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41. Food for Fifty (12th Edition)
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42. Weight Watchers Make It in Minutes:
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43. The Instant Cook
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44. Wine for Dummies
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45. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook:
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46. Barbecue! Bible : Sauces, Rubs,
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60. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook

41. Food for Fifty (12th Edition)
by Mary Molt
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Asin: 0131138715
Catlog: Book (2005-01-31)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 127806
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A vital MUST HAVE handbook for professionals!
Whether one is cooking in a restaurant or a school kitchen, this is the most valuable handbook. You'll want it at ready reference. I know, because never a week went by that I didn't consult it while running my bakery/deli in the Oregon Cascades.

I must confess that I didn't tell customers my recipe source. I preferred they think me a genius or as having come from a family steeped in cooking history. They knew I was no genius (hell, they knew I wasn't even very smart) but they did like the foods we provided. And, when I decided to produce a new, tasty meat pie, it was this book that I consulted to improve upon my concept.

Choose not to buy this book and you probably are never going to know what you don't know. Choose not to consult it while it sets on your shelf will probably endanger your relationship with your harshest critics.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have!
I discovered this book several years ago while working as a hall director for a cooperative living residence hall.The college women who lived there cooked for their fifty housemates.

Molt's book was a godsend for us; the instructions were basic, easily understood, and useful.

The best aspect of Food for Fifty is the fact that, recipes aside, the book gives excellent tables and instructions for cooking times/weights/quantities beyond the recipes it lists.In other words, it is quite useful when adapting one's own recipes to meals for 50 or 100 people.

I have since used Food for Fifty in another food service job, where it was equally useful and well-received.I highly recommend it to anyone, whether you're doing institutional meals, church meals, or simply work with large food quantities on a regular basis.It's worth it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Small variety and non-healty recipies make this book a pass
Unfortuately, this book has a limited number of fish and chicken recipies and the ones it does have, aren't very healthful.It does have more of a selection for meat recipies.I returned the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book that explains how to do food service excellance!
Most referance books I use in my job (I am a cook) does not go into detail how to use math to computehow much to use or how less to use according to scale. Examples and explanation makes it so much easier to understand whatis required to do the proper job. I love the equilivants of which itemswhich could be compatable to food items. My only complaint is that sectionsto find measurements to total needs to be more organized to make it easierto find in the tables. At my job, this book really is considered a"bible" and I'd buy it for my own personal use!

5-0 out of 5 stars "bible" for serving 100+ young professional musicians/staff.
The tables provided are worth the price alone but the basic recipes are invaluable.They can be adapted to different requirements.Quantities, particularly vegetables, are somewhat conservative compared to what I find needed but the age of the "fifty" (or 100)and their physical activities make a difference.It is the general guides - cooking temperatures/times/specific cuts of meats/yields of purchased bulk versus usuable portion that I find myself referring to over and over.This is also what is missing or reduced in other similar books. I have used a number of the baked goods recipes and find them all to be excellent.Seasonings are very low in most recipes but that is easily remedied - especially spices in the sweet breads and desserts and herbs in most dishes.They need to update that which I hope to find reflected in the newest edition.This book would be a great resource for any type of small catering company, restaurant with changing menu, or institutional food service. ... Read more

42. Weight Watchers Make It in Minutes: Easy Recipes in 15, 20, and 30 Minutes
by Weight Watchers
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Asin: 0764565176
Catlog: Book (2001-08-15)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 2571
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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The most trusted name in weight loss makes healthy eating fast and delicious. Perfect for everyone who thought they were too busy" to cook healthy food, these meals are ready in 15, 20, or 30 minutes -- just pick the time frame that fits your schedule. The wide range of recipes will please everyone, from fussy kids to gourmets. Sample Pierogies with Creamy Mushroom and Sherry Sauce, Berries and Cream Blintzes, Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak with Cucumber Relish, Cuban Sandwiches, Easy Paella, Tuna Panzanella and Wild Mushroom Risotto." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Convenient, & Elegant
As a recent member of weight watchers, and a long-time cooking fanatic, I find that this book satisfies not only both sides [the healthy and the adventurous] but also saves time. The book's design is all about speed and convenience. the recipes are easy to read and follow, and each section is neatly organized to help you find the recipe you want quickly. Although each recipe does not have its own photo, there are many, many sumptuous photos throughout the book that represent the global culture [from Mexico to Italy to Thailand]. Other nice features include the points and nutritional breakdown on the bottom of every page, serving suggestions, and plenty of white space on every page so you can add your own notes or personal flair. It is definitely the type of book that will easily become a cooking reference for anyone who wants to eat healthy with precious time to spend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Cookbook!!
Make It In Minutes is a wonderful cookbook for those of us who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen! Even if you do not follow the Weight Watchers meal point plan, you will find the recipes easy to follow and very healthful. The book is organized into 15,20 and 30 minute sections with easy to follow instructions and full nutritional content for each recipe. My favorites so far are the Oriental Pepper Steak, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Honey Pecan Chicken (super fast and EASY!!) and the Greek Chicken Pasta Toss. Even my picky eater 6 year old loves it! I highly recommend this book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Quick, yummy and tasty. I'm not following the WW program, but this cookbook is great. It's well-organized, and every recipe is very accessible. Lots of ethnic-inspired dishes, lots of soups and sandwiches, and some really nice recipes you can make for company.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy - and easy!
This is a great cookbook! All the recipes we have tried have been delicious. They are also slightly unusual - none of the standard, boring "diet" dishes which discourage people from the very idea of "going on a diet". (Not that you'll feel as though you're dieting when you try these dishes.) As the title implies, the recipes in "Make it in Minutes" can also be whipped up very quickly. The menu suggestions are also helpful. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cookbook!
I've never cooked in my life (a bachelor). Much to the surprise of recent guests, I prepared several meals from "Make it in Minutes." Not only were my family and friends shocked that I could cook at all, they were even more surprised that these outstanding and tasty recipes were from a Weight Watchers cookbook! This book has made a cook out of someone who couldn't even boil water in the past. MY ETERNAL THANKS TO WEIGHT WATCHERS! Now I can have people for dinner without ordering out, and I have the confidence to try other cookbooks! AND: it's healthy too. What more could you ask for? By the way, I don't have a weight problem (180, 6 foot), I tried this book on the recommendation of someone who was on the program, and because the dishes tasted fantastic and were easy to make... ... Read more

43. The Instant Cook
by Donna Hay
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Asin: 0060772921
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Sales Rank: 85581
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44. Wine for Dummies
by EdMcCarthy, MaryEwing-Mulligan, PieroAntinori
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Asin: 0764525441
Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 932
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The bestselling guide that demystifies wine-now revised and updated

Winner of the George Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year

"Smart and totally readable." -Newsday

"Crammed with useful, accurate information." -Wine Enthusiast

"Complete...and agreeably relaxed." -New York Times

The nation's most popular wine primer is now even better. Wine experts Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy have revised this friendly, unintimidating guide to cover all the latest developments in the wine world: which wine regions are now hot (and which are not), information on new rules for shipping wine and the new vogue for screw-caps, and, of course, updates on vintages, producers, and wine resources on the Web.

