- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345520904
- ISBN-13: 978-0345520906
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now Eat This!: 150 of America's Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories Paperback – March 2, 2010
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Rocco DiSpirito is a chef and the author of nine award winning books including the back to back # 1 New York Times bestsellers NOW EAT THIS! And NOW EAT THIS! DIET. Rocco's NOW EAT THIS! series: features healthy makeovers of America's favorite comfort foods, from fried chicken to apple pie, all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. Everything you've always loved ... well, now you can enjoy it without worrying about what it will do to your waistline. All under 350 calories.
Chef Rocco DiSpirito is on a mission to change people's perception of healthy food by making delicious low-fat, low-calorie dishes easily accessible. To that end, he launched the Now Eat This! Truck, which features meals created from his wildly successful series of cookbooks of the same name.
Chef DiSpirito personally visits city schools to educate the students on the massive benefits of eating healthy foods. As part of that program, he will serve free lunches to the participating students paid for by the generosity of other New Yorkers who buy their lunch from the "Now Eat This Truck."
In September 2012 Rocco's weekly Show Now Eat This! With Rocco DiSpirito began airing in syndication across America. In each episode Rocco will challenge, guide and encourage a family and their children to make healthier lifestyle choices.
In September 2012 Rocco published The New York Times best-seller Now Eat This! Italian. Rocco traveled to Italy to learn how to prepare our favorite Italian dishes from the inside the kitchens of the real Mama's of Italy -all under 350 calories.
In 2012 Rocco founded Savory Place Media, his production house and its first project is Now Eat This! Italy for AOL Originals.
In January 2014, Rocco will publish The Pound A Day Diet featuring all new 5-ingredient easy to prepare recipes that produce rapid, safe weight loss.
Rocco began his culinary studies at the Culinary Institute of America and by 20 was working in the kitchens of legendary chefs around the globe. He was named Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef and was the first chef to appear on Gourmet Magazine's cover as America's Most Exciting Young Chef. His 3 Star Restaurant Union Pacific was a New York City culinary landmark for many years. Ruth Reichl said of her experience at Union Pacific, she "moaned as she ate" in her famous New York Times review. His reality series Rocco's Dinner Party aired during the summer of 2011 on Bravo.
Rocco is a frequent guest on Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, The Talk and The Dr. Oz Show and has appeared on The View, Today, The Doctors, Ellen and many other programs.
Top Customer Reviews
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could, but the scoring would not allow. The reason being is that there is an insane amount of artifical sweeteners in this book. I understand that he is trying to keep the recipes' calories and fat grams under certain amounts but I have a hard time believing that he, as a world-reknowned chef and serious athlete, would use Splenda & sugar-free chocolate syrup, etc as a normal part of his diet. I was really hoping that he would have included more of the "whole food, nothing artificial"-type recipes, like those that he had on the Biggest Loser. For example, the Brownies, which are supposedly the "star of the book" according to an interview that I read, had a "chemical" finish. I really wanted to try the chocolate chip cookies but haven't been able to find the chocolate nips in the recipe, so I opted for the more accessible Brownies. Please note that I have been making whole-food black bean brownies and white bean chocolate cookies (LOVE THESE!Read more ›
My doctor suggested that I get healthy (translation: lose some weight or your heart, kidneys and other organs are going to quit on you.) He compared my body to a toxic waste dump and said the only thing that would help me was a return to eating real food I prepared myself. Enter Rocco's cookbook.
Rocco was a guest chef on the Biggest Loser. After that show, he was encouraged and inspired to write a cookbook with real food and recipes that anyone could eat and still lose weight.
This book includes all my favorite comfort foods that I tend to eat over and over again at fast food joints, order for takeout and at local shopping malls and restaurants.
I am adding one new recipe a week to my meal plan. Here are a few of my favorites and how many calories and fat grams Rocco reduced in each recipe:
1. Chicken Alfredo (made with whole wheat linguine) cut out 920 calories and 65 grams of fat.
2. Chicken Cordon Bleu cut out a 1,000 calories and 75 grams of fat.
3. Filet Mignon Béarnaise with Roasted Cauliflower -cut out over 400 calories 33 grams of fat
4. Loaded Baked Potato Skins - cut out 450 calories and 33 grams of fat
These recipes use fresh ingredients, sometimes cooking spray (you could substitute olive or canola oil), and sometimes natural sweeteners like stevia, etc.
The taste is incredible. The portions for some recipes may seem small, but I offer this suggestion. Turn off your TV and computer.Read more ›
I've made all my family's dinners this week (and one dessert) out of this book.
I made a good choice by cooking the chicken & dumplings Sunday - it was actually quite good.
Monday was chicken burritos... ok, but if I do it again, I will substitute lowfat sour cream for the greek yogurt.
Tuesday was fettuccine alfredo - the yogurt was the issue again, it overpowered the dish - I think I could come up with a better recipe using lowfat milk and lowfat parm.
Wednesday (last night, St. Patrick's Day 2010) was shepherds pie - YUCK! for only a few more calories, real potatoes instead of cauliflower would have made a world of difference. The extra cal's from potatoes would have been offset by using a fat free gravy instead of the chicken broth based gravy called for in the recipe. Anyone who feels that cauliflower in a food processor is any kind of substitute for mashed potatoes must be completely without tastebuds... did I say YUCK yet?
So to follow up this terrible St. Patty's Day Irish non-treat (shepherds pie is an Irish dish), I made brownies. THE BROWNIES ARE TERRIBLE - JUST PLAIN AWFUL - the picture on the brownie page is no way, no how the brownies from the recipe. They were bitter, the espresso powder overpowers the chocolate and the black beans give it a very strange texture that is not at all pleasing.
Tonight (Thursday) was going to be his Sloppy Joes, but forget it - chalking this book up as a $20 loss and moving on with my life. Do yourself a favor if you think this is a cookbook for you: ask to borrow a friend's, borrow it from the library, or find another way to try out some these recipes for free before you waste your money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loaded with good ideas and salt. I wish he could do something to lower sodium in the recipes as well as calories.Published 8 days ago by miker
This I by far one of the most used cookbooks in our house. Rocco DiSpirito takes many of the classic dishes that are laden with fat and calories and with a few simple tweaks, makes... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mel N
A lot of the recipes use Corn Starch - for instance ~ 1 of the recipes calls for 4 Tbls (1/4 cup). Where are the healthy fats?? Read morePublished 24 days ago by Nancy
Very informative am looking for good healthy recipes and this helped alot. Good information and ideas.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Everything looks wonderful. I eat pretty healthy for the most part, but this book still gave me new information about using reduced sugar ketchup, low-fat marinara, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doglover
I tried one great recipe (the Beef Stroganoff) , but another two using Greek yoghurt were disappointingPublished 2 months ago by Elizzy55
I have used It only a few times since purchase. The mayo recipe is quite an improvement for eating habit that no longer appreciate fat so well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ocean-at-Bay