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An all-new collection of more than 125 delectable recipes that reflect the way we really eat: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent--delicious, either way. Food Swings offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you'll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for somethi An all-new collection of more than 125 delectable recipes that reflect the way we really eat: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent--delicious, either way. Food Swings offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you'll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for something more indulgent. The first half of the book, "Virtue," provides recipes for your controlled side, while the other half, "Vice," is for when you need to feel the wind in your hair. All of it is meant to be enjoyed equally in this fun something-for-everyone collection. So whether you're a home cook looking for new inspiration, a big eater who is ready to party, or a human who might be occupied with watching your waist, you will find what you are looking for in Food Swings. Those who are eating gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, or almost-vegan, you have come to the right place! VIRTUE Quinoa Bowl with Almond Butter, Strawberries, and Hemp Seeds Ginger Salmon with Sesame Cucumbers Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Garlic Roasted Plums with Honey and Pistachios VICE Cinnamon Buns Buttermilk Panfried Chicken Lasagna Bolognese Chocolate Fudge Cake In addition to the dozens of inspired dishes offered here, you'll also find personal essays, tips, and tricks for best results, and a gorgeous color photo for nearly every recipe. So no matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find the perfect recipe for it in Food Swings. Praise for Food Swings "It's a lot easier to make healthy choices when the meals are both good for you and crazy good at the same time. Jessica Seinfeld's new book, Food Swings, has that nailed, packed as it is with simple recipes that are kind to your body, crowd-pleasingly delicious (quit the side-eye, picky fourth grader), even gluten-free. Dinner victory, all around."--Redbook "Seinfeld has assembled 125 recipes that allow readers to eat as healthfully or indulgently as their mood dictates. . . . Readers can have their cake and quinoa, too, with Seinfeld's latest, which strikes an effective balance between two popular eating styles."--Library Journal "Jessica Seinfeld gets it, even down to the one-liners. With three cookbooks under her apron, Seinfeld takes a cue or two from her husband, Jerry, targeting both the devil and the damsel in her 125 recipes. She's eminently practical, very straightforward, and keeps her dishes in line with our modern proclivities: quick, healthy with an occasional sinfulness, convenient for the beginner as well as for the experienced home chef."--Booklist "In a friendly voice Seinfeld encourages readers to take her approach to what she calls 'food swings' and eat without guilt. Or, she concedes, to eat with less guilt. . . . However you divide up the recipes, this is a great day-to-day cookbook with tasty-looking recipes that are approachable and simple to prepare."--Publishers Weekly


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An all-new collection of more than 125 delectable recipes that reflect the way we really eat: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent--delicious, either way. Food Swings offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you'll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for somethi An all-new collection of more than 125 delectable recipes that reflect the way we really eat: sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent--delicious, either way. Food Swings offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you'll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for something more indulgent. The first half of the book, "Virtue," provides recipes for your controlled side, while the other half, "Vice," is for when you need to feel the wind in your hair. All of it is meant to be enjoyed equally in this fun something-for-everyone collection. So whether you're a home cook looking for new inspiration, a big eater who is ready to party, or a human who might be occupied with watching your waist, you will find what you are looking for in Food Swings. Those who are eating gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, or almost-vegan, you have come to the right place! VIRTUE Quinoa Bowl with Almond Butter, Strawberries, and Hemp Seeds Ginger Salmon with Sesame Cucumbers Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Garlic Roasted Plums with Honey and Pistachios VICE Cinnamon Buns Buttermilk Panfried Chicken Lasagna Bolognese Chocolate Fudge Cake In addition to the dozens of inspired dishes offered here, you'll also find personal essays, tips, and tricks for best results, and a gorgeous color photo for nearly every recipe. So no matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find the perfect recipe for it in Food Swings. Praise for Food Swings "It's a lot easier to make healthy choices when the meals are both good for you and crazy good at the same time. Jessica Seinfeld's new book, Food Swings, has that nailed, packed as it is with simple recipes that are kind to your body, crowd-pleasingly delicious (quit the side-eye, picky fourth grader), even gluten-free. Dinner victory, all around."--Redbook "Seinfeld has assembled 125 recipes that allow readers to eat as healthfully or indulgently as their mood dictates. . . . Readers can have their cake and quinoa, too, with Seinfeld's latest, which strikes an effective balance between two popular eating styles."--Library Journal "Jessica Seinfeld gets it, even down to the one-liners. With three cookbooks under her apron, Seinfeld takes a cue or two from her husband, Jerry, targeting both the devil and the damsel in her 125 recipes. She's eminently practical, very straightforward, and keeps her dishes in line with our modern proclivities: quick, healthy with an occasional sinfulness, convenient for the beginner as well as for the experienced home chef."--Booklist "In a friendly voice Seinfeld encourages readers to take her approach to what she calls 'food swings' and eat without guilt. Or, she concedes, to eat with less guilt. . . . However you divide up the recipes, this is a great day-to-day cookbook with tasty-looking recipes that are approachable and simple to prepare."--Publishers Weekly