As always, the authors deliver just what ordinary mortals need to navigate the wine list at a restaurant or the wine aisle at a store, select a great bottle, and truly enjoy it. They provide an easy-to-understand overview of wine grapes and wine production, a detailed survey of wine regions and producers around the world, tips on tasting wine and pairing wine with food, pointers on wine storage units, and unbeatable guidance on how to choose a decent bottle at an affordable price.

Ed McCarthy (New York, NY) writes for the Wine Enthusiast. His wife, Mary Ewing-Mulligan (New York, NY), one of only fourteen certified Masters of Wine in America, is a wine columnist for the New York Daily News. Both also teach classes at New York's International Wine Center, where Mary is a co-owner and director. They are also the authors of For Dummies guides to red wine, white wine, champagne, French wine, and Italian wine. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have reference book
I was always intimdated by the thought of ordering and buying wine. Wine for Dummies opened the door to a whole new world of experiences. This book helped me understand the different types, vintages, and tastes of wine. It gives clear information and explanations, and answers most any question you could have on the subject of wines. With this book as your guide, you will have no problem navigating a wine list in a restaurant, or the aisles of your local wine shop. There is information on pairing wine and food, how to serve wine, and how to store it. It is the most complete book on wine that I have read to date.

I found that it was easiest to concentrate on one section at a time, rather than to try to read and understand everything at once. Also, it was kind of fun reading one section, then trying some of the wines suggested by the authors, or simply trying the different kinds of wine in the section. The authors really know their wines.

This book will easily become the one you refer to most. It is concise, well-organized and easy to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best overall book on wine I've read
I'm not an expert oeneophile (in fact, I can't even spell it), but I am an interested amateur who has read about 5 basic books on wine ranging from Parkers famous one to lesser known tomes (the Windows on the World one is good too). I think this dummies book offers the least pretentious and most concise overall guide to wine. It does cover a lot of ground which is why the same authors have separate books on white and red wines. On the bright side, you'll learn about every major grape variety and region in the wine world and how to find great bargains. I really enjoyed the tone and attitude -- the authors clearly know a lot, but make it clear that you don't have to be a wine snob to really enjoy wine.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is worth 10 stars!
I have always enjoyed drinking wines, but I never knew how to combine them with food, distinguish a good wine from a bad one or how to read a label. I had read some books about this topic before, but none of them was good enough for my level.

This book answered all the questions I had. It is the first step that a beginner has to take in the fascinating world of wines, in order to enjoy more what they drink.

In a very easy to understand language, the authors explain everything you need to know about different types of wine, grapes, how to taste a wine, vintages, what a wine consists of and what we should take into account when we taste it.
Then the reader is presented in details the most important wine regions of the world. It has very interesting tips and charts about wines that you should try at least once in your life.

The explanations are so clear and specific, that at the end of the book you will realise you have no more questions. Read each chapter attentively and try to remember every detail. Only after having done that, move on to the next chapter. So, you won't mix wine denominations, types of grapes and areas.
The book is very entertaining and concise, by far one of the best manuals.

After having read that, I promise, you will no longer be afraid to order a wine in a restaurant or will know what bottle to buy in a wine store by simply reading its label.

Also, don't forget to practice what you read. Everytime you have a bottle of wine on your table, open the book and read. Next time you will remember easily that specific wine, the grapes it was made of and its taste.

The are only two things I regret about the book: it is not updated (the vintage charts end in 1996) and it does not have attached a video tape. It would have been more useful in order to understand better certain chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wine snobs, beware!
When I was a kid and I got to go out for dinner with my folks, I remember my dad teaching me how to choose a wine. He showed me how to select a wine according to what we were having for dinner, demonstrated swirling and sniffing techniques, and discussed the local California wineries. It was great!

Then I grew up and forgot most of what he told me.

The good news is that this book contains everything my dad told me and more! But what I liked best about this book (besides the refresher course) was that it was written in an easy-to-follow, matter-of-fact manner. The tips were practical, the commentary was light-hearted, and at times I almost felt like I was reading instructions written especially for me by a friend.

A definite "must-have" for anyone who wants to add a bit of practical culture to his or her repertoire!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs to be updated!
A lot of useful information, but the book has not been updated in a few years and all of the vintage charts end in 1996. A lot has happened in the world of wines since 1996. Try a book that is updated every year like "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2003". I own both books and much prefer Windows on the World. ... Read more

45. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker
by Dawn J. Ranck, Phyllis Pellman Good
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Asin: 1561483397
Catlog: Book (2001-08)
Publisher: Good Books
Sales Rank: 748
Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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Who’s hungry? EVERYONE. Who has time to cook? NO ONE.    Dig out the slow cooker. Add a second and a third if you wish. Fill one with main-dish fixins and the others with go-alongs. Do it in the morning—or between work and after-school events.    Come home to richly-flavored, ready-to-serve food.

Slow cookers are having a comeback. With good reason. They are friends on a day of running errands. They allow easy entertaining with no last-minute preparation. And vegetarians won’t find a better way to work with dried beans.    Slow cookers are gentle with the food budget—less expensive ingredients flourish in their slow, moist heat.    Fix-It and Forget-It offers the range of recipes slow cookers do well: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Stews, Main Dishes (with and without meat), Vegetables and Go-Alongs, Desserts and Beverages.    Bring an element of simplicity—and quality—to your pressured life! Let your slow cooker work for you. ... Read more

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If you run as short on energy and time during the run of a day as I do, you will not want to be without this terrific book. Who ever thought meal preparation could be so simple for those of us who put in a full day at the office. The title says it all: "Fix It and Forget It" Forget the microwave section of your favourite supermarket and pass by the fast food outlets on the way home - too much of that will eventually play havoc with your health anyway. It takes just a few minutes each morning, when we do have the energy, to peel a few veggies, cut up a portion of meat if that is to your liking, toss it in the slow cooker with a dash of this and a dab of that and...voila, your meal will be waiting for you at the end of the day. The recipes are terrific in this book, particularly the stews and soups, and the flavourful goodness that comes out of the pot is out of this world! Buy the book; it's a real time saver.

3-0 out of 5 stars Majority of recipes not healthy (but some are), repetitive
I bought this book and I am not sure I would again. There are about 800 recipes in the book. There are 4 major drawbacks to this book. First -- A vast number of them do contain a LOT of cheese and fats (1 to 3 cups per recipe) and preprepared soups and soup mixes. Definitely not the healthy meals I try to prepare. Second -- There are multiple variations of the same recipe. How many times can you vary beef stew and beef vegetable soup and still call it a different recipe? This book does it about 50 times. Third -- the table of contents isn't detailed enough. You have to sift through 200 main dish recipes at a time. It would have been nice if there was some grouping such as 'beef main dishes, chicken main dishes, vegetarian main dises' etc. Fouth -- It could use a better overview section on the principles of slow cooking to cover such things as safety, keeping the crockpot at least 1/2 full, etc. Having said that I did go through and highlight the recipes that I would cook -- reasonble in fat and salt content. I found that there were only about 10% (excluding the repetitive ones) that I would use. Because of the 800 recipes to start with this still leaves me about 80. I tend to think of the value of a cookbook in how many recipes I get for the value. So this one ended up being 80 recipes for the cost of the book. That's not unreasonable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy, economical and delicious!
I found this book when searching for a solution to over-spending on eating out and breaking the fast-food cycle. It's a great solution.

