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Patti Labelle
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Book Description

April 15 2003
Legendary singer and New York Times bestselling author Patti LaBelle reveals her mouth-watering culinary secrets for eating your way to a long and healthy life. "Treat your body like a temple, not an amusement park."

This is the sage advice Patti LaBelle lives by, and in her new book she shares more than 100 original recipes for meals that are not only good for you but taste great, too. She also shares her own personal story of a lifetime of struggling with body image and tells the heartbreaking story of how she lost her mother to diabetes and learned recently that she, too, had the disease.

In her first cookbook, LaBelle Cuisine, LaBelle featured the high-style, down-home cooking she learned from the great Southern cooks in her family. But after she was diagnosed with diabetes, LaBelle had to radically change her dietary habits and food choices. With diabetic exchanges developed and approved by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association, Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine is chock-full of the kind of recipes that made her earlier cookbook a bestselling sensation. Readers will love the wide array of healthful and heavenly dishes like "Awesome Oven-Fried Chicken," "Sensational Sloppy Joes," "Company's-Coming Crab Imperial," and "Luscious Lobster Salad." Delectable desserts include everything from "Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies" to "Tastes-Like-Grandma-Made-It Banana Pudding."

One of America's most beloved performers once again creates her special brand of culinary magic. Her new, healthy, and delicious recipes are destined to make Patti's latest cookbook a staple in kitchens all across America.

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Diagnosed with diabetes, LaBelle, bestselling cookbook writer (LaBelle Cuisine) and Grammy-winning singer, has had to find ways to control her diet and make it healthier; this newest is the inspiring result. All 100 starters, entrees, sides and desserts are low on fat, sodium and sugar-but definitely high on flavor. Orange Roughy with Roasted Tomato and Olive Relish and Marvelous Minted Snap Peas are stylishly lean and contemporary, but LaBelle also cooks up old-fashioned Southern comfort food like Crunchy Cajun Catfish Nuggets, Down-Home Pork Chops in Guilt-Free Gravy and Chocolate Pecan Pie. All dishes include complete nutritional analyses, with diabetic exchanges and carbohydrate choices developed and approved by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association; they also come with "Patti's Pointers" (ideas on technique, equipment and ingredients), along with warm reminiscences of meals with family and friends. LaBelle is wonderful company for someone on a diet regime of any kind (as her friendly family photos further illustrate); she is creative, upbeat, knowledgeable and amusing.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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What sets off Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine from other celebrity cookbooks is its careful attention to recipes suitable for anyone living with diabetes. Working with coauthor Laura Randolph Lancaster, LaBelle has turned her own struggles with diabetes into a book full of help and inspirational advice for anyone burdened with the same affliction. To accomplish this, the book records dozens of recipes with reduced fats and sugars. Chicken is skinless and ground turkey stands in for ground beef as appropriate. Sugar substitutes make sweet desserts possible. Every recipe has a full nutritional analysis as well as a listing of diet exchanges for diabetics. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti did it again!!! April 27 2004
Patti Labelle's Lite Cuisine cookbook is the best cookbook I have ever purchased. I once hated to cook, but now I look forward to it - most days. The recipes in this book are healthy and easy to make. My 8 year old cooks from this book and he now begs to cook dinner every day. I made the curry chicken in less than half an hour. The tuna wraps, cajun chicken salad, lemon-basil chicken pitas, are great for lunch or a lite dinner and can be made in minutes.
This book is different from Patti's other best selling cookbook, LaBelle Cuisine, in that it leaves out the fat, sodium, and other things we all need to cut back on. Most of the recipes are very easy to make, and the variety in the recipes makes each meal exciting and new. I was worried that "Lite Cuisine" wouldn't be tasty, but the recipes are delicious.
The cookbook can transform a novice cook into one that appears to have gone to a culunary arts school. Lunch and dinner are no longer boring around our house. When people drop by, I get a kick out of being about to say "Let me whip something up for you." I have become the cook that I always wanted to be, but never thought I could be. I can not say enough about this cookbook. Patti LaBelle, I thank you, and my family and friends thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Cooks! (but we always knew that) June 11 2003
Patti Labelle is legendary for her cooking stories from on the road - for years, she had a rider in her contract that a full kitchen be available at her shows for her to prepare post-concert meals.
Patti has taking her love (and considerable knowledge) of food, and put this in a book that also contains family recollections, words of encouragement, and smart living advice. It's a great book to give as a gift (especially to someone who loves to cook, but needs to watch their diet), and a whole lot of fun to read, and prepare her meal suggestions.
This book focuses on low-fat, low-sodium and low-carb meals, but does not sacrifice taste (nor tasty ingedients) in favor of diet. There are some rather indulgent recipes (the Chocolate Pecan Pie is AWESOME), but they are prepared smart.
Patti's stories that accompany many of the recipes are always enjoyable (is there a more down to earth singing star than this fine lasy?), but also poignant - her discussions of her mother's death by diabetis, and her talk of dealing with having the disease herself make you want to eat smarter.
Buy 2 copies of this book - one for a friend who needs to be cooking smarter (we all have one), and one for yourself. It's a great mix of food and wisdom as only Patti could deliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy but Delicious Recipes!! May 20 2003
Firstly, Patti LaBelle is my favorite entertainer of all time so whatever she releases, I am there to get it. Although I am a thin, nineteen year old male, there are some recipes in here that I not only will try but have tried kind of. The most appealing part of the book is that the meals are delicious but they are also healthy. Whether one is overweight or not, has diabetes, heart problems or not, everyone needs to eat healthy because it is one of the best ways to remain healthy. This is no exception. The meals are great and easy to understand. So, get with the program and buy this sorely universally needed cookbook by soul cook and soul singer Patti LaBelle. I was taken away by how good these dishes actually are. They are so very easy to do so do not worry about not really being a cooker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Recipes April 15 2003
All of my family and friends know how much I love Ms. Patti LaBelle, so they also knew that it was dinner time today. So I had couple of friends over for a dinner party. The menu included;The Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa with the Roasted Borccoli. I must say this turned out to be one magical evening. Everything was absolutely FABULOUS. And to think it was prepard in a healthy way. Well to top off the evening I also made the Very Berry Trifle. I must commend Patti on this book, It is by far the best book in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Patti...Thank YOU!!!! June 8 2003
Patti LaBelle's recipes are WONDERFUL!!! THANK YOU PATTI for taking the time out of your busy life to share this HEALTHY cook book with us. Your "Chicken Cacciatore" is a mouth watering dish!!! We love your cook book..your recipes..(of course we love ALL OF YOUR MUSIC)...and we Love You!! I would recommend this cook book to everyone. What a tasty collection of healthful eating!!! Patti has WOWED me once again!!!
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