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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605293504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605293509
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CANDICE KUMAI received her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and has worked in several Los Angeles restaurants. After appearing on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef, she became the host of Lifetime’s hit series Cook Yourself Thin and was a contributing writer to the #1 New York Times bestseller Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes. She has also appeared on TLC’s Home Made Simple and Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and has contributed to various food and lifestyle publications. The founder and creative artist behind www.StilettoChef.com, Candice continues her journey of spreading her love of pretty delicious cooking, good health, and living a fabulous life in New York City. Scoop her up on Twitter: @StilettoChef.

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HOST, INFLUENCER, AUTHOR, FOOD WRITER, TRENDSETTER

Candice Kumai former host of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin and TLC's Homemade Simple, traveled across Asia, NYC and LA as a fashion model by the age of 15. At 22 she received her professional culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts & cooked in several California-based restaurants. Candice was the youngest chef to compete on Bravo's inaugural season of Top Chef at age, 23. As a major trendsetter and influencer, by the age of 30, Candice wrote and developed recipes for more than half a dozen cookbooks, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Cook Yourself Thin, The Skinny Bitch Cookbook, Recipe Rehab, Novak Djokovic's Serve to Win and Shape Magazine's, Bikini Body Diet. Her cookbooks include Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy and Clean Green Drinks. Candice is featured in and contributes to dozens of food, health beauty, fashion and lifestyle publications.

In 2012 she began hosting workshops in New York City at the James Beard Foundation. Additionally, Candice has been an ambassador to the White House AAPI Alliance & The Resolution Project at Harvard Club, NYC. Candice is a regular speaker at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center, University of San Diego, The NBA and as a panelist for Harlem's Farm to Table initiatives. Candice lends her cooking and nutrition efforts to 1,000 Days (founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), Whole Foods, The Chef's Garden & Health Corps. She is a fellowship member of The UN Foundation.

Candice has appeared on E! News, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, GMA, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, The Talk, Extra, Access Hollywood, Cooking Channel, Food Network, The Kris Jenner Show, Top Chef, Iron Chef, The Marie Osmond Show, Queen Latifah Show, The Nate Berkus Show and Better TV.

She is currently a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America, Food Editor-At-Large at Shape Magazine and Men's Fitness Magazine. Candice's newest book, Clean Green Drinks is available now.

She lends her extra hours to many of her heartfelt charitable causes.

"Candice Kumai's enthusiasm for food is infectious! Her personal take on eating well is not only refreshing, but also really delicious. Cook Yourself Sexy is a modern woman's guide to looking and feeling your absolute best, packed with fabulous recipes, easy tips and valuable resources for building confidence in, and out of, the kitchen."
-Gail Simmons, author of Talking with my Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater

"As someone whose name has never been used in the same sentence as the word "sexy" before, I still found plenty of inspiration to eat a more healthy diet and lots of tools to help me do it. Heck, thanks to the persuasive powers of Ms. Kumai, you may even come round one day to find me wearing a face mask"
- Simon Majumdar, Food Critic, Next Iron Chef Judge and Author of Eat My Globe

"Candice blew me away from the moment she walked in to audition for 'Top Chef' Season 1! She's amazing!"
- Andy Cohen, Host of Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live!' and Executive Producer of Bravo's 'Top Chef'

"Candice is a rockstar who understands the new generation's lifestyle. She lives the healthy lifestyle of a smart stylish and successful woman. She is both a leader and member of this new generation."
-Ari S. Goldberg, CEO of StyleCaster

"Beneath the energetic, fun, glamorous and sexy persona of Candice Kumai lays the heart and soul of a very serious chef indeed."
- Simon Majumdar, Food Critic, Next Iron Chef Judge and Author of Eat My Globe

Learn more about Candice at CandiceKumai.com or tweet Candice any food questions @CandiceKumai

