Spicy-Sweet Deviled Eggs recipe for Thanksgiving this year!”