Bon Appetit Light Fresh Easy Author:Bon Appetit When the time came to name this collection of outstanding recipes from Bon Appetit, we thought of its title in a flash. After all, the words light, fresh and easy are three of the adjectives we encounter most often when our readers write to let us know what kinds of dishes they want. "I am trying to serve lighter meals to everyone in my family t... more »hese days," one letter might say. Another correspondent might add something along the lines of, "How about more ideas for all the fresh produce I find in my local farmers market?" And time and again we'll receive this straightforward plea from subscribers: "Please make it easy!" Of course, in issue after issue of Bon Appetit, we aim to deliver on all such requests.
The many light recipes we feature reflect today's widespread interest in healthful eating. In recent years, we've all learned the importance of reducing our intake of calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium, while increasing the amounts we eat of such beneficial foods as complex carbohydrates, cruciferous vegetables (the cabbage and broccoli family) and certain types of seafood. What we at the magazine find most interesting is that such healthful eating habits, once categorized under that dismal word 'diet', have now become part of the everyday cooking habits of even the most sophisticated chefs. Fresh, of course, goes hand in hand with light. Ingredients harvested at their peak and cooked in simple ways that highlight their inherent goodness can't help but be better for you.
Yet, try though all of us might to achieve those fresh and light ideals in our daily cooking, sometimes our busy schedules conspire against us. That is why our readers need easy recipes, and why we include so many of them on our pages every month. And even our quickest, simplest-recipes are models of excellence that you could proudly serve to your most honored guests. Which is why we have no hesitation in welcoming you to this collection of light, fresh and easy recipes with a salutation that has long been synonymous with good eating: Bon Appetit!« less