Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

Oprah Winfrey has spent her life trying to make peace with food, which has been such a source of pleasure and meaning for her. Now Oprah has found ways to have her favorite meals while also controlling her weight, and in Food, Health and Happiness she shares not only her struggles with food but also the recipes that have allowed food to be a source of joy for her again. Wi...

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Title:Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life
Author:Oprah Winfrey
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ISBN:1250126533
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life Reviews

  • PoligirlReads
    Feb 26, 2017

    Oh Oprah. So everywoman, so in denial about *not* being everywoman.

    This is the tension that comes across in her cookbook/memoir. She outlines her multi-decade history of weightloss, which many can relate to. She also does her thing where she talks about her quests for gratitude, for trying to make good decisions, and then trying to pay that forward. Also, very relatable. Lots of great anecdotes.

    Then you get to the recipes. And you remember that Oprah breathes an entirely different air than the

    Oh Oprah. So everywoman, so in denial about *not* being everywoman.

    This is the tension that comes across in her cookbook/memoir. She outlines her multi-decade history of weightloss, which many can relate to. She also does her thing where she talks about her quests for gratitude, for trying to make good decisions, and then trying to pay that forward. Also, very relatable. Lots of great anecdotes.

    Then you get to the recipes. And you remember that Oprah breathes an entirely different air than the most of us. It is rarefied, truffle-filled air. Ah, the truffles. I really do think the woman has purchased stock in truffles, because it seems like just about every recipe has truffles, truffle zest, or truffle salt in them. (BTW: for those interested, you can find truffle salt at your local Costco.) I love fish as much as the next person, but I'm not going out to buy chilean seabass or monkfish on a regular basis (or ever, if I'm being honest). Same for the morels.

    That said, the pictures are beautiful (I would've liked to see more of the recipes pictured), and the recipes actually do look quite tasty (the soups especially), but it's not anything that most people will be able to grab off their shelves at home to cook.

  • Cara Meredith
    Jan 15, 2017

    The food looks divine (and is honestly pretty similar to how we eat now, minus Oprah's love of truffle salt), but cooking these recipes everyday is a bit unrealistic. Most of them have 15-20 ingredients, at least, and not all of us can make that happen in the kitchen each night. Also, how much did Weight Watchers pay her to write this book? They are ALL over it.

  • Marco Marroquin
    Feb 14, 2017

    There are 2 things I'm going to let you know before my review of this book: 1) I will ready anything Oprah tells me and 2) I can't really cook.

    However, that did not stop me from loving this book from cover to cover. I love cookbooks even though I can never really get any recipe to fully look like the wonderful pictures that accompany their instructions. That's why when I focus on reviewing cookbooks, I focus on format, photographs, and just how well it's all put together.

    The book is combined wit

    There are 2 things I'm going to let you know before my review of this book: 1) I will ready anything Oprah tells me and 2) I can't really cook.

    However, that did not stop me from loving this book from cover to cover. I love cookbooks even though I can never really get any recipe to fully look like the wonderful pictures that accompany their instructions. That's why when I focus on reviewing cookbooks, I focus on format, photographs, and just how well it's all put together.

    The book is combined with Weight Watcher's points included, which is mandatory now that Oprah is the official spokesperson for the program and shareholder. That doesn't, however, take over the book. It also includes prep and cook time, calorie information, and serving size.

    The layout of the book is just incredible, really. Divided into sections, Oprah discusses her life with food, her struggle with weight, and just little doses of "feel good" anecdotes that really bring together the idea that this is more than a cookbook. Each recipe also includes background on why the dish was selected for the book, with little "scribbles" on the page of Oprah's handwriting adding little extras to each recipe.

    The feel of the book is great, and full of wonderful photographs that are crisp and colorful. This is more of a coffee table book, I think, and would make a great addition to everyone's bookshelf, even if you don't cook, like me, although I will try my hardest to make the Pasta Primavera on Page 151 because it looks so great.

    Oprah's advice on these recipes: "Make these dishes special. Share them with someone you cherish. Be sure to savor-really savor-every single bite. Stop yourself from eating past the point of comfort. And do not, under any circumstances, allow yourself even a second of regret." p. 150

  • Mom3Girls
    Jan 12, 2017

    Not really impressed with this one. The recipes are nothing I would ever make. Maybe I am too simple of a cook? The stories with each recipe are okay. I would say the best part of this book is the pictures. Simply beautiful photography. Glad I only paid $19 for this one.

