THE HEALTHY FIREHOUSE COOKBOOK by Jr. Bonanno

THE HEALTHY FIREHOUSE COOKBOOK

Low-Fat Recipes from America's Firefighters

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Bonanno, a second-generation firefighter with New York City's Ladder Company 129, has worked hard to transform his meat-favoring colleagues into healthier eaters, and here he shares many of his recipes, along with those of other firefighters, collected through an ad in Firehouse magazine. Bonanno's novice approach is sweet, including somewhat clunky recipe headers and the beefcake uniformed photo of him on the cover. A section on fire safety in the kitchen is a welcome and unusual addition, and a brief guide to firehouse slang like ``probie'' (rookie) and ``cockloft'' (the space between an attic ceiling and roof) is unnecessary but fun. On the other hand, low-fat cooking is nothing new, and Bonanno et al., while good at converting familiar foods to lower-fat format, offer little else. We know this drill: Nutritional information is provided for each dish, and most get less than 30% of their calories from fat. Surprisingly, portions are on the skimpy side. Fettuccine with a zesty mix of tomatoes, feta cheese, basil, and olive is a treat, but it's a stretch to serve a pound of pasta for six with such a light sauce. A recipe for Sicilian pizza with a whole wheat crust is tasty, if a tad dry, and an apple pie with a top crust but no bottom is decent but difficult to serve and it could be replicated by crumbling some sugar cookies over applesauce. Not so hot. (Author tour)

Pub Date: Feb. 22nd, 1995
ISBN: 0-688-12755-X
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1994




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