THE GOOD: Thanks to the comb-binding, you don't have to worry about the cookbook closing and losing your place while you are trying to prepare the ingredients for the recipes. The recipes are easy (almost all are 12 ingredients or less), delicious and many are the comfort foods from my Midwest childhood. I didn't realize you could cook meatloaf or bread in a crockpot, but thanks to this book, I know it now! The recipes are economical, in part to the crockpot's love of inexpensive cuts of meat. There is a great variety of recipes as well. The index is pretty standard and there are great tips sprinkled throughout the book.

THE BAD: I agree with what someone else said: there are a lot of repeated recipes with just slight variations...I think that they could have listed the recipe once and added the variation below it; but that is no reason to pass up this great book. I would have liked to see the main dish section divided into beef, pork, chicken, seafood. As it is, they are just all together. I would also have liked to see nutritional summaries for the recipes. Someone mentioned that the lack of creativity in the titles bothered them---that doesn't really matter to me. I can rename it anything I want!

Overall, although a bit disorganized, this is a fantastic find and a must for anybody that doesn't have time or energy for cooking but still wants eat good.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Meal-a-Minute Quickfix for your life style
Attn: Target Guest and Shoppers:

My name is Shara L.Bouie, and my review of the Fix-it and Forget- cook, comes from the stand point of the working class student and traveler. Therefore,I think this item is a great item for beginnger groups or students, working class family,or the Military tranfers. This book gives helpful tips on eating and preparing meals on on a limited budget,however,one is still able to get a 5 star meal -a- minute like they would at a resturant or if they had time to cook at home. Therefore,I highly remind this book too the general population as a whole.

Thank You
Shara L> Bouie
Atlanta, Ga

1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Unhealthy!
I just browsed through this book while waiting for my mother in Walmart. I would not recommend it to anyone. Not only is it disorganized and repetitive as other reviewers have pointed out, but the steady reliance on beans and prepared soups and condiments promotes unhealthy eating habits. I found many of recipes to be purely disgusting. ... Read more

46. Barbecue! Bible : Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes
by Steven Raichlen, Ron Tanovitz
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Asin: 0761119795
Catlog: Book (2000-05)
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Sales Rank: 860
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Steven Raichlen, whose name needs no introduction to fans of The Barbecue! Bible, has spent years tasting the best barbecue the world has to offer. This global exposure is deliciously evident in his newest "bible," Barbecue! Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes. Raichlen's latest cookbook offers a lively introduction to such saucy American standbys as Kansas City-style and Texas-style barbecue while paying due respect to such international grill classics as Indian tandoori, Argentinean chimichurri, Korean boolkogi, and Indonesian satay (the recipes for these, by the way, are carefully authentic as well as delicious). The most important lesson Raichlen offers is his careful explanation of the components of great barbecue, which builds upon different layers of flavor. Variously referred to as wet rubs, marinades, cures, bastes, glazes, or slather sauces, these layers are clearly defined and supplemented by dozens of recipes. How to deploy these layers? According to personal taste, says Raichlen, but he helpfully offers a peek at the structure of a "championship barbecue," which might start with a long deep soak in marinade, followed by a dusting of spice mix, before being basted and glazed during the cooking process. When the meat is ready to be eaten, it is served with a finishing sauce, slather sauce, dipping sauce, or chutney. Raichlen provides fascinating recipes for every step, from the Only Marinade You'll Ever Need to recipes for homemade ketchups and mustards, both classic slather sauces. Novices who have yet to light their first grill and seasoned smoke hands alike will find this guide inspiring and indispensable. --Sumi Hahn Almquist ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Accompaniment
You're wrong if you think Barbecue! Bible : Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes is just a comilation of recipes garnered from Raichlen's BBQ Bible. The recipes are not in his other books for the most part and are great additions to the fantasic dishes in the Bible!
Because of Raichlen's recipes for Tandoori Chicken and other Indian dishes, I am now cooking these on my grill. The meat is great! But wait until you add some authentic chutneys, sambals and raita to accompany your main dish. This book is filled with Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes ( duh) that MAKE everything I've cooked even more authentic and delicious.
As far as I'm concerned no one writes a better cook book on BBQ, grilling, etc Raichlen is the god of fire!
People rave over my Indian food and traditional bbq - chicken, beef,etc. The secrets are in THIS book and the rest of the BBQ Bible / BBQ USA / How to Grill series.
If you bbq, you need Raichlen's cook books.
This book is full of delicious accompaniments. And has made everything I grill so much tastier to eat.
I'm happy with this purchase!
John Row

5-0 out of 5 stars Throw away those old bottles of BBQ sauces in your kitchen!
Steven Raichlen followup book to the BBQ Bible is a great recipe and reference guide for all lovers of grilling or BBQing. The new book follows the same great format as the "Bible" with cooking tips, interesting background info on the recipes, and most of all practical, easy to prepare recipes with tons of flavors from the United States and around the world. Favorites already are the "lean and mean texas bbq sauce", the different but flavorful "lemonade chili rub" and the "chimichurri" sauce from south america. I will be trying the more exotic recipes from around the world such as "puerto rican pig powder" soon. If you already have the first book, buying this one is a given. if you are a bbq lover or grill master, you will have a hard time getting to the grill before reading this one cover to cover. And after making your first homemade sauce, those old bottles of sauce will be out of the kitchen!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, many recipes, good price!! can't go wrong
This is a great book for someone who likes to BBQ, and even someone who never has. It shares the good points of rubs,sauces, and marinades. The book is filled with all kinds of different recipes. The recipes also give you ideas on how to come up with your own recipes so you can wow your summer time guests!!! It goes through the many aspects of a good sauce or rub. It shows how to build your own and what kind of meat to use it on. Overall a great learning book that will pay for itself by the many compliments you will recieve from your guests and family!!! Enjoy

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for grillers looking to step up
If you are have a metal charcoal or gas grill, and are looking to expand your horizons beyond basic grilling, this is a good book. If you own an offset firebox or ceramic kamado type smoker, but are still buying your rub and sauces, 'Smoke & Spice' is a better investment. If you already own 'Smoke & Spice' you have better versions of all of the traditional recipes already.

The author includes Liquid Smoke in many of his sauce recipes, something that would make most experienced pitmasters cringe. Why put artificial tasting smoke flavor in a sauce when the food is being smoked already? There are indeed some interesting recipes from other cultures, and there is a useful though somewhat out of date listing for shopping sources for some of the more exotic ingredients. The chart of the effects of various common ingredients is very good, and would be very useful to any newcomer I should think. It is also a nice reference to have even for experienced pitmasters when thinking over new recipes.