30 review for Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue and Vice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    In Food Swings, Jessica Seinfeld has divided the book in two halves. The first half which she calls Virtue contains more health conscious type recipes, whereas the second half which she calls Vice contains more of your splurge type recipes. Jessica is a genius for doing this. Determine your craving for the day and head to the corresponding half of the book. Each half is further sectioned into breakfast, mealtime and dessert. The separate sections, especially mealtime, offer a wide variety of rec In Food Swings, Jessica Seinfeld has divided the book in two halves. The first half which she calls Virtue contains more health conscious type recipes, whereas the second half which she calls Vice contains more of your splurge type recipes. Jessica is a genius for doing this. Determine your craving for the day and head to the corresponding half of the book. Each half is further sectioned into breakfast, mealtime and dessert. The separate sections, especially mealtime, offer a wide variety of recipes including vegetarian. There are pictures alongside the recipes so if your family, like mine, needs to see pictures while choosing meals, they will appreciate this. As far as the cooking/baking is concerned, I would not describe the recipes as difficult and they have easy to follow instructions. However, you probably won’t like these recipes if you are looking for more of the quick preparation and/or fewer ingredients kinds of recipes. If you like to work with varied ingredients and don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen, then I think you would like this cookbook. As I often do with cookbooks, I borrowed this from my library to try it out and I will most definitely buy a copy of Food Swings for my home. Happy cooking!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    A cookbook with recipes that are delicious, quick and easy, and just different enough to not seem like the same old thing. I don’t really enjoy cooking. I have never, in 12 years as a mother, mastered meal planning. I often don’t think about dinner until 5:30. I have many go-to recipes that we are all pretty tired of: turkey chili, cauliflower curry, roast chicken, fish tacos, chicken thighs and white beans. (This review is already boring me!) This cookbook, with its appealing photography and non A cookbook with recipes that are delicious, quick and easy, and just different enough to not seem like the same old thing. I don’t really enjoy cooking. I have never, in 12 years as a mother, mastered meal planning. I often don’t think about dinner until 5:30. I have many go-to recipes that we are all pretty tired of: turkey chili, cauliflower curry, roast chicken, fish tacos, chicken thighs and white beans. (This review is already boring me!) This cookbook, with its appealing photography and non-chef author, had a few pages of good advice sprinkled throughout a book divided in half for virtue and vice, even as she says she advocates for balance and for not associating food with guilt. Perhaps by dividing the recipes that way and dispensing that wisdom, she felt nutritional facts weren’t needed, but I always like to see that information and the absence of it in a cookbook seems like a misstep. On the interesting side, the book has virtue recipe photos framed in white, so from the side there is a visual division of black and white that is unique. I have such a hard time rating cookbooks because I want to first try to reproduce most or all recipes within it, which is unrealistic and likely unnecessary. So far I’ve made eight recipes, including soup, salad, chili, and vegan dishes. I’ve only done virtue so far, but all have been simple, clean, and well-loved by my family. This cookbook also helped me to finally realize (light dawns over Marblehead...finally) that I need to plan meals daily in the morning because that is what works for me. For that alone...4.5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Nice clean design. Simple and clear one page directions. Nothing fancy. Nice cookbook for a beginner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I really liked the idea of Food Swings where the recipes are split into their angelic and devilish sides, the virtuous un-fun part of clean eating and the vice part complete with chocolate cake and big burgers. No surprise I preferred the recipes on the naughty side but my main beef wasn't that the recipes on the clean side looked uninteresting and unappetizing but that they were boring and some didn't really require a recipe. I mean, avocado toast? Really? I got this at the library. I would ne I really liked the idea of Food Swings where the recipes are split into their angelic and devilish sides, the virtuous un-fun part of clean eating and the vice part complete with chocolate cake and big burgers. No surprise I preferred the recipes on the naughty side but my main beef wasn't that the recipes on the clean side looked uninteresting and unappetizing but that they were boring and some didn't really require a recipe. I mean, avocado toast? Really? I got this at the library. I would never pay full or even half price for this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andleeb

