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Healthy Eats: Must-Try Cookbooks That Will Befriend Your Waistline

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Jun. 12 2013, Published 1:44 p.m. ET

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Warmer weather months and seriously cute summer fashion trends are reminding me to slow my roll and consciously eat healthier, so I've been on the hunt for cookbooks offering healthy recipes that won't leave me scrounging for a Snickers bar. Here are three that meet all of my requirements:

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The Drop 10 Diet Cookbook

So normally any cookbook with the word "diet" in the title would freak me out, but this Drop 10 tome, from Self editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger, is eradicating my phobia of that particular four-letter word. Garlicky flank steak with sweet potato, orange lentil salad, apple almond oat muffins and lemon crepes with cherry-ricotta filling are all recipes that make my mouth water. The instructions are easy to follow and the dishes aren't your usual ho-hum diet fare.

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Art Smith's Healthy Comfort

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