Skinny jeans. A clingy LBD. Certain outfits just scream s-e-x-y. But as a former model-turned-chef, the author knows, true sexiness is not what you put on - it's what's underneath. In this book, she shows you how to ditch imitation products for the real thing and make smart swaps to cut calories without sacrificing flavor.
As a former model turned chef, Candice Kumai knows that nothing is sexier than rocking a gorgeous body and enjoying your food. Now, she shows you how to dig in, ditch imitation products for the real thing, and make smart swaps to cut calories without sacrificing flavor. By packing each meal with "Foods with Benefits," Candice ensures that every enticing bite provides the key nutrients your body craves to stay healthy and look amazing. From decadent French toast and creamy butternut squash mac 'n' cheese to guilt-free burgers and crispy sweet potato fries, she proves that you can have your cake-Dark Chocolate-Orange Cake, to be exact-and eat it, too! Sharing essential tips and tricks every sexy chef should know, Candice's smart, fun advice and more than 100 irresistible recipes make Cook Yourself Sexy the ultimate guide to your hottest, healthiest self ever.
CANDICE KUMAI trained at Le Cordon Bleu, California School of Culinary Arts before appearing as a contestant on Top Chef. She was the host of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin. She lives in New York City.
""Cook Yourself Sexy" is a visually stunning, mouthwatering cookbook that makes you want to cook! A must have for every kitchen." --Kim Barnouin, co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller, "Skinny Bitch ""Beneath the energetic, fun, glamorous and sexy persona of Candice Kumai lies the heart and soul of a very serious chef, and all of her considerable skills are on display here."--Simon Majumdar, "Iron Chef" judge and author of "Eat My Globe ""Candice has brought sexy back to the dinner table with her newest collection of decadent, bikini-friendly recipes. Get ready for some serious stares when you rock your skinny jeans." --Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The CarbLovers Diet" and author of "Feed the Belly ""Candice blew me away from the moment she walked in to audition for "Top Chef." She's amazing!" --Andy Cohen, Host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live!" and executive producer of Bravo's "Top Chef ""Candice's approach to cooking is extremely sensible. She takes full advantage of the health benefits of fresh, whole foods: fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Remember, you are what you eat, and you don't want to look like a rib-eye steak!" --Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger and host of "Simply Ming ""Candice takes a health conscious approach towards cooking by combining simple ingredients with classic techniques and incorporating the flavors of her heritage. This combination delivers a fun, fresh and flavorful variety of dishes." --Hung Huynh, "Top Chef" winner and executive chef of Catch "Candice Kumai makes healthy cooking incredibly stylish, sexy and fun. Her latest book, "Cook Your Sexy" is aptly named, thanks to the mouthwatering recipes that were designed with your healthy, svelte physique in mind."--Alicia Rewega, Editor-in-Chief, "Clean Eating "Magazine "Candice is a rockstar. She is both a leader and member of a smart, stylish new generation and this book is a reflection ofe
The recipes in Cook Yourself Sexy reflect Candice Kumai herself: Whimsical yet sensible and with just a hint of delicious decadence.
CHAPTER 1 How to Cook Yourself Sexy What are you wearing when you feel the sexiest? For some of you, it''s a cheeky cocktail dress; for others, it''s jeans and a tank top; and yet others will say it''s a boyfriend''s sweats and T-shirt. Maybe you feel sexiest in nothing at all! Whatever you''re wearing, genuine sexiness is all about what''s underneath. It''s how you carry yourself... with confidence! And I know that for many of you, the most intimidating place in your home is the kitchen. Allow me to share the technical skills, secrets, tips, and tricks that will make you feel like a top chef--and cook yourself sexy with amazing nutrients and ingredients that will keep you strong and healthy as well as fine and lovely. The sexiest bodies don''t happen overnight. They aren''t in a pill or a shake, and they are definitely not delivered wrapped in cellophane to your doorstep. The sexiest bodies I know belong to people who work for them. They don''t eat garbage, and they wholeheartedly commit to some sort of physical activity. Eating well isn''t enough to be your best self--ahem, Miss Lazybones, you''ll have to get off the couch and move. But I think you''ll be surprised at how good it feels, and once you start seeing results in the mirror, you''ll never want to stop! Of course, this book isn''t a guide to deprivation or perfection--it''s about eating! You can eat absolutely delicious, butter-dripping, crispy fried, pan-seared, chocolate-smeared, indulgent food! This is no gimmicky plan. This is a cookbook that will give you the tools (and the recipes) to get healthy, gain confidence, and become the sexiest you have ever been. Lust Versus Love: Don''t Settle for a One-Night Stand on Your Plate Ever wake up, roll over, clutch your stomach, and think, "Oh my God, I can''t believe I ate all of that last night"? Sister, we''ve all been there. But there''s no need to panic or feel sick to your stomach. Okay, you might feel icky for a little bit. Then take a deep breath and let it go. We need to distinguish food lust from food love. Listen, I know that lust tends to be an incredible, uncontrollable, impulsive feeling, and sometimes you just have to give in! But if you let your cravings control you, eventually you''ll start making bad choices. Never fear: I''ve created some lust-worthy desserts and treats that should satisfy even your most desperate cravings, like my Grilled Mushroom and Leek Flatbread Pizza (page 130) and Dark Chocolate-Orange Cake (page 222). Otherwise, it''s time to start practicing food love. Love is a beautiful thing, a feeling of bliss! But, like lifelong relationships that blossom out of the best friendships, true love isn''t always achieved in a hot minute. Sometimes it takes a little while to see the love that''s right in front of your face. Learn to love the right foods, and they''ll return your affection--even the ones you weren''t so sure about! Try my Kale and Fennel Caesar (page 99) for a delicious, unexpected wow factor