    There are a lot of great recipes in here. Looking forward to trying them out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    The cover first caught my eye with the doughnut and broccoli then the title Food Swings. I had to look inside. I was then captivated by the mouthwatering extraordinary photographs (of almost every yummy dish) that made me want to make everything I saw. The next thing I loved was the fact that the recipes had easy to find ingredients with simple instructions. When I delved into the solid blue pages the author gave a peek at her personal life. I liked that she has a passion for creating good simple The cover first caught my eye with the doughnut and broccoli then the title Food Swings. I had to look inside. I was then captivated by the mouthwatering extraordinary photographs (of almost every yummy dish) that made me want to make everything I saw. The next thing I loved was the fact that the recipes had easy to find ingredients with simple instructions. When I delved into the solid blue pages the author gave a peek at her personal life. I liked that she has a passion for creating good simple food for busy people. She isn’t a chef and doesn’t play one on T.V. She does happen to be married to a famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld. In her past cookbooks, she has had a desire to help motivate people to cook. I liked having healthy and vice recipes in the same book. As she puts it “sometimes you need to feel the wind in your hair” She talks about eating wholesome foods; eat what your body craves and occasionally eat treats. This way you can feel satisfied and enjoy life. I like her philosophy about cooking. She says, “We use a few select ingredients to achieve maximum flavor at minimum cost…I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to eat or live. Like most people. I am just trying to figure out what works for me. My goal is simply to be helpful to those who share a low-key, high-quality approach.” Recipes I tried and loved (so did my family) Eggplant & Cauliflower “meatballs” Veggie burgers with Pickled cucumber and onion, Brown Rice bowl with Black, beans, Avocado, and sweet potato. These recipes are flavorful and my family asked for seconds. Amazing! Recipes I want to try on the Vice side are the Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, Creamy Mushroom Pasta, Eggplant cutlets and Pepper Jack and Zucchini Quesadillas. This book has over 125 recipes. I look forward to trying everyone. Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out from the public library. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins The Book Club Network blog Book Fun Magazine SVP Promotions

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ambur Taft

    This is a beautiful, delicious cookbook....Great to own for daily motivation (when cooking funks hit) & weekly meal planning. To be honest most of it we already make in our tiny kitchen but there were some great alterations to a few staples. The food is simple & so is the prep. And she made me realize why I was intent on a spiralizer...."the spiralizer is the new play-doh fuzzy pumper barber & beauty shop from my youth". This is a beautiful, delicious cookbook....Great to own for daily motivation (when cooking funks hit) & weekly meal planning. To be honest most of it we already make in our tiny kitchen but there were some great alterations to a few staples. The food is simple & so is the prep. And she made me realize why I was intent on a spiralizer...."the spiralizer is the new play-doh fuzzy pumper barber & beauty shop from my youth".

