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The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook: Take your taste buds on a global tour with more than 75 easy, healthy recipes for your favorite ethnic dishes Paperback – March 15, 2011

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Chef Devin Alexander, author of Fast Food Fix, specializes in creating delicious, flavorful, low-fat makeovers of many popular foods. She has shared her recipes with television audiences on The Biggest Loser, Good Morning America, The View, HGTV's Smart Solutions, Discovery Health's National Body Challenge, and more. Her recipes have also appeared in numerous publications, including Prevention, Shape, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, and Women's Health, where she is a contributing food editor. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609611489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609611484
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Justin on March 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Chef Devin Alexander has always been one of my favorite healthy cookbook authors. Her recipes are fairly easy, straightforward, and tasty. She has penned each of the Biggest Loser cookbooks (the original, Family Style, and Desserts) and - now - Flavors of the World.

I have used each of the Biggest Loser cookbooks regularly in my kitchen...and this new edition is no exception!Recipes such as Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Indian Chicken Curry, Shrimp Toasts, and White Pizza just beg to be prepared. As usual, Devin has devised some innovative and unique healthy recipes (such as hollowing out a cucumber and filling it with tuna...to make a rice-less sushi roll).

The book is broken up into seven varieties of cuisine: Italian, Asian/Southeast, Mexican, Regional American, Mediterranean, European, and Desserts. None of the recipes require ingredients too hard to find (however, Devin has all sorts of "salt free" seasoning that I can never find in my supermarket? I guess you can look online).

Any downsides to the book? A few of the recipes seem like repeats from the other Biggest Loser cookbooks. There is yet another Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe, as well as recipes like Chicken-Fried Steak that have appeared in some of Devin's other publications. I also found the dessert section lacking in creativity and scope...we have a "Thai Fruit Salad" that has numerous chopped fruits sprinkled with lime zest and juice. How is that Thai?

These, however, are minor complaints. Flavors of the World is a solid, tasty, and worthy sequel to the popular Biggest Loser cookbooks. I expect nothing less from the series and from Devin. Enjoy!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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Flavors of the World is the second cookbook by the Biggest Loser team that we bought to review. We made five different recipes from it to thoroughly test it out. Here is what we found.

First, for users unfamiliar with the Biggest Loser cookbook series, be aware that while the book is 218 pages, not all of that is recipes. A substantial amount of the book is an intro to healthy eating, with information on calories and menu planning and so on. It's not that the information is unhelpful - but it does cut down on the number of pages devoted to recipes. Similarly, while I love photos of recipes, this one features huge full-page photos. So you get perhaps half the recipes you might be expecting as a result.

On to the recipes themselves. The only way to evaluate a cookbook is to evaluate the results of the recipes. Are they easy to understand? Create flavorful results? Meet the stated topic of the book?

My first concern is that the book claims to be "flavors of the world" - as compared with the other books which are all primarily US-centric recipes. So I was expecting a range of ethnic food types. However, one of the groupings is "regional American classics"! We already have multiple books with those. They should have used that space in this book for something NON-American.

The other areas are Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and European. So even there, much of what they call "Italian" I would call food that most people make in their homes. It is like calling "pizza" an Italian dish. Maybe it was once, but it has been absorbed into the US culture. I was hoping for a far wider reach with the recipes.

We made the Japanese cucumber salad. I have many Japanese cucumber salad recipes that I adore and I was quite looking forward to this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy McCarty on September 2, 2011
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I love cookbooks plain and simple. This one, it's ok. Nothing special on the receipe end. I was hoping for some new low-fat, low-carb fun receipes. It had a few, but not as many as I had hoped for. The show always demonstrated those unique, healthy food substitutes; the book had a few. Too many "weird" food items to make it a useful cookbook. I suppose if you are into it, the contestant pages could be inspiring. For me those were wasteful as I had enough of that from the show.....I wanted the cookbook to be more about new meals in my home. Also, the lack of pictures really discouraged me. I am a visual person and need that media to spark my food creativity. They should trade the contestant pages for dish picture pages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2011
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This cook book is exactly what I was looking for! I am a big fan of flavor, but in my own kitchen, I find that the more flavorful a recipe is, the more complicated and usually... fattening. This Flavors of the World cookbook is just the type of food that I like to eat - super flavorful, interesting, ethnic and best of all - easy to make. I've only made a few of the recipes so far, but they are not complicated and cook up easily. Last night I made the "Dan Dan Mian" over Udon noodles and I only had to run to the store for a few ingredients. It was so good that I think the recipe will now be a house favorite. It was very flavorful and done in about 13 minutes.

Since purchasing this book, I've purchased some ingredients that I wasn't previously familiar with: coconut sugar, avocado oil, wheat and oat flour, and salt-less salts... This book seems to really focus on reducing salt and bad ingredients, and I love that the calories and nutrition info is at the bottom of each recipe. This makes it so easy to stay on track with my eating plan. I am so excited to know that there are quick, easy, and healthy recipes for the flavorful food I love!!!
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