What I’m reading this month: Fix It With Food by Michael Symon

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

Fix It With Food by Michael Symon book cover


Yes, I’m reading a cookbook this month, which is kind of funny if you know me. I complain quite a bit about menu planning and going grocery shopping. In fact, when our local Fred Meyer started a grocery shopping service, I nearly cried tears of joy. (Of course, I had to write a blog post about it and you can find that here.) But once the menu is planned and the shopping is done, then comes the dreaded task of.....c-o-o-k-i-n-g. Honestly, I'd rather get a root canal.


So yes, I bought yet another cookbook, hoping to find some solace in the kitchen. (Spoiler Alert: I did!)


I originally bought this cookbook because of the focus on anti-inflammatory recipes but I was very hesitant because this is written by an Iron Chef. And you know about those Iron Chefs, using their sous vide machines and their fancy fenugreek. Because of this, I was anticipating a lot of weird, expensive and hard-to-find ingredients along with advanced cooking techniques but I was happily surprised that wasn’t the case.


The recipes are delicious.  They are what I would call down to earth, simple and honest. They consist of a few “normal” ingredients prepared in an easy and quick-to-make manner.  The instructions are complete and the beautiful photography gives you some goals.


I have to say, my cooking skills are definitely elevated. I also have to admit, I am absolutely dumbfounded when I create a meal from this book that is actually really quite good (and looks like the picture!). Even Mr. Viola likes these meals.  And the best part is these recipes are satisfying. 


Even if I wasn’t focusing on an elimination diet, I would still cook from this book. You certainly do not feel deprived, and in fact, you feel better.  The flavors Michael Symon have orchestrated are divine!


I’ve already earmarked some of my favorite recipes including:


Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese


Grilled Chicken Paillard


Grilled Skirt Steak with Cherry-Balsamic Sauce


Zucchini, Chickpea, and Quinoa Salad


Sausage-Stuffed Hot Peppers


Ratatouille-Baked Chicken


Mom’s Lasagna (instead of noodles, made with Yukon Gold potatoes)


So far these are my favorites, which happen to be everything I have cooked so far.  I haven’t had a bad experience yet.


Eating healthy and feeling better are goals I and Mr. Viola are making a priority this year. This book is one tool in our arsenal to accomplish just that.


If you are looking to improve your meals, your health, elevate your cooking, impress your dining-mate or are just looking for something new to cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I highly recommend Fix It With Food by Michael Symon. 

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Francine Viola, Realtor
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Comments (5)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Francine,  This sounds like a great way to  help yourself.  Finding those key recipes for health and taste is an important step.  Enjoy!

Feb 23, 2020 07:55 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Francine.

I like to cook, however it is easier to go buy something already cooked, but it doesn't taste the same.  Time for some sausage and eggs, and yes I will cook it

Feb 24, 2020 01:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Francine... these sound like great dishes and I'm definitely going to check out this cookbook.

Feb 24, 2020 04:29 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, when I saw the title it made me think it was going to talk about being able to cure some ailments by eating the right things.

Feb 24, 2020 07:25 AM
Francine Viola

Hi Brian England - I didn't do a very good job of explaining this book but the focus is avoiding foods that can cause inflammation, which inflammation alone can lead to a lot of problems for some folks.  But even without that component, still a really good cookbook! I hope you can check it out.    

Feb 24, 2020 10:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Gello Francine,  I need to check this book out,  Loveto cook and working on my on cookbook.

Feb 25, 2020 12:20 PM