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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (Dec 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956705
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“The only food I really look forward to eating is Suzanne’s.”—Barry Manilow

“Suzanne can take a person who’s had a lifetime of junk food and
  processed food (um, like me) and cook a meal so delicious,
  you’ll just say, ‘Thank you and more, please.’”—Kathy Griffin
“More than any three-star restaurant in the world, an invitation for
 dinner in Suzanne’s kitchen is an epicurean feast.”—Paul Bruggemans, owner of Le Vallauris Restaurant, Palm Springs
“If Suzanne Somers wasn’t a brilliantly talented actress, she would’ve
 been a brilliantly talented gourmet chef. Having the privilege of
 dining at her table is a gastronomic feast I will long remember.”—Fran Drescher, actress, health advocate, hungry Jew
“You’d expect dinner with a famous health and fitness guru to taste like a
 porridge of tofu and library paste! But this lady can turn out a meal that will
 thrill your palate and be good to your body.”—Dick Van Dyke
“Suzanne is a master chef and her cooking exceeds that of the finest
 restaurant in Los Angeles. Extraordinary.”—Arnold Kopelson, Academy Award-winning producer

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


I love food. I have always loved food. I started cooking for my family as a young girl. I loved baking cakes. By the time I was nine, I was making beef stroganoff for the family. It was one of the few places where I had self-confidence. I was good at cooking. I received positive feedback from feeding the people I loved. That love of food almost led me to another career. After several failed TV pilots in my twenties, I had decided to give up acting. I was going to do what I knew best: cook! Life, however, doesn’t always go as planned, and a little show called Three’s Company got in the way of my cooking career. But it didn’t stop my passion for food!

The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible marks my twenty-first book. You, my faithful readers, have been requesting this book for years. Many of you own some or all of my Somersize series of books with hundreds of recipes in different bindings, and you have been asking for one master book with all of them. HERE IT IS! I have taken the best of the best, revised, updated, organized, and categorized all of them to work with my amazing weight loss plan, Sexy Forever. This plan is very similar to Somersize, but with some great updates based on current science and newer discoveries related to losing weight and staying healthy.

My personal journey with weight and food began with a twiggy little body. I was one of those lucky people genetically hard-wired to be thin. Skinny. Ate whatever I wanted and didn’t gain weight. Then I hit my forties, and what I didn’t yet realize: the beginning of perimenopause. What were those handles on my hips? Why couldn’t I hold in my stomach? And when I was trying to lose weight for the camera, why weren’t the pounds flying off as they had in the past?

It wasn’t until the early ’90s that I discovered a weight loss program that allowed me to take off those nasty 15 pounds that had crept on in my forties, but without giving up the foods I loved. As a cook, it was a revelation to be able to lose weight and continue to eat incredible food--which has always been a huge part of the joy I find in each day. When you find a problem solver--especially something that can help others--I believe it is your duty to share it. This is how I became involved with weight loss and cookbooks.

The first of these books was published in 1996: Eat Great, Lose Weight. The message resonated with food lovers around the country. It was a New York Times bestseller. Not only were readers losing weight but, because of the recipes included in the book, they were learning to cook--and many told me they were eating the best food of their lives!

From there, “Somersize” took on a life of its own. Over the next fifteen years, I put out nine books on the subject, with more than 700 recipes. Plus, I developed numerous weight loss products, starting with a sweetener I could feel good about putting into my body: All Natural SomerSweet. With these recipes, millions have lost weight while cooking up a storm. And with each book, I updated the science, evolved the program, and added more delicious recipes.

My most recent book on health and weight loss, Sexy Forever, took the original Somersize premise, expanded it, and made it even more current by exploring the hidden obstacles to losing weight, including hormonal changes, gut health issues, and hidden food allergies. And I created an online version of the book at so you can have the support you need on a daily basis. Only one thing was missing--updating the Somersize recipes to fit the revised program.

What you will notice is that none of these recipes reads like a “diet” recipe--because they aren’t! Each dish starts with real food. The selection of your ingredients is the most important part of any recipe. You will see in the following pages some of my favorite spots to get real food as close to its original source as possible. I love to support local farms, farmers’ markets, the neighborhood seafood market, and more. The vendors are so proud of their food, and I feel great about putting these clean, organic (whenever possible) ingredients into my recipes. And what a difference it makes in the taste! Many of the recipes are very simple because a perfectly grown tomato with olive oil and sea salt doesn’t need anything else. Others require a little more time to create something special. You’ll find everything you need for any given day, divided into these categories.

