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"These books are a great guide to carry around and have with you whenever you're not sure what to choose." --Oprah Winfrey on Oprah

"You can make pretty easy substitutes and do very well." --Meredith Vieira, co-host of The Today Show

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"It's just so easy with these books. I now control my food instead of my food controlling me. I'm losing weight without even trying." --Darlene Coburn, Eat This, Not That! reader, who--in 4 months--lost 40 pounds and went from a size 14 to a size 8.

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DAVID ZINCZENKO is editor-in-chief of Men's Health and editorial director of Women's Health.

MATT GOULDING is a food and nutrition editor of Men's Health.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294421
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hadn't heard these authors were doing a cookbook. I am a huge fan of the Eat This Not That! books. Although I'm a weight loss coach myself, I learn a wealth of information EVERY time I open one of these books. Even better, they are done so well that you WANT to read them from cover to cover rather than flipping through a few pages and putting it on a shelf. They are full of color photos, pages that stand out with artwork, colorful fonts, tons of information...just very well done.

Because of this, I was excited to get this new "COOK This, Not That!" recipe book. I'm a huge fan of cooking, huge fan of eating healthy, but an even bigger fan of GOOD food. With their knowledge behind the recipes, I figured it had to be a win/win cookbook and information guide.

And it does have some drawbacks, however. First, all the good stuff:
If you want to learn how to eat well for a lifestyle that includes craving restaurant meals and formulating a better kitchen at home, this book will do it. It's not just a book of recipes. You get a comparison of how all the oils rate as far as fat per tablespoon, which are good oils to use etc. You get information that I personally know is backed up by great research I've read before, on what foods are "super foods"...which ones, for example will give you energy (this is quinoa--one I discuss at great length in my own diet groups. Full of energy and vitamins and protein, called the "food of the Gods" by the Aztecs, keeps you full as well.) Or which fruit will give you great skin, which helps your joints, etc. Really wonderful info. The book is full of things like this that aren't just recipes, but life changers.

The recipes are of a wide range and should appeal to most any palette.
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97 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
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Addicted to the Cheesecake Factory's Warm Apple Crisp but can't afford the 1,355 calories? Save a whopping 1,155 calories by making your own! Cook This, Not That shows you how.

This book is for anyone wanting to eat smarter. It gets down to basics: "Forget dieting. Forget joining a gym. Forget the ads for the Abinator device you saw on QVC. If you really, truly want to lose weight, there is no quicker way to shave pounds off your body -- and dollars off your food bill -- than to cook more at home."

Cook This, Not That makes it simple for even novices to prepare home-cooked meals. A whole chapter gets you set up with exactly the utensils and equipment you'll need, and the items to set up the perfect pantry. Most of the dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less, and the instructions are short and straightforward. Every recipe is paired with a close-up color photograph of the finished dish. On same page is a small photo of the "Not That!" variation of the recipe from a restaurant chain, complete with price, calories and, in most cases, sodium and fat counts. In each case you learn how many calories and dollars you save by cooking at home.

Besides the hundreds of recipes, sprinkled throughout the pages are helpful segments:
* Scorecards: Ratings of fat, meat, carbs and dairy foods clearly show the best, worst, and everything in between in terms of healthiness. (The winners? Canola oil, light meat chicken, bulgar and nonfat yogurt.)
* Master the technique: Instruction on how to perform chef-like functions such as sautéing vegetables or cooking an omelet.
* Secret weapon: Particular foods the authors recommend, and why. For example, Thomas' Light Multi-Grain English Muffin (only 100 calories each, and packing a whopping 8 grams of fiber).
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2010
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There are a variety of books in this series ("Eat This, Not That" is the key term in several titles). This volume suggests cooking one dish rather than having something else less healthy for one.

One cool example. . . . Whip up a grilled chicken and pineapple sandwich. The recipe includes the ingredients needed and the steps needed to make this sandwich. The entry shows how much per serving this costs ($2.64) as well as calories (400), fat content (11 grams of fat, 6 of which are saturated), and 640 milligrams of salt. What not to eat? Outback's grilled chicken and Swiss sandwich--costing $7.95 and featuring 896 calories, 33 grams of fat (10 grams saturated), and 1,323 milligrams of sodium. The point is pretty inescapable: You can make something yourself that is less expensive and better nutritionally. Thus, one gets a recipe as well as data allowing the reader to compare cost and nutrition. The end result? Maybe a little more discriminating eater of foods. . . .

A second. . . . A homemade ham omelet, with a step-by-step recipe. $1.87 a serving, 330 calories, 20 grams of fat (9 of which are saturated), and 570 milligrams of salt. IHOP's ham and cheese omelette: $9.56, 990 calories. One would save 660 calories and $7.69 making it yourself!

Other cool features. Pages 256-257 focus on "The Wok Matrix" with "The Rules of the Wok." First, choose your protein; next, choose your vegetables; then, choose your sauce; finally, choose your garnish. A recipe lays out how you proceed, step-by-step, with a stir fry.

A clever volume that educates as it provides useful recipes and hints for cooking. Nice addition to the series!!
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