You Can Trust a Skinny Cook -- a cookbook giveaway

chocolate cakeThis drawing is now closed, sorry! Congrats to the winners. Chocolate cake in a healthy cookbook? Yes, please. I've been dying to write about You Can Trust a Skinny Cook again because I've been cooking out of it for the past year, ever since the manuscript was first delivered to me. In fact I love this book so much, I'm doing a little giveaway. Two winners will be chosen at random from anyone in the U.S. or Canada who posts a comment here -- one entry per person please.You Can Trust a Skinny CookThe first time I wrote about this project, I couldn't give away much information, but now the book is showing up in stores across the country. If author Allison Fishman looks familiar, you might remember her as one of the co-hosts of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin show, which turned into a best-selling cookbook by the same name. If you don't know her, you'll be in for a treat if you check out this book -- her smart tips, awesome-tasting recipes, and great sense of humor come through on every page so well, you almost forget these recipes are good for you.mac and cheeseHere are some of my own snapshots from behind the scenes at the photoshoot. As usual, you'll have to see the real book for the gorgeous photos by Lucy Schaeffer, and you won't be disappointed. In fact the stunning photo of lemon-blueberry tarts on her web site home page are from this book.Simon Andrews, food stylistFood styling credit goes to Simon Andrews -- yes, I work with Simon a lot because he's incredibly talented and a really nice guy. How cool is this shot? We wanted an overhead angle for the frittata, so we had to move the set to the floor to make it work.propspropsThe propping was done by Deborah Williams. I always have to post a few photos like these from photoshoots just to make Irvin Lin a little jealous.soupI need to make this soup recipe soon -- love the color.dessertThe desserts in this book are really amazing. Allison has a great philosophy that people aren't likely to stick to a healthy diet if they're deprived all the time. I'm totally with her on that.Allison FishmanAllison FishmanAllison FishmanShhh, don't tell Allison I posted this series of photos of her being silly on set. She's just so cute and funny, I couldn't resist.steak chimuchurriRemember, I'm giving away two copies of You Can Trust a Skinny Cook, so just post a comment if you'd like to be entered. And good luck!

two pastas by 10:30am

farfalle with mozzarella and tomatoesWith the crazy heat in the New York City area this summer, I haven't been blogging very much because I haven't been cooking very much. Finally, some relief. I'll try to catch up because of course I've been eating some cool food (and doing a little cooking too). First up, I made two kinds of pasta before 10:30am yesterday. All of you crazy foodies know what I'm talking about -- baking/cooking marathons. I read about them on your blogs all the time. I had to make a dish for a potluck, and I needed to make something for dinner tomorrow night too. First up, a yummy farfalle with fresh mozz, tomatoes, basil, and garlic. I'd say it was pretty straightforward, except that I jazzed it up with this awesome Fig & Balsamic Vinegar from Carter & Cavero that I'd bought at the Limelight Marketplace. Mmmmmm.broccoli rabe & sausage pastaNext I made that awesome broccoli rabe and sausage pasta again. I'm totally addicted to this stuff now. I wish Allison Fishman's cookbook was out already, but we'll have to wait until Spring 2011.

Allison Fishman on CBS Early Show

broccoli rabe pastaYou probably already know about my pasta addiction. This one is a winner. I can't give you too many details because it's from a book that won't be out until early next year, but you can see it's rigatoni with broccoli rabe and some yummy Aidells sausage (one of my favorite brands). Did I mention this recipe comes from a healthy cookbook and that it's ridiculously easy to prepare?Allison FishmanThe author of the cookbook is Allison Fishman. I wrote last month about the photoshoot for her book, and this is another behind-the-scenes shot. If you don't already know all about Allison, you might want to check out the CBS Early Show on Monday morning around 8:45. She's making an appearance on behalf of Cooking Light magazine, and I bet the food is going to be tasty. I'll update this post with links to the video and recipes tomorrow. And sorry about teasing you about the recipes, but I have to say this is going to be one of the best books I've ever published, so it's definitely worth the wait.

behind the scenes with Allison Fishman

Fishman shootSorry things have been a little slow here at my blog -- I've been really busy lately. It's mostly good stuff (still eating, cooking, photographing), but I'm running a bit behind schedule. That gorgeous beet dish is a snapshot I took at a photoshoot for the first cookbook by Allison Fishman. If her name sounds familiar, you might remember Allison from the Lifetime show Cook Yourself Thin. Or maybe you know about her cooking school in Brooklyn.Allison Fishman and Lucy SchaefferThat's Allison with the cute apron in front of the camera, and the amazing photographer Lucy Schaeffer behind it.props at Fishman shootDeborah Williams did the prop styling -- this is just a small sample of the cool stuff she brought for the shoot.Fishman shootFishman shootFishman shootThose are some more snapshots from behind the scenes at the shoot. The real photos by Lucy will be much nicer, trust me. The book (still untitled, but I'll let you know) will be out in Spring 2011. Believe it or not, this is a healthy cookbook with calorie and fat gram counts. If I can eat a plate of spaghetti and meatballs without the guilt, sign me up.Simon AndrewsAnd what behind-the-scenes blog post would be complete without photos of the food stylist in action? This time it's one of my faves, Simon Andrews. Thanks, Lucy, Deborah, and Simon for doing a great job. Now I can't wait for this book to come out.