  8. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    "it's a good recipe for life: aim for virtue, accept some vice, and stay active." Good mix of recipes no matter your mood, simple and delicious

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Jerry Seinfeld's wife brings a clever idea to the table (corny pun intended). Jessica presents 125 of her favorite "virtuous" breakfast, mealtime, and dessert recipes, followed by "vice"-a-licious breakfast, mealtime, and desserts just because "sometimes you need to feel the wind in your hair." Isn't that the truth? For Father's Day, I baked four treats for my husband, one of them being this book's Chocolate Fudge Cake. My husband, who can more than hold his own in the kitchen declared, "That's Jerry Seinfeld's wife brings a clever idea to the table (corny pun intended). Jessica presents 125 of her favorite "virtuous" breakfast, mealtime, and dessert recipes, followed by "vice"-a-licious breakfast, mealtime, and desserts just because "sometimes you need to feel the wind in your hair." Isn't that the truth? For Father's Day, I baked four treats for my husband, one of them being this book's Chocolate Fudge Cake. My husband, who can more than hold his own in the kitchen declared, "That's the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted." Best part is, it was all made from scratch. It took some time, but a compliment like that takes the cake, non? (Yes, corny pun #2 intended there, too.) A week later, I made two of Jessica's recipes for dinner: "Peach & Sriracha Chicken Over Coconut Rice" and "Creamy Mushroom Pasta." Both recipes only took 70 mins. max from start to finish, including prep. They were a HIT!!!! My son typically does not eat mushrooms, and he wiped his plate clean, and he said the chicken recipe is "better than General Tsao's!" That alone makes a Mom happy since Gen Tsao's, until today, WAS his all-time favorite! I don't like chicken much because the dishes tend to dry out, but this dish is fantastically moist, as long as cook does not keep in the oven any longer than recipe recommends. I intend to try as many of Seinfeld's recipes over and over. For someone who is not a professionally trained chef, Seinfeld's recipes turn out more tasteful to the family's taste buds and beautiful to the eyes than those written by 'top chefs.' Add to those accolades that most of the recipes are simple and quick (less than 2 hours) to make have transformed me into a fan (and I'm not talking about the comedian/actor either)!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I thought this was an interesting way to organize recipes! And I have to say that the deserts in the virtue section appealed to me more than those in the vice (the Seinfelds are big coconut fans; I'm not). In general, the fish and vegetable sides were the strongest and most creative. Seinfeld is very good at simplifying recipes and making them seem less intimidating. This is a very family friendly cookbook, with accurate prep times and most recipes are just one page. I took off a star for no nut I thought this was an interesting way to organize recipes! And I have to say that the deserts in the virtue section appealed to me more than those in the vice (the Seinfelds are big coconut fans; I'm not). In general, the fish and vegetable sides were the strongest and most creative. Seinfeld is very good at simplifying recipes and making them seem less intimidating. This is a very family friendly cookbook, with accurate prep times and most recipes are just one page. I took off a star for no nutritional info, and because some of these aren't that great. I wasn't that impressed by the salad and chicken recipes. But if you've got to get dinner on the table most nights, this is worth checking out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I'm shocked that I liked this book. Usually when someone tries to pull something like this off, the healthy recipes are all the same, sad, rabbit food with ingredients that are near impossible to come by, and all taste exactly the same. The "indulgent" recipes are never very good and always end up looking like someone has already digested them. But this one is different. You can tell by the recipes that she knows what she's doing, but is still a normal, everyday cooking mom. Because let's face i I'm shocked that I liked this book. Usually when someone tries to pull something like this off, the healthy recipes are all the same, sad, rabbit food with ingredients that are near impossible to come by, and all taste exactly the same. The "indulgent" recipes are never very good and always end up looking like someone has already digested them. But this one is different. You can tell by the recipes that she knows what she's doing, but is still a normal, everyday cooking mom. Because let's face it, most kids won't eat a gourmet meal made by a 4 star chef. it ain't gonna happen. I plan on buying this one (that is a big deal) and using it mostly in the summer for all my fesh produce. Thank you Jessica Seinfeld for making a fabulous, non snooty, usable cook book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The recipes are good in this book but they could all be better with tweaking. All recipes are very tasty, but I promise you I’ve had to change them up just a bit to make them work better. She also doesn’t account for kitchen problems: i.e. if too dry add more broth. Hydrate dates for one hour in boiling water if too dry. May have to divide dough into two portions to run in the food processor. The sauce portions are also skimpy. I usually ended up doubling the amount of sauce liquid called for. N The recipes are good in this book but they could all be better with tweaking. All recipes are very tasty, but I promise you I’ve had to change them up just a bit to make them work better. She also doesn’t account for kitchen problems: i.e. if too dry add more broth. Hydrate dates for one hour in boiling water if too dry. May have to divide dough into two portions to run in the food processor. The sauce portions are also skimpy. I usually ended up doubling the amount of sauce liquid called for. Not a bad cookbook, just best utilized by a seasoned cook that knows how to adjust recipes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I borrowed this cookbook from a local library and my mom & I made multiple recipes from it and loved all of them. I really love that she has "healthy"meals and "unhealthy"meals in one! I also happened upon this book at a book sale labor day weekend, for $3 so I bought it!!! Tonight we are actually making the Quinoa burgers, I'm so excited to try it out. If you are up for something different in your diet, but still love food, TRY THIS OUT!!! Borrow it from your library! I borrowed this cookbook from a local library and my mom & I made multiple recipes from it and loved all of them. I really love that she has "healthy"meals and "unhealthy"meals in one! I also happened upon this book at a book sale labor day weekend, for $3 so I bought it!!! Tonight we are actually making the Quinoa burgers, I'm so excited to try it out. If you are up for something different in your diet, but still love food, TRY THIS OUT!!! Borrow it from your library!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Really nice cookbook. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes are varied. I loved that she isn't afraid to indulge and eat food that may not be considered healthy. I also appreciate her healthy take on food especially a lot of the one pot or pan meals. As a busy parent I need those. I do wish more of her vice recipes would have been dairy-free or had tips on how to make them DF. This just gives me a good excuse to try them and turn it into something I can eat.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    WHO EATS THIS!!!!!! None of this stuff sounded even half way delicious. I thought that this would be good because I really liked her previous cookbook. This was such a let down that I have no words to express my sadness.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Coluccio

