Since Don’s Lynch Syndrome and cancer last summer, we have been trying to revamp our diet to make sure we are doing everything within our power to eat healthier.  When I was given the opportunity to review the American Heart Association’s Go Fresh book, I jumped at the opportunity to try some new recipes with our family.

American Heart Association Go Fresh Book Review | Mini Van Dreams #review #bookreview #recipes

I have purchased American Heart Association cookbooks before and have been pleased with the array of recipes and meals I have prepared.  So, when I saw this Go Fresh cookbook – I didn’t give it a second thought about reviewing it.

That being said, however, this is one of the worst cookbooks I have used from the American Heart Association.  Sadly, the best part of the book was the shopping and storage tips.  While all the recipes featured fresh foods – obviously – there was nothing even remotely feasible for my family.  For example, could you see 5 year olds eating Filets Mignons with Blackberry-Soy Reduction?  If I put that on the table, they’d run me over getting to the cupboard for something else.  Most of the recipes also have excessive amounts of ingredients – not budget-friendly at all.  Some of the recipes I question the cooking times, however.  They seem to be more applicable in a test kitchen that real life (you know, dogs and kids running through the kitchen).

The nice thing about this cookbook is that everything is spelled out – prep time, servings, cooking time, and nutrition.  This book would be great for a couple or a family with older children that are more robust in their cuisine.

Unfortunately, this cookbook – while a great concept – is not family or budget-friendly in my opinion.  I would highly suggest checking it out at the library or doing the “Look Inside!” option at Amazon to see if it is something you would use prior to purchasing it.

I was rather disappointed in this book from the American Heart Association.

Disclosure: I received Go Fresh for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  No affiliate links present in this post.

Tags: , ,