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Crazy Plates: Low-Fat Food So Good, You'll Swear It's Bad for You! Paperback – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039952584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399525841
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Janet and Greta Podleski, also known as The Looneyspoons Sisters, are the high-energy authors of the low-fat cookbook Looneyspoons and its follow-up, Crazy Plates. But to call these sisters cookbook authors may be a misnomer: they're more like a wacky comedy team touring Hoboken doing the low-fat-zealot routine for admiring audiences.

No, Crazy Plates is not just about low-fat recipes. There's much, much more here, including fat facts (a pound of body fat--representative of 3,500 calories--if shaped into a ball, would be the size of a softball and equal four sticks of butter), "Trivial Tidbits" (baking soda used to be added to the water for boiling vegetables until it was discovered that it destroyed the veggies' vitamin C), "You Do the Math" (substituting Canadian bacon for the regular high-fat stuff once a week for a year will cut your fat intake by 1,196 grams), and a lot of corny humor ("Did you hear what happened to the peanut when he walked through the park? He was a salted"). Then there are the recipes--accompanied, of course, by cartoons--like Salmon Davis Jr., broiled salmon steaks in a spicy tomato sauce; Mercedes Buns, cinnamon rolls with less than three grams of fat per serving; My Yammi Spice, oven-baked fries with cumin, paprika, and oregano; and Berry Maniloaf, a lemon and raspberry bread loaf with 161 calories per slice.

The recipes are well laid out, not time-consuming, aimed at the home cook with a family to feed, and will please the palate of those wanting gourmet fare without the fat. But how do the Podleski sisters accomplish this rare feat? Spices are an essential ingredient of many dishes: Name That Tuna Salad, for example, gets its character from basil, mint, garlic, and Dijon mustard--with no help from that scary sidekick, mayo! This is a book for anyone who wants to cut back on fat without losing flavor, and for those that like a little slapstick with their flapjacks (Peter Pancakes, with bananas and strawberry sauce). --Stefanie Durbin

About the Author

Janet and Greta Podleski have been profiled in People, interviewed on the "Today Show," and sold themselves into bestselling heaven on QVC. Their success story is the stuff of legend. The Podleski sisters put everything into their first cookbook--literally. They quit their jobs, sold their car, and Janet even parted with her wedding dress at a yard sale (she did keep her husband). Still short on funds and needing expert advice, they approached Dave Chilton (author of the 2-million-copy bestseller The Wealthy Barber and popular PBS-TV personality). He was so taken by the sisters' infectious enthusiasm--and Greta's lowfat cheesecake--that he offered to invest in the project. The rest is history!

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Customer Reviews

I can't wait to try out more recipes.
E. Remple
I bought the book because I appreciated the humorous stories and cartoons and oh by the way, the recipes looked good.
Joan Mikiten
The layout is great, the information is fun to read, and so far the recipes have been DELICIOUS!
Jean Peplinski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A. Nelson on March 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just received CRAZY PLATES two days ago. Afer trying just two recipes, I am SOLD on this book! The food is great, it is easy to prepare, and the whole family loves it! I am on Weight Watchers and my husband is a diabetic. The nutritional information included with each recipe makes choosing good-for-us foods a breeze. The Berried Treasure muffins are already a hit at our house with just one batch! I collect cookbooks, and this one is bound to become one of my most used. You can be sure I will be buying LOONEYSPOONS, also by the Podleski sisters, too
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Lindamood on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I received this cookbook as a Christmas present, although it was not on my list. At first it seemed like a "cutesy" type book with the same-ole same-ole receipes with different funny names to them. Like Tickle Me Elbows (tuna noodle casserrole); Forrest Gumbo (shrimp gumbo) and Sammy Salsa (mango salsa). BUT, this cookbook is a whole lot more.
The receipes are truely lowfat, easy to make, usually with normal ingredients found in a normal kitchen. They are easy to read and follow AND they turn out very tasty!!
Best of all, the cookbook is very entertaining. I've actually sat down and read the entire book!! There are tips for each receipe. Short stories about almost everything and nice cartoon drawings that add a little flair to the whole presentation.
So now, I'm using a "Low Fat" cookbook, and I had always thought it was going to be just bland food, rather than the GREAT food out of this cookbook. Highly recommend it for all!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
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What a great follow-up book to Looney Spoons (even better)! The entire book is funny and light-hearted, literly. I have made the Strip T's (turkey strips), grilled pineapple and coconut rice with great success. Perfect recipe book even if you aren't on a diet. You can turn to any recipe and know that it is good for you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to cook or just wants a good laugh at food.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robin Cole on January 8, 2004
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I love this cookbook. I am in the process of really trying to revamp the way my family eats and this cook book, as well as Looney Spoons, is a huge hit. I have tried numerous recipes and all have been a hit, including several I used at parties where everyone asked for the recipe. The Less-On-Ya Lasagna is a fabulous, veggie loaded dish that is really good. I really like these recipes because they don't use a lot of fat free cheese or sugar free items. Those are things I call fake foods and I am not fond of low fat cooking that relies alot on those. I prefer recipes like this that add vegetables and seasonings to give the food flavor. The goofy jokes and stuff are OK, but the recipes are fantastic, easy to cook foods that your family will love.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Scott VINE VOICE on April 11, 2001
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This book, and its companion Looney Spoons, are fantastic. Partly with the help of these two books, I have been able to lose 73 pounds since last Christmas (OK, I had a lot to lose! :)) The recipes are more delicious than I thought possible - even preferable to "regular" recipies!
My favorite from this book is the Forrest Gumbo, a terrific and extremely low fat/low calorie gumbo that anyone can put together in just a few minutes. All of the other recipies we have tried are extremely tasty and are easy to prepare as well.
A nice feature of the book is that every recipe has the fat and calorie information listed clearly at the bottom by portion, and take it from a big eater, the portions are generous. We have even lowered the fat and calorie content of several of the dishes in the book ourselves, substituting things like 99% fat free chicken broth instead of the standard chicken broth, fat free spread for butter, or egg substitutes for eggs.
Even though I have lost 73 pounds, I have a good bit more to go, with maintenance after that. This book will have a welcome place in our kitchen for years to come!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PKFarano on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a Dietetics professional, I'm always looking for good sources for low fat recipes. This one is one of the best I have seen. Other reviewers have commented that the recipes are easy. I agree they aren't difficult, but they can be a little time consuming because many of them have a lot of ingredients. I think the number of spices and herbs used helps greatly to contribute to the great taste of the recipes, but can be a bit daunting. The results though are well worth any effort involved in putting together the recipes. The nutritional information is accurate and easy to "digest" (Pardon the pun.) and the Cooking 101 tips are helpful. I have over 200 cookbooks in my collection. Crazy Plates and Looney Spoons are the only two that have a permanent spot out in the kitchen!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NYC Gator on December 13, 2005
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this book is so easy to use and the recipes are so delicious that I am compelled to include my feedback. As someone who is not a superstar in the kitchen, when I use these recipes, I feel that I make a unique and healthy meal for my family that is always well-received. What strikes me the most about this book is that a majority of the main dish recipes include all the food groups. I have found that most of the time, the kids do not even know that they are eating vegetables. By the way, I think "Crazy Plates" is MUCH better than "Looney Spoons."
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