A couple months ago I had been reading through my Healthy Bi$#@ newsletter when I stumbled upon a delicious looking recipe for Potato & Herb Gnocchi. It looked amazing and I was immediately intrigued after reading about the recipe creator, Candice Kumai. Candice was one of the Chef's that competed on the first season of Bravo's Top Chef. She has an amazing blog called Stiletto Chef, which I promptly visited and poured over for a good 20 minutes. I love Candice's style of writing - she is witty, funny, and absolutely charming and most importantly .... She makes cooking healthy food fun! Shortly after I commented on Candice's blog I heard back from her and let me tell you... She is the nicest person! She was awaiting the release of her new cookbook Pretty Delicious, and after reading about it, so was I!! I pre-ordered the book off of Amazon and got it shortly after it's release. Candice's book was everything I had hoped it would be and more!!!
Let's start with the photography. Gorgeous! Seriously, this little darling is so pretty she's coffee table-worthy. All the photo's of the food are so fresh and exciting, it makes you want to try everything! I sat and read through the whole book immediately (yes, I really do read cookbooks) and was really impressed. For those of you that might not know, I am pretty much a health nut. Nutrition has been kind of a hobby of mine for quite some time and I love nothing more than reading book after book on food, how it effects your body, nutritional value, etc. Candice nails it! Her book isn't just a cookbook, it's also an introductory course on healthy food benefits and cooking. She even includes some food/beauty recipes at the end which I loved!!! As a person who is an avid cook and who has about 30 cookbooks in my pantry closet, I have to tell you... Pretty Delicious is already one of my fav's!
And I couldn't give you my thoughts without at least including a recipe! "Mom's Homemade Gyoza" was the first dish I made from the book and it was delish! Candice's recipe was already fab, but I did make a couple teensy changes to suit my own personal taste. Here is the recipe....
PRETTY DELICIOUS Gyoza with Chef Angelo Sosa! from Candice Kumai on Vimeo.