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60. A Week in the Zone

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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

44. 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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Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 3790
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45. 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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Asin: 1558322035
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Sales Rank: 6252
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

46. 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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Asin: 0028610156
Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company.
Sales Rank: 78462
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

47. 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

48. Jamie's Dinners: Family Meals for Everyone
by Jamie Oliver
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-03)
Publisher: Hyperion
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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

49. 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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Catlog: Book (2004-05)
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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

50. Spices of Life : Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Knopf
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51. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook
by Beth Hensperger
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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

52. Roadfood : Revised Edition
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Publisher: Broadway
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53. First Meals: the Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide
by Annabel Karmel
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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

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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

54. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book:
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens
Sales Rank: 24217
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55. Dr. BBQ's Big-Time Barbecue Cookbook: A Real Barbecue Champion Brings the Tasty Recipes and Juicy Stories of the Barbecue Circuit to Your Backyard
by Ray Lampe
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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56. Mexico : The Beautiful Cookbook (Beautiful Cookbook)
by Susanna Palazuelos
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Catlog: Book (1991-08-17)
Publisher: Beautiful Cookbooks
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Love this Cookbook!
This is one of the best books around. My best friend was born and Mexico, and loves the authentic recipes in this book. I have enjoyed many wonderful meals with her family, and couldn't wait to show her this book. She soon bought copies of the book for her family after reading mine. I love all of the "Beautiful Cookbooks". The photography and history of the region(s) are superb, and the recipes are delicious!

5-0 out of 5 stars The most authentic Mexican Cookbook I've ever used.
I lived in central Mexico for several years. I fell in love with the cuisines of the country, and Mexico the Beautiful is one of the most authentic and varied cookbooks I've found, and my bookshelf includes the works of Diana Kennedy, considered by most to be the authority on Mexican cooking.. My Mexican relatives and friends were wowed by the recipes I made from this book.Several actually asking me jokingly if I were sure that I didn't have any Mexican blood, because my food was so authentic. They all agreed that they were not only delicious, but good representations of the cuisines. I also found it helpful to know what region the recipe originated from, and each recipe has a corresponding photo. This is absolutely the best Mexican cookbook I've ever seen. I'm sure you won't use this as is, but feel free to change it around. This will be my second copy, as the original was destroyed in a flood. I just can't live without this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Authentic yet simple
This book is a classic of Mexican Cuisine. It's not as anal-retentive as Diana Kennedy and more appealing than Rick Bayless. The recipes are truly authentic and I have lived in Mexico for many years, researching the cuisines of Mexico. This book contains the majority of the most common dishes cooked in homes in Mexico and a great deal of the "alta cocina" works as well. I have made 75% of the dishes in this book and have served them to Mexican friends to rave reviews. This is the real thing. Marilyn Tausend collaborated in this book and it shows. She is an unsung hero of Mexican Cooking. There are others better known, but few that can take a recipe and make it easy to follow, yet as authentic as is possible with ingredients available in the US. If you want to cook like a real Mexican chef, get this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Review from Mexican resident: Very authentic and excellent..
I am an avid collector of cookbooks, and as far as authentic quality material, this book is the best. But it is less a book, and more a work of art. The photographs are breathtaking, the cusine authentic region by region, and even offers the new "alta cocina Mexicana"--or, Mexican haute cuisine from Mexico City...SUPERB!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cocina Autentica!
This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook, who loves REAL Mexican food or is married to a Mexican! My husband is from Central Mexico and his mother's food is one of the things he misses the most! I never tried to cook "Mexican" food before I bought this cookbook, because I knew I'd never come close. (Most "Mexican" recipes call for cans of this/that thrown together with lots of cheese on top! No one in Mexico eats like that!) The recipes are from scratch, authentic, healthy, & there's a great variety! This cookbook inspired me and it has revoltionized my marriage. It's true what they say "A way to a (Mexican) man's heart is through his stomach!" I have been able to find variations of my "suegra"'s recipes and have made them my own. Try to find a Mexican market nearby to get all the authentic ingredients - they are much cheaper that way! ... Read more

