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Looneyspoons: Low-fat food made fun! [Paperback]

Janet & Greta Podleski
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Sept. 24 1996
Packed with more than 150 easy-to-prepare recipes for "food so good, you'd swear it was bad for you, " Looneyspoons takes the intimidation and confusion out of healthy eating by making it fun and downright easy. Recipes are accompanied by over 300 wacky cartoons and a lively, innovative page layout.

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Over 150 Outrageously delicious low-fat recipes! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bestselling authors and sisters Janet and Greta Podleski quit their jobs, sold their possessions, and went for 14 months without income to write Looneyspoons. Since then, they have helped nearly a million readers adopt a healthier lifestyle by presenting sensational low-fat recipes with a sense of humor. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for meals and yummy treats alike! Dec 20 2004
By A Customer
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend and I am glad I did! The meals in this book are delicious and I feel good eating them since I know they are so healthy. The baked goods are delicious, I'm a university student and my friends go crazy when I tell them I've made "Bananaberry Bombs"! I'm definetly going to purchase Crazy Plates to expand my receipe collection. However the only bad thing I can say about the book is that I found it not very conducive to a student budget since some recipes require a fair amount of ingredients. Overall though it is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really is fun, but great recipes, too Nov. 5 2001
I'm one of those cookbook collectors, who owns dozens of beautiful, pristine, read but unused cookbooks. But Looneyspoons (along with it's 'sequel' Crazy Plates and of course Joy of Cooking) is the book on my shelf with the most folded, spattered, tattered, scribbled-on pages, because it is truly one of the books I go back to again and again for reliable recipes that are great and reliable.
The fact that all the recipes are low-fat is just a wonderful bonus that I forget about most of the time. Look for brownies, stews, wonderful pastas, breads, salads, and a wide selection of meat dishes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have lost 73 pounds, and am still going! April 15 2001
This book, and its companion Crazy Plates, are fantastic. Partly with the help of these two books, I have been able to lose 73 pounds since last Christmas (OK, I had a lot to lose! :)) The recipes are more delicious than I thought possible - even preferable to "regular" recipies!
My favorite from this book is the outstanding breakfast omelette recipe. It tastes great, and is extremely simple to make. I could not believe how much of this dish I could eat and still stay legal!
A nice feature of the book is that every recipe has the fat and calorie information listed clearly at the bottom by portion. Take it from a big eater, the portions are generous. We have even lowered the fat and calorie content of several of the dishes in the book ourselves, substituting things like fat free chicken broth instead of standard chicken broth, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Free for butter, egg substitutes for eggs, and black tiger shrimp (less fat and calories) for regular pink shrimp.
Even though I have lost 73 pounds, I have a good bit more to go, with maintenance after that. This book will have a welcome place in our kitchen for years to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Cookbook April 25 2005
By A Customer
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I bought this book when it first came out. I've made just about every single recipe in this book and its successor, Crazy Plates. I have a huge recipe book collection, but it's the book I go back to every time. Whenever I serve anything from this book to friends or co-workers, after they rave about the food they say "It's from the book with the crazy name, isn't it?" Simply the best cookbook ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looneyspoons Sept. 23 2012
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enjoying all the wonderful healthy recipes in this book. Plan to use it often
and to be enjoyed in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy for LooneySpoons June 6 2011
Even years and years after it came out, I still love this cookbook.

The reasons are simple:

* It's visually stimulating - while there are few pictures of finished dishes (fewer things to compare myself to with a groan of self defeat), there are amusing anecdotes, factoids, cartoons and tips.

* It's Canadian. FInally, a cook book that doesn't call for a bunch of ingredients never sold north of the 49th parallel.

* it's generally all simple and straightforward ingredients and preparation. While you may not wow the prospective business partner with your European-acquired skills in cookery by using LooneySpoons, you'll find solid recipes that are (a) accessible, (b) adaptable and (c) you can pronounce them with something approaching confidence.

It's not the cookbook to use when you want to take some culinary risk, or to embark on adventures in gourmand-y, but it's a good start for some healthy, easily prepared and tasty dishes. Note: this is a great starting cookbook for young adults about to strike out on their own. Heck, it not only has a recipe for homemade mac and cheese, it provides tips on making the boxed variety less.... well, prefabbed.

Two spoons up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookbooks ever! Nov. 24 2010
All 3 of the Podleski books are great! Low fat food that tastes better than high fat food! Can't wait for their next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Update - 142 pounds lost and still going!! Sept. 6 2001
I wrote a review of this great cookbook in April when I had lost 73 pounds, using this book among other things. I just wanted to update everyone that I am still with the diet, eating 2-3 of these recipes for dinner each week, and now have lost a total of 142 pounds. I still have a few more to go, so I'm sticking with it. This book will make maintenance much easier - it has lots of great tasting and easy to prepare ideas that we have used to create our own dishes as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Easy to follow, basic ingredients that you actually have in the house. My husband has a dairy allergy and there are lots of great dairy-free meals in here. LOVE THIS BOOK!
Published 4 days ago by M Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cover had some sticky glue on it but in good shape.
Published 7 days ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent replacement
We were not new to "Looneyspoons". Our old copy was battered and food stained, in need of replacement. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great receipes
Easy to follow. Popular ingredients. Use it often and am never disappointed with outcome. Glad I bought it. Would consider anything written by them.
Published 6 months ago by Penny Woodham
4.0 out of 5 stars laughing with looneyspoons
chose this book for a gift as I have used it for many years and enjoy the practical recipes and the humour!
Published 10 months ago by Frank A. Pisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Looneyspoons
I have enjoyed reading through the cookbook. I am beginning to try some of the recipes. I have had success with the ones that I've made. A good cookbook.
Published 10 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars The original!
My mom used to make recipes out of this cookbook all the time and I have every other cookbook from their series! This is the original and it still the best in my opinion!!
Published 13 months ago by HFJohnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love this book. I now have all the books and use them everyday. Awesome easy recipes too. Most recipes use common ingredients. Not strange things you usually don't have on hand.
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Keough
5.0 out of 5 stars Looney spoons
Really enjoy the recipe book. It takes a few minutes to figure out what the recipe is because they have funny names attached to them. But have liked eating the dishes.
Published 17 months ago by Cathy McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Easy, Delicious & Nutritious
I think the person that said this cookbook is tasteless is completely out to lunch .... must be a heavy smoker LOL! Read more
Published on Dec 11 2010 by Mona Daignault
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