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  • Series: Voice
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341138
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lauren Deen is a multiple Emmy Award-winning lifestyle producer and director for Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, Food Network, Food & Wine, Walmart, and Condé Nast. She is also the co-executive producer of Cook Yourself Thin (Tiger Aspect/IMG/Lifetime Television). Lauren is the author of Kitchen Playdates (Chronicle 2007) and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Cook Yourself Thin. A Blue-Ribbon graduate of Peter Kump's New York Cooking School (now ICE), Lauren lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.

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The recipes are pretty easy to follow and taste great.
S. Tuggle
I purchased this book and the Cook Yourself Thin Faster after watching the show.
T. P. Marchesani
The recipes taste great and I have enjoyed cooking from them.
Eileen C. Halicki

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350 of 386 people found the following review helpful By j.s. on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
there are better options out there!

"Cook Yourself Thin" is a cute attractive book based on the cute and attractive television series on Lifetime television. While the recipes are tasty and fairly easy, I have a few complaints.

Firstly, the book contains NO nutritional information beyond a simple calorie count. If you are tracking your sodium, fiber, or fat intake, this book will not help you.

Also, some of the recipes are significantly higher in calories than similar diet books. You'll intake 596 calories for two stacks of eggplant and 539 calories for a portobello mushroom tuna melt. While these numbers are lower in comparison to NON-healthful recipes, there are definitely better options.

Despite these complaints, I do like this book. The presentation is nice and the recipes are delicious. As a healthful chef, I can definitely recommend "Cook Yourself Thin." As an earnest dieter, I think the book is acceptable - but not the best. I highly recommend "The Most Decadent Diet Ever" by Devin Alexander. It has more thorough nutritional information and a better serving size/calorie ratio.
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185 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Erin M. Joyer on May 28, 2009
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Like most of you I got this book after watching the show on lifetime. In my mind I thought the show was a sneak peak of what was in the book...WRONG I would say 90% of what is in the book was featured on the show and and the recipes can be printed out for FREE on the website. I would say less than half maybe a third of the book has recipies the other 2/3 has dieting and eating tips. Maybe im wrong but most of it is common sense to anyone who has tried to lose weight in the past ( which im guessing most of the poeple buying this book has). My suggestion print the recipies for free from the website and get Eat This Not That for some good advice...
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Loran G. on May 12, 2009
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Where can I start? I bought this book thinking that all the recipes will probably be like all the other diets books, tasting OK and passable enough for me to stick to lose a few pounds - HOW WRONG WAS I??

This book is lovely, the recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients are easy to find and each recipe doesn't include a list of ingredients that are longer than your arm, unlike most recipe books. Therefore the recipes are also affordable.

This is a must for anyone trying to lose weight without starving themselves or even who's just trying to eat healthily. The recipes are easily adapted to put your own spin on them and there's something for everyone. It's got me loving cooking again. So far I have not even felt like I have been dieting at all, I have enjoyed everything and have even had the odd guilt free bar of chocolate! It's all about weight loss through making healthy changes this summer. [...]
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. Jorgensen on May 23, 2009
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Let me address 2 things here. Time and Calories, which seem to be issues in other reviews...
First, calories: Calories for fruits and vegetables are all average. They are all nature made, so one may be sweeter than the other- we have all had one bitter strawberry and one really sweet one, right? The sweetness of these items fluctuate making the calories fluctuate. There is no "definite" caloric value for a fruit or vegetable! I have books that contradict caloric intake as well. It depends on the item being tested and the ripeness and sweetness of that specific item on that particular day! I do agree they should have more nutritional value than just calories though...
And as far as calories being high, you are eating a meal- they can't be much lower!! And it makes a difference if the calories come from fiber or from fat too...
Second is time. Some of these are time consuming recipes. I made the carrot cake (my new favorite recipe) and it took a while to grate the carrots by hand, so I used a food processor which was phenomenal. You need to use your head sometimes to cut corners if you don't have a lot of time. Other than the desserts, the meals also can be time consuming, but some are fast. Just like any other cookbook! This book isn't titled "quick meals for lazy people" It is a book filled with healthy alternatives for people who like to eat!
We are also not selling a movie, so who cares where the show airs! I personally love the show and the people on it. The book is also not a rip off of any other book- its the same concept and many books out there (not just hungry girl), but it's got different recipes.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Eryn Williams on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
As soon as I got this book in the mail I started flipping through the recipes to find what to make for dinner. All of the recipes looked great but I stopped on the Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. Not only was it fast and easy to make, it was delicious...I mean really good. To top that of the portion sizes are more than generous, no starving yourself to stay thin. I have both this book and the Hungry Girl book, and while the books are indeed similar, this book offers several different recipes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Duda on June 6, 2010
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As a fan of the Lifetime Series but a skeptical dieter, I wasn't sure whether the happy results on the show would be my own. Also, the economy sent me packing back to my parents' home for the year, and they are traditional, meat-and-potatoes and BUTTER eaters. My mother and I now take turns cooking, and also sometimes cook together. Would these recipes go over well in this household??

YES!!!

In fact, when my brother came home for a visit, I took my first crack at a recipe from the book: vegetable lasagna. I also made a "traditional" version, just in case. (My brother, in particular, can be a bit fussy.) To my enormous surprise, we all preferred the Cook Yourself Thin version!

I've now tried perhaps 6 or 8 recipes from this book (and also about as many from "Cook Yourself Thin Faster). I often like to prepare things that produce leftovers, like the lasagna, chicken pot pie (also spectacular), onion soup (I made a double recipe & then added the bread & cheese when reheating individual portions). For Mother's Day, I made the stuffed French Toast Sundaes, which went over as a "fancy delicacy" (I didn't mention that they were "healthy.")

I understand some of the other comments that maybe these aren't the "lowest calorie" recipes out there, but I tried lots of those (Weight Watchers, Hungry Girl, etc.). For me, some just weren't as tasty as I'd like, or maybe the selections just weren't to my taste. Worse, I couldn't get into some of the recommended substitutes at Hungry Girl, or at some other sites. Some rely heavily on weird chemical food substitutes or fat-free dressings, etc. (Have you ever read the back of those packages? Processed corn this and chemical that! Yuck!
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