57. Unbelievable Desserts With Splenda: Sweet Treats Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories
by Marlene Koch
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Catlog: Book (2001-11)
Publisher: M. Evans and Company
Sales Rank: 12846
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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Now you can create great-tasting low-sugar versions of the favorite desserts you crave--cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, pies, muffins, creampuffs, smoothies, and more--with the revolutionary low-calorie sweetener that is made from sugar and tastes like sugar, Splenda.We're not talking pale imitations, but delectable desserts and beverages that look and taste so incredibly good that you simply won't believe they aren't full of sugar, fat or calories. What's more, Splenda contains no artificial chemicals and is safe for the entire family, including persons with diabetes. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Where are your tastebuds?
I've been cooking with granular Splenda since it became available in the U.S. and have always simply substituted it for regular sugar, measure for measure, in standard recipes, with excellent results. There never seemed to be a need for special Splenda recipes. But I thought I'd buy and try Unbelievable Desserts with Splenda to see whether specially developed recipes do make a difference. With great anticipation, I made the Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake for Thanksgiving dinner, following the recipe exactly. The result looked like cheesecake on the plate, and it felt like cheesecake in the mouth, but that's all. The dessert had almost no flavor--no cheesecake taste, no pumpkin taste, hardly any taste of spices. Even the gingersnaps in the crust lost the flavor they had had originally. The dessert was such a disappointment that diners left pieces unfinished on their plates.
I went out the next day and bought ingredients for a pumpkin pie and then made my traditional recipe with Splenda instead of sugar, egg substitute instead of whole eggs, and evaporated skim milk instead of cream. The pie tasted delicious, and its texture was perfect. (Omit the crust if you really want to cut the calories; that works, too.)
Just about any cook could figure out how to make the substitutions in standard recipes that this book touts. Save your money on the book and spend it on Splenda. The latter is a great product. This book isn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars No Sugar - No Way
I am a chef and am more than a bit skeptical that anything that is low-fat not to mention low sugar could taste like a real dessert. Then I saw the review saying there was too much sugar so I figured the answer to the good reviews was that the author used sugar only to "call" the desserts low sugar. But because my mother has diabetes, my wife is on a diet and my chef association mentioned splenda was a good product I ordered the book. Here is what I found:
1. The desserts really do taste tremendous. In fact had I not made the "Heavenly Cheesecake" myself I would never have believed it had NO sugar and was so low in fat. My wife was thrilled at the meager 180 calories for a real piece.
2. I found MANY of the recipes actually did not have ANY sugar. The ones that did had teaspoons or tablespoons. When you bake regular dessert recipes you use CUPS. To have the appearance and taste of these with so liitle is unbelievable.
3. Portion sizes are real.
4. A few chocolate chips, a little lite topping - these are the ingredients that make these desserts taste great, not dietetic or weird like health food stuff. And still the calories are low.
Last, I have looked at many books for desserts for diabetics. Some use other no-cal sweeteners which don't taste or cook well. Some use fructose and apple juice but those are still sugar. These recipes taste great and are truly low in carb (and sugar).
I intend to use them for all my "special" clients (and me too)

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Unbelievable Desserts
Unbelievable desserts in that they are easy to make, low-fat, low-sugar and best of all taste great. This is a wonderful cookbook for anyone trying to watch their diet. The use of Splenda really allows one to bake muffins, cheesecakes, cakes and all other types of sweets. I'm known in my circle of friends and family for my cheesecakes. I made the heavenly cheesecake recipe and no one could tell that it was low sugar and low fat.

I've also made almost all of the muffin recipes and my family loves them. They are easy to bake, easy to freeze and really easy to grab in the mornings, pop into the microwave and have a quick, healthy breakfast on the run. I love this cookbook so much, I've just bought the second cookbook Fantastic Foods with Splenda and I can't wait to try out the new recipes in that cookbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Desserts With Splenda: Sweet Treats Low in Suga
The very first cookbook to showcase a revolutionary, new, no calorie sweetener that is free of unpleasant aftertaste, safe for the entire family (including diabetics) & tastes like sugar! Unlike other dietetic sweeteners, Splenda (sucralose) contains no artificial chemicals & is a natural product derived from sugar. The 75 delicious recipes include: cheesecakes (plain, lemon, pumpkin); cookies (oatmeal, chocolate chip); brownies; muffins; cakes; pies, & smoothies. Now you really can have your cake & eat it too--without guilt.
The very first cookbook to showcase a revolutionary, new, no-calorie sweetener that is free of unpleasant aftertaste, safe for the entire family and tastes like sugar!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped for...
I suppose it's a good book in it's own right, but I bought it with the hopes of finding some good low carb dessert recipes. Instead what I found are recipes that are low sugar, not the same thing at all. In addition to cutting the sugar out, she seems to concentrate on cutting a lot of the fat out of the recipes, which tends to add carbs in some form.

