You know that "freshman 15" you hear about for college students? Well its more of a "Junior 50" for me. In my defense I was 120lbs at 5'8", when I started college and right out of the Army, exercising every day. Regardless, I want it gone! (At least half of it) Step one is obviously changing my diet. I'm looking for recipes which I can cook that are healthy and above average at the least, and hoping you can help me out with some recipes. Names of the recipes are fine, I know how to Google. I've just never been much of a foodie (forgive me if I use that term wrong), so my current idea what dinner is supposed to be, can likely be found on a menu at Denny's or McDonald's. Like I said, I know how to Google so I know how to find healthy recipes blah blah blah.... what I really want is those items you find on the menu's to places only the 1% on wall street can afford. The things that take the chefs that work there years to perfect because its anything but easy to make. Something that I can put on the table in front of someone else and they don't believe I cooked it. I'm not an expert cook, maybe an amateur at best, but I've never followed a recipe I couldn't handle and I don't accept personal failure. I've tried looking for cookbooks, but anything that comes close to what I'm looking for focuses on either "quick" or "easy" based on the safe assumption that because I need a cookbook in the first place I'm not capable to handle real gourmet dishes Spare me the monkey brain's and snake surprise which you saw in Temple of Doom, I already know how to gross people out. I want food that's impressive and worth eating. If it matters I live close to San Francisco so I can find most exotic ingredients easily enough. I'm taking other measures to loose the weight, and this dieting is more of a "not ramyun" based diet. So most recipes would probably do just fine, so long as its not deep fried in animal fat or soaked in butter overnight.