In general however, I found that the recipes make use of too many ingredients, and yet when prepared tasted no better than traditional recipes I've been using for years and that are considerably less complicated. The reason is simple. Good barbecue gets it's flavor from being slow cooked at low temperatures with just the right amount of smoke, not because the cook used a dozen ingredients in the rub and another two dozen in the sauce. Everything from the cover layout to the number of ingredients called for and the sheer number of recipes makes me feel the author went for quantity rather than balance or quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good starting point.....
I have used some of the sauces verbatum and have tinkered with others. The results have been uniformly excellent. It's a good starting point to develelop your own grilling recipies and techniques. The strength of the book is that it gets you thinking about how to create sauces and creating your own sauces is part of what grilling/barbeque is all about. I expect to go back to this book again and again. ... Read more

47. Weight Watchers Simply the Best: 250 Prizewinning Family Recipes
by Weight Watchers
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Asin: 0028633504
Catlog: Book (1999-04-08)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 3647
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Weight Watchers has helped teach millions of Americans to lose weight and keep it off while incorporating delicious, good-for-you recipes into a daily diet. Now, Weight Watchers brings you the very best in low-fat, low-calorie cooking: an award-winning collection of 250 outstanding dishes from across the country. These recipes -- Weight Watchers members family favorites -- are sure to win kudos from your own friends and family. They're so delicious and easy that they're certain to become a regular part of your cooking repertoire -- and your family will love every healthful bite. Simply the Best has a recipe to please every palette: Asian Meatballs, Corn and Bean Chowder, Cranberry Basmati Rice, Chicken Tetrazzini -- plus a wealth of selections from soups and appetizers to main dishes and desserts. Simply the Best contains completely up-to-date Weight Watchers weight loss program information and each recipe includes complete nutritional data. Its stylish design and full-color photography make it attractive enough for gift-giving. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I've Lost *50* Pounds With this Book!
I've been on Weight Watcher 123 plan for 6 months and have lost 50 pounds in that time. I have used a number of recipees for entrees (Mexican Casserole), brunches (spinach frittatas), and even desert (a pretty good chocolate CAKE)! There are some unusual recipies in here like black bean pancakes that I've enjoyed...not just the plain old diet food.

My husband was NOT on a diet, so I never bother to tell him if I'm cooking "diet food" and he has never noticed a difference. Except...his waist size has gone down.

The recipes are easy to read and assemble, and I like the use of icons to show if it's a microwave recipe or a quickie meal, etc. And I also like that the ingredients for most of the recipies are ones that I would normally buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Meals even for Non-Dieters
My wife and I have been on the Weight Watchers 1-2-3 Success program for 5 months (with great results) and have found this book to be a Godsend. It is chock full of delicious recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and delicious. Among my favorites are the "One Dish Turkey with Stuffing"; "Glazed Carrots"; "Twice Baked Potatos"; "Apple Cake"; and "Pasta with Seafood in Lemon Dill Sauce". We will be cooking these recipes long after we are done losing weight. We have lost count of how many of the recipes we have tried, and I think there is only one we wouldn't cook again. This easily can become the most used cookbook in your home, even if you aren't trying to lose weight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Weight Watchers Simply The Best
This is an excellent cookbook but do not buy it just to lose weight, buy it for the delicious recipes! The "Twice-Baked Garlic Potatoes" and the "Lemon Caesar Salad" were part of our Christmas feast and no one guessed they were Weight Watcher recipes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not just for Weight Watchers
This book has helpful information for Weight Watchers(tm) members, but it is also useful for making more healthful versions of your home favorites like beef stew, muffins, soups and other American-style dishes.

I hate having to serve one dish to my husband or guests, and another (less appetizing!) dish to myself, so this book is a big help to me. I particularly liked the Grilled Chicken Citrus Salad (because I love the combination of chicken and citrus in salads and grilling adds that gourmet touch) and I also liked the lower fat muffins and stews.

I don't feel I am making substitute diet food in the least, and I can even serve it to company. Now, that's a cookbook that is really useful! Just one caveat: you MUST watch your portion sizes. There is a fine brownie pie in here, but that doesn't mean you can wolf down a quarter of it and call it "diet."

5-0 out of 5 stars FABO!
I love to eat, and I am definitely not a "diet" person, but in my 30s I learned that I needed to begin eating more sensibly. Shortly after joinng Weight Watchers online, I purchased this book, and I absolutely love it! It has amazing recipes for foods I never thought I would be able to eat while eating sensibly (like chocolate amaretto cheesecake!). I've used the recipes for several dinner parties, and my guests don't even know they're eating Weight Watchers recipes. They get rave reviews!

Be good to yourself and buy this book! ... Read more

48. Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way: Healthy Menus, Recipes, and the Shopping Lists That Will Keep the Whole Family at the Dinner Table
by Leanne Ely
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49. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain
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Most diners believe that their sublime sliver of seared foie gras, topped with an ethereal buckwheat blini and a drizzle of piquant huckleberry sauce, was created by a culinary artist of the highest order, a sensitive, highly refined executive chef. The truth is more brutal. More likely, writes Anthony Bourdain in Kitchen Confidential, that elegant three-star concoction is the collaborative effort of a team of "wacked-out moral degenerates, dope fiends, refugees, a thuggish assortment of drunks, sneak thieves, sluts, and psychopaths," in all likelihood pierced or tattooed and incapable of uttering a sentence without an expletive or a foreign phrase. Such is the muscular view of the culinary trenches from one who's been groveling in them, with obvious sadomasochistic pleasure, for more than 20 years. CIA-trained Bourdain, currently the executive chef of the celebrated Les Halles, wrote two culinary mysteries before his first (and infamous) New Yorker essay launched this frank confessional about the lusty and larcenous real lives of cooks and restaurateurs. He is obscenely eloquent, unapologetically opinionated, and a damn fine storyteller--a Jack Kerouac of the kitchen. Those without the stomach for this kind of joyride should note his opening caveat: "There will be horror stories. Heavy drinking, drugs, screwing in the dry-goods area, unappetizing industry-wide practices. Talking about why you probably shouldn't order fish on a Monday, why those who favor well-done get the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel, and why seafood frittata is not a wise brunch selection.... But I'm simply not going to deceive anybody about the life as I've seen it." --Sumi Hahn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars He's become what he disdains
I enjoyed most of KC, including the childhood reminisces, the cooking tips, and the dining hints. As with other reviewers, I know when not to order fish, what kitchen tools are truly essential, and, most importantly, what goes on behind the kitchen doors (at least at some restaurants).

Two things grated on me, however (pun sort of intended). First, Bourdain has obviously read a lot of Hunter S. Thompson, and tries to style his writing after the original Gonzo journalist, but it's very difficult to mimic Thompson. The references to whacked-out, drug abusing, thieving kitchen staff were entertaining for awhile but began to wear thin 2/3 of the way through the book.

Second, Bourdain expresses contempt for a particular celebrity chef. Although he never mentions Emeril Lagasse's name, we know who he's talking about. He never gives a basis for such contempt, however, and fails to give credit where it is due. Before they were celebrity chefs, Lagasse and a few of the other Food TV folks spent years and years honing their craft and doing perfectly legitimate and respectable work.

