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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579464
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Diane A. Welland, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, and consultant. Welland is a member of the American Dietetic Association's Food and Culinary Practice Group, incoming chair of the Nutrition and Food Science Section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and past Manager of Nutrition Services/Media Spokesperson for the National Restaurant Association.

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Diane A. Welland, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, freelance writer/consultant and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Clean© 2009 Alpha Books. As a registered dietitian she knows how important it is to eat good, healthy food that will keep you feeling energized, alert and happy throughout the day. As a busy working mother of three she also knows how difficult it can be to put nutritious dinners on the table. Eating clean is all about eating whole, natural, healthy foods, free of chemicals, additives and preservatives. But, it's more than just a diet, it's a lifestyle.
Diane is currently an advisor and regular contributor to Clean Eating magazine. She also teaches nutrition at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work can be seen in Relish Magazine, Today's Dietitian, Cowboys and Indians, Vegetarian Times, Sizzle, Spry Living magazine and Scientific American Mind. She is former contributing editor for Environmental Nutrition Newsletter and has been interviewed for The Washington Post, USA Today, Cable Radio News What's Cookin', CNN and KOPN Food Sleuth. Diane is an active member of the American Dietetic Association's Food and Culinary Practice Group and chair of the Nutrition and Food Science Section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is a past Manager of Nutrition Services/Media Spokesperson for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, DC.
Enjoy the good life, "Eat Well, Eat Clean"!

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Overall, this book is very usable.
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I love finding healthy recipes that actually taste great.
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This is truly a book that will change your life.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By The Queen of Floydavia VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
My husband and I have been "Eating Clean" for over 5 months now. He has lost almost 50 pounds so far without starving. This book makes learning the ropes easy. There are excellent recipes and good, easy to read information about ingredient labels and other things that you need to know. This is truly a book that will change your life. I have been down the "diet" road on many trips in my life, but this is so much more. This is how we were meant to eat. I haven't been this passionate about anything in a very long time. A great beginner reference for this type of eating. Try it and be well!
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By gmt on January 10, 2010
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I received a copy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Clean" for Christmas (an item on my Wish List), and by New Years, had read it from cover to cover. It is easy to read, the concepts made a lot of sense, and the recipes sounded delicious and simple to follow. To say that Diane Welland sold me on the concepts of eating cleaner was an understatement. I even went out on a limb and used several of the recipes for a very large party celebrating my daughter's December college graduation and commissioning in the Army--an important celebration for us. Wandering among the large crowd, I took great delight hearing people rave about the dishes. They had probably never eaten so "clean" without realizing it. I came clean and admitted that I got the recipes from the guide. Afterwards, I heard several people (including my 82-year-old mother) say that they planned to get a copy. It goes to show that you are never too old to change your eating habits, and in her guide, Diane Wellend shows how easy that is to do.

One thing I really appreciated about Diane Welland's guide was that she didn't preach, and you won't come away from it feeling that it is an "all or nothing" approach. The tips she provides show how to make both large and small improvements in preparing meals and snacks - even desserts. My one small criticism was with the index. Recipes aren't always listed logically. For example, I couldn't find hummus (a recipe I knew was in the book). I finally found it listed alphabetically as "Spicy Hummus." A problem probably created by electronic indexing software rather than an error by the author. A small thing when compared to the great information this book provides.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jason on March 6, 2010
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I was looking to clean up my diet and started by checking out a lot of the latest best selling diet books. I found myself frustrated with all the hype found in them and the all or nothing approaches they seemed to advocate. I was glad to find this little gem. I didn't have to wade through several chapters of hype or read a bunch of banal success stories before getting information that was actually new or valuable. The first few chapters introduce us to why clean eating is a good idea, the principles behind it, and practical tips for being successful. The rest of the book was devoted to over 75 recipes. The ones I've tried so far have been easy to make and tasty. The author comes across as honest, not too preachy, and her writing style is pleasurable. Overall, this book is very usable.

If you aren't necessarily looking to go on a diet (which you will inevitably also come off of), but would rather just learn how to make healthy adjustments to whatever degree suits you, this is the book for you.

*Note: This review is for the kindle edition.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Payton on October 15, 2010
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Just bought this book along with 2 books by Tosca Reno. I have to admit this book has A LOT more recipes that I will use and try than the other two. Can't wait to try more!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Sistrunk on January 16, 2011
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I purchased this book as an introduction into what it means to eat "clean". It was simply written and informative so even a novice like myself would understand. The author laid a foundation of the principals of eating clean for any level of commitment. In the back of the book there are recipies as well as a meal plan. I liked this book primarily because you don't have to be a dietician to understand the concept. It is easy to read and to take that knowledge and hit the ground running with the tools you need to begin to eat clean.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Loretta M. Troen on July 12, 2010
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This book has become a staple in my kitchen. I have been cooking and eating healthy for years. However, I am always looking for new insight, new recipes and some inspiration. I found it all in this book. The author has a very nice tone which encourages one to take a few basic first steps toward changing their food lifestyle. Many books and articles require so much work upfront that the reader never even begins the work required to change how they eat. If we want to change our overwhelming health issues and obesity problems we must start with becoming conscious of what we are eating and the debilitating effects that consuming large quantities of "junk food" have on our health. We can start our own healthcare reform with a major eating reform using the guidelines in this book. I have given this book as a gift and had excellent feedback.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Bradshaw on June 22, 2011
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The recipes I've made so far, including Sweet Beets with Walnuts and Chevre, Garlicky Spinach with Kalamata Olives, and Lentil and Kale Soup, among others, have been flavorful and well-received by my family. I love finding healthy recipes that actually taste great. The author's use of herbs and spices to add depth to the recipes is welcomed by the taste buds. I appreciate the author not going down the path of extremism; she includes a broad spectrum of foods and preparation methods. This is not an extensive selection of recipes, but she gives plenty of good recipes that can be used as the basis for creating more healthful eating habits.

I did find two frustrating aspects to the cookbook that caused me to knock off a star. Both involve lazy editing and indexing. First, whenever a recipe uses another recipe from the book as an ingredient, she only gives you the chapter where you will find the other recipe, rather than the actual page number. The reader then has to either turn to the index to find the page number, or look for the chapter and then search through it for the recipe. Very lazy editing! Second, some recipes can be found by looking up the main ingredient or type of recipe, but others require the reader to know the name of the recipe. For example, you can't just look up "burrito", you have to remember that the recipe is titled "Loaded Black Bean Burrito". I'm finding this type of lazy editing and indexing in more and more cookbooks and it is aggravating.

Overall, I recommend this cookbook because of its flavorful recipes and readable information about eating clean and healthy foods.
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