Breakfasts Soups Salads Appetizers, Sandwiches, and Sides Dressings, Sauces, and Pesto Vegetables Rice, Beans, Pasta, and Grains Poultry Fish and Seafood Beef, Pork, and Lamb Desserts

Those of you following the Sexy Forever Weight Loss Plan will recognize the titles under each recipe that identify the Sexy Forever Food Groups, such as Proteins, Healthy Fats, Vegetables, Carbohydrates, and Fruit. These groups are clearly explained in Sexy Forever, where you learn how to eat these foods in combinations that maximize health and weight loss. In addition, the recipes identify the phases or levels of the program, from Detox (when you are just getting started) to Level 1 (weight loss) to Level 2 (maintenance). Again, for those on the program, these indicators will help you use the recipes as part of your weight loss plan.

For those of you not following the plan, open the book and dive in to some spectacular food! No weight loss plan is needed to enjoy the wonderful creations within. Additionally, The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible is not only organized with all your favorites, it also includes a coding system so you can easily identify any food to which you are allergic, any foods for which you may have an intolerance, or any foods you simply don’t care to eat. Look for the following icons in the recipes.

gf(Gluten Free)  It is now estimated that a shocking 43 percent of the population is gluten intolerant. That spectrum varies from people who are somewhat intolerant, meaning they can eat gluten only on rare occasions, all the way to those who suffer from celiac disease, the most severe form. Celiacs must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives or risk permanently damaging their intestinal lining. There is much more information on this subject in Sexy Forever, but the problem is so broad I felt it necessary to code the recipes here so you can enjoy incredible foods while avoiding obvious or hidden gluten. Of course, any of the recipes made with whole-grain flours may be made with a gluten-free flour of your choice. (Note: For the program, gluten-free flour is an Insulin Trigger, since it’s normally made with some combination of flours from rice, corn, tapioca, etc.) I find when I cook with gluten-free flour, I need a little less (maybe 10 percent less) than regular flour. Feel free to experiment.

df (Dairy Free) For those who cannot have dairy, I have also called out hundreds of dairy-free options. Note: I do not include butter as dairy, since the milk proteins are separated out and most people can tolerate butter, even if they cannot tolerate milk. Again, adjust the recipes to your own needs.

ef (Egg Free) Since I have a severe allergy to eggs (oh, how I miss my eggs!), I have included an icon for this food. In baking, I have experimented with replacing eggs with applesauce, but I think my best results have been with milled flaxseed and water. (See details in the “Desserts” chapter.) When you combine them, it creates a gelatinous consistency; this mix works pretty well for cakes. Again, experiment and let’s all share our best results!

v (Vegetarian) and vg (Vegan) For my numerous vegetarian friends and followers, again, there is a wide spectrum of people, some of whom eat fish and chicken and others who are much more strict about consuming animal proteins. I have identified vegetarian (no seafood, poultry, meat) and vegan options, and you will have no problem finding plenty of satisfying selections and making your own substitutions to fit your preferred lifestyle.

Throughout my life, I have tried to share my philosophy that being healthy doesn’t have to feel like work. I don’t diet. I don’t slave away in a gym. I do make excellent food choices. Clean, tasty, real foods do not come processed in boxes or bags. They come from the earth, the sea, the field, or the farm. Choose these real foods whenever possible. When I don’t or can’t, I try to make up for it with supplements or by eating really well after the fact. I try not to deprive myself too much and not to indulge too much. It’s a daily choice, and I know my life depends on it.

Food is thrilling. It’s to be enjoyed, respected, and savored slowly. With more than four hundred recipes in this comprehensive recipe bible, you can take a journey through tastes from around the globe, from the simple and sublime to the bold and spicy. And your grateful body will thank you for choosing this high-quality, delicious food by rewarding you with a trim figure and extended longevity. Making this choice is the best recipe of all to keep you SEXY FOREVER! Enjoy.


Why is there no icon within the recipes to indicate sf (Sugar Free)?

Eliminating sugar and foods that are accepted by the body as sugar is a cornerstone of my Sexy Forever Weight Loss Plan. Why then, some have asked, have I not included a code to indicate recipes that don’t contain sugar? Since I don’t use sugar in any of my recipes, there is no reason to indicate the recipes that don’t include it! You can be certain that you will not find this ingredient anywhere in this book (unless you prefer to use it in place of the natural sweeteners I recommend). Just because I do not use sugar does not mean you have to give up sweet tastes. I use other sources for sweetening, and frankly, I don’t even notice the difference between refined sugar and the natural sweeteners I choose.