The kicker, however, comes when I see advertisements for -- you guessed it -- Anthony Bourdain on Food TV! I saw the first of his Cook's Tour series. It was mildly interesting. But the irony was more than delicious -- the Emeril-basher doing a 22-part celebrity chef series on television!

4-0 out of 5 stars Marvellously informative, hysterically witty!
I laughed out loud at least ten times while reading this book. Tony Bourdain is SO very witty and has such an amazingly conversational style of writing, it's like sitting around having drinks and swapping anecdotes with a very funny old friend. I have a friend who is a chef in San Francisco and I always thought that it was just *him*, but now I realize that most, if not all cooks are like him! I can't wait to give him this book. He's a filthy-mouthed pervert who speaks constantly of sex and drugs, dishes out the crudest Spanish slang I've ever heard from a white guy, works six days a week, changes restaurants every few months, dresses like a pirate, has a shaved head, usually *stinks* of onions and body odor, and makes the most wonderful food I've ever tasted. He has more knowledge of, and passion for good food, than anyone I've ever met. So it was with him in mind that I read Tony Bourdain's account of his life, the kitchens he's worked in, the characters he's met along the way, how things *really* work behind the kitchen doors of most restaurants. Absolutely fascinating read. I give the book 4 stars, not 5, simply because the chapters are kind of schizophrenic at times, though all are good. One is about a friend of his, the next will be about kitchen slang, the next about some other seemingly unrelated subject. It's all kind of thrown together hodge-podge, but it never annoys,and it all does work quite well in the end. A definite recommendation.

3-0 out of 5 stars those crazy cooks
I just finished this book and really couldn't put it down, but at the same time I thought the author came off as really pompous: 'I've had the most interesting life and I just feel like talking about myself.'
I've worked in restaurants before and to tell you the truth, I really wasn't all that shocked by the behavior of his degenerate kitchen staff. Guess what? Kitchens all over the world are plagued by these oddball screw-ups, so tell me something I don't know! And it was rather annoying how the author kept throwing out names all over the place. I got the feeling he was trying to make me feel inadequate because I have never heard of some of the famous chefs he refered to. Well, mission accomplished. I wonder who this book is directed at? It obviously is an ode to the restaurant industry. But I think people who haven't worked in the industry will no doubt pick it up and be lost at sea.
At times I could not ignore the Lou Reed-ishness of this guy: A bad, don't-mess-with-me attitude but at the same time he's hoping people will read his book and propel him to greatness... but it was well-written and interesting, just like any Lou Reed song.
A pet peeve: Pay a good editor to weed some of your commas out; there are only so many of them in the earth's atmosphere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
This book recapitulates the life of Anthony Bourdain, a New York City chef. Bourdain describes how he decided to become a chef, and his training, from washing dishes for a Provincetown surf-and-turf, to studying at the Culinary Institute of America, to boot camp with Bigfoot, an unnamed New York City restaurateur from whom he learned how to survive in the big leagues. He introduces us to the backrooms of a busy restaurant kitchen, where we meet the people who prepare the fabulous food, learn about their tools and slang, and begin to get an inkling about the daily responsibilities of a head chef.

Thanks to his French heritage, Bourdain had learned to appreciate superb food as a youngster, and his parents had the resources to send him to any college he chose. Bourdain, however, likes to live on the edge, and his desire to live life to the fullest and push the limits soon led to multiple drug dependencies and heavy alcohol usage that kept steady employment difficult to maintain for a time. Remarkably, though not detailed exactly how in this book, Bourdain managed to beat his addictions, and has gone on to become not only a talented executive chef, but also a successful novelist and writer in his spare time. How anyone could even find spare time in a chef's life as he describes it is unfathomable- -Bourdain obviously thrives on stress and challenges.

The pace of the book is relentless- -it's one of those volumes that you can race through in a single day, not allowing anyone to interrupt you. Bourdain's language is not for everyone though- -he accurately records the words that are said behind the kitchen doors, so if you are squeamish about sex or take offense easily, this book is not for you.

This book confirms the importance of knowing who is cooking your food. After all, food is something you put inside your body, so it is a real act of trust to consume something that someone else has prepared. It's remarkable that many people are quite content to let total strangers prepare their food. Why would anyone frequent fast food restaurants where most of the cooks are teenagers with no talent or interest in food preparation, doing it all for minimum wage? At least in kitchens like Bourdain's, although some of the cooks may be oversexed drug addicts with filthy mouths, only those who can consistently achieve high cooking standards manage to stay on. Bourdain also reminds us to use our heads when placing our orders. After all, when you tell the waiter what you want, the food isn't just going to appear on the plate out of thin air when the cook snaps his fingers. If the fish market isn't open on the weekend, then Monday isn't a great day for ordering fish. Today's luncheon special may indeed contain leftovers from last night's menu. Some items take longer than others to prepare- -hence shouldn't be ordered at five minutes before closing. This book provides a fascinating perspective on what it's like to study at the CIA, how an executive chef spends his time, and what may be happening behind those closed doors at your favorite restaurant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much more than "No Fish on Mondays"
Reading Tony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" for restaurant tips is like reading Hemingway for travel pointers---by focusing on the mundane, you'd be missing a lot. Bourdain is not only a fascinating character, he is also one hell of a writer, and maintains a delicate balance between outrage and outrageousness at all times. He's one of my favorite writers, period, and I've never paid more than $50 for a meal in my life. Not that Bourdain doesn't write expertly about food and especially the emotional and sensual joys of eating-he's among top modern food writers like Ruth Reichl and Jonathan Reynolds in combining expertise and literary skill. But unlike many upper-crusty food journalists, he also gets into the polyglot and hedonistic culture of the kitchen, an often hysterical portrayal that rings true to this former dishwasher. If you've ever spent time in a restaurant in any capacity, you owe yourself this book. ... Read more

50. The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating: Great Food for Good Health
by Bob Greene
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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"Eat sensibly and exercise," is Bob Greene's message, and in a friendly and personal style, he shows you how. Greene, an exercise physiologist and Oprah Winfrey's trainer, focuses on diet with a wealth of sound information and helpful strategies. Greene starts with a cutting overview of destructive diets, including those popular today. Then, after reviewing exercise essentials, he presents a refreshingly sensible plan for nutritious, healthy eating, with tools for keeping intake moderate. One key is eating breakfast, which boosts metabolism and helps you eat less all day. Another is distributing your calories over the course of the day rather than eating a lot at any one meal.

You won't get bored with Greene's 85 enticing recipes, including Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Orange, Breakfast Fried Rice, Gingered Butternut Squash Soup, Fish Chowder, Portabella Mushroom Burgers, Pan-Seared Fillet of Tilapia with Mango TomatoSalsa and Lentil Pancake, and Chocolate Almond Angel Food Cake. Greene's other books in the Make the Connection (with Winfrey) and Get with the Program series helped millions start a fitness program. This one will help people concerned with weight loss and health take their next steps towards a nutritious, moderate-calorie, lifetime eating plan. --Joan Price ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and fun to read!
I have seen Bob Greene on Oprah and he is so down-to-earth. His ideas and guidelines for eating healthfullly are easy to incorporate and just make good sense. The book is an easy, interesting read and his advice is practical and simple to undertake. Now my entire family is eating healthier and is slimming down to boot! I appreciate that Bob doesn't go overboard in expecting us to give up everything that tastes good. He understands that we still need to indulge ourselves once in a while. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to change their eating habits for good.

