Julia Turshen unites healthy and comfort in the kitchen: Delicious “does not have to be complicated”

It shouldn’t feel revolutionary, but beloved cookbook author Julia Turshen has written a healthy cookbook with no limitations. When I pointed this out to her, the culinary force behind “Simply Julia: 110 Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food” was both humbled and sad.

“I both really appreciate hearing that, and I’m also so sad to hear that,” Turshen told me on Salon Talks. “I just think for so long, I know that I confused the words ‘healthy’ and ‘skinny.’ I thought they meant the same thing.”

Turshen wrote a healthy cookbook that both celebrates comfort food — a genre of food often associated with feelings of guilt — and has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss. Instead of associating the word “healthy” with limitations, Turshen associates it with limitlessness.

“It has nothing to do with restriction. It has nothing to do with deprivation. There are no limitations in

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