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I can't wait to try more recipes out!
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This is a great cook book with recipes that not only taste good but are super easy to make.
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I bought one for a friend's wedding shower and she loved it too!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By carlyannanderson on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read!!!! I am a vegan and have read a lot of nutrition books, and this book was outstanding and very inspiring with easy recipes(especially ones that you can substitute out ingredients to veganize). I loved the extra inspiring information on healthy eating and the positive outlook throughout the book that makes me want to make a change in my everyday eating habits to better my life. I recommend this book to every woman for a positive guideline on how to fuel our bodies properly to feel good on the inside and outside. Changes are made over time, and i believe books like this will lead women to happy and healthier lives through better eating habits. Thank you Candice for making the book easy and fun to read to inspire women all around the world :)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lizz CC on February 10, 2011
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2011 New Year's Resolution = Eat Healthy. What's new? My problem lies in the fact that, I am not one for diets aka I need to eat food that tastes good. Every time I hear.. "healthy food can be yummy" I would roll my eyes and call BS! It doesn't mean I did not try! I stumbled upon Pretty Delicious through a blog and tried the platinum mac n cheese. My husband and I ate the entire pan (probably wasn't a calorie cutter but it was healthy!) We have tried a few more recipes since and let me say DELICIOUS! Yes, I'm sold! She also has COCKTAILS!! I cannot give up my boozy brunches. If you are hesitant.. the book is really PRETTY :D
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jamie331 on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a novice in the kitchen, but Pretty Delicious inspires me to cook. With Candice Kumai's entertaining voice woven throughout her provocative recipes and fun advice, I now look forward to creating special meals for my family and friends to enjoy. What a transformation... I was never satisfied in the kitchen, feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and inept to prepare dinner, but I finally found a best friend-- Pretty Delicious-- to help me fall in love with cooking!

The beautiful layout of this cookbok makes each recipe easy to understand and its story, relatable. This is a cookbook that will live on your countertop or coffee table. The recipes are stylish, healthy (she substitutes ingredients but truly maintains key flavor), and unique. The "Food w/ Benefits" (FWB) chart, tips and advice, and vegetarian/vegan symbols are user friendly and very informative!

Pretty Delicious is for every woman out there. Cheers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TAguilar2 on March 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a great cook book with recipes that not only taste good but are super easy to make. Ive already tried several items and all of them have received great reviews from my husband and my kids. Toddlers can be picky but both my girls have LOVED it all!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Louise H. on August 18, 2011
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I cannot recommend this book enough. Up until a few months ago, I only knew how to scramble eggs and bake but then I got Pretty Delicious. The book is absolutely gorgeous and the recipes are healthy, meaning you don't have to indulge to try them out! Buying a few key ingredients and spices allows you to try out a multiple recipes which is great because no one likes buying that one bag of something for a recipe and then finding it in your pantry years later. The recipes are straight-forward to prepare and absolutely delicious. So far, I've tried 25 recipes and only 7 were baked goods! Some of my favorites are the hummus, spinach and strawberry salad, no-cook balsamic beans, eggplant and mushroom saute, and the banana-oat chocolate chip cookies. Also, I've had success partially subbing out sugar with Stevia and AP flour with white whole wheat. Get the book, learn to feed yourself. I used to survive off frozen meals and now my freezer is full of home-made veggie lasagna and asparagus chickpea soup.

Bonus, Candice is one of the sweetest people ever! I've made the brownies a couple of times and while yummy, I can't get them to stop turning out like fluffy chocolate cake. She took the time to respond to my e-mail and give me some tips for next time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Schaefer on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is amazing! I have a bad habit of buying cookbooks and then never actually cooking out of them becuase either the recipes seem too complicated, need expensive ingredients or somehow just aren't "right." This book is the first that I actually use regularly. I love that the author uses wholesome ingredients to create "real" dishes. By this I mean she showcases the ingredients and does not hide them. It is a testament to the fact that healthy ingredients truly are delicious.

I've had the book for a few months now and have made the following recipes:
- blueberry bran muffins - lifesavers! I freeze these for a great grab and go breakfast
- spinich artichoke dip - Yum! Hubby didn't even know this was reduced calorie
- cucumber tea 'wiches - love this for a light lunch
- mushroom and potato pierogies - very hard to roll the pierogies and form them - it took forever and i didn't get many well formed pierogies. However, the filling is DELICIOUS and sometimes I make it as a side for dinner
- 3 veg curry - yummy, homemade indian sauce. I love this one - total comfort food
- spicy soba with shitakes and peas - yum! great lunch option. I never tried soba noodles before but I found them easily in my small town grocery store and was surprised that they are low calorie, high protein and high fiber. Wow! The only suggestion I have to to try to find reduced sodium noodles if you can, they are really salty
- platinum mac and cheese - GREAT but i suggest omitting the garlic powder. I also added freshly ground pepper and reduced the amount of salt. I want to try it with added broccoli next time to add some veggies. I was VERY skeptical of this recipe because it uses 3 cups of almond milk which I thought was really weird but it came out really well. don't be afraid to try this one!

THANK YOU, Candice for this beautiful book that makes these healthy and nutritious recipes so accessible and... Pretty.
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