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Betty Crocker's Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today (Betty Crocker Cooking) Hardcover – February 17, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Betty Crocker Cooking
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Betty Crocker; 1 edition (February 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028637623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028637624
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Betty Crocker is on the health bandwagon. Not one for fads, Betty sensibly bases this 175-recipe cookbook on the Food Guide Pyramid guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association and many other medical and nutrition professional organizations. You learn tips for cutting down on fat and cholesterol, understanding the different kinds of fat, and making smart food choices for heart health. The idea is to reduce fat by making ingredient substitutions and small alterations, but not making drastic changes. The recipes are varied and creative and don't resemble "diet food": Ginger Shrimp Kabobs, Vegetable Potstickers, Stuffed Veal Chops with Cider Sauce, Vegetable and Ham Jambalaya, Curried Chicken and Nectarines, Caribbean Fish Salad, and Thai Shrimp and Rice Noodle Nests. The desserts include Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Raspberry Topping (only 20 percent fat!), Blueberry-Lime Torte (about 15 percent fat), and Double Chocolate-Date Cake (about 25 percent fat). Recipes are labeled with symbols indicating "low-calorie," "low-fat," "moderate-fat," "low-cholesterol," and "moderate-cholesterol," so you can choose how far you want to go. Each recipe has a hefty amount of nutritional information: calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, fiber, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and diet exchanges. Cooks who love knowing what the dishes should look like will enjoy the 45 mouth-watering color photos. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Both fat and calories should be controlled, not eliminated entirely, in a healthy diet: here an updated edition of the Betty Crocker bestseller provides revised, revitalized recipes which emphasize low fat and cholesterol dishes. From Apple-Cheese Oven Pancakes and Bakes Chili in Polenta Crust to Soft Turkey Tacos with Spicy Sauce, this is packed with satisfying dishes. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Since 1921, the Betty Crocker name has symbolized the General Mills continuing tradition of service to consumers. Although Betty was never a real person, her name and identity have become synonymous with helpfulness, trustworthiness and quality.

Betty Crocker has survived the decades by providing consumers with food information and food products that are contemporary without being faddish. The first hardcover cookbook, Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook was published in 1950 and quickly became a national best seller. Since then, more than 250 Betty Crocker cookbooks have been published.

Customer Reviews

Using these recipes helps you to eat healthy foods and really enjoy them.
Chris Kringle
I've made several recipes so far and they all turned out great--I highly recommend this cookbook!
Cathy
The recipes are clear and easy to follow and the color illustrations are mouthwatering.
Bev Benford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

136 of 136 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
After my husband had emergency heart bypass surgery and we were suddenly plunged into a low-fat lifestyle, I looked at almost every low-fat cookbook in print. This one is my favorite. There are full-page color photos and a complete nutritional analysis for each recipe. The recipes are easy and taste good, and don't use weird ingredients like pureed prunes or carob powder. The Lemon Meringue Cake with Strawberries was a big hit - I plan to try out the Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake, too. Overall, a very easy introduction to a different way of life.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Ries on May 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My husband and I have both recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol and could both lose some weight. I purchased this cookbook from Amazon.com and have been trying each of the recipes. I have been very highly surprised, thinking that if it was low-fat or low-cholesterol, I would have to saccrifice taste in my cooking. Not so. This cookbook offers wonderfully, easy recipes which are so delicious. It offers nutrition info on each recipe, as well as the time it will take to cook the meal (most under 30 minutes). Every recipe we've tried (and we're going to try them all) has been great. My husband doesn't even notice that it's healthy! The recipes are also very simple to make. I go through the book and make my shopping list from the ingredients of the recipes I want to put on my menu for the week. Some of our favorites have been: The Cajun Mustard Pork Chops, Hearty Beef and Veggies, and Lemon Dill Shrimp. You'll be happy if you get this recipe book.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A. Foodie on January 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is still the quintessential Betty Crocker I grew up with. Somehow I thought Betty would have grown up with her baby-boomer audience who learned the benefits of cooking with fresh, unadulterated foods. The majority of recipes in this book depend heavily on off-the-shelf products for the sake of convenience.

If you are NOT into baking or cooking with products like Bisquick, margarine, instant pudding mix, frozen fat-free whipped topping mix (Dream Whip), refrigerated hash browns from a bag and in general all forms of fat free dairy products and canned vegetables, seasoning mixes, bottled dressings, and one minute rice, you may want to rethink ordering this book.

To give credit, the few recipes that include lentils, legume and grains, like Mushroom-Curry Bulgur, Cheesy Soy Burgers and Indian Lentils and Rice seem to be simply prepared and hearty.

This also is not a book to buy if you are looking to boost your fiber intake (daily recommendations are 35g a day of fiber). I have been advised by my physician that increasing one's daily fiber intake can reduce cholesterol by as much as 15%. With the exception of the few recipes that include beans (as I mentioned above), many of the servings in the book list no more than 6 grams of fiber, most are only 2 or 3 grams per serving.

After perusing the book, I opted to return it, unused.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Low fat" and "low cholesterol" don't have to mean low flavor! These recipes have a great variety. Most of the recipes are very easy to follow, use basic ingredients and don't require hours of preparation. Granted there are a few recipes, as in any cookbook, that are a bit extravagant, but those are great for entertianing company and still sticking to your diet.
As an example of the simplicity: Mushroom & Mozzerella Risotto (Prep=10 min, Cook=35 min), Country Turkey Stroganoff (Prep=10 min, Cook=15 min), and Chicken & Cornbread Stuffing Casserole (Prep=15, Cook=15).
Great tasting recipes, great variety, easy to make!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MI_Hiker on April 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is packed not only with yummy recipes but also with great information regarding Cholesterol, Fat, and Calories.
Just tried the chocolate brownies and they are wonderful!!! They definitely don't taste low calorie and low cholesterol!
Each recipe is listed as being either Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, and/or Low Calorie so no matter what your diet needs you'll find recipes you love. Most of the recipes are low in all 3 areas, even the desserts!!!
This book is worth it for the nutritional information alone but please make sure and try the chocolate brownies!!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on February 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a great cookbook for anyone who wants to eat right and actually ENJOY his/her food as well! To begin, there is a lot of helpful and interesting information regarding healthy eating in the beginning of the book. Don't skip past it--it's good information! The recipes themselves are laid out in an easy to understand format and there is nutritional information for every recipe. Also, the recipes don't have a huge amount of ingredients; thus, making it quick and easy! Furthermore, there are a decent amount of pictures--we all love seeing those great pictures when flipping through a cookbook right? I've made several recipes so far and they all turned out great--I highly recommend this cookbook!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Ottoson on February 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The recipes in this book would not convert anyone to low fat, low cholesterol cooking. A more creative and tasteful collection can be found in the American Heart Association Low Fat, Low Cholesterol Cookbook.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennet Sullivan on January 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was recently diagnosed with the "lower it or we're putting you on medicine" type of cholesterol so along with internet research, I bought this book. I'm a big fan of cooking and this has a TON of great ideas for cooking. I was surprised that things I thought were on the "no no" list were listed in several of the recipes as partial ingredients. I was very excited to learn I could still have cheese (in moderation!)

The book categorizes all of the recipes with "low calorie" "low fat" and "low cholesterol." While not every recipe is all three there is enough variety that if you're in the mood for a little cholesterol, there's a recipe that's low cal and low fat to satisfy you (and vice-versa). It also gives you pictuers for things you're not exactly sure about -- like just how peaked the egg whites need to be when making meringue.
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