Fats get a bad rap. The healthy ones have been overshadowed by the trans and saturated fats in processed food, and then deemed evil by every low-fat diet fad that has sworn them off since the 1960s. But, guess what? Your body needs fat. It provides energy, supports cell growth, and helps with nutrient absorption.
Chef Franklin Becker of Little Beet suffers from Type 2 diabetes. He partnered with food writer Peter Kaminsky to shatter the fat stereotype in a just-released cookbook, Good Fat Cooking. Using Mediterranean cuisine as inspiration, Becker has devised a series of rustic recipes that celebrate healthy fats. (Expect to see a lot of delicious staples such as olive oil and avocado.) Ahead are a few of our favorite "good fat" recipes. The truth is, fat was never your enemy.