Be Your Own Chef II:
Cooking with Fresh Ingredients & Dietary Substitutions in Every Recipe

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Be Your Own Chef II is larger in size than the first edition and filled with 300 pages of all-new recipes from Karen Peek. This spiral-bound cookbook is all about inspiring you to be creative with each recipe and cooking to your own taste. Each recipe provides suggested ranges for most ingredients so that you become the chef and make the recipe your own.

Many recipes in this book include some of the same ingredients, saving you time and money and preventing wasted food. You might say this is an all-in- one cookbook. All recipes are packed full of alternative ingredients that can be swapped in place of the original ones in order to suit your individual taste, dietary needs, and budget. Also, this book is filled with tips to help you with food preparation and shelf life. Tips and alternatives are recipe-specific, so no page-flipping is necessary.

Be Your Own Chef II is designed to help you eat a balanced diet. Karen shows you how to transform your “guilty pleasure” into a guilt-free pleasure. In addition, Karen nixes the myth that eating healthy equals bland food. She teaches you how to use healthy herbs and spices to add mouth-watering flavor to every last bite without breaking the budget.

Be Your Own Chef II is the follow-up to Be Your Own Chef. Both came about when the door of nursing was shut and a window opened to follow a new dream. Diagnosed with an adrenal disease and heart condition in 2008, Karen Peek was unable to continue nursing. In the midst of these chronic difficulties, she discovered and developed a new passion in an unfamiliar world, immersing herself in the unknown. She self-taught and studied the intricacies of cooking. From that, writing recipes soon came naturally. She has a passion for encouraging others to never give up on life in spite of circumstances and to not be afraid of the unknown.