Life changes prompt Carmel mom to compile clean-eating cookbook

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Local chef and registered dietician Michelle Dudash recently published the second edition of her popular cookbook, “Clean Eating for Busy Families.”

Dudash said she knew for a long time she wanted to write a cookbook, but it felt like a pipe dream. In 2012, she made the dream a reality with the first edition of “Clean Eating for Busy Families.”

Although her culinary training was focused on fine dining, becoming a mother made Dudash realize she needed to simplify recipes she had created during her time as a private Cordon Bleu-certified chef while maintaining nutrition and flavor profiles.

“After I had my first child, it was a very big change in lifestyle,” Dudash said. “Your time to prepare a meal is limited. I found ways to take my old recipes from when I was a private chef and make them more streamlined.”

Dudash said the first edition sold almost 25,000 copies. More than six years later, Dudash’s publisher, Fair Winds Press, suggested a second edition.

“Clean eating is still so relevant and the book was still selling,” Dudash said. “People’s preferences and what’s available at grocery stores has changed.”

Dudash now has two young children and has streamlined the recipes even more, saying readers want recipes they can make in less than 30 minutes.

The updated cookbook, “Clean Eating for Busy Families, revised and expanded: Simple and Satisfying Real-Food Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love,” contains new recipes, updated images, dairy-free and gluten-free options and highlighted 30-minute recipes.

Dudash celebrated the second edition with a launch party last month in the special events room at 21st Amendment Wine & Spirits in Carmel. The event featured samplings of her recipes, wine pairings, book signing and gifts for attendees.

“I was thrilled (with the book launch party),” Dudash said. “It was exactly what I envisioned, which was for people to sample recipes from the book and enjoy each other. The wine pairings were great, too.”

The book is available at amazon.com/Clean-Eating-Families-revised-expanded/dp/1592338615 or at book stores such as Barnes & Noble.

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