01/19/2012 10:24 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Top 5 Healthy Cookbooks

We were well into our review of a quarter-century of cookbooks when we were again struck by how fast the "healthy" category changes. Both the scientific and popular ideas of a healthy diet are in flux. On the science side, obsessions with total fat, sodium, antioxidants, and other micronutrients rose and fell. On the popular side: health foods, superfoods, gluten free foods. Today the overall understanding of healthy diet seems to be moving away from extremes and toward a balanced, varied, global-meets-local, always delicious ideal. But a lot of "healthy" cookbooks just don't stand up. Here are five that do. We didn't consider Cooking Light cookbooks for obvious reasons.

The Best Healthy Cookbooks