Runner’s World Cookbook review

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

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.

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

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. says

    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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  2. says

    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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  3. says

    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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  4. says

    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!

  5. 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.