'The Chew's' Daphne Oz advocates eating healthy without making it an obsession

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Daphne Oz, a host of ABC's "The Chew," recalls last year's Mother's Day, when she and her siblings were traveling, and there was no celebration. As she considers what would make an ideal Mother's Day brunch, she thinks back to a special family vacation.

"We took a family trip when I was little to France, and we went on a bike ride one day, and stumbled on a family-run restaurant," Oz tells Zap2it. "All they made was homemade quiche and salad, and it was [Mom's] favorite meal, comfort food made from scratch. I will re-create the French experience for her."

In her latest book, "Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun," Oz includes a straightforward recipe for quiche and immediately follows that with a separate one for the crust, for those who don't want to use ready-made. Like any good pie crust, hers requires butter, but only 1/3 of a cup.

"I am a health advocate and put a priority on that," Oz says. "But it's not an obsession, and I want people to understand being healthy does not need to be this bland, strict, horrible experience.

"If it is not full of joy," she says of why people lose interest in diets. "That is really what the recipes in this book are really about. I think it does a really good job of balancing and not compromising flavor."

Oz, daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz, shot to the best-seller list with her first book, "The Dorm Room Diet." The new book is a heartfelt take on a range of subjects relating to self and home, including beauty and home tips, and a piece about the differences between confidants and acquaintances.

"Your confidant knows about your last breakup because they watched you bawl your face off," Oz writes. "An acquaintance only knows that your 'relationship status' online has changed."

Oz, who raves about her co-hosts on the weekday show, is enthusiastic about constantly learning, which she says "should be reassuring for home viewers. What we try to show are the essentials to keep at home, and the huge struggle in America is people don't often cook at home. It can be challenging, inconvenient. It is one of the places in my life I have made a concerted effort to take control of."
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