5-0 out of 5 stars This works!
This book is in plain english and easy to follow. He makes it so easy to understand and to do. The recipes are not only healthy but very flavorful. I have changed my entire way of looking at food and am slimming down by the week.

4-0 out of 5 stars So Helpful!
This book was an easy read and it was even easier to apply Mr. Greene's philosophies to my routine. Unlike so many of the other books on diet and nutrition, Greene takes into account how difficult it can be to eat healthy and still live in the REAL world.
I have taken his advice and changed my diet and (with exercise)already lost 15 lbs. (in a month)
The only problem I had was with the receipes in the back. Only one or two were even remotely appetizing to me. Give it a try...maybe you're into those foods.

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
Help yourself lose weight the natural way. It's wonderful! This book and a book called Dreams: Gateway to the True Self are magnificant! Look for both on

3-0 out of 5 stars Gives the same weight loss tips as seen on "Oprah"
Although I enjoy hearing and reading Bob Greene's books, there was nothing new in this one. Most of the pertinent information has already been heard on "Oprah" or in his previous material.
Though the recipes sounded delightful, they were not practical or convenient. Several ingredients would require many stops at specialty stores. ... Read more

51. The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook: 250 No-Fail Recipes for Pilafs, Risottos, Polenta, Chilis, Soups, Porridges, Puddings and More, from Start to Finish in Your Rice Cooker
by Beth Hensperger, Julie Kaufman
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars We use this cookbook at least 3 times a week (usually more)
I bought a rice cooker, learned the basics of preparing rice and then wanted to expand my skills. So I bought a few cookbooks but this is the ONLY one that has recipes my whole family loves, so much so that we use it at least 3-5 times a week and never feel like we're eating the same thing.
The recipes aren't just for rice but for all sorts of grains and vegetables and fruits as well. In fact, I'm ready to throw out my crockpot because the meals prepared in the rice cooker are much better, don't have that overcooked, stewed taste you can get with a crockpot and have all the convenience and ease that I need with my busy schedule. The directions are clear and the recipes range from the simple (plain cooked grains) to the more complex (rice with coconut and currants... or grits with cheese and spices )
The ultimate test of a good cookbook, of course, is getting compliments and raves about the food. Every time I've made a recipe from this book, the food has been devoured quickly. We rarely have leftovers and my son's friends even make a point of looking in the kitchen to see if the rice cooker is turned on ( yes, the recipes in this cookbook are THAT good).

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about rice
I love rice. I could eat it every meal. I bought a rice cooker two years ago and have used it regularly ever since, not just for plain rice but also for red beans & rice, rice with veggies, rice cooked in different liquids and with different flavorings and additions. I thought I had done it all. I picked up this cookbook thinking it would have maybe a few ideas that would be new, maybe a dozen ideas out of the 250 recipes. Boy was I wrong! There is a LOT of good information on rice in here - and this is coming from someone who used to work at a health food store & knows her rice. And every single recipe I have tried has come out perfectly. Finally I can make Indian-restaurant style basmati rice the way my husband likes it (Qui's Basmati Pilaf p. 97)! My only complaint is that I'm probably going to have to spring for a newer fuzzy logic rice cooker as some (but not nearly all or even most) of the recipes will only work with that style of cooker. Aw, shucks, I have to go shopping :)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you use a rice cooker, this book is very helpful.
I have been using a rice cooker at least 3x/week for over 16 years, but only to make white rice. I bought this cookbook so that I could explore other ways to use this "must-have" kitchen appliance. I think the book is well worth the price, even if you don't own a "fuzzy logic" rice cooker. There are not too many recipes that call for "fuzzy logic" cookers only. Most recipes can be done with either the "on/off" type (like I have) or the "fuzzy logic" type.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must if you own a Rice Cooker
After buying a Zojirushi NS-ZAC 10 rice cooker, I knew I had to buy this book. I'd checked it out from the library but there are simply too many good recipes that I had to buy it. This is the bible for anyone owning a rice cooker. Only problem is it has recipes for both fuzzy logic and on/off type machines and now I find myself wishing I had both so I could try more recipes!

5-0 out of 5 stars WoW
I bought this book before I purchased my rice cooker. I really wanted to prepare beans and whole grains, not just rice. I learned that I could use this appliance in many ways. It made me so excited to purchase a rice cooker. All questions are answered. You CAN use this book to prepare many healthful foods in the basic on off rice cooker. There are only a few recipes that require the fuzzy logic rice cooker. I don't think I have ever had a cookbook that was so well written and entertaining to read, or easy to follow. ... Read more

52. Weight Watchers New 365 Day Menu Cookbook: Complete Meals for Every Day of the Year
by Weight Watchers, Inc Staf Weight Watchers Internati
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Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company.
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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One of the biggest challenges in weight loss and maintenance is planning new menus that keep you on a healthful food plan, and that are also varied and appealing. Now the experts at Weight Watchers serve up an entire year of delicious menus that will help readers enjoy the process as well. The book features a main dish recipe for every day of the year, and a full day's menu built around that recipe, plus complete nutritional counts and Weight Watchers Selection Information. Designed to give readers more freedom of choice, Weight Watchers New 365-Day Menu Cookbook will make healthful eating easier and tastier than ever. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Goog gift
Only complaints: fonts are quite small so I can't read while cooking in the kitchen (I haven't heard complaint from that uncle about small fonts so far) and this book doesn't provide tips like most cook books such as alternate substitutes if you can't find/not available for the particular items or quick preparation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book but...
I just recieved this the other day and have yet to make any recipes from this cookbook. But I have now tried several of the WW cookbooks and they always have great recipes, so there is no doubt that I will find some more healthy ones in this book.

I love how each page has a main recipe on it and then they have built a whole day of eating around that one recipe. Sometimes, there are smaller typed recipes in the daily menu area on each page. For example, on one page, the main recipe is for Grilled Chicken Caesar salad. Then to the right of the recipe, they have built a whole day of meals around this recipe. They have suggested what to eat for breakfast (banana and cereal), a light meal (beans and franks, carrot/celery sticks, whole wheat roll, yogurt), the main meal (which includes the Chicken caesar salad, creamy brocolli soup--provides the recipe, a peach and Italian bread) and an evening snack (3 cups of plain popcorn).

This is perfect for someone who needs to follow a strict menu to stay on track. Not everyone has the self discipline to make their own healthy menus and stay within the WW guidelines, so this would work well for those people. And each recipe/daily menu is different so you don't have to worry about being bored and eating the same things over and over.

