Cookbook Review: Oprah’s Food, Health and Happiness

Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It’s been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight. In Food, Health, and Happiness, Oprah shares the recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her.

With dishes created and prepared alongside her favorite chefs, paired with personal essays and memories from Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen!) of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world. Delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, these are the recipes Oprah most loves to make at home and share with friends and family.

From simple pleasures like Unfried Chicken and Turkey Chili, to such celebrations of freshness as Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad and Pasta Primavera, this is food as it should be: a taste of happiness, a ritual to be shared, a toast to life.

Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life is available at and


Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Smart Points: 4 per serving
Calories: 179 per serving



1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2 medium ribs celery, finely chopped

1 large carrot, finely chopped

6 medium fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces


3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

¼ cup tomato paste

6 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped

3 cups Great Chicken Stock

Freshly ground black pepper


Optional garnishes

Fresh basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons

Grated Parmesan cheese

Red pepper flakes

Tomato concassée

(peeled, seeded, and chopped tomato)



Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and basil. Season with salt, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not colored, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, until aromatic. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes to break down the tomatoes and blend the flavors.

Working in batches, pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth (or leave part of it chunky for one of the variations), returning the soup to a new pan. Spoon into bowls and serve with your choice of garnish.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books.

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