Chef and TV Host Christine Tizzard knows that for all the things you can't control in this world, what you put on the table is entirely up to you. In Honest to Goodness she showcases years of expe
Chef and TV Host Christine Tizzard knows that for all the things you can't control in this world, what you put on the table is entirely up to you. In Honest to Goodness she showcases years of experience preparing food in front of and behind a camera, sharing over 100 nutritious, stress-free and flavourful recipes that will have your family savouring every bite.
It can be hard to keep up with food trends, and Honest to Goodness surveys the endless fads and fixations to discover what's best for you and your family. With an emphasis on raw ingredients and whole foods, Christine shows you how to prepare accessible meals from scratch, utilizing the healthiest and most beneficial properties of everything you touch without skimping on taste or getting lost in culinary crazes.
Learn everyday staples like Homemade Hot Sauce or Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour, then add them to breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are quick to prepare and delicious to eat. Enjoy preparing foods that serve everyday needs without feeling ordinary, like Spatchcock Piri Piri Chicken or Sweet and Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Sorgum. Sample enough bake sale recipes to get you through the year — from Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies to Oh My Gluten-Free Brownies — and let Christine shows you how to prepare packed lunches your kids will want to show off: Kid-Friendly Quinoa Tabouli, Black Forest Grilled Cheese in a Bagel — even sushi.
Without the right motivation, cooking can become a chore. Honest to Goodness brings creativity back to the kitchen and ensures a meal you can delight in — whatever side of plate you're on.
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is a Newfoundland native and mother of two who has been passionate about food, film, fashion and television for as long as she can remember. A model and actor from a young age, her obsession with food and healthy eating eventually led her to the Chef training program at George Brown College in Toronto. Since then, she has made regular guest chef appearances on daytime TV shows like Rogers' Cityline, CTV's Marilyn Dennis, CBC's Steven and Chris and was thrilled to join CBC Television and Canada's most popular daily food show, BEST RECIPES EVER. She has been a spokesperson and brand ambassador for Philips, Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Bonne Maman (to name a few) and worked as a food stylist, food writer and recipe developer, as well as a culinary producer for shows such as Masterchef Canada and W Networks Pressure Cooker. Honest to Goodness is her first cookbook.
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From the Introduction
Most the time when we cook at home it feels like a chore, but food should be fun. I see more and more people getting absorbed in food trends and niche diets and struggling to keep up. But trends don't last, and I want to instill a positive and encouraging approach to food — all people need are practical, easy and accessible recipes made with humble, nutrient-dense ingredients. I want you to be able to sit down and eat, whether it's by yourself, or around a table full of kids and chatter. This is where memories are made!
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"Very practical and creative, and involves the whole family. . . One of my faves is the yummy spatchcock piri piri chicken, not too spicy yet still full of flavour. . . She (Christine Tizzard) makes cooking fun."
— Dean Tudor, food and wine reviewer
"This is a lovely cookbook with over 100 nutritious, yet tasty recipes for your family. Christine focuses on packing nutrients into recipes that are tasty enough that even your pickier eaters will love. Anatomy of a Recipe walks you through the recipes explaining commonly used terms so it doesn't have to be repeated in each recipe. There is also a Basics chapter with recipes for spice mixtures, gluten free flour mix, condiments, stocks, etc. . . Honest to Goodness is a delightful cookbook that is perfect for people who love healthy but tasty food."
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"Healthy, fast, modern and delicious. These are the dishes Christine Tizzard cooks up every day for her family and friends, and now she's giving harried home cooks the building blocks to do likewise for theirs."
— Amy Rosen, James Beard?nominated journalist, cookbook author and former Food Editor at Chatelaine and House & Home magazines
"Simple yet satisfying meals using accessible, flavourful ingredients. I found the recipes calming to read and use, with no fussiness or pressure to show off in the kitchen. This is a cookbook that begs to be splattered from overuse."
— Alison Fryer, Professor at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College and former General Manager of The Cookbook Store in Toronto
"Reading Honest to Goodness is like sinking into the softest, comfiest couch ever, and while the term 'comfort food' applies, it doesn't tell the whole story. Christine makes great food accessible and easy. You get the sense she's sharing her secrets with us, and her modern spin on the classics is refreshing and makes you want to try everything in the book."
— "Deli King" Zane Caplansky
"Christine's recipes are thoughtfully created to help you feel like you've mastered delicious, wholesome cooking that you feel good about sharing with friends and family."
— Pay Chen, food writer and TV host
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2018 Gourmand Awards finalist in the Television English category
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Click here to see the No-Cheese Cherry Cheesecake Recipe.
Below is a video of Christine making pancakes and a berry vanilla rhubarb compote for the pancakes, both recipes are from the book. "Who doesn't want pancakes every weekend!"