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The 1200-Calorie-a-Day Menu Cookbook: Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious Low-fat Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts Paperback – Sep 22 1994
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Hughes breaks the 1,200 calories a day into breakfast and lunch recipes that contain no more than 350 calories each, dinner recipes that contain no more than 400 calories, and dessert recipes that contain only 100 calories. The majority of the meals contain 20 percent or less of their total calorie content from fat; all contain less than 30 percent. The totals are listed with each recipe. Hughes, author of three other cookbooks, insists this is not a diet plan but rather a comprehensive collection of recipes that can be used to limit calorie and fat intake. Many of the recipes can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. George Cohen
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There were no illustrations, which might have added more appeal. The ingredients were standard, but some of the combinations sounded off to me.
If you are looking for a low-fat cookbook, I highly recommend any of the Eating Well cookbooks instead. Those books blow this one out of the water.
Each recipe tells you the calories (important) and grams of fat (not as important) per serving. As with any cookbook, there are always minor modifications to make to suite your taste (for example, the lemon-mustard chicken with angel hair pasta recipe doesn't create enough sauce for our taste, so we increase those ingredients).
These are not "15-minute recipes," nor do they take hours. You have to want to cook; it's not uncommon for a dinner entree to have a dozen ingredients. But the rewards are worth it.
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I used this book once or twice but gave it away to someone that was on a 1200 calorie diet. She seemed to like it.Published 17 months ago by Judy Bennett
If all you're tracking in your diet is total calories and total fat, this book would probably be useful. If you're expecting a full nutritional breakdown, better look elsewhere.Published on Dec 10 2010 by Erin MacInnis
I've tried recipes from a number of low cal/low fat cookbooks and many of them are so bland and tasteless my husband has begged me to never cook them again. Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by J. Austin
For those of you whining about the "gourmet" factor and how "complex" and the number of ingredients... Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by reader
This book is not what I expected at all, I am going to return it ASAP. All the recipes are for four servings and not easy to break down at all. Read morePublished on May 25 2000 by KH
Finally! A cookbook that includes your 3 meals a day plus wonderful tasty desserts (my favorite). I carry it around all day like a bible, planning my next meal. Read morePublished on March 28 2000
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