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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (March 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584494
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rocco DiSpirito entered the Culinary Institute of America at the age of sixteen, and at eighteen began working with legendary chefs worldwide. The James Beard award-winning chef opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City, where he established his culinary credentials. He was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef and--as the first chef to grace its cover--was called 'America's Most Exciting Young Chef' by Gourmet. DiSpirito starred in the NBC hit reality series The Restaurant, and the A&E series Rocco Gets Real. He has appeared on Oprah, Ellen, Chelsea Lately, and The Tonight Show, among others.

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Playing the Game

When we set out to develop Kokology, our first and foremost goal was to make it fun. After all, who in their right mind would want to play a game that isn't? The basic concept was already there -- our plan was to create a game where people would imagine themselves in everyday situations and unusual scenarios and respond to simple questions. The answers are interpreted from a psychological perspective and tell us something about the way that person's mind works. It's kind of like a Rorschach test that uses words instead of inkblots.

The concept was the easy part. The hard part was keeping the balance between science and fun. Professor Saito can vouch for the science; only you can be the judge of whether we've succeeded on the fun side. I'm not a psychologist myself, but I do understand enough about human nature to know that people don't like long introductions -- especially not to a book of games. So I'm going to end by leaving you with a list of eight tips for making your experience with Kokology satisfying, enlightening, and fun.


-- Tadahiko Nagao

Copyright © 2001 by I.V.S. Television Co., Ltd., and Yomiuri Telelcasting Corporation

When Is a Door Not a Door?

It isn't every day that you have the time to take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood: a stroll without purpose or destination, a chance to stretch the legs, let the mind wander, and get reacquainted with some old familiar sights. On your way, perhaps you'd stop in at a cozy coffee shop, explore the paths of a favorite park, or take the opportunity to do some window-shopping. Then there are those days when it's enough just to let your feet decide your course....

Picture yourself on a stroll through town. The day is beautiful and you're half-lost in a daydream. You turn onto a street that you've never been down before, and as you walk you pass a beautiful house set somewhat back from the street. Pausing a moment to admire this lovely home, you notice the door is half-open. Why is the door ajar?

1. The house is being burglarized.

2. The owner forgot to close it.

3. The owner is inside, sweeping out the entranceway.

Key to "When Is a Door Not a Door?"

Doors have a twofold significance: they may be passageways, but they can be barriers as well. In particular, the front door of a house represents its first line of defense, all that stands between its inhabitants and the uncertainties of the world outside. By imagining as open a door that should normally be closed, you envision a scenario of vulnerability and exposure. On a subconscious level, the reason you imagined for the door being open is linked to the ways that you leave yourself open and expose your own weaknesses to others.

1. The house is being burglarized.

You instantly assume the worst in any situation, and this trait is nowhere more evident than when things actually do go wrong. You never get flustered in a crisis, but only because you're much too busy panicking. So the next time disaster strikes, it's important to keep a clear head and remember to take a few deep breaths first and count to ten. Then you can faint.

2. The owner forgot to close it.

You aren't the type to get carried away in crisis situations. On the contrary, you're so relaxed that you may not notice a crisis is occurring at all. The mistakes you make are caused more by oversight than bad intentions, but the end results for you (and the people around you) are the same.

3. The owner is inside, sweeping out the entranceway.

You may appear to be a laid-back sort, but you never let your guard down. Achieving that constant state of relaxed alertness is what has made you into the mature individual you are. Of course, you still have your human weaknesses; you just don't put them on display for all the world to see.

Copyright © 2001 by I.V.S. Television Co., Ltd., and Yomiuri Telelcasting Corporation

Postmarked: The Future

Lounging around the house one Saturday afternoon, you are startled out of your reverie by the doorbell. When you open the door, you're greeted by a most unusual surprise -- a pair of animal messengers has come to deliver news of your life in the future! But when you open their messages, you see they contain very different predictions of what lies in store for you. One of the animals has brought a letter foretelling a life of happiness and contentment; the other prophesies only disaster and despair.

Which of the animals below brought glad tidings and which an omen of doom? (Pick a different animal for each.)

1. Tiger.

2. Dog.

3. Sheep.

4. Parrot.

5. Tortoise.

Key to "Postmarked: The Future"

For most people, the future is greatly influenced by their selection of a mate or life partner. The animal messengers in this scenario actually correspond to your own perceptions of the kinds of people likely to bring you joy and grief. Animals are rich and complex in psychological significance, with a range of positive and negative attributes and associations. In this scenario, the animal you chose as the bearer of the message of happiness represents the type of person you perceive as an ideal spouse, while the doomsayer animal is the type you fear would drag you down into the depths.

1. Tiger.

glad tidings: You see yourself happiest with an ambitious and powerful mate, possessed of an indomitable will to rule.

gloom and doom: You dread the prospect of a vain, tyrannical partner who struts around like a lord of the jungle and growls at any mention of sharing the housework.

2. Dog.

glad tidings: Unquestioning loyalty and absolute devotion are the things you seek most in your mate.

gloom and doom: You are utterly incompatible with those who try to please everyone and fret over what others might be thinking.

3. Sheep.

glad tidings: You see the key to contentment in a warmhearted, nurturing spouse.

gloom and doom: You fear winding up stuck with a boring homebody content to spend each day grazing the same old patch of grass.

4. Parrot.

glad tidings: Nothing would suit you better than a talkative, fun-loving partner who knows how to make you laugh.

gloom and doom: No one could suit you worse than a chattering layabout with a severe allergy to work.

5. Tortoise.

glad tidings: Your match made in heaven is serious, dependable, and sure to be there in your hour of need.

gloom and doom: The prospect of a lifetime spent with a frustratingly slow-moving, slow-witted partner is your worst nightmare.

