Could your cookbooks be making you fat? If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and be healthier in 2011, here’s what to avoid during the after-Christmas holiday sales: Cookbooks that’ll pack on the pounds and clog your arteries!

That task’s made a little easier this year thanks to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, who’ve put out a list of the Five Worst Cookbooks of 2010. According to these physician’s, “Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood” is home cooking gone wrong:

States in the Southeast have the highest rates of obesity in the nation, but Yearwood’s recipes are loaded with fat and cholesterol. Garth’s Breakfast Bowl, for example, includes eight large eggs, a pound each of bacon and sausage, cheese tortellini, cheddar cheese, tater tots, and butter.
Other books on the list include “Gordon Ramsay’s World Kitchen: Recipes from The F-Word,” “How to Cook Like a Top Chef,” “Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?,” and “The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free.”

What makes these cookbooks so bad? They contain too many “high-fat, meat-heavy meals,” according to the physicians. This opinion may create confusion for those who read the LA Times’ article earlier this week reporting that carbohydrates, not fat, are to blame for America’s obesity problem.

Of course, that article pointed the finger at sugars and refined grains — not at healthier forms of carbohydrates like fruit and whole grains. My rule of thumb — which I stick to better some times than others — is to eat what I know to be good carbs, good fats, and good clean sources of protein — and enjoy the not-so-good stuff in moderation. What are your healthy eating goals for 2011?

5 cookbooks to avoid for your health
A physician's group names and shames popular cookbooks that feature recipes full of unhealthy fats.