Runner’s World Cookbook review

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If you can’t tell, I’ve marked up and tried quite a few recipes.

I think I’ve confessed here before that while I love to cook, I’m really lousy at creating my own recipes. So when Runner’s World asked me to check out it’s new cookbook, I was more than game. I’ve spent the last two weeks diving into a variety of recipes and running them past my family to get their input. Mr. Zippy will eat just about anything, as will my son, but my daughter is the ultimate test when it comes to whether or not a dish will have widespread appeal.

Before I get into the recipes themselves, let’s talk about the book overall. I like the layout–it starts with a forward by Deena Kastor, who is not only a running legend but quite the cook as well. This is followed up by a preface on what it means to eat like a runner, and an introduction on how to eat like a runner. Then you get the recipe key, which I think is a brilliant way to categorize things. Recipe labels include pre run, recovery, fast, vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, and gluten-free. All fall into what I would consider a healthy, whole food-based approach for eating.

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A few of the recipes we tried, clockwise from top left: mini salmon cakes, chicken salad, potato and leek soup, and creamy cocoa oatmeal

So–the recipes themselves. Being a soup fanatic, I went straight to that section and began tagging recipes I wanted to try. Potato and leek soup was by far the biggest hit here. The chickpea-pesto tomato soup was also popular, albeit a bit too spicy for picky daughter. The clam chowder, something both kids usually adore, fell a bit short. I think the recipe’s attempt to cut the fat out of it made it watery and not quite as tasty as its fattier cousin.

Other recipes I tried included mini salmon cakes (HUGE hit), chicken salad (the herbs made this one), and chicken “not pie,” which was a healthier version of traditional potpie. Perhaps the very favorite recipe for my family, however, was the creamy cocoa oatmeal. I doubled the recipe so that we would have it for a couple of days and loved sending the kids off to school with a warm breakfast in their tummies. If you pick up a copy of the cookbook, go straight to this recipe!

If you’re interested in trying the cookbook yourself, head on over here and place your order. I’m just getting started on the 150 recipes and can already tell you I’ve found some I’ll turn to again and again.

Have you tried the RW Cookbook yet? What is your favorite cookbook and/or recipe? 

Disclaimer: I received this cookbook for free from Runner’s World. All opinions are my own.


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  1. I’ve been waiting to hear the reviews of the RW cookbook. After seeing a snippet of it in last months magazine, I was interested. Everything sounds yummy! I love a good bowl of oats.
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  2. I love this cookbook! Glad you made the salmon cakes. I’ve had my eye on that recipe and now want to try it this week. I agree about the Potato & Leek soup being a big hit, Ours was gone on the first day :)
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  3. I am so glad someone reviewed this! I have been debating whether or not to buy it but wanted some feedback first! Thanks for the details :)
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  4. Ohhh, the mini salmon cakes sound good. Were the recipes easy? Did you need a lot of funky ingredients? I’m pretty pathetic in the kitchen, so anything that isn’t simple tends to be a total disaster for me!
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  5. I’m loving this cookbook! I’ll have to try the potato and leak soup this weekend :)
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  6. The mini salmon cakes sound delicious as does the creamy cocoa oatmeal. I too have been waiting to hear reviews of the cookbook because we need some new recipes around here!
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  7. I must have missed reviewing this bad boy – looks awesome to try for sure!
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  8. I think I need to buy this. Potato leek is my fav soup and they don’t sell my fav choc oatmeal.

  9. I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about this cookbook and have been really curious. Thanks for sharing the review!!
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  10. We tried the Thai beef and snow peas, everybody loved it!
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  11. Looks like a mighty tasty cookbook! I haven’t bought a cookbook in forever!
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  12. Just the mention of these recipes made me hungry. I feel like I never buy paper cook books anymore, the internet is my main resource. But it’s great to hear that there were some popular recipes in this book. Seems like it would make a pretty great gift.
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  13. Thanks for the review! I saw the preview for the book in last month’s magazine and was definitely interested. My only problem is that I rarely have time to plan meals ahead of time, so then don’t end up having the ingredients necessary to make certain recipes. I’m very tempted to buy it though–it might be the incentive I need to put more time into planning and making nice dinners!
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  14. Yummy! This looks like a great cookbook! Well photographed too, which is important to me for some reason. : )
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  15. Thanks for the review – just ordered my copy – can’t wait to get it!!! (I might have added another pair of Mizunos while I was at Amazon!!)
    I am sort-of a cookbook freak – I have way too many but I keep adding more because I love them.
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  16. I actually JUST read about this on a flight. I’m a little behind on my RW reading obviously but I’m so glad for this review. I’m also not a very good cook but I often try the recipes in RW anyway so…I may just have to get this one.
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  17. Yum! I have a hard time coming up with meals for my family every day and am not the best cook. This looks like it has some good kid friendly recipes to try. The salmon cakes sound like the first ones I would try!
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  18. This sounds great! Cocoa oatmeal? Yes please!
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  19. I don’t usually by cookbooks that aren’t all vegan anymore, but I’m glad to hear that the are clearly marked. I could probably have that oatmeal!
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  20. Sounds like a great cookbook! I love cooking and trying new things.
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  21. What a great idea. I wonder if it’ll be on sale over here.
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  22. Mmm, mini salmon cakes sound so good! Glad to hear you’re liking the cookbook- I’ve been wanting to check it out.
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  23. Sounds like this needs to jump onto my Christmas list – I love cooking and enjoy a good cookbook. Plus, am trying to look for healthier alternatives for some of my favourite recipes :)
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  24. Sounds great! As lame as this sounds, does it have a lot of pictures? I tend to be much more likely to try a recipe if I see a photo of the finished product first… Great review, BTW. It makes me want to add it to my cookbook library!
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  25. Thank you for sharing your review of this cookbook! I am always on the hunt for new recipes especially now that fall is here and all I want to do is hunker down in the kitchen and cook. I will definitely have to take more of a look at this!

  26. Amy Ramos says:

    Love the RW’s cookbook. I made the clam chowder and while it is tasty, I agree that it is too watery. I might try cooking the milk and adding cornstarch (or flour) to thicken it up before adding it to the crockpot next time.
    I made the turkey and feta meatballs and they were AWESOME! Pairs great with the marinara sauce recipe

    I plan to try making the pumpkin and pecan pie for a birthday later this month.

  27. I’d liκe to find out more? I’d want to find out more details.
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