“This is not a diet book telling you what (and what not) to eat, nor is it full of faddy ideas about eating cabbage soup or living off grapefruits or eating like a caveman,” Gordon Ramsay proclaims at the beginning of Healthy, Lean & Fit: Mouth-Watering Recipes to Fuel You for Life. Indeed, with 108 recipes – from breakfast to supper and everything in between to sustain every healthy eater no matter where they might be – Gordon’s book is broken down into three categories: “Healthy,” with maintenance recipes that are lower in fat, sugar and sodium and designed to keep blood sugar levels stable; “Lean,” which keeps breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks in the optimum calorie range for weight loss; and “Fit,” highlighting active-lifestyle recipes with balanced macronutrients to fuel training and endurance sports. $32, Grand Central Life & Style
SHOOT- TO-ROOT COOKING
At the beginning of Cooking with Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, Stems, and Other Odds and Ends into Delicious Meals, author Lindsay-Jean Hard introduces us to the Japanese word mottainai, meaning regret regarding wastefulness. This word perfectly characterizes the cookbook’s ethos, inherent in its 80 recipes meant to change your view of unused or underutilized parts of ingredients. Instead of cooking with scraps as an afterthought, Lindsay encourages the reader to see the neglected bits as a whole other ingredient to use in the pantry. $20, Workman
Some combination of moisturizer, deodorant, hair gel, toothpaste, shampoo, perfume, nail polish and lipstick is likely a part of your morning routine. But your grooming go-tos could be hiding a host of parabens, phthalates and “natural” scents and colors that go on (and therefore in) your body and the environment. Think Dirty, a free app designed for cosmetics and personal-care items, identifies potential risks in these products based on carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergenicity and immunotoxicity. Using your smartphone’s camera, the app scans product barcodes and rates them based on publicly available data released by nonprofit and governmental agencies in North America. thinkdirty.com
THE RETURN OF COTTAGE CHEESE
If cottage cheese reminds you of the heyday 70s fad dieting, you could be in a shrinking minority. The seemingly simple dairy is getting an upgrade with brands like Good Culture adding probiotics and chia seeds, while others like Muuna and Dean Foods experiment by boosting the often-decried plain flavor with mix-in fruits, chiles, spices and nuts. With twice the protein of many plain yogurts and new brands favoring full-fat options, we’re ready to convert to team cottage cheese.