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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2002
I bought Rosie's book with Andrew Weil (The Healthy Kitchen) and had really good luck with some of the recipes in that book, so I decided to get this one, too. The recipe for "unfried" chicken is worth the cost of the book just by itself!
Some of the other reviewers are critical of the book because the recipes are time-intensive. I really didn't find them to be that much more time consuming than other recipes, but I thought that the quality of the recipes made them worth my time.
I have always had a hard time sticking with healthy eating habits, but I found these recipes to be very satisfying. I'm a HUGE fan of both of Rosie's books!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2001
The Un-fried chicken recipe alone is worth the cost of the book. Fried chicken has always been one of those things I just don't touch, but this recipe made it possible. Her recipes are beautiful, delicius and low-fat. What more could you want?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2002
I agree with other customers, that these recipes are time consuming, but they are soooooooooo delicious. I used Rosie's book to lose 50 pounds in 5 months. I do wish she would come out with another book with some easier recipes with the great taste that these have. Thanks Rosie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2002
Their are some really good recipes in here. Yes some of them take a while to prepare and cook, but the finished product is worth it. I also really liked that they were healthy foods.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2014
I 100% agree with Nicholas. You are not getting a bargain with this book, just wish I'd read reviews before hand. I would really give it a negative 5 stars if that were possible. Seriously. I ordered it from ebay hoping to get some really good recipes since she is after all a professional chef & we're eating healthy. I've cooked all my life, country cooking...so good but not so healthy, and also very healthy recipes from sites like bhg.com and eatingwell.com. I made the potatoes au gratin and they were absolutely the worst I'd ever tasted, had an overwhelming sweet taste maybe from the paprika, not sure. We couldn't even finish them & I always use leftovers. I threw them out. The un-fried chicken was actually pretty good, but we didn't get excited about it. So I thought I'd try the bran muffins last night. I thought the 1 T. ginger sounded too much, but I went with it. They were moist enough, but the bitterness was more than overwhelming. You know how bad some medicines taste, like an aspirin if you chew it up. That's how bad it was. It said it went well with apple butter. Ok, I didn't want to throw them out, so this morning I decided to drown it with apple butter thinking it might help. Sadly, it didn't. I don't like to waste things, but I threw them out also. So disappointing. No other recipes I've ever tried have compared to these. I never take the time to submit reviews, but this was deserving because it gets the WORST rating of any cookbook, any recipes I've ever tried in my whole entire 40 years of cooking! !
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Rosie Daley is probably as well known for serving as "Oprah's Chef" as for her own work. In an Introduction, Oprah Winfrey notes (page xi): "I once believed that eating healthy meant eating food that was missing something--TASTE." Then, at a spa where she went, she experienced the meals of Rosie Daley. Of that experience, Winfrey said (page xi): "This new way of eating very low fat, low sugar, low salt. . .has made such a difference in my life."

This short work includes recipes for soups, salads, pasta, entrees, vegetables, and desserts. One of the things that I really like seeing is no salt among the ingredients and low fat ingredients as part of recipes. For instance, on page 69, she provides her recipe for pizza sauce. No salt, no sugar. Just tomato paste, tomato puree, and, for some zest, red paper flakes, oregano, basil, and thyme. On pages 86-87, there is an interesting recipe for Peppered Tuna Nicoise. Lots of ingredients--including wasabi and ginger for some kick. However, instructions are pretty straightforward.

Finally, an interesting potato dish--Roasted Mustard Potatoes. As with the items already mentioned, a little spiciness is included, with chili powder and cayenne pepper. Pretty easy to make and a potato dish with a bit of pizzazz.

The main problem for me is that there are so few recipes. However, what is included has some interesting and fairly easy to make items.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2003
If I were allowed to give this book a lower rating, I would. I have been cooking and collecting recipes since 1965, so I am not a novice at this. The seasonings, and sometimes the textures of the food in this book are so awful, they are hard to describe. For instance, there are two recipes for muffins in this book. The first one, Spicey Bran Muffins, is so overloaded with cloves and ginger, that, after the first bite, you are left with such a bitter and rancid aftertaste that you do not want any more! The second recipe, Oatmeal Muffins, also has the spices overwhelming and out of balance, even if you do go to the trouble of squeezing your own orange juice, which I did. What really gets you on this one is how nasty the texture is. It is really indescribable and bad.
If Oprah really ate this stuff, it is no wonder she lost weight. It gave me a stomach ache and ruined my appetite! If Rosie was cooking this stuff because Oprah likes it, Okay for her, but if she was cooking it because she thinks it is good, then shame on her. As a professional, she should know better!
It is one thing to eat healthy and well..It is another thing to eat garbage and call it a diet.
PS The "unfried chicken" is decent, but there are dozens of recipes for this posted for free on the Internet. The one recipe is no good reason to spend money on this very bad book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2006
The recipes I tried were the unfried french fries, unfried crabcakes, and unfried chicken. All were rather bland and needed modifications. The yogurt idea with the unfried chicken was good but it turned out a bit dry and somewhat bland. Maybe less oven time and more spices. The french fries were good but needed a bit more seasoning. The crab cakes needed more egg in order to hold together and were quite dry and tasteless. I like the healthy ideas behind the recipes but they just need more flavor. I probably won't try many more of the recipes given how the first three I tried turned out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
Was hesitant to buy this book because of the mixed reviews but glad I did.I found the recipes helpful and have lost ten pounds following the suggestions.

S.J.Tagliareni author of Hitler's Priest
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
The Black Bean and Chicken Soup was so bad, I literally threw it out. I am pretty good at picking out tasty recipes and have been told I am an excellent cook. The quantity of liquid smoke and worcestershire was so intense it killed what was otherwise a palatable (not great, but at least not nauseating) recipe. The upside is that all I have to do to control my appetite is to think of the smell of that soup. Horrible, just horrible. Food is too expensive, and time is too precious to try another recipe from this book.
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