Are Serving Sizes Given for Each Recipe ?


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Initial post: Mar 20, 2006 8:50:30 AM PST
smiling says:
One of the reviews said that the recipes do not state the serving sizes. Is this correct? I don't have time measure the recipe and divide by the number of people it should serve. Anyone already have this book and can help I'd appreciate it. :)

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 1:39:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2009 2:01:41 PM PDT
NewsView says:
This is an old discussion but the confusion is still relevant because Amazon appears to be lumping together multiple reviews from multiple editions/bindings/ISBNs for this cookbook. The reviews aren't all that helpful when they're consolidated this way because the opinions may appear contradictory depending on what published version the reviewer was writing about. For this reason, I'm responding to the question as an FYI to anyone asking the same thing.

When you click the reviews in which comments are made to the effect that there are no serving sizes specified, the expanded or full-page view complete with the review comments may picture a cookbook with a different cover compared to the product pictured on the main product page. Some of the reviews are over 10 years old and pertain to other editions of the book, and the tip-off is the link Amazon places at the top of the review about the type of binding the review pertains to.

As of this writing, the version you will receive was published in 2006. If you go back to the main product page (not the individual reviews) and look at the ISBN number for the book pictured and published in 2006 you can compare that to the books/bindings linked to earlier reviews. Chances are they will have a different ISBN and a different cover design. So if you click the link Amazon places at the top of those older reviews, you may end up paying a different price and receiving an older book (assuming previous editions are available at all).

As long as you order off the main page you should receive the version that shows serving sizes, calories, fat, fiber, points, etc. I can't speak for the older books, but the newer Weight Watcher's cookbooks do not omit this info.

In closing, Amazon should not be combining old/new reviews that pertain to entirely different ISBNs. It's not merely the binding that may differ but the content. Some of the recipes overlap between versions and there will probably be some newer recipes that the older books don't offer and some older recipes that the latest edition no longer contains. If this sounds frustrating, by all means let Amazon know that combining old and new reviews is a misleading practice. The titles may be the same but that's where the similarities may stop.
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