My sweeteners of choice include organic agave nectar and All Natural SomerSweet. There has been some controversy about agave nectar recently, with some believing it has similar qualities to high-fructose corn syrup. I believe this is both an overstatement and misleading. Agave still has a much lower glycemic index than sugar and is certainly a much better choice than high-fructose corn syrup. (Agave contains fructose, which is 20 on the glycemic index, as opposed to sugar [pure glucose] which is 100.) There has also been concern about the chemicals that may be used during the manufacturing process. I always choose organic agave nectar to be certain the product is free from such chemicals.

All Natural SomerSweet is made from inulin, a naturally occurring substance found in a large number of plants, such as dandelion, wild yam, Jerusalem artichoke, onion, agave, and chicory. The natural inulin used in All Natural SomerSweet comes from chicory, which is a prebiotic fiber (2 grams per serving). Fiber is something your body needs anyway! The product also includes erythritol, another natural substance found in pears, melons, grapes, mushrooms, wine, and cheese. While categorized as a sugar alcohol, erythritol has no gassy side effects. Additionally, there is a very small amount of fructose found in our inulin blend for a small pop of sweetness, but it’s such a low amount, our nutrition facts still boast 0 sugar grams per serving. Lastly, citrus peel extract adds a wonderful flavor to All Natural SomerSweet.

Best of all, it tastes, bakes, and acts like sugar, measuring spoon for spoon in coffee or tea and cup for cup in your favorite recipes. You will see it called for in many of these recipes, and feel free to try it in many more of your own. It is available in cans or portable packets at


If you’ve read Sexy Forever, you’re already familiar with the precepts of the eating plan within its pages. If you haven’t yet read it, please do. There are so many hidden environmental factors that could be affecting your health and waistline, and the information there is both life-saving and weight-saving. Whichever the case, I thought a brief review/refresher wouldn’t hurt to have at hand while you are planning the meals you prepare from this book. And for those of you who are simply interested in fabulous recipes, dive right in and start cooking!


1. Eliminate Insulin Triggers and Bad Fats.

2. Commit to clean, real, organic food.

3. Choose Protein/Healthy Fats and Vegetables at most meals.

4. Eat the right Carbohydrates. If you are on Detox: 3 servings per day (not combined with any fats). If you are on Level 1: 4 servings per day (1 serving per day may be combined with a Protein/Healthy Fats and Vegetables meal). If you are on Level 2: Eat Carbohydrates at your discretion.

5. Eat Fruits alone, on an empty stomach.

6. Eat three meals a day, until satisfied and comfortably full. Add snacks as needed.

7. Drink eight 8‑ounce glasses of water each day.

8. Wait 2 hours between meals if switching from a Carbohydrate to a Protein/Healthy Fats meal or vice versa.



Eggs Meat Poultry Seafood

HEALTHY FATS Butter Cheese Cream Mayonnaise Olive oil Sour cream

VEGETABLES Asparagus Broccoli Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Eggplant Green beans Lettuce Mushrooms Spinach Tomato Zucchini

CARBOHYDRATES (1⁄2 CUP = 1 SERVING) Beans Brown rice Nonfat milk products 100 percent whole-grain bread, cereal, or pasta Wild rice

FRUITS Apples Apricots Berries Cherries Figs Grapefruit Grapes Kiwis Mangoes Melons Nectarines Oranges Papaya Peaches Pears Pineapple Plums Tangerines



Caffeine: allow 1 cup coffee or tea a day maximum, without other food

High-insulin fruits/vegetables: bananas; beets; carrots; corn; popcorn; potatoes; pumpkins; acorn, butternut, and winter squash; sweet potatoes

Pasta made from semolina or white flour

Sugars: white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses

White flour

White rice


Corn oil

Peanut oil

Cottonseed oil


Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils

Safflower oil


Soybean oil

Sunflower oil

Vegetable oils

For complete food lists and more information on my revolutionary weight loss program read Sexy Forever or visit


First coffee, then…

Every day begins with a choice. I wake each morning in my warm, safe bed next to Alan, my husband and partner of forty-three years. This is the gift in my life. How could I not choose to wake up feeling grateful? Any stage of life has its share of problems and angst, but I believe it’s easier to choose happiness each day. Look for the good. One gift of aging is the calm that comes with it--it has given me a cool, collected approach to life. When I was younger, I often chose to be stressed and overwhelmed. With the passage of time comes wisdom and a piercing awareness of how truly blessed I am.

