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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamic Housewares; First Thus edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098418872X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984188727
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Stella, Chef, TV Host, and Author

George Stella's career in the food industry started at a young age while living in Deerfield Beach, Florida and although his first job was as a dishwasher at the age of 13, George quickly found himself working at some of Florida's leading restaurants.

In the early 80's he worked as an Executive Chef for the Philips Petroleum Company showcase restaurant, 'Windows on the Green' located in the Pier 66 Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. George would then go on to work with the owner of the famous 'MARK'S' restaurants, Chef Mark Militelo. Together in 1984 with Dennis Max they brought the first California Cuisine menu to the state of Florida opening 'Café Max' in Pompano Beach; still open today.

Chef George Stella had no way of knowing that by the age of 40 he would reach the weight of 470 pounds. Being obese, George experienced serious heart problems that took him out of the kitchens and threatened his life and his career. After trying and failing every other diet, George turned to the then somewhat controversial low-carb approach and with his experience as a chef he was easily able to leave processed and sugar laden foods behind opting for colorful healthy fresh food choices that lead to an astounding 265 pound weight loss.

By 2002 George was healthier than ever and returned to his passion for the kitchen as a Disney chef at Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort. During his time there, he catered fairy tale weddings and practiced his culinary talents at such fine restaurants as Victoria & Albert's and Citricos. He also conducted healthy cooking classes and personal chef catering services in Orlando, Florida that were ultimately recognized by local television.

Along the way to getting healthy, George blended his passion for fresh food and cooking with helping to inspire and motivate others to eat healthier and make better fresh food choices; to get back in their kitchens and cook!

George has been written about in magazines and newspapers and featured on national television networks and shows such as ABC's 'The View, CBS 48 Hours, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.

He went on to have his own Food Network weekly series: "Low Carb and Loving It" , has authored SIX bestselling cookbooks and appears regularly on the QVC shopping channel.

Today George is a self described "Motivational Chef" on a mission to lead people back to their kitchens to cook and have Fun with Families, Friends and Fresh Food! He is most proud of his representation of 250 Chapters of the Association of Junior Leagues International for their ongoing childhood obesity awareness campaign called: "Kids in the Kitchen", designed to inspire and teach kids and families to eat healthier.

George Stella, a professional chef for over thirty years, is an official spokesman for the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen initiative to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. He has appeared on numerous television and news shows, including two seasons of his own show, Low Carb and Lovin' It on the Food Network and has written six bestselling cookbooks. Connecticut born, he has spent more than half his life in Florida where he lives today with his wife of over 30 years Rachel.

You can catch up with George, his family, and other families eating fresh, healthy foods at...

AND on Facebook(the busiest Low-Carb FB site on the net! :

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Spinner VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
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Overall, this is a good collection of recipes, whether you follow a diet lower in carbohydrates or not. Recipes such as tempura asparagus, loaded squash skins and herb marinated mushrooms are sure to fit in most diet plans!

First, the aesthetics.

This book has a larger "footprint" than George's other books - about the size of a sheet of paper. It's chock full of bright, colorful graphics and my first thought was that the layout is REALLY busy and somewhat distracting. The first fourteen or fifteen pages detail the Stella story, an overview of his cooking/eating philosophy, a "pantry list," a listing of "good carbs," and an explanation of why this book includes foods previously eschewed - such as reduced fat dairy and higher carb ingredients previously excluded from his recipes (such as honey and whole wheat pasta). The introduction and recipes are written in George's friendly, chatty style, but the text of this book could have used a once-over from a good copy editor!

Now, for the food!

Approximately 120 recipes are split into ten sections: starters and snacks, breakfast and brunch, lunchtime favorites, poultry, meats, seafood, slow cooker cookery, veggies and sides, wholesome whole grains and legumes and desserts. The Stellas have endeavored to streamline the recipes for this cookbook and many of them have only a handful of ingredients, which I appreciate. In typical Stella style, the recipes are fresh and full of flavor, relying on fresh herbs and ingredients. What you WON'T find is odd-ball ingredients such as guar and xantham gums, protein powders or other low-carb thickeners. Splenda is recommended when sweeteners are required and the only "unusual" ingredients are almond flour, soy flour and soy milk.
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From the time he burst on the scene as the host of his very own cooking show on The Food Network called "Low Carb and Lovin' It," George Stella was a bona fide superstar as an amazing triple-digit weight loss success story and simply amazing cook with a heart for sharing healthy low-carb recipes to an audience hungry for delicious and nutritious options for their low-carb lifestyle. Unfortunately, The Food Network fell prey to the media-contrived notion that livin' la vida low-carb was just a fad that had become a thing of the past and let Stella go from his popular show which performed well in their ratings. I caught up with him in November 2009 by having him on my podcast show for an interview where he detailed what life has been like for him ever since, including his new cooking show on QVC as well as new book projects under the moniker "The Good Carb Chef." His first offering in this series is called Real Food Real Easy: 120 Recipes Made Fast With Only A Handful Of Simple, Fresh Ingredients.

I'm pleased to see Stella focusing on real food with this book because the low-carb lifestyle has gotten a bum rap from the massive influx of inferior "products" that do not contain real food in them whatsoever. Anyone who has ever seen George Stella cook or read any of his books knows that this is the heartbeat of everything he does. Put the focus on fresh, real whole food ingredients removing all the white flour and sugar and what you'll end up with on your plate is a healthy way to nourish your body. Stella knows this personally as he shares the incredible story of how his family literally transformed their lives through low-carb weight loss success. He's unashamed in naming Dr. Atkins as his greatest influence in helping them shed the pounds.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2010
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I have had this book for about 2 months now. I have made several recipes and I have been pleased with all of them. I have all of George's books and his food is delicious, low carb or not. I want to point out that this book contains dishes that I would consider maintenance level. There is a section on whole wheat that I wouldn't use if I was just starting out. If you are still in the beginning of low carb eating you probably want to begin with one of his earlier books, Eating Stella Style and Low Carb Livin. That being said, there are still some great recipes in here for early on. Be sure to read George's story at the beginning of the book. He gives great advice on how to use his recipes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Penny L. on August 16, 2010
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This is a great cookbook whether or not you are on a low carb diet. It has 120 easy recipes that are delicious and made fast with only a handful of simple, fresh ingredients! It even gives a shopping list. Includes Wealth of Health Waffles, Blueberry Cream Cheese Crumb Cake, Devilish Eggs Au Gratin, Zucchini Crusted Quiche, Philly Steak Salad, Marinara & Mozzarella Meatloaf, Skillet Turkey Tetrazzini, Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup, Loaded Squash Skins, Tomato and Feta Stuffed Eggplants, Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes, and Lip Smacking Lemon Bars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Chilton on November 1, 2010
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I have George Stella's other Low Carb cook books, but I think this one is his best. It uses more every day ingredients, and he has become more inclusive, and realistic in his attitude towards carbs. This may not be for someone just starting out on the low carb journey, because your results won't be as quick. But they're healthy, satisfying, and I honestly think they would work for anyone. The recipes are easy, and they don't use ingredients that make you scratch your head thinking "Huh?". Worth a look.
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