What inspired you to write your book?
“Growing up in an Italian household, I would watch my mother spend hours in the kitchen. “I began wondering if there was a simpler way to do things with all the flavor and less calories.” This curiosity led to many of the recipes included in “Fit Cuisine.”
“I want to teach people that it is easy to prepare simple, healthy meals with minimal time or worry.”
About your Book:
As a fitness professional, I know how important it is to eat well, but as a business woman I also knows how difficult it can be to prepare wholesome meals after a stressful day. In my cookbook “Fit Cuisine: Healthy Food Made Simple”, I wanted to shows home cooks just how simple and easy it can be to prepare good food that’s also good for them.
“Fit Cuisine” goes beyond the low-fat, low-calorie revelry to show readers that by using common, whole foods they can make mealtime more delicious, more enjoyable and less time-consuming.
I am an avid cook, showcaseing colorful imagination as I delivers recipe after recipe of simple yet inspired dishes. Each recipe is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes look at how I arrived at the dish, giving the cookbook the feel of an intimate memoir. Guiding readers through recipe variations, allowing for individual taste preferences and dietary restrictions.
“Fit Cuisine” includes nearly 100 recipes in eight categories, including: Quick and Healthy Breakfast Meals, Healthy Soups and Hearty Stews, Healthy Salads and Vegetable Dishes, Healthy and Simple Pastas, Vegetarian and Fish Dishes, Something-Other-Than-Chicken Dishes, Endless Chicken Dishes, and Healthy and Simple Almost-Desserts.
Cuisine Style or Food Genre
Sample Recipe or Food Advice
Ground Turkey with Butternut Squash and Tomato
1 package of Butternut Squash cubed
1 package Ground Turkey
1 diced Zucchini
1 can of diced tomato
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 TBSP Olive oil
2 TBSP chopped Sun dried tomato
In a saute pan place your oil, butternut squash, zucchini and turkey. Cook till turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add your seasoning, sundried tomato and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat and serve
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
Cookbook writing is very detailed, and time consuming. Considering I self published a lot of the work is on you, proofing, editing, etc.
You really want to make sure that your recipes are clear and easy to understand. Although I never wrote a genre book, here cookbooks are very specific and taylored. Mine really focuses on quick, healthy, good for you meals. There is something for everyone in this book. My Fit Cuisine Note (given with each recipe shows how you can change the recipe to your liking).
What advice would you give to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
Go for your dreams, but have a specific idea in mind. Cookbooks should be easy, fun and ingredients should be available at local markets.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I decided that for a first timer, who wanted to be cost effective self publishing was the way to go. Plus other I spoke with did the same. IUniverse was one that had the best cost and worked with me the entire way through, following up on calls, emails etc.
I don’t know if I would do it again based on my time, and current schedule. Hopefully next time I can go pro.
I am a Wellness Coach, and hold multiple certifications in the fields of health and wellness. I am also general manager of Fitness 121 Personal Training, located in Roseland, N.J. Fitness 121 has been twice named New Jersey’s “Best Exercise Studio.”
When not working or preparing exciting meals, I enjoys running, traveling and spending time with my friends and family.