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Beyond the Cookbook: Top 3 Cooking Resources for Senior Home Cooks

Beyond the Cookbook: Top 3 Cooking Resources for Senior Home Cooks

Good nutrition is the foundation of good health, and you can ramp up a nutritious lifestyle with record speed thanks to new recipes provided by today’s celebrity chefs. Simple, fresh, and seasonal food jazzed up with herbs and spices is within everyone’s reach. Rachael Ray set the bar for quick and easy with her 30-minute meals, and many chefs have simplified their recipes for home cooks. Their dishes are featured on television and online. Most chefs have a cookbook, and some have a magazine. Say goodbye to unappetizing microwaved dinners and nutritionally void packaged dinners with these three top cooking resources for seniors:

1. Television

Tune in to the Food Network (FN) and its sister channel The Cooking Channel (CC), where chefs draw you into their kitchens as they lead you by the hand through their recipes. The network websites include recipes prepared on television, tips and tricks, nutritional information, holiday planning guides, interviews with the chefs. and videos. These resources are a goldmine of information.

Sandra Lee (FN and CC) and Rachael Ray (FN and CC) provide great paths to get up and running in the kitchen fast. Lee’s claim to fame is “semi-homemade” cooking, which combines fresh ingredients with prepared ones (cheats). Ray will help you prepare full meals in 30 minutes flat. If you’re interested in how cooking works, Alton Brown plays the hilarious “mad scientist” role on Good Eats (FN) while explaining the alchemy of cooking as he cooks. Ina Garten, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, and many others will keep you entertained as they cook in their own unique styles.

Local magazine television shows usually air midday. These shows often feature local celebrity cooks who use local, seasonal ingredients in easy recipes. Local chefs often have a website and a cookbook as well.

2. The Internet

Register at AllRecipes.com to store a recipe box, your online personal cookbook. You can plan meals with their meal planner, create shopping lists from recipes, and watch videos. Food.com features 450,000+ recipes by home cooks for home cooks, and users rate the recipes. Their “Holiday Central” section features five-minute appetizers, and they have almost 1,000 restaurant “copycat” recipes.

Celebrity chefs often have their own websites, which you can find through an Internet search. Usually, the site is [theirname].com — for example, tylerflorence.com.

3. Cookbooks and Magazines

Most celebrity chefs have published at least one cookbook, and some have their own magazine. If you favor a particular chef, go to Amazon.com and search by name. Or you might prefer a cookbook by Food Network, which features a variety of chefs. If you’re an experienced cook, look at the MasterChef cookbook series, with recipes created by the top contestants and winners on MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay’s Fox Network hit series featuring creative home cooks.

If you like to curl up with a magazine, pick up a copy of Every Day with Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee Magazine, or Food Network Magazine. They’re heavily illustrated to help you prepare a recipe.

Since its debut in 1993, FN has popularized television cooking, influenced many of today’s food trends, and simplified haute cuisine to bring it within reach of home cooks. Viewers who tune in to cooking shows are turning out star-quality food in their kitchens, and you can too. It’s not only healthy to vary your diet with simple, fresh, and seasonal ingredients, it’s fun to get creative in the kitchen, even when you’re cooking for one or two. Bon appétit.

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