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Allison Fishman Task dishes on healthier eating

For about the last four years, Allison Fishman Task, 41, has been lightening up recipes for Cooking Light magazine, so she’s intimately familiar with New Year’s resolutions that revolve around weight loss. Her latest book, “Lighten Up, America! Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free,” aims to make healthier eating a bit more realistic. “The biggest challenge with the ‘I’m going to eat healthier’ New Year’s resolution is when a meat and potatoes family decides ‘we’re all going to go vegan for January,’ ” says the Montclair, N.J., author. “That is a really big and scary goal and you’ll probably keep it up for a few days then go crazy. I think what’s exciting about this book is you can still eat the foods you love and they’re going to be a little bit healthier.” Recipes reimagine 150 popular sinful foods as lighter delights, including regional classics like clam chowder and lobster rolls.

Q. What’s the process of making a dish lighter?

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