Copyright © 2001 by I.V.S. Television Co., Ltd., and Yomiuri Telelcasting Corporation

A Glazed Expression

Arts and crafts class is almost a rite of passage in our society, a grueling test of the human spirit in which young initiates strive to force rubber cement, pipe cleaners, modeling clay, and papier-mÂché to bend to their will. And few of us can claim to have managed to avoid the experience of creating an object -- be it ceramic mask, napkin holder, or the obligatory ashtray -- only to be confronted by an empty expanse demanding that you do something, anything, to decorate it.

A plain white coffee mug of your own design sits ready for the kiln and is staring at you in blank anticipation. You have chosen to use blue glaze; now, if only you could decide on the pattern....

Which of the following patterns do you paint in blue on the mug?

1. Stripes.

2. Polka dots.

3. Checks.

4. Wavy lines.

Key to "A Glazed Expression"

Blue is the color most deeply associated with the inner workings of the mind, from imagination to intuition to intellect. The white surface of your coffee mug provides a blank slate and gives your mind free rein to express itself in the most comfortable, natural way. In this sense, the pattern you selected reflects the structure and strengths of your mind in its approach to creativity and problem solving.

1. Stripes.

You favor a direct and clear-cut approach, making you a keen decision maker able to resolve problems and put plans into action instantly. It's only natural that people perceive you as a leader and pillar of strength in difficult times.

2. Polka dots.

Your strength lies in the adaptive, artistic nature of your mind. This may make you appear to be a little offbeat, perhaps even eccentric to some, but you make a real contribution to the world as a creator with a unique vision.

3. Checks.

You excel at mastering the demands of the everyday, but in no way does that make you average or ordinary. Few people are able to organize their lives with such quiet efficiency. And the result of your efforts is that you always seem to have the time, wealth, and compassion to share with those in need.

4. Wavy lines.

Your gift is in generating an atmosphere in which it's easy and comfortable to feel and express love. It's not that you crave attention or affection, but people just naturally feel good about taking care of and supporting you. And all that goodwill has a ripple effect, touching the lives of those around you in subtle ways. Ask the people who know and love you -- the world is a better place for your being in it.

Copyright © 2001 by I.V.S. Television Co., Ltd., and Yomiuri Telelcasting Corporation

Wave After Wave

Perhaps it's because we instinctively trace the roots of life back to the oceans, perhaps it's something hardwired deep within our brains; whatever the reason may be, the sea holds a special power over us. The tang of the salt air, the fine spray of the surf, the soft crashing of the waves -- the net effect is to stimulate and soothe. Sometimes a stroll along a sandy beach can transport you much further fro... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By denise on May 7 2011
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I have tried many healthy recipes and have to say that this is the first recipe book where my kids will actually eat the food. Every recipe I have made so far has been great and I have lost 7 pounds! The great thing is we recognize the foods like Mac and Cheese, Brownies and my kids have no idea that they are a healthier version of their favorites. I have recommended this book to everyone and love the pictures! I live in Canada and have no trouble finding any of the ingredients. Everything is right there in the grocery store.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex on May 30 2011
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This is a great book for serious "dieting". This isn't a fad diet or some no-carb nonsense. It's about eating balanced, real foods, cutting out processed foods and extra sugars and fats. The focus is on calorie cutting and reducing portion size, but increasing the frequency that you eat. It's all fairly basic in that regard (though there are some good explanations of why this is the proper way to diet for those not well versed with the science), but the book does an excellent job helping you along with it. There are some great detailed weekly meal plans and shopping lists using the book's recipes. They're great to follow if you don't want to do a lot of planning, but they also serve as a great starting point to make your own meal plans.

The recipes themselves are great. I have probably make about 1/3 of them so far, and I have no complaints for any. Yes... it is diet food. But it still feels close enough to the real thing to be something you can easily stick with. I especially appreciate how the recipes use no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and instead relies on natural sweeteners like agave nectar and stevia, which are much kinder on the body's blood glucose levels. In general though, the recipes still use "real" ingredients (beef, pork, bacon, etc) and limits the use of weird faux soy foods. There is a great mix of breakfast foods, lunches, dinners and deserts from vegetarian to beef, chicken, or fish. Calorie information is simply nicely presented along with portion information.

My only real complaint is that this book was written from the perspective of cooking for more than one person. As a single person, I find that I have to do a lot of division to keep what I cook within the portion sizes. Pretty minor complain though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smartheart on Jan. 6 2012
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I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and told to lose weight - but I LOVE TO EAT and my wife is an awesome cook.

We bought this book several months ago as part of my weight loss program. We have made many of the recipes and they have all turned out fabulous. Rocco lives up to his word. They taste fabulous and they are way down in calories and fat content.

Because many of our friends knew I was on a diet, and we were telling everyone about what a great book this was, some dinner guests were a little hesitant about they would be eating. We have served several of these recipes at dinner parties (we did not tell our guests they were eating "diet" food) and my wife got her usual rave reviews on the food.

My favorite is the garlic mashed potatoes. I LOVE potatoes - and with Rocco reducing the calories from 330 per serving to 101 and the grams of fat from 18 to 0.5 I can eat mashed potatoes free of guilt.

If you buy this Now Eat This! Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks Eating 6 Meals a Day! you may be telling everyone you know about what a great book this is - just like we do.
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By Fatima on June 29 2014
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It is a great book. Interesting tips about loosing weight. The recipes are healthy and tasty, just a few ingredients are hard to find.
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Did not load. Sent it back. Really wanted it but something wrong with wireless transfers.
Nothing to do with the book.
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