    Most recipes are wonderful. I love the idea of half of the book being for when you want to be good and the other when you want to splurge! Some very good gluten free recipes are included...just wish there were more. Solid book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lincoln Public

    IF you like your cookbooks with personal anecdotes, lots of photos and easy to follow recipes, this is the book for you! Having seen the author live at a Random House Open House last week, I truly enjoyed poring over this book last night. There are many recipes I will be trying soon!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Lots of creative ideas using new trend ingredients and nutritional ideas. Lovely pictures and nice formatting. Real talent here: this was not published because of a relationship to a famous spouse.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maryann bussard

    I really liked this book. This had recipes that I wanted to eat not things that didn't make sense like some cookbooks. I found that I read the book not just looked at the recipes and I enjoyed it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Y'all need to get this book. The recipes are all drool worthy, even the healthy, virtuous choices. Can't wait to start cooking up a storm!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I surprised myself by liking this especially the VICE half of the book. I guess that explains a lot. =)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    So many good recipes in here and I love the breakdown of healthier options and for those days when all you want is a chocolate cake

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Franklin

    Her recipes are all yummy! And, she's Mrs. Seinfeld! I like the 1/2 virtuous 1/2 naughty approach, too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    some great recipes in this book, especially the virtue section. Lots of new ideas for the kitchen. the coconut rum cake (I made it, it's pretty straightforward) is to.die.for!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hana

    Several recipes that I want to try!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily Schmader

    Love the balanced approach - "sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent." This cookbook has great ideas and beautiful photos!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joanie

    Lord in Heaven. This books is my Holy Grail.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The recipes have only a few ingredients, are straightforward and unpretentious. Everything I like in a recipe.

  29. 4 out of 5

    K Steward

    there were a few interesting recipes that I copies to try

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    There are a TON of recipes that I will try out! The photos were pretty good and instructions seem clear (full disclaimer: I have not tried to make any yet).

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