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Cookbook Review: Now Eat This! Italian from EveryDay With Rachael Ray Magazine
By Rocco DiSpirito ($27)
Grazie, Rocco! The latest cookbook from this longtime luminary features Italian classics like creamy fettuccine alfredo, all trimmed to 350 calories max. And because the recipes come from real Italian mamas--who appear throughout the book--you know the calorie-cutting doesn't compromise flavor.
From the September "Italian Issue" of Every Day with Rachael Ray

Rocco DiSpirito's Mama's Meatballs, Whole Wheat Pizza 
Author of "Now Eat This! Italian" prepares classic Italian dishes with a fraction of the fat.
From GMA, 09/25/2012
Transcript for Rocco DiSpirito's Mama's Meatballs, Whole Wheat Pizza
AND WE LOVE rocco DiSpirito. Thank you. His new cookbook, "Now eat eat this italian.
" A fraction of the fat and calories but all of the flavor is retained. All the flavor and then some."

watch here: 

Caprese Salad, 167 cals 
3 large ripe tomatoes

Salt & Freshly ground black pepper

6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4 inch thick

12 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces, stems removed

4 tablespoons Super Olive Oil (page 34)
Slice the tomatoes into 16 even 1/2-inch-thick slices. 
Season lightly with salt and pepper. Top each with a slice of mozzarella, then season again lightly with salt and pepper.

Arrange 4 tomato and cheese slices overlapping on each of 4 small salad plates and scatter the basil on top. Drizzle each plate with 1 tablespoon Super Olive Oil.

From the Author

NOW EAT THIS! ITALIAN proves that Italian food doesn't have to be calorie-packed to be delicious. All under 350 calories, these full-flavor, low-fat recipes are sure to indulge your appetite without packing on the pounds. Here's a quick preview of whats in store. order here:

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Product Details

  • Series: Now Eat This!
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1st Printing edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584517
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful By D. Michelle Connelly on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
1. It is not a typical "diet" book. It has recipes that are healthy, tasty, and made with real food, not processed ingredients.

2. It does not require you to hunt down wacky ingredients. Everything can be found in most any grocery store.

3. DESSERT! Actual desserts that are healthy but you will actually want to eat them!

4. Plenty of vegetarian options.

5. It weighs half as much as Paula Deen's cook book. ;)

6. Even picky kids will like most all the recipes. A few are spicy, but are easily modified.

7. The photographs are stunning. I believe this is sometimes referred to as "food porn", but I'm not that kind of girl, so I wouldn't know. I've just heard...

8. Did I mention the DESSERTS?!?! Seriously. A healthy cookbook with desserts in it. And they are awesome.

9. There are lots of pictures of Rocco in it. Please see #7. Again, I'm not that kind of girl. Just letting you know....

10. I own every book Rocco has done, and all of the recipes turn out right, every time, and this book is no different.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By AngDoza on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received my book yesterday and yet have to put it down! The recipes are all fairly easy, the photos of the finished dish look so scumptious that they just make me want to pick up a fork and go at them! That's how delicious everything looks, even the seafood and fish dishes, which I am not a fan of, but for sure I will be making them! My husband will be happy for sure! I can't wait to start cooking from this book, problem...which recipe to start with????
Along with all the great dishes...the history behind this book is very warmhearted and inspirational to anyone...Italian or Not...just makes you want to keep your heritage alive and going from generation to generation!!!
Everyone loves Italian food...this book allows you to endulge in your favorite Italian dishes without the guilt and weight gain..which we all know that Italian food is famous for..."a minute on your lips...forever on your hips"...well not anymore if cooking from Rocco's book...
This book is a true winner..nice size...great recipes...great photos...great history!
I will be ordering more for gift giving for the holidays...because Everyone loves Italian!!! I can't go wrong..

I do only have one complaint...wish I could give this book more than a 5 star definetly deserves a 10!

Thank you Rocco for such a wonderful I can go back to eating my most Favotite foods!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jessviv on September 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the second cookbook I have purchased by Mr. DiSpirito and I can easily say he has taken over my kitchen with his simple, straightforward recipes and easygoing narratives. His previous book, Now Eat This! Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks Eating 6 Meals a Day! quickly became a household staple - I am 5 lbs down in my first week of the "Fast Track" plan so naturally I had to add this book as a companion.
Words can barely describe how impressed I am with this book.

Firstly, it's formidable.
I will likely use it as a weapon should someone break into my house.

Secondly, it is visually stunning.
We all know we eat with our eyes first and the photography in this book is simply mouthwatering.
(And no, I am not talking about Rocco himself here although I wouldn't mind playing a round of 7 minutes in heaven with him)
The photos are bright, fresh, detailed and luscious. I love how many of the recipes feature a birds-eye-view, photo-narrative that gives you a step by step visual on how to make each dish.

Thirdly, the dude did his homework.
Mr. DiSpirito has plenty of experience with Italian cooking but he didn't just cockily rest on his own knowledge. He traveled to Italy, to the source, and found a variety of "mamas" to inspire, coach and test his trimmed down recipes. Regardless of your heritage, you can relate to those grandmas, aunts, uncles and family friends whose intuitive confidence in the kitchen makes them legendary. Rocco's are here, in this book, and the warmth of people gathering and laughing and talkin' smack over food is practically tangible.
I feel like Rocco has really outdone himself with this book. He proves that simple, fresh, delicious food is effortless and attainable.
Get this book. You will not regret it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ok first of all, all the rumors are true. This book is completely amazing!! It's really big (hefty) and has big beautiful pictures in it to look at, including step by step photos. I've read a lot of cookbooks but I haven't seen one quite as well put together as this one. Also, I eat gluten free because of an intolerance and he even lists on each recipe which are gluten free. In the beginning of the book he has a whole chart of the noodles he recommends, most are whole wheat types BUT it also lists some rice noodles and quinoa noodles (all of which are gluten free) in there too. I was ecstatic!! I mean seriously, step by step directions, beautiful pictures, gluten free recipes and research has gone into this book. When people state that "he really outdid himelf", they really mean it.

One thing I'd like to mention is that the table of contents vs. the page numbers are incorrect. For instance, if you look in the table of contents and find the recipe for ___ and it says it's supposed to be on page ____ it's not really on that page. I don't know if the version I got was just a flub or if anyone else has noticed this but beyond that his recipes are amazing. I like this version of Now Eat This better than his last because the last book had you using some hard to find ingredients such as: Cabot fat free cheddar cheese and dangerous stuff like Splenda etc. This new book switches the sweetener to Stevia which I still don't agree with but I've decided I'm going to sub out regular sugar and just go with a higher calorie count. I am in love.
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