that you''re sure to fall head over heels for. Adopt a Sexy Culture as Your Own Okinawa, Japan, is considered a "Blue Zone"--meaning Okinawans may have one of the highest life expectancies in the world. In 2000, their life expectancy averaged about 78 years for men and 86 years for women. Okinawans suffer from common diseases at much lower rates than people in Western cultures, perhaps because they focus their efforts on prevention versus battling or treating their health problems. And a healthy, delicious diet is the best preventive medicine! The more I studied my Japanese ancestry and cuisine, the more I began to realize, this is genius! My grandmother''s generation ate as a family. They ate to nurture. They ate until they were 80% full and no more. They did not waste anything. They did not overconsume. They simply ate real, unprocessed and wholesome, foods. Living to nurture one another was a ritual, a family affair, a way of life, and one I have tried to incorporate in my cooking and eating habits. I dine out with friends or host fun, fabulous dinner parties with some of my DIY cocktails. I make food part of the whole experience, not just something to shove in my mouth. I also grew up in sunny Southern California, where being fit was a way of life. I could wake up and go for a jog, surf, or swim. My friends would meet for a game of tennis, yoga, or a dip in the ocean. A sedentary lifestyle wasn''t an option. Plus, there was always a bit of a healthy competition between the ladies. Everyone wanted to make sure that her body was in pristine shape because everyone else''s was. Even if you don''t live in a warm climate, you can keep a Cali mind-set--where every day is bikini weather! DO AS CALI GIRLS DO Make exercise a priority, and make it fun! Find activities you love, and get your friends to join in. A little competitive jogging-or speed shopping-never hurt anyone. (Well, maybe your wallet.) Get outside! Studies show that even 15 or 20 minutes in the sun can help boost your mood. Just be sure to slather on that sunscreen. Think bikini. Picture the sun shining on a beautiful beach, and your hot bod in an adorable two-piece. Visualizing your goals can help keep you motivated. Omegas Do It Better CONFESSION: I''ve been having an affair. I''m infatuated with omega-3 fatty acids. You should be, too! The average American adult gets less than 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids per day. That''s it. And that''s a huge shame, because omega-3s can do all sorts of amazing things for your body, like: Reduce inflammation, which is thought to be the base of many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancers, and arthritis Keep your heart and arteries healthy Aid in relieving joint pain . Reduce blood pressure and improve blood pressure response to stress * Boost your brain, memory, and cognitive function. Emerging research shows that omega-3s help slow cognitive problems such as Alzheimer''s disease and age-related cognitive decline The Best Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids CHIA SEEDS: The wonder seeds! The richest source of omega-3s on Earth, they also have more calcium per serving than milk, twice the potassium of a banana, and three times as much iron as spinach. Chia seeds have a very subtle flavor. Sprinkle on your granola, yogurt, salad, or sandwich. FLAXSEED: Just 1/4 cup of flaxseed contains about 7 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Evidence shows it may help reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. WALNUTS: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet including walnuts helped reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol; 1/4 cup of walnuts contains 2.8 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. SALMON: The little fish that started it all. Opt for wild salmon instead of farmed whenever possible. Because of their superior diet, wild salmon are lower in fat and richer in omega-3s than farmed. SARDINES: A superconcentrated source of omegas. Sardines are also rich in vitamin B12 (second only to calf''s liver) and protein. Not only is this my favorite fish ever, it''s also affordable! So stock up on sardines and save for more stilettos. WINTER SQUASH: Rich in omega-3s, vitamins A and C, and fiber--that''s a win- win-win. TOFU: A 4-ounce serving of tofu will provide about 0.4 gram of omega-3s. While keeping all soy in moderation, you can still get your omega fix in a hit of tofu. It''s Time to Get Real I want you to read the following words out loud: clean, real, unprocessed, untouched, raw, indulgent, rich. Doesn''t that sound oh so sexy? Maybe you need to read that again, but this time, try using your sultriest voice. Yes! Now read these words: chemically processed, lab tested, preservative laden, hormone injected, fillers. I don''t think so. Not even my throatiest, Stifler''s mom impression could make those words sound sexy. I hope it''s pretty obvious that real, clean, wholesome eating is the way to go. It should come as no surprise that millions of people are diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity each year. Perhaps it may have something to do with our diets? As I''ve mentioned before, many of my Japanese ancestors stuck to a diet virtually untouched by processed foods and junk food fillers. And according to global studies, the Japanese live some of the longest, happiest, leanest lives on the planet. So I''m going to share their secrets and way of life with you. Don''t worry, my American roots still run deep--I love burgers, flatbread pizzas, salads, French fries, and plenty of chocolate! I''m just not going to stuff you until you''re so full you can''t breathe. I am, however, going to teach you about balance, moderation, and discipline the way that I''ve learned from my ancestors. High Standards Apply Just like men, food can be held to various standards, and yours should be top-notch! You''d never go out with a guy who was rude or careless-why would you ever eat something that made you feel just as bad? Here are a few rules to keep in mind, whether you''re grocery shopping or going on a date. BE PICKY. Look for substance and quality. Don''t just give in to any cheap, quick, fake meal. If you''re not sure, read the ingredients list carefully (i.e., get a second opinion!). LESS IS MORE. It''s okay to let go and live a little. Go ahead and dabble in a few guilty pleasures. But definitely don''t get out of control with the main course. Leave a little room for something later. CURFEW THAT APPETITE: It''s ne