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Chocolate And The Art Of Low Fat Desserts
Chocolate And The Art Of Low Fat Desserts
by Alice Medrich
Edition: Hardcover
30 used & new from CDN$ 6.95

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't think of this as a low-fat cookbook..., May 15 2002
These are not excellent low-fat desserts. They are excellent desserts that are also low-fat. Whether or not I am watching what I eat or cooking for people who are watching what they eat, I always look here first, and no one ever, ever misses the fat and calories. Alice Medrich has done a fantastic job of lightening the dessert tray without resorting to artificial sweeteners, fat-free dairy products, "light" margarine, etc. She emphasizes ingredients of the highest quality, but stretches the fatty stuff (for example, she decreases the amount of nuts in a biscotti recipe, chopping them coarsely to make them go farther and toasting them to maximize flavor). If a recipe can't be lightened successfully, it's not in the book (for example, you won't find shortbread, although somehow, miraculously, she has found a way to lighten whipped cream!).
I have made many of these recipes and have never been disappointed. I'll recommend the Kahlua Fudge Cake, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Lime Cookies (yes, even the handful of non-chocolate desserts are heaven), Michael's Brownies, Fallen Chocolate Torte, Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Genoise, Hot Ginger Cookies, and Buttermilk Chocolate Sauce. I have not tried a recipe that I cannot recommend. You will not be disappointed.
The book is illustrated beautifully and divided, helpfully, according to recipe type (fancy desserts, everyday desserts, individual desserts, etc). It includes nutritional information. The desserts obtain 30% or less of their calories from fat, and although not all are low-calorie, most are (Michael's Brownies, for example, have around 150 calories each and are sinful).

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 16.35
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It has to be a joke., April 3 2001
I had heard that this book was written as a joke, so with that in mind, I read through it. If you don't take it seriously, it is a really hilarious book, probably worth the thirty minutes you'll spend on it. A good bathroom book, if you will.
I'm only giving it three stars, though, because I'm not 100% sure it was written as a joke, and if it wasn't, then it's a really, really terrible book. I still don't believe it was intended to be serious (one of its maxims is "Smell the Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old), but I haven't read anything else by this author, and if it *wasn't* written as a joke, then it is really terrible. Dreadfully bad.
So I give it three stars, because as a parody it gets 5, but as a serious business manual 1, so I took the average. Go ahead and get it, if you're looking for a laugh. And if you're somehow able to take it seriously, then maybe it will help you. Figure out how important it is to you--because The More Important Your Cheese Is To You The More You Want To Hold On To It.
It has to be a joke.

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