HeartSmart Cooking for Family and Friends


319 pages
Contains Photos, Index
ISBN 0-679-31003-7
DDC 641.5'6311




Reviewed by Arlene M. Gryfe

Arlene M. Gryfe is a Toronto-based professional nutritionist and home


Bonnie Stern’s third collaboration with the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada is designed to promote the creation of delicious
food while modifying one’s diet to maintain good health. Scientific
evidence continues to validate healthy eating as a major contributor to
overall good health and to the reduction of the risk for chronic
disease. However, “healthy eating” should not be interpreted as
self-denial. This book is filled with luscious recipes, imaginative
menus, tips on entertaining, and vegetarian choices.

The 200-plus recipes are in both metric and imperial measurements, each
with a brief introductory description, “make ahead” or serving
suggestions, and a nutrition analysis indicating “excellent or
“good” sources of particular nutrients. Pencil sketches provide
additional help with carving, skewering, folding, or garnishing. Several
dozen color photographs further tempt the palate and encourage us to
begin creating.

Sidebar comments by Fran Berkoff, R.D., provide information on such
nutrition topics as the importance of breakfast, the Mediterranean diet,
and the effect of fats on cholesterol. A table giving the Canadian
Diabetic Association’s food choice values for each recipe greatly
simplifies meal planning for diabetics. There is also an extensive

HeartSmart Cooking for Family and Friends is highly recommended for any
cook, whether or not he or she is concerned primarily with good health.


Stern, Bonnie., “HeartSmart Cooking for Family and Friends,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 20, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/8262.