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Good Morning America Cut the Calories Cookbook: 120 Delicious Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Recipes from Our Viewers Hardcover – April 19, 2000

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In the spring of 1999, following a series of programs devoted to losing weight, Good Morning America ran a Cut the Calories Cook-off. Over 1,100 viewers of this popular TV show submitted recipes for either an entree or a dessert. The resulting cookbook features 120 recipes, including a few contributed by chefs Emeril Lagasse and Sara Moulton. Dishes include the 50 semifinalist recipes, plus others considered delicious by judges Lagasse, Moulton, Wolfgang Puck, and Michael Lomonaco of Windows on the World in New York City.

The grand-prize winners? Oven Fried Chicken with Andouille Sausage and Caramel Cheesecake with Praline Sauce. The chicken's crunch comes from crispy rice cereal and this all-American dish is seasoned with Parmesan cheese and cumin. The conquering cheesecake, a snap to make, is accompanied by a creamy sauce studded with pecans. The recipes, overall, reflect America's broadening taste for spicy foods and national acceptance of ethnic ingredients, with dishes calling for chili peppers--chipotles, anchos, green, even red jalapeños--and Chinese hoisin sauce, Italian balsamic vinegar, and Cajun Andouille sausage.

Cheesecake is truly a favorite American dessert, with six recipes for it in this book. A cook from Oregon even managed to slim down one with a chocolate crust, chocolate filling, and hazelnut topping. Fruit desserts are well represented, too. Most remarkable is Sweet Nachos featuring cinnamon-sprinkled, crisped tortillas topped with a luscious, warm raspberry "salsa" and creamy topping.

With so many Americans needing to slim down, this book should be a big winner, thanks to its easy and alluring recipes. --Dana Jacobi

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ABC's weekday morning show challenged its viewers to come up with new and tasty recipes for low-calorie foods. Ten dozen recipes from the thousand submissions to that contest have been brought together in a single volume. These recipes run the gamut from appetizers through dessert, the unifying theme being calorie skimping without loss of flavor. Fruit-based salsas for fish are a popular way to multiply flavors without adding fat-laden sauces. Egg whites substitute for whole eggs, even in a winning bread pudding enhanced with maple syrup. Vegetarians will revel in the large number of meatless entrees decidedly different from those found in the usual vegetarian cookbooks. Dessert lovers will appreciate the no-fat whipped cream substitute developed especially for this book. Additional contributions from food professionals, including superstar Emeril Lagasse, add sophistication and a touch of glamour. Nutritional analyses included with each recipe. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 3rd edition (April 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786861630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786861637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
So another year another time at attempting to eat right. I saw Good Morning America when Sara was tempting Charlie and Diane with the different dishes. So I thought I would give the book a shot. It is the absolute best cookbook I have. My kids and my husband love the food that I have made so far. I am dropping the pounds and we are all eating healthier. Most important rule of this cookbook was that the food had to taste good. Try the grand prize winner Chicken and Andouille Sausage it is the best.
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84 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. Hampton on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sara Molton is a cook for everyone. She breaks it all down, and makes it so easy for an average person to get into the kitchen and create. She's wonderfully talented and such a great people person. Her receipes are fun, healthy and really easy to follow. And, she knows that average people want to make healthy receipes that are tasty too. She's a great resource and her TV shows on the FOODNetwork, are top notch. I recommend this book for everyone that loves to cook, and for those just starting out.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Blumbriel on April 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge cooking fan. I'm a huge food fan. And I'm a huge Sara Moulton fan.
So I almost fell over when I saw that not only was Ms. Moulton editing a cookbook, but she was going to be at a booksigning in my town. But I digress.
There I got to try a few of the cookies that were in the book, which was nice. As soon as I got home, I made the lemon meringue cookies, which I still make @ least weekly - they're incredibly easy, really really good, and low cal. Does it get any better?
Also, I enjoyed reading this cookbook. It was interesting to read about the people who submitted their recipes, as well as the stories behind them. All in all, a very good find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kvam1 on April 11, 2012
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Great cookbook, was looking for low calorie recipes that were good and that gave the calories per serving. This cookbook has all that. Have made three recipes so far and all three were very good and I will be making them again, plus looking to try more recipes.
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It's an OK cookbook--nothing new or startling. Has a nice variety of categories of food, but my main complaint was that it was hard to read. The type is very small and pale and the pages are gray! Do they think we all have 20-year-old eyes????
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