The only real complaints I have about this book is that it is outdated compared to the newer WW cookbooks. It doesn't have any of the point values in the book, so you need to use the WW calculator to figure the point values out for each recipe. And the other complaint that I have is the book does have a few pictures in it, but most of the pictures are very unappetizing. They look like they just threw the recipe together and didn't worry about presentation. The more recent WW cookbooks make the pictures look very yummy, unlike this one.

Also, we all know that not everyone can eat the same amount of calories and continue to lose weight, so its unclear as to who this cookbook is geared towards. Someone who needs to be eating 1600 calories and actively losing weight still or someone who is maintaining their goal weight and need to eat around 1200 calories per day.

This cookbook looks like its worth a try, even just for the recipes and not the daily menus. But it't not as nice as the newer cookbooks that WW has put out in the last few years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Taste Like Diet Food!!!
This cookbook is the best I've ever tried! I had a pretty good selection of cookbooks before buying this one so I didn't really think a 'healthy cookbook' would be able to compare... but the recipes are really great! There's a large selection of tastes for simple to complex meals.

Plus for each day/page the book does not just give you one recipe. You'll be given a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Side dish ideas and drink ideas that will go good with your main dish are suggested! It's deffinatly a unique and helpful cookbook. You'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fab!!! Even got my husband to eat low-fat!
Exceptional recipes for busy people. Includes suggestions for healthful bag-lunches, breakfasts, and brunches you may not have thought of. The food tastes REAL, not the usual nonfat flavour (imagine eating the BOX that the burger came in...there, you've got it). Lots of things that even the kids will eat. Wonderful!

5-0 out of 5 stars Healthy food that doesn't taste like diet food!!
I'm 27 and busy, and not a big cookbook person, but after a few weeks on Weight Watchers I needed to spice up my menu. This book did the trick! It's got so many awesome recipes with all the WeightWatchers breakdowns, as well as daily menus to keep it all interesting. And even if you're not dieting, the meals are tasty and filling and you know you're eating healthy! ... Read more

53. 15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More
by Dana Carpender
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Asin: 159233041X
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Sales Rank: 677
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Recent studies prove that low-carbohydrate dieting works to take weight off and improve cholesterol. As more and more people switch to the Atkins diet or variations of it, they will need recipes! 15 Minute Low-Carb Recipes offers over 200 recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less. This book offers all-new quick and easy recipes that will be a godsend to low-carbers everywhere. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy, low carb, and TASTY!
I bought 15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes because I adore 500 Low-Carb Recipes, and couldn't wait to try the new book. It's fantastic. It truly is about quick food. Each recipe takes 15 minutes or less in pre- and post-cooking preparation time. In fact, if the recipe is a cook-it-right-now one (as opposed to a slow-cooker recipe), the whole thing is 15 minutes or less. Plus, every recipe I've tried has been wonderful. What more could you want? Oh, yes--the recipes are also low carb! I'm happy. I'm very, very happy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great low carb cookbook by the master
This is another great book by Dana Carpender. These recipes were much needed in our times of rushing around and thinking you have no time to cook low-carb. As always she gives the number of servings, total carb count and fiber counts that we who low-carb need most. Her recipes are delicious and the serving sizes are more reasonable than most others who add servings to make the carb count lower. Her sizes are more appropriate to what we are really going to eat.

The book is divided into easy chapters, making it very simple to find what you are looking for. Be it 15 minute burgers, poultry, skillet suppers, eggs, soups or desserts...they are all catagorized to find easily.

All of the recipes I have tried so far are flavorful, and quick and easy to prepare. I highly recommend this book and her others also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You Dana, I just made an Omelet for the First Time!
I want low carb but I'm also lazy. If it's complicated, I'm not going to make it. Not only are the recipes delicious, but super easy to follow. The last time I tried to make an omelet it was the exact consistency of foam rubber; I just thought I'd never be able to do it (and I love them). I followed Dana's easy omelet instructions and just had a delicious one for breakfast. Thank you Dana!

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Useful Surprisingly Good
I've been low-carbing for years and years, so I have checked out most of what's on the market - especially as the "fad" aspects have increased, with fake-foods and marketing everywhere, most "low carb" cookbooks have been a real disappointment. This one is a keeper - useful, sensible, delicious and actually 15 minutes to prepare in most cases. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you only buy two low-carb books, make one your particular plan's official tome, and make the other one Dana Carpender's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Fix for Busy Households
My boyfriend and I both work long hours and the thought of cooking when we got home was usually met with a groan and a reach for the pizza delivery number. He decided he really wanted to do this low-carb diet and my mother saw this book and recommended it. I can not sing its praises enough. It got me into the kitchen after work and if you knew me that'd be enough proof right there :D but the meals truely are fast and delicious. Now we are eating and feeling a lot better since I started using this book. ... Read more

54. Jamie's Dinners: Family Meals for Everyone
by Jamie Oliver
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Asin: 1401301940
Catlog: Book (2004-11-03)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 218
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It's dinnertime! Cooking sensation Jamie Oliver returns with a cookbook designed to delight the entire family -- filled with his favorite recipes for accessible, delicious, and stylish family meals.

Bestselling cookbook author Jamie Oliver takes his signature fresh, fun cooking style into new territory by putting his focus on the family. Designed to encourage us to eat healthier meals at home and enjoy our time spent in the kitchen, Jamie's Dinners features over 100 new and simple recipes for easy-to-afford, easy-to-prepare gourmet dinners that will get even the busiest of families back into the kitchen. Jamie's pared-down style and inventive use of fresh, uncomplicated ingredients will ensure that even novice chefs can cook up delicious dinners with confidence and ease using accessible, stylish recipes that the whole family will love, such as "Farfalle with Carbonara and Spring Peas" and "Japanese-Style Saturday Night Steak."

Jamie's Dinners will also be packed with special features, including Jamie's Top Ten favorite family meals, and a special "Family Tree" feature that will show how mastering one core dish can expand your cooking repertoire. ... Read more

