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Gourmet Nutrition: The Cookbook for the Fit Food Lover Paperback – CLV, 2007

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From the creators of Precision Nutrition comes a cookbook for people who love to eat great food, but hate that after-dinner guilt. For those who love to eat with style, but hate to look "indulgent." for those who love to entertain, but want to do it right. Enter Gourmet Nutrition: the cookbook for the fit food lover. We've taken the healthiest ingredients and whipped them into nearly 300 pages of delicious culinary creations that you can serve with confidence to the most discerning foodie -- or the most nitpicky nutritionist. We've included detailed cooking instructions and ideas for improvisation. And we've even photographed every recipe in beautiful color to show you just how appetizing healthy food can be. Gourmet Nutrition is the cookbook that's as friendly to your body as it is to your taste buds, and it's equally at home on your kitchen counter and your coffee table.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Precision Nutrition; 1st edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097743091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977430918
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Berardi, PhD, CSCS is a founder of Precision Nutrition and is an advisor to Apple, Equinox, Nike, Titleist and more.

He has columns on and The Huffington And was recently selected as one of the 20 smartest fitness professionals in the world.

In the last 5 years, Dr. Berardi and his Precision Nutrition team have personally helped over 30,000 people improve their eating, lose weight, and boost their health through their renowned online coaching program.

Also, every year, Dr. Berardi's team mentors small groups of fitness professionals through the renowned Precision Nutrition: Level 1 and Level 2 Certification programs.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Corban's Sister on October 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This cookbook is definitely a staple & great tool for achieving a fabulous body!

Here are the things I love about it,

The meals...
-are incredibly healthy
-contain easy to find ingredients
-DON'T contain long lists of ingredients
-taste great
-are meant for mostly 1-2 servings (great for people like me that are cooking for one & don't want to eat the same thing for 4 days)

The book...
-pictures of every recipe
-contains nutritional breakdown for each male (large) & female (small) portions
-offers suggestions for side dishes (I love when cookbooks do this, it makes planning meals so much easier)
-offers suggestions for substitutions that don't radically change the nutrition content
-separates meals into "Anytime" & "Post-workout"

The higher carb meals are the PW meals. Following the suggestion to eat them only after working out is great for losing and maintaining fat loss. I really like that there is no tracking calories or carbs or any kind of tracking/calculating at all! If you eat the AT meals anytime & the PW meals post-workout you won't eat too many carbs or calories, you won't eat too few grams of protein (for muscle maintenance) or calories. So much better than every other cookbook I've ever had where you have to calculate & pick & choose what meals you can eat together on the same day without eating too many calories, carbs or too few calories.

Some minor problems with the book
-typos (the protein content on a couple recipes is the calorie count repeated. But that's easily remedied by subtracting the fat grams * 9 & the carb grams * 4, from the total calorie count)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Piotr Lopusiewicz on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This books is the best thing which has ever happened to food lovers. EVERY meal presented in it is super healthy and meets the highest standards of healthy nutrition. You will find meals meeting low carb requirements and the ones with high carbs. All the meals are complete, high in essential healthy fats, good lean source of protein and full of microelements (vitamins etc). The meals are composed from the healthiest things on earth but it doesn't mean they are boring and not tasty, quite the contrary, you will learn that cooking and eating healthy, natural foods is much more pleasant taste experience than traditional "gourmet" meals loaded with things which shouldnt ever find the way to human body.
Highly recommended and real pity that Amazon doesn't ship those for now.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Infinite Mind VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
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I cannot say enough positive things about this book. I have bought a few cookbooks that are geared for athletes and fitness warriors but they always fell short. This book was well thought out and planned and delivered on all points. The book is very easy to use, yet flexible and powerful enough to allow you to achieve whatever physique goals you may have, whether just simply looking to get in shape, drop body fat, put on muscle, prepare for bodybuilding or other athletic competition. This book is written by individuals that understand athletes, performers, and everyday folks, realizing that no two people are alike and how its important to experiment with your nutritional breakdown to determine what's right for you.

Here is what you get, many of which I have yet o find in other books.


* Large and small servings ideal for men or women and can be adjusted if cooking for more than one person.
* Post-workout and anytime meals. I don't recall seeing this feature elsewhere, but this helps me out tremendously, knowing which meals have that extra carb content
* Main and side dish pairings, so you can have your protein and decide which side dishes u want to use for your carbs, whether low carb or more complex.
* Meal templates to use if u wish according to whatever time of day you work out.
* Section of food preparation tips for those that need it and those who want more efficient ways of cooking.
* Tools and equipment so you know what to have in your kitchen and cabinets. Its not complicated because most people have these utensils already.
* Breakfast, Shakes & Smoothies, Meats (include game meat like venison and bison), Poultry, Seafood, sides, snacks, salad dressing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heather G. on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely beautiful book. Each recipe has its own picture, the recipes are easy to follow and are definitely healthy. However, I find the taste of the food lacking. In fairness to the authors, I've only tried a few of the recipes. The Mint Chocolate Shake (so disgusting I couldn't drink it), Baked Chicken Strips (tasteless), and yesterday I made the Peanut Crunch Bars (not that fabulous, they are very mushy sort of like a protein play-doh). Oh, and I made the Blueberry Power Yogurt but that isn't original since I've been combining yogurt, fruit, and protein powder for sometime now (and yes that is yummy). I have the ingredients for the 8-Layer Dinner and will give that a try. If it isn't that good then I may not try another recipe.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've purchased several nutrition-based cookbooks, and I can honestly say that Gourmet Nutrition is the best cookbook on the market. I have owned it for a week and have already tried at least 15-20 of the recipes in the book. I really like the fact that it offers suggestions for pairing basic proteins with 2 different side options - one to eat "anytime" and the other to eat "post workout." The premise being that higher carb meals or snacks should preferably be eaten in the 2-3 hours following a workout. This is when your body is most easily able to tolerate carbs. All in all, it's extremely flexible, the meals are fantastic, and the recipes are simple enough to assemble in 5-20 minutes (depending on the recipe.)
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