The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy, and Wholesome Recipes (A Defined Dish Book) - book cover
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  • Publisher : William Morrow Cookbooks
  • Published : 28 Dec 2021
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN-10 : 0063075415
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063075412
  • Language : English

The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy, and Wholesome Recipes (A Defined Dish Book)

It's comfort food-redefined! Here are healthy meals the whole family can enjoy, night after night . . .

What does comfort mean in The Comfortable Kitchen? For Alex Snodgrass, New York Times bestselling author of The Defined Dish, bringing her family around the table to share a home-cooked meal is a favorite way to show love. Her recipes are designed to bring joy into that display of affection, from your own comfort cooking to your loved ones' delight at the delicious flavors, to knowing that you're caring for your family's nutrition with each bite.

Though many of her meals are fully paleo compliant, or at the very least paleo-ish, there are plenty of other recipes with simple, flexible ingredient swaps for a cleaner meal when desired-perfect for people who are enjoying their "food freedom" stage of their health journey. And for those who have dietary restrictions, Alex clearly marks each recipe as gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and paleo, as appropriate.

Alex brings back the joy of being in the kitchen for those at all levels of cooking skill and provides food for every occasion, with soups, salads, pasta, vegetarian and non-vegetarian mains, apps, and sides ranging from one-pot meals to not-so-junky junk food--and even cocktails and desserts--with recipes including:

Cajun Chicken and Wild Rice SoupGreen Curry Poached Halibut with HerbsTexas Style Brisket TacosHerby Green Olive Pasta with FetaSheet Pan Honey-Sesame CauliflowerClayton's Margarita7-Ingredient Almond Butter CookiesWith 105 approachable and nutritious recipes for real, busy life, The Comfortable Kitchen is a must-have cookbook for everyone who cares about what they eat and what they make. 

Editorial Reviews

"The Comfortable Kitchen is your new go-to for healthy eating inspiration, with meals full of warm flavors, simply delicious ingredient combinations, and wholesome treats." -- Melissa Urban, Whole30 cofounder and CEO

"Alex's passion for food shines through in everything she does, and this book is no exception! It's packed to the brim with unfussy recipes to nourish your family, your friends, and most important, yourself." -- Gaby Dalkin, creator and author of What's Gaby Cooking

"Alex has done it again-this book is loaded with mouthwatering recipes with a modern American twang. These approachable dishes are quick to whip up even on the busiest of days. This stunning cookbook is a kitchen staple that you'll be reaching for again and again!" -- Dzung Lewis, YouTuber and author of The Honeysuckle Cookbook

"The Defined Dish blogger Snodgrass debuts with this collection of dozens of gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that are packed with flavor...Readers looking for healthy dishes that do not sacrifice flavor will find plenty to enjoy in this outing." -- Publishers Weekly on The Defined Dish

"Alex and The Defined Dish are my go-to for delicious recipes that are as enjoyable to make as to eat! She approaches both food and life with a playful soulfulness that nourishes my family and my heart." -- Brené Brown, PhD, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Dare to Lead on The Defined Dish

"I discovered Alex's cooking when I was attempting to survive a Whole30 and was at a loss. Alex's recipes are never intimidating and are always packed with flavor . . . they are guilt-free even when they taste like a guilty pleasure, and they got me excited to be a better cook." -- Erin Foster, comedian and amateur home cook, on The Defined Dish

"Innovative, bright, simple, absolutely delicious, and totally doable, there's not a cookbook I'm more excited about. I can't wait to try every last dish, especially the Better Than Takeout section-her specialty is easy swaps that transform restaurant dishes into something Whole30 and healthy. Alex teaches us how to find balance and have fun doing it." -- Teri Turner, creator of nocrumbsleft, on The Defined Dish

Snodgrass puts a modern spin on comfort food in this versatile collection of nourishing dishes that never fall short on flavor. . . . This is perfect for busy home cooks who want to expand their repertoire of healthy recipes. -- Publishers Weekly

Readers Top Reviews

karenJacob Bennettkt
Can never go wrong with Alex's recipes! From her books to her website, every single recipe I have tried has been absolutely delicious. My children and husband enjoy them as much as I do. Also super excited to see dessert and drink recipes on this book! Can’t wait to try them
K. Will
I’ve been following Alex and the Defined Dish blog for years and have made many of her recipes which never disappoint! This cookbook is beautifully done. I can’t wait to try one of these healthy but comforting family friendly recipes soon. First up, the Vietnamese shaking beef salad!
I have the first cookbook Alex wrote and absolutely love it. I’ve gifted it to many people. When this one arrived I did not get the same level of excitement from it. Many of the recipes contain expensive cuts of steak or what seems to be more of an unusual ingredient. My biggest issue is the photos. I’m not sure if it’s just my copy but many of the pictures are hard to decipher, and almost all of the labels on the recipes are blurry. I’m not sure if this was done on purpose to give it a certain aesthetic but it gives me a headache. Some of the pages also have some water marks or distressing on them. Overall, I think I’ll find some absolute winners in this cookbook so I’ll keep it.
Gina Moore
I just received The Comfortable Kitchen after preordering it months ago and spent the last couple of hours reading Alex’s new book cover to cover (with the Spotify playlist on) and I LOVE it. I am obsessed with cookbooks and cooking. I read them as a hobby. I love making new recipes. I’m Italian. Etc. And I cannot wait to cook from this cookbook!! Recipes, photos, and stories make a cookbook great for me and this one has it all. Also love the photos in this book and how many family pics there are. It just makes it feel homey to me. I was already a big fan of Alex’s and love her first book so much, too. I also went through this new book and made a list on my phone of the Whole30 recipes I want to make for a January whole30 next week. I’m glad your publisher picked this date to release!! Also I cried when I saw Sutton and Winnie on the dedication page and while reading it I kept thinking about Alex’s journey and how far she has come from when she used to share the blog with her sister etc and now have an empire with 2 cookbooks and over 600k followers! Love everything about her!!
I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Defined Dish. I was born and raised in TX too and Alex’s cooking makes me feel home. Most people don’t realize that Texas is a melting pot of different cultures and Alex’s recipes reflect a broad spectrum of flavors. More importantly, she cooks like I like to cook. Whole food, healthy or healthyish recipes with a splurge for special occasions. Anyone can make these recipes. I loved her first book, but this one adds things like cocktails and sweets for the days that you want something special. I will use this one a lot. Keep up the great food, Alex!