55. Fantastic Food With Splenda: 160 Great Recipes for Meals Low in Sugar, Carbohydrates, Fat, and Calories
by Marlene Koch, Christopher Dollbaum
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Asin: 1590770218
Catlog: Book (2004-05)
Publisher: M. Evans and Company
Sales Rank: 98088
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK
I came on line to order this amazing book for my friend on the South Beach Diet and was so suprised to see someone question it's accuracy because I am a Weight Watcher (points are in the book), and hate labels that lie! First of all in my copy, that I got a couple weeks back, the first recipe - Strawberry Lemonade- has the ingredients and I did not see a lot of typo's - so hers must have been a bad copy. I did find the 0 grams on the "compare" page - but it is clearly just an innocent mistake. The page highlights that Ms. Koch's Cinnamon Pancakes and Apple Butter Syrup have 11 grams of fat and then "compares" them to regular pancakes and syrup with 3 pats of butter. Since it clearly (in a box) says YOU SAVE: 9 grams of fat - along with 56 carbs, 195 calories and 7 points!!! by having hers instead of the "usual" pancakes and syrup you can see the fat grams on the high fat and sugar comparison should have been 20 (not 0). Yet, just to be sure I re-calculated several recipes with my own nutrition calculator, and they were all perfect - no errors - with accurate data and weight watcher points.
More important - this book not only has great food - Chai Tea, Pumpkin Muffins, a bunch of great Coleslaws, Spinach Salad (with hot bacon dressing), Sloppy Joes, ice creams and even Cheesecake for breakfast - every single recipe I have made has been easy and delicious. It is the first book I have found that does such a good job cutting the fat along with the sugar and carbs and that has good recipes for everyday use (and a bunch for the holidays). I am ordering another book, and her dessert book, as soon as I finish this review and recommend you do so too. You will not be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed
I bought this book because my husband is diabetic and Splenda is the most natural-tasting artificial sweetener. It appears to have been published in great haste in order to jump on the low-carb bandwagon. I returned it because it's full of errors. There are mispellings (2 on one page, one on another), nutrition information is figured wrong (a sample meal of pancakes with 3 pats of butter had zero grams of fat) and the first recipe --which I wanted to try--has no ingredients! I found these and other mistakes in just the first 30 or 40 pages. Nutrition info is very important to me and I don't feel I can overlook these errors. I can't trust what's in the rest of the book. I was really disappointed and returned the book to the store. I was also disappointed to hear that, because it wasn't a production error such as missing pages, they were just going to resell it! Don't buy this book--unless you don't mind taking a lot of chances when you cook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mega Kudos for Fantastic Food
Marlene Koch did the impossible. Provided healthy recipes for everyday people using everyday ingredients. Some cookbooks with complicated ingredients and recipes just frustrated me, but Fantastic Food has me enjoying cooking again. The Asian Barbecued Pork Tenderloin is great; Spicy Orange Beef was a hit with everyone in the family and the Zesty Chicken Strips with Sweet Mustard Dip is the best in the world. The Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette is absolutely tops. It's almost hard to believe you're cooking healthy when everything tastes so great. I have made several other recipes and intend to make everything in this book. It is truly terrific!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Foods - Fantastic Book
Marlene Koch has done it again! Another great book! Recipes are easy taste great! The Weight Watchers point is anadded bonus. I would highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of whether they are watching their weight or sugar intake. ... Read more

56. Spices of Life : Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health
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Asin: 0375411607
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 700922
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57. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook
by Beth Hensperger
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Asin: 1558322450
Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
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The slow cooker is perfect for today's lifestyle, in which everyone is time and energy-concious, economy-wise, and concerned about nutrition, and demanding of great flavor. This book offers a way of traditional cooking that's new and fresh. ... Read more

58. Roadfood : Revised Edition
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
Publisher: Broadway
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59. First Meals: the Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide
by Annabel Karmel
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Asin: 075660365X
Catlog: Book (2004-05-03)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 7200
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Completely revised, First Meals bursts with dozens of new color photographs and more than 200 recipes to entice even the fussiest baby or toddler. This classic cookbook covers the essentials-from flavorful first purées, winning lunchbox combos and easy-to-make family meals to finger-licking picnic and party noshes-while delighting the eye and providing hardworking information on nutrition, preparation and cooking times, freezing instructions, and tips on how to handle food allergies, additives, and tricky eaters.

"For help from an expert, try First Meals, a beautifully illustrated, easy -to-follow guide to cooking for kids up to the age of 5."NEWSWEEK

"Annabel Karmel's First Meals may be the perfect new-mom gift..." TIME
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I love this book and refer to it on a weekly basis. The book is in an easy to follow stage-by-stage format. This book provides wonderful, easy, delicious, and healthy recipes for your baby. Most importantly, it provides useful instruction on how to begin making your own baby food. My nine month old son loves the "Cheesy Stars" and "Fruity Chicken" recipes. I have followed this book since the day my son began solids and it has been an indispensible resource. This book also has beautiful and demonstrative photographs, making cooking for your baby fun. I am proud to say that as a mom with a full time job outside the home AND with the help of this book, my baby has hardly eaten commercial baby food! (I also liked this book much better than Ruth Yaron's overly hyped "Super Baby Food.")

4-0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good
This book seems a little daunting at first, especially if you're on the fence about making your own baby food or not. Some people object to some of the recipes having butter or onions. But I took a second look and decided to try some things. The early recipes are very easy. The second-stage ones are easy too, I found out. Most things are simmered til soft, then pureed in a blender. True, there is some butter and onions included, but when I realized that each recipe made several servings, the amount of butter my baby was receiving in each feeding was nearly negligible. Also, I simply cut out the butter, oil, onions, and the like when I didn't feel it was necessary. A lot of these have carrots and potatoes as a base for introducing other things like fish and cottage cheese, so the diet gets changed gradually. Recipes are indicated to be suitable for freezing or not, a big help.

The author seems a little too cutesy with the presentation. I can't imagine myself making litle animal faces at each meal for the next 5 years. They're just suggestions I guess. So don't think you have to do this whole book or else. Some recipes seem unnecessarily complicated, like poaching fish in a flavored broth. Plain water is fine. Simplify where you like to make it manageable for yourself, and really it's not too hard to make your own baby food.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
When I first bought this book five years ago, I returned it, because I did not think that berries and some of the other foods for very young babies were appropriate. I picked up the book again when he was older and this book is fantastic. I have this book, her Healthy Baby Planner and the revised editions as well as four others! I use this for his meals and the whole family loves her recipes. If you follow your pediatricians guidelines ( I use Ruth Yaron's great list of chokable foods and also I use Dr. William Sears books for his list of the least allergenic and the most allergenic foods.....his books are my bible) you should be able to easily decide which baby purees are best for you. The photos are beautiful and inpiring. I think her recipes are the best I have ever found. My son will devour the recipes from her book and I use her books every day. And I have many cookbooks...Barefoot Contessa, Martha Stewart, as well as baby cookbooks and Annabel Karmel is number one with us. Her books are a must have for your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Cookbook
I have many cookbooks and many children's cookbooks. I was searching for the healthiest and most delicious foods for my child. After reading books on nutrition by Dr. Sears and Ruth Yaron's book, I have found that Annabel Karmel's books are the best compilation of serious nutrition, healthy cooking, food preparation and the most key and important factor....great flavor. Her recipes are great for all whole family eats the recipes from her books. For example, her spinach lasgne recipe in her second edition First Meals is so great we cannot stop eating it...after a very extensive search and trial and error from other recipes in other cookbooks....we found a true award winning recipe. All her recipes are great...I can say that after cooking for two decades(and the past five years cooking for children) This cookbook should be on every family's shelves.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good recipes & easy to make
This is the recipe book I have been using since introducing solids to my now 7-month old daughter. They are easy to make and tasty and so far she has liked all of them.

This book contains many photos and it is a great guide for those who want to start out making their own baby food.

Recently, I bought another recipe book by Annabel Karmel and I feel it is even better than this one. It is called, New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. It doesn't have pictures but it has more recipes.

I am completely satisfied with the book and even more with New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. ... Read more

60. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book:
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Asin: 069621881X
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens
Sales Rank: 24217
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Discover why every kitchen worth its salt has a flour-dusted, bouillon-stained, batter-encrusted and whisk-maimed copy. ... Read more

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