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I have always been a fan of Suzanne Somers Cooking and I was so excited to see that she had put all of her amazing and super tasty recipes in 1 cookbook. Perhaps there aren't enough pictures of the recipes as stated in another review, but trust me, these recipes don't let you down on flavour whether there is a picture or not! I have at least 5 of her books and now I can pass them on for others to enjoy as I have. If I had to pick only one cookbook to have this would be the one for me, and I have no shortages of cookbooks in my home to choose from! I also cook for a Dinner Club I am in, and they have had the good fortune of tasting her delectable recipes. If you are out to impress dinner guests, or just your family, this is the book for you!
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This is a great collection of recipes , easy to complex , quick to time consuming . Everything is made with fresh ingredients . Instructions are easy to follow . Portions are a good size with recipes feeding 4 to 6 people . These are recipes designed to help lose weight and if the program is followed , they really work - hard to beleive when one is cooking with butter and cream . I have lost 10 pounds in 30 days using the recipes .
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This version seems to include a lot of the best recipes from a number of Susanne's books. If you are going to choose only one, this might be the book for you. The only problem is deciding which recipe to try next. There are so many viable choices.
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The food has been fabulous so far. Most of it even easy to make despite its exotic title... like the Moroccan Chicken recipe. I kid people that dinner took a month to make. That's because she gives instructions for making your own preserved lemon rinds which are used in the Moroccan Chicken recipe. Don't let that scare you. The rinds were extremely easy to do. 3 ingredients , one of them being water and then let it set for 30 days. Once that's done on you go with the chicken and its a cinch too.

Pages are sturdy. Cover durable despite being a paperback. You can wipe it of with slightly damp rag in other words should anything you're preparing happen to land on the cover.

So what's my but? Its got a few photos. And of the few its got a few are of some of the recipes. Most of the few photos are of Suzanne. Suzanne in a strawberry patch. Suzanne feeding chickens. Suzanne picking fruit from a tree. Suzanne having breakfast in bed with hubby. Suzanne visiting the Malibu Olive Company. 3 photos of Suzanne hanging out with some local fisherman and live crabs. Suzanne enjoying a drink and bonding with a horse and harvesting zucchini from a garden on.....

It's a recipe bible. Not a Suzanne Somers bible. I don't mind photos of Suzanne. But, I really think a recipe bible should have included more pictures of the recipes than the author or at least equal shots of both. I love to see pictures of what I'm going to make. But its not necessary. But since this book did have some photos included, I'm just saying more of the food would have been better.
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HASH(0x9aadb51c) out of 5 stars There it is! Feb. 16 2012
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I consider myself as competent a chef as Ms. Somers, but I'm not a recipe user.I make an exception with this book, because it helps to lose all the weight I want to while eating (her) fantastic food.
Before Suzanne Somers, I never thought of making zuchini noodles or cauliflower mashed potatoes or egg crepe linguini. This book makes it possible to easily find her recipes, and it is also possible to find corollary recipes, which might have been only in different books. About 400 recipes have been compiled from all her books and these are among the best.
The only improvement I can think of is making the pages out of hard plastic, to keep the pages clean in the kitchen !
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HASH(0x9aadb744) out of 5 stars bible book March 9 2012
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I purchased this book over 2 months ago after reading sexy forever, I have been on many diets before paying out alot of money. This so far has worked for me. giving up foods is not the answer for me. Learning to eat correctly is. My cravings are gone! the food is great and easy to prepare. I do not like frozen, box or bag food. I do like to cook. the recipees donot take long to make and they taste good. They leave you satisfied. I have lost 20pds with out even trying since xmas 2011. this book is a keeper!
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HASH(0x9aadb63c) out of 5 stars Disappointed in the book itself, good recipes though . . . Jan. 17 2012
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I have purchased every single book Suzanne has published since her book on poetry (way back when). I have purchased multiple copies of all her cookbooks, given them as gifts etc. I normally find the books really well designed, made and organized. Normally, there are photos of the actual recipes along with some fill photos of Suzanne. In this book, I found one or two small photos which actually featured the recipes. The book does not explain Somersizing or Suzanne's weight loss plan. It is simply a stack of recipes printed out and bounded together. I am really disappointed in the content, along with the design of the book. The book itself contains good recipes, but some of them I have seen before in her previous books. I am keeping it, but would not give this as a gift . . .
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i know susan has questionable credibility but she CAN cook. her recipes are delectable. i was hoping she would come out with a new recipe book and i'm pleased to see an anthology of her recipes from all her cookbooks. i highly recommend this book.