It may seem like an oxymoron: comfort food that’s also healthy. (Imagine that!) This is precisely what drew us to Simply Julia: 110 Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food (Harper Wave, 2021). The idea that foods we associate with indulgence like pot pie and coffee cake could possibly be part of a lifestyle led by mindful eating is genius – and perfectly aligned with the focus of this issue. It’s so much easier for healthy habits to become routine when they have a sensory payoff, too.
Julia Turshen is a New York Times bestselling cookbook writer and a champion of nostalgia-loving but unfussy home cooks. So these recipes are not long lists of fancy ingredients but many things we have on hand or can easily get without making multiple trips to different stores. They go light on cream, butter and sugar but