7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
Joan has done a great job with this book. First of all, the format of the book is excellent. She has a working TOC and she list the calories per serving next to each recipe in the TOC. This is the first book that I have seen like this. It is really a time saver for someone like me who likes to skip around a little bit while reading.
The best part of the book is of course the great recipes. I have already made 2 of them, Pears a L'Orange and Poppy Seed Lemon Cookies and they were both great! Next up, the Gooey S'mores.
Excellent job Joan!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2012
I don't understand; others said the table of contents is working, but it's not linked back to the Kindle option. These recipes appear very good, but be aware that many use boxed cake mixes, refrigerator rolls, pudding mix, whipped topping and other "prepared" ingredients. So if you're adverse to those, you'll have to inspect the recipes closely. The author shows the number of calories per serving, which is a great help.
My personal preference is to have the recipes organized by ingredient, alphabetical order or in this case - calories, but that's just my preference... overall a good book that is nicely formatted. Before you dive in, look for the fat in these recipes - just because they're low calorie, doesn't mean they are fat-free.
on April 16, 2012
My family can be picky when it comes to desserts, so the reason I read this book is because of it's variety. With 51 desserts you'll have to find something that will satisfy everyone in the family. She had me at recipe 1, the Carrot Cake Squares, one of my favorite. Yumm... It's hard to find desserts that are both delicious and low in calories, but Joan does a great job at that. Beware that low calorie does not me no sugar or no fat, there is still plenty of that. Most of the desserts do require sugar, which is hardly the best thing for you. I use a good natural substitute, stevia. It has a slightly different sweetness to it than sugar, in some ways more sweet, but still delicious, and you can use a very small amount of it to any dish.
Overall the book was clear, the instructions easy to follow, and the desserts delicious! And with 51 recipes you're sure to find many that you will enjoy making.