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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Almond Butter Frosted Almond & Date Muffins,
from The Athlete's Cookbook.
Hello All,

I just wanted to give you the latest news about the upcoming books I'm currently in the process of writing.

As some of you may already know, The Vegan Athlete and 7 Weeks to 10 Pounds of Muscle are now out in print! :-D And Paleo Fitness will be on its way to the printer's very shortly. Brett Stewart and I have been hard at work on our next book, The Athlete's Cookbook, which will provide nutrition and exercise programs for three different fitness goals -- endurance, strength, and body fat loss. Each program will provide an actionable roadmap for fueling the body for peak performance and rapid recovery, including exercises, meal plans, recipes, and sports nutrition tips. The book will provide lists of key proteins, carbs, and healthy fats that will best help athletes to reach their top potential. Each of these foods has a corresponding recipe that fits into a meal plan, along with a description of the sports nutrition benefits of key ingredients, to give you tangible, practical guidance on how to put all of the pieces of the program together for maximum effectiveness.

Seared Diver-Caught Scallops, Quail Eggs, & Caviar
with Fennel-Dill Purée, from the Cooking with Corey
Cookbook.
Then, after that, I'll be working on Smoothies for Athletes, a cookbook containing over 100 smoothie recipes  -- fruit smoothies, green smoothies and protein shakes -- tailored toward pre-workout prep and post-workout recovery for endurance and weight-training, etc. In addition to the recipes, the book will have useful nutritional information on how to maximize their use.

And, then, finally, I hope to finish my general healthy gourmet cookbook. I'm still creating recipes for this book, which will contain over 250 original recipes, ranging from simple, quick and easy family-friendly favorites and ideal dishes for entertaining to grand, gourmet affairs. :) There will be something for everyone, no matter what your culinary skill level. I'm out to prove that everyone, and I mean everyone, can learn to cook tasty, healthy meals, if given the proper instruction, encouragement, and atmosphere. Towards this end, the recipe directions are written without any assumption about a person's cooking experience or skill level, so that anyone can make these dishes with complete confidence. :)

Unique to the book are original, never-before-created recipes that you won't find anywhere else, all of which have been taste-tested by not only me, but some very discerning friends, family, and colleagues, many of whom are experienced chefs with a highly refined palate. I will also teach you some techniques to make dishes healthier that you probably haven't seen before. You'll also see a wide variety of cuisines represented in this book from many different regions and cultures of the United States and around the world.

If you need delicious healthy go-to meals for breakfast, lunches, and dinners, plus quick healthy snack ideas, this book has all of that and more. This book will also give you the impetus to expand your horizons too. Try making a new dish, sample world cuisines you've never tried before, or learn new cooking techniques. This book contains a whole host of new things to learn and discover. The variety and exploratory nature of this book will not only further your development as a cook but will also keep your cooking experiences enjoyable and interesting. :)

By taking a lighthearted and irreverent perspective approach to food, my intent is to encourage people to have fun cooking and eating healthy food. I hope to ignite their curiosity and passion for food and cooking, and encourage them to revel in the joy and excitement of it all. That's really one of the book's underlying themes. And I'm going to do my best to help you set the stage for the best cooking experience possible so that you not only get lots of useful takeaways but also truly enjoy it!

Italian-style Marinated Vegetable Salad, from the
Cooking with Corey Cookbook.
This book is chock full of ideas, and not just meal ideas either. You'll find tips and food suggestions for entertaining, helpful information about kitchen tools and equipment, and useful pointers and advisories regarding particular foods and kitchenware, as well as insightful background about the origin and history of various foods and dishes from American regional and world cuisines, all of which will help make you a better-informed and more skillful cook.

Another key component of the book is quick, no-fuss (and no-mess!) meals:  I'll provide you with easy favorites that you can make in a snap for your family for weekday meals. After a full day's work, you're probably tired and hungry, and would really love it if somehow healthy, whole, and delicious food would just magically appear on your table. I get that, I truly do! Well, I'm not a magician but this book will give you the next best thing. :) You'll get recipes that are easy, with minimal ingredients, and yet, are packed with flavor. Wow, how did I do that?! Yes, it's almost magic. Lol. And you'll be loving the quick dinners and the easy clean-up too!

Blueberry-Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes,
from The Athlete's Cookbook.
And for those of you who want to "play" on the weekends, this book has got you covered too. :) There are fun, simple recipes that even your kids can make. You might want to still supervise them in the kitchen, unless you're OK with food fights or sauce on the ceiling. Lol. But seriously, let's face it. Playtime in the kitchen isn't just for kids. We adults also want to have some fun in the kitchen too. For example, there are some easy-to-make pancake recipes for lazy Sunday afternoons that both you and your kids will love. And better still, they won't even realize that they're healthy. :-D All you'll see are smiles and empty plates. :)

All of the recipes from the book contain fresh, whole, and all-natural ingredients to help you cook delicious, satisfying meals without resorting to the use of processed food. You'll love how you feel after you eat this food! And if you eat these dishes in reasonable portions, you might even drop those last few stubborn pounds of body fat you've been trying to shed as well. Food is a huge part of health, and if you've got the eating and cooking part down pat, that's about 85% of what it takes to maintain a healthy weight and body fat percentage. However, this doesn't mean dieting or deprivation either. My cookbook contains a whole host of delectable desserts and snacks that will tantalize your senses, and also happen to be -- yes, you guessed it! -- healthy. :) I'll show you how to make delicious AND nutritious brownies, pies, cookies, and cakes that actually help you stay healthy instead of rotting your teeth. You almost won't believe your eyes, or the dial on your scale. ;)

To whet your appetite for a "taste" of what's to come, I'll leave you with one final photo of a recipe that will only be appearing in the cookbook:

White Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies from the Cooking with Corey cookbook. And yes, they've actually got
a lot of healthy, whole ingredients in them too. :)

Stay tuned for more sample recipes and photos from my upcoming books....

Happy Cooking,
-Corey

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