If you're on Atkins, this is not the book for you. There are a few recipes that are lower carb, but nothing that I couldn't get from straight Splenda=Sugar substitutions, and often not even with as good of results. Custard and cheesecake are 2 that pop to mind that are simple enough to do straight substitution without sacrificing flavor or texture. I didn't need to pay for this book to get those recipes.

All in all, rather a disappointment. ... Read more

58. On Food and Cooking : The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
by Harold McGee
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Asin: 0684800012
Catlog: Book (2004-11-23)
Publisher: Scribner
Sales Rank: 23
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is a kitchen classic. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious.

Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Harold McGee has prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of On Food and Cooking. He has rewritten the text almost completely, expanded it by two-thirds, and commissioned more than 100 new illustrations. As compulsively readable and engaging as ever, the new On Food and Cooking provides countless eye-opening insights into food, its preparation, and its enjoyment.

On Food and Cooking pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook-friendly kitchen science and helped give birth to the inventive culinary movement known as "molecular gastronomy." Though other books have now been written about kitchen science, On Food and Cooking remains unmatched in the accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness of its explanations, and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques.

Among the major themes addressed throughout this new edition are:

  • Traditional and modern methods of food production and their influences on food quality
  • The great diversity of methods by which people in different places and times have prepared the same ingredients
  • Tips for selecting the best ingredients and preparing them successfully
  • The particular substances that give foods their flavors and that give us pleasure
  • Our evolving knowledge of the health benefits and risks of foods

On Food and Cooking is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients, cooking methods, and the pleasures of eating. It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked, savored, or wondered about food. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars On food chemistry
This is a remarkable book on why and how foods react the way they do. Though chemistry plays a large part in the understanding of food that McGee imparts (it has to), it is very basic and a short primer in the appendix tells you all you'll need to know. Because cooking and food underlie our very existence, and also because they are great sources of pleasure, the topic cannot but be fascinating. However, the mystification of food abounds, and the facts are hard for most people to verify. ON FOOD AND COOKING is a book that can be read straight through or as a reference, but will always increase your knowledge of how foods work.

It is comprehensive, historical, and scientific, and McGee's aim is to inform the reader enough so that s/he can cook, and also so that s/he can make decisions about food that are intelligent. Not only does he discuss pretty much any type of food you can think of, he also discusses artificial additives, nutrition, and digestion. And although the book was written in 1984, the advice he gives is always sound and cautious. Food is understandable. If you love watching PBS cooking shows, this book will enhance your knowledge of what the cooks are doing. If you love watching the food network... well, there is probably less to understand, but it will still enhance your viewing. In any case, if you love cooking and food, it is difficult to overlook a book of this magnitude.

5-0 out of 5 stars The bible of food science
First and foremost: this is NOT a cookbook. Do not buy this book if you are looking for casserole recipes. But, if you are interested in the science of why food does what it does, this book is indispensible. It is rather dense, and is difficult to read straight through, but if you ever wonder, say, what the difference between AA and A grade eggs is, and why the white turns from clear to opaque when you apply heat, On Food and Cooking is well organized and makes a great reference. Considering its low price, every cook should have it around. It will change the way you think about cooking. It includes some interesting historical tidbits as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dense, but worth the effort
I purchased this book on the tangential advice of Michael Ruhlman's "The Making of a Chef" -- it was one of the three Bibles of Cooking, if I remember correctly. As a scientist and a foodie/gastronome, I found this book fascinating and worth the effort of slogging through the tougher, denser, meatier bits.

Mmmm, collagen.

5-0 out of 5 stars A textbook on cooking
This is an excellent book on the science of cooking, for those interested in learning the reason behind cooking. If you want to a reference book for your cooking and baking, get this book. I am sure this is in Alton Brown's library. It is fascinating just to thumb through it and read various sections just for the trivia value.

