Synopses & Reviews
Chef Art Smith puts the power of healthy living within your reach with these delicious dishes. Discover some of the great recipes he created on his journey to health and wellness, and then prepared for his celebrity clients.
Bestselling author, Top Chef favorite, and award-winning chef Art Smith was discovering new innovations in the kitchen, including his beloved cuisine of the South, but neglecting to take care of himself. So he decided to make a change in the way he ate without giving up the foods he loved. By reimagining his favorite dishes and making exercise a regular part of his life, he lost 120 pounds and transformed both his body and his health. Art always knew that fine cooking is a way to show love to others—but now he saw it as a way to show love to yourself.
Art can't resist bringing people together through food. It's partly what made him the success he is today—and his unique reimag-ining of classic comfort dishes has added to his wide appeal. After ten years as Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, Smith now cooks for special events for celebrities all over the world. He has been a contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine and has made numerous television appearances, including on ABC's A Very Lady Gaga Thanksgiving, Bravo's Top Chef Masters, and ABC's Nightline.
There's no doubt about it: Art Smith's Healthy Comfort is about great cooking and good eating. But Smith also shares his personal journey to good health—including delectable dishes such as Three Cheese Macaroni, Unfried Chicken, and Grilled Hanger Steak with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes that you just won't be able to resist.
"Several years ago, when Smith 'tipped the scales at 325 pounds,' he signed on with a health coach who got him 'walking, biking, and eating right.' In this self-help-cookbook hybrid, the slimmed-down celebrity chef and restaurateur describes these successful recent shifts in his personal diet. Smith (Back to the Table) notes, 'The most important word in my new, updated and powerful vocabulary is whole,' and he reminds himself to eat 'foods as close to their whole and most natural states' as possible, offering ideas and recipes here for dishes that are delicious and nutritious. Breakfast might mean steel-cut oats with Greek yogurt and blueberries, for example, or soft-poached eggs with a root vegetable hash. Lunch could be a bowl of yellow tomato gazpacho, three-bean turkey chili, or miso corn chowder. Salads and seafood feature prominently among his choices as well. Smith includes brief sections on everyday habits, too, giving common-sense advice on selecting cooking oils and healthy carbohydrates. And though name-dropping in the narrative (Oprah Winfrey is a client, President Obama is a Chicago neighbor) occasionally gets annoying, it does not detract from his overall goal: providing a practical framework for good, healthful eating. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Comfort food is a way of life in the South. When I was flipping through Arts pages, I couldnt help but want to make them right away. Recipes like his Barbecue Chicken Thighs and Sweet Potato Salad and Three-Bean Turkey Chili will definitely keep me comin back for seconds!” Paula Deen
“Art Smiths attitude to life is as inspiring as his attitude to food, and both are expressed here with his customary warmth and enthusiasm. The phrase ‘life-enhancing is egregiously overused, but both Art and his Healthy Comfort are truly that.” Nigella Lawson
“What could be more exciting than having a well-known chef give you a cookbook on healthy comfort food? I cant wait to have somebody make me these recipes. (Come on, you know I dont cook!) I think youll be as happy as I am.” Whoopi Goldberg
“If you want to learn how to eat healthy, learn from a world class chef who has lost over a hundred pounds. Art Smith has walked the walk” Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor of Surgery, NY Presbyterian/ Columbia University
What a fantastic book, an amazing journey, and a refreshing attitude to living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Nice one Art! Jamie Oliver
To live better, as well as eat better, just read this book. The phrase ‘life-enhancing is egregiously overused, but both Art and his Healthy Comfort are truly that. Nigella Lawson
I always stop at Arts restaurant when I am in Chicago, I love his food, and his company. I also love the passion that Art has put into this book to help others achieve what he has. Sarah, Duchess of York
My friend Art handed me this book, and I cant wait to have somebody make me these recipes. (Come on, you know I dont cook!) I think youll be as happy as I am. Whoopi Goldberg
Art Smith, the award-winning, personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, returns to the kitchen with Art Smiths Healthy Comfort
, a collection of 150 original, delicious recipes that will help you lose weight.
Over 100 pounds overweight and facing a personal health crisis that included diagnoses for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, Smith started to exercise and made changes to his diet while continuing to prepare scrumptious meals.
For the first time, he shares his weight-loss secrets and the recipes that helped him keep off the pounds. Filled with stunning full-color photos and easy-to-follow directions, Art Smiths Healthy Comfort is a culinary pleasure that will put you on the path to a new, healthy lifestyle.
About the Author
Art Smith, who was Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, owns several restaurants across the country, including Table Fifty-Two, Art and Soul, Southern Art, LYFE Kitchen, and Joanne Trattoria. He was a favorite on seasons one and four of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, has appeared on the cover of Parade magazine, and has been featured in Cooking Light magazine. He is a regular contributor to StandUp magazine, the proceeds of which benefit the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which raises awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying. In 2003, he and Jesus Salgueiro founded a nonprofit organization, Common Threads, which is America's foremost after-school hands-on cooking program for low-income children to learn to cook wholesome and affordable meals.