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Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love [Paperback]

Devin Alexander , Biggest Loser Experts and Cast , Melissa Roberson
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Nov. 11 2008
As grocery costs continue to rise, many family cooks are finding themselves in a tough predicament: How can they feed their families healthy, satisfying meals without breaking the bank? In The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, New York Times best-selling author Devin Alexander shows families that eating on a budget can be easy, nutritious—and delicious!
With more than 125 recipes that will satisfy every member of the family, Chef Alexander provides complete, affordable options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with mix-and-match side dishes, healthy snacks, and desserts. From Broccoli & Cheddar Frittatas to Steak Fajita Quesadillas, Family Sized Meatball Parmesan to Peanut Butter Fudge Sundaes, these wholesome, satisfying dishes will become an essential part of every family cook’s repertoire.
In addition to an overview of the Biggest Loser eating plan and Chef Alexander’s recipes, readers will find helpful cooking and cost-saving tips from favorite Biggest Loser contestants and online club members. They will also find simple ways to get kids involved in the kitchen and fun ideas for family mealtimes. Designed to make healthy eating accessible for everyone, The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook will help pad wallets—not waistlines.

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Starred Review. Mirroring the magazine on which it is based, this collection of 1,200 recipes is accessible, applicable to most home cooks' lives and a pleasure to cook from. Editor-in-chief Fairchild, who started at the magazine in 1978, sums up the classic Bon Appétit recipe as "a sophisticated twist on a beloved classic, and it's easy to make"—qualities illustrated in such dishes as Upscale Macaroni and Cheese, which uses blue cheese, red peppers and celery, and a lighter Chicken Paprikás, which omits sour cream in the sauce but uses both hot and sweet Hungarian paprikas. There's a nice range of dishes, from American to Chinese, Latin American to French, and the introductions to the recipes helpfully offer serving recommendations, notes on ingredients and possible substitutions. Refreshingly, recipes for suggested sides appear alongside recipes for main courses (e.g., Pan-Seared Chicken with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes). Novice cooks will feel comfortable using the book; "Notes from the Test Kitchen" detail all manner of culinary tools, key pantry items, cooking terminology and techniques like rolling out pie dough. Although the book's approach is more plebeian than, say, that of The Gourmet Cookbook, fans of Bon Appétit will relish this invigorating compilation of greatest hits. 32 pages of color photos, 59 illus. (Sept.)
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"Recipe clippers will cheer happily the hardbound Bon Appetit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild, the magazine's editor, who with her staff has assembled more than 1,200 recipes that neatly summarize America's food fancies of the past 50 years, both passing and lasting." (New York Times Book Review, December 3, 2006)

Half a century after the magazine's founding, Bon Appétit's first cookbook has arrived. True to its long gestation, it's a big one: More than 1,200 recipes, all culled from past issues, run the culinary gamut from breakfast to dessert, low-calorie to indulgent, simple to stylish.
And from easy to -- well, just slightly less easy. The book is not intended to send home cooks over hurdles or teach fancy tricks. "Our recipes feature ingredients you can find in any well-stocked supermarket," Barbara Fairchild, Bon Appétit's editor in chief, writes in her introduction. Many dishes come together in less than an hour. Few of the recipes occupy more than a page, and most fit comfortably in half that space or less.
Yet without requiring daunting procedures or ingredients, "The Bon Appétit Cookbook" manages to come up with interesting, even sophisticated dishes suitable for entertaining, if that's your goal, or just for feeding the family on a weeknight.
With the best recipes of the past 50 years at your fingertips, can you do without the magazine? In case you were pondering that possibility, the book offers an incentive not to: With each purchase, you get a free one-year subscription to Bon Appétit. (The Washington Post, September 20, 2006)

Mirroring the magazine on which it is based, this collection of 1,200 recipes is accessible, applicable to most home cooks’ lives and a pleasure to cook from. Editor-in-chief Fairchild, who started at the magazine in 1978, sums up the classic Bon Appétit recipe as "a sophisticated twist on a beloved classic, and it’s easy to make"—qualities illustrated in such dishes as Upscale Macaroni and Cheese, which uses blue cheese, red peppers and celery, and a lighter Chicken Paprikás, which omits sour cream in the sauce but uses both hot and sweet Hungarian paprikas. There’s a nice range of dishes, from American to Chinese, Latin American to French, and the introductions to the recipes helpfully offer serving recommendations, notes on ingredients and possible substitutions. Refreshingly, recipes for suggested sides appear alongside recipes for main courses (e.g., Pan-Seared Chicken with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes). Novice cooks will feel comfortable using the book; "Notes from the Test Kitchen" detail all manner of culinary tools, key pantry items, cooking terminology and techniques like rolling out pie dough. Although the book’s approach is more plebeian than, say, that of The Gourmet Cookbook, fans of Bon Appétit will relish this invigorating compilation of greatest hits. 32 pages of color photos, 59 illus. (Sept.) (Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2006)

"…a worthy addition to any collection". (Detroit Metro Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biggest WINNER! Feb. 7 2009
By Jocelyn
Format:Paperback
Although I have never agreed to the name of this TV/DVD/book series I have to admit this book is great. Sure, basic recipes but these recipes are so easy but yet healthy (mostly) that even those who absolutely hate cooking will enjoy following this book. Great for families who have 5+ in the house and no time for exquisite meals. there are many recipe books out there; narrowing them down to what you need is the hard part. This book uses basic ingredients. There's no going to the expensive imported/organic/unusual ingredient store.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook Dec 18 2008
Format:Paperback
I just love all of these recipies. There are so many fun family recipies in here that will keep you interested for years to come.

It's very similar to the last cookbook where it has inspirational messages and tips from page to page.

It even features the newest biggest loser contestants (from season 6)!

I can't wait to keep using my cookbook!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yum! Dec 26 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of recipes that I love making but at a fraction of the calories and much healthier than the ones I usually made!
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