4-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Anyone who is serious about the craft of cooking needs to read this book. Anyone else will find it dreadfully irrelevant. This book is best explored as a cover-to-cover read, in my opinion, but seeing as there's not much of a plot to pull you along (duh), only those with a keen interest in food and/or science will be able to make it to the end. ... Read more

59. 200 Low-carb Slow Cooker Recipes: Easy & Delicious Recipes For Your Crockpot
by Dana Carpender
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Asin: 1592330762
Catlog: Book (2004-12-15)
Publisher: Fair Winds Press (MA)
Sales Rank: 8973
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60. A Week in the Zone
by Barry Sears
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Asin: 006103083X
Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
Publisher: ReganBooks
Sales Rank: 7120
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Millions of people worldwide have discovered the power of the Zone. A breakthrough approach to dieting based on Nobel Prize-winning scientific research, the Zone treats food as the most powerful drug available. Used wisely, food will take you into the Zone, a state of exceptional health familiar to champion athletes. You'll not only burn body fat, you'll keep it off. You'll also fight heart disease, diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue, depression, and cancer. Discover the benefits of this revolutionary program in just seven days with A Week in the Zone:

  • Fundamentals of the Zone

  • How to eat in the Zone

  • How to shop in the Zone

  • A week's worth of healthy, satisfying recipes including quick and easy Zone breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

  • The Zone for vegetarians

  • How to order in and dine out in the Zone

  • How to achieve maximum success in the Zone

A Week in the Zone also contains appendices on frequently asked questions, how to calculate your lean body mass, information on Zone food blocks, a list of resources, and more. Enter the Zone and experience the dietary program that has transformed the way America eats. You'll be glad you did.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The first how-to Zone book for everyone
Finally, Barry Sears has gotten around to writing a "how-to" book on the Zone Diet. All of the previous books were somewhat technical, and aimed at medical professionals or personal trainers.

This book, his first paperback, is written in a clear, concise and easy to understand style. By the end of the first 20 pages, you will have a good idea of what the Zone Diet is about, its benefits and how it works.

Then, the rest of the book gives Sears' simplest yet version of the diet (for example, instead of "40-30-30" the new restatement uses "1-2-3").

The Zone Diet, by the way, is primarily a health diet, although it is also effective for weight loss. The idea is to keep your blood sugar and hormone levels as even as possible, by balancing what you eat in each meal. The result is a number of health benefits, especially in the areas of diabetes (demonstrated by a clinical study) and heart disease (Sears started the research due to the high mortality in his own family tree), but also in other areas like allergies, joint pain, headaches, stomach acid, and many others, all of which are aggravated by our modern unnatural eating habits.

Unlike almost all other eating plans, this diet is based on an investigation of how food affects our bodies' mechanisms, and the result is simply better functioning.

4-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction to the Zone
A friend lent me her copy of "A Week in the Zone," and now, five months later, I have lost 36 pounds and feel great.

I noticed one reviewer mentioned "high cost of the plan," I experienced that also in my first week or so, but once I realized that I did not need to buy lots of exotic foods, my food costs returned to normal.

Please read the book for details, but as I read Sears' writing, essentially, you eat protein (lean meat, fish, soy, etc.) at each meal. That serving should be no bigger than the palm of your hand, and about the same thickness. Also, each meal should include carbohydrates, about twice as much carbos as protein. The carbos should be fruits or vegetables for the most part. Also thrown into each meal is a "smidgen" of fat. And that's it.

Sears also encourages two snacks a day. I seldom feel hungry on this plan and it is simple to follow. What more can you ask.

1-0 out of 5 stars Jack of All Trades...
I hope the information dispensed by Dr. Kotz is better than what she expounds on the Atkins website. Her advice on that site suggest that you read the label of regular brewed beers for carbohydrate information.

"A 12-ounce can of beer contains about 12.5 grams, but you have to read the label since carbohydrate content varies from brand to brand," says the doctor.

Unfortunately, carbohydrate counts are NOT given on regular brewed beers. Makes you wonder if she's ever drank a beer in her life if that's the kind of "accurate" info she pens. Equally suspicious is the fact that she's contributed as an "expert" to Weight Watchers, The Zone, Slim-Fast, and Atkins. Suprised she hasn't jumped on the South Beach Diet bandwagon too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is it possible to eat more protein with the Zone
This book is very easy to understand but I have one question I am hoping someone can help me. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner there is a 10 gram fat , 20 gram protein, and 30 gram carbohydrate. Is it possible to just use the information on carbohydrates and just eat a meal of 90 carbs a day. I'm very useless in the kitchen and there seems to be so many low carb products out in the market that seem to have the right amount of carbs but a slightly higher number of protein and I was wondering I could still stay in the zone even if the protein goes over 20 grams. ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE SO HELPFUL AND APPRECIATED.

5-0 out of 5 stars great introduction to the Zone
this is a great introduction to this eating plan, and will probably be all most people will need to understand and implement the Zone. clearly written and easily read and understood.

the zone works! by the way. i have lost 40 lbs in 6 months and lost weight through the holidays and cheated a bit every once in a while. very worth doing. ... Read more

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