Cook Yourself Thin Faster: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too with Over 75 New Recipes You Can Make in a Flash! Paperback – Bargain Price, Jan 1 2012
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About the Author
Bindi Sue Irwin is only 12 years old and is already an international award-winning celebrity. Born to wildlife conservationists Steve and Terri Irwin, Bindi was just 3 years old when she made her television debut on The Crocodile Hunter. Bindi has appeared on numerous chat shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Oprah and Larry King Live. In 2007, Bindi launched her clothing range, Bindi Wear International. Also in 2007, Bindi launched her very own TV show, Bindi: The Jungle Girl, which won an Emmy in 2008 and was nominated for an Emmy again in 2009. She's won two Nickelodeon awards, and just made her first full-length feature film debut in Free Willy 4 with Beau Bridges.
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Judging from the book's title, I was curious but initially prepared for standard veggie recipes and uninspiring meals that focused more on losing weight than wetting the appetite. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the majority of the recipes sounded exactly as promised--delicious. Examples of the recipes included were hot wings, pineapple mojito, strawberry shortcake, white pizza with roasted mushrooms, spaghetti surprise, BBQ salmon, new greek salad, mini blueberry muffins, cheese fries, chocolate volcano cake, violet smoothie, chicken cordon bleu, tiramisu, and many more.
I like the fact that most of the above food is definitely not something you would associate with dieting. As explained by the book, however, the key to losing weight wasn't depriving yourself of food, but adjusting the ingredients and controlling the amount you consume. The recipes themselves tend to stay on the short side. The less time-consuming ones have a lightning icon drawn next to them.
An added bonus is a special section at the end of the book, called "Menus," were recipes from the book along with their page numbers are organized into different categories like Girl's Night Out, Romantic Dinner for Two, Brunch, Game Night, Sunday Night Supper, Italian, Breakfast for Dinner, and etc. Overall, an impressive book.
I liked the first book but wish there were more pictures. This book has the same problem.
Another thing is they have recipes that wouldn't appeal to alot of people. Some ingretients are very expensive as well. If you go on youtube they think spending $7 on ingretients for a snack is reasonable.
The reason I gave this book only 3 stars instead of five is there were alot of repeat recipes or recipes that had incorrect information in them (missing steps, missing ingretients etc)
They are AMAZING!!! You cook with real food (no fake sugar & processed foods), and the taste is AWESOME!!! My favorite dish from this book (so far) is the Brown Butter Cobbler (made with real brown sugar, butter, apples & a few other ingredients) - with a calorie count in the 300's for this dessert, you get a lot of bang for your caloric buck (smile) - and it feels like you are indulging in a major cheat, yet it is easy to find a combination of meal & starter recipes to fill out the day, still coming under 1200 calories. *Note: this is the 2nd highest calorie count of all the dessert recipes in this book - most are much lower.
This book also includes several full color pictures of the recipes, which is really a nice touch - as well as several testimonials from people who lost weight & dress sizes from eating only recipes in the Cook Yourself Thin series.
I also started watching the Cook Yourself Thin show on t.v. - it is great to see how they help people who crave fast food and other high fat/high calorie comfort foods by creating similar tasting recipes that have greatly slashed the calories and fat. They cook the food right there and you can see the first reaction of the person they are cooking for when they take that first bite - and it is always a look of yummy surprise.
Another positive is that all of the recipes have easy to find ingredients, unlike some similar cookbooks.
Overall, I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone trying to lose weight, as well as those who are looking for recipes to help them maintain their current weight - either way you'll find easy, great tasting recipes to keep you moving in the right direction!