  • Gwen
    Jan 21, 2017

    I enjoyed reading Oprah's story as I can totally relate. Lifetime WW and know it's not a diet but a commitment to self-care and understanding why you turn to food. That said, not sure there's one recipe I will try except maybe the turkey lasagna. All seem too complicated and not down to earth for most people.

  • Marcia
    Jan 22, 2017

    Interesting to read about how Oprah has come to terms with her weight. However, with most recipes requiring things that don't normally live on my pantry shelves and other recipes calling for fifteen or more ingredients, I won't be cooking any of them soon.

  • Bonnie  Zink
    Feb 05, 2017

    I've loved all things Oprah for what seams like my entire life. Oprah introduced me to new gadgets, new ways of living, and helped me see a better way of being. This book is a continuation of that learning.

    This book is a memoir and a cook book. I mostly bought it for the memoir, but was pleasantly surprised with the recipes. Whether you are counting points with Weight Watchers or looking to eat better, the recipes in this book will not disappoint. Oprah's taste for spice is a bit higher than my

    I've loved all things Oprah for what seams like my entire life. Oprah introduced me to new gadgets, new ways of living, and helped me see a better way of being. This book is a continuation of that learning.

    This book is a memoir and a cook book. I mostly bought it for the memoir, but was pleasantly surprised with the recipes. Whether you are counting points with Weight Watchers or looking to eat better, the recipes in this book will not disappoint. Oprah's taste for spice is a bit higher than my own, but I can work with the variety of recipes in this book. I love that she has included some of her favourite kitchen gadgets and tells us why she loves them. I am looking forward to trying out some of the recipes in this book.

    Whether you are interested in knowing more about Oprah's life and struggle with food or looking for a Weight Watcher's friendly dietary make over, this book is well worth having.

  • Jessica
    Jan 30, 2017

    I wasn't really sure what to expect with this cookbook, but I always liked Oprah so I figured I'd check it out. I really liked it. She focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients and while she does mention Weight Watchers and "points" it isn't the focus of the whole book, which I liked. Each section had an introduction from Oprah about her struggles with food and weight followed by recipes. The book is divided into non-traditional sections - one all about soup, one all about greens, one more internat

    I wasn't really sure what to expect with this cookbook, but I always liked Oprah so I figured I'd check it out. I really liked it. She focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients and while she does mention Weight Watchers and "points" it isn't the focus of the whole book, which I liked. Each section had an introduction from Oprah about her struggles with food and weight followed by recipes. The book is divided into non-traditional sections - one all about soup, one all about greens, one more international recipes, etc. There were quite a few recipes I'd like to try and overall the book was beautiful. I saw that some of the other reviews complained that the recipes were too complicated or called for too many ingredients. Looking back she does call for a lot of herbs and spices, but other than fresh herbs I would think most people would have most of them. Maybe it's just the way I'm already cooking, but this is what cooking from scratch entails - planning ahead. Of course it also helps if you have a garden in the summer to pull from as well (lots of pictures of Oprah in her gardens). Overall, if you like whole food, scratch cooking this would be a great cookbook for you.

  • Lynn Kohl
    Feb 02, 2017

    Oprah is an inspiration to many but I find her recipes with too many ingredients. I am glad I did not pay for this book.

  • Laura Parente
    Feb 21, 2017

    Oprah is my favorite celebrity on this planet, so I was so excited to see her first ever cookbook on the shelf at the library! There were some great recipes, but her writings in between are what I couldn't wait to read. She always has such a positive attitude towards life, so it is not surprising to see that she feels the same about her recent weight loss journey with Weight Watchers. She looks healthy, happy, and glowing from the inside out. One take away (or Ah Ha moment) from reading the book

    Oprah is my favorite celebrity on this planet, so I was so excited to see her first ever cookbook on the shelf at the library! There were some great recipes, but her writings in between are what I couldn't wait to read. She always has such a positive attitude towards life, so it is not surprising to see that she feels the same about her recent weight loss journey with Weight Watchers. She looks healthy, happy, and glowing from the inside out. One take away (or Ah Ha moment) from reading the book? I ditched our "powdery" pepper that we have used for years and bought a disposable pepper shaker with a grinder attached. I could not believe the difference!