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Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living From America's Best Chefs Hardcover – April 3, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0451235855 ISBN-10: 0451235851 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235855
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Overeating may be an occupational hazard, but some chefs manage to maintain their weight. Smart Chefs reveals their successful strategies for eating what they love-in moderation, of course. Adato presents their strategies as "lessons" that should work for anyone who adores food. Smart Chefs is fun to read and packed with good advice."--Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health

"Smart Chefs Stay Slim is at once approachable, realistic and mouth-watering." --Gail Simmons

"A breezy, entertaining read sharing lessons, tips and recipes from some of America''s best-known chefs in answer to the compelling question, ''How do chefs stay slim?'' It''s filled with enjoyable anecdotes that promise to help fuel your efforts to do the same. --Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, James Beard Award-winning authors

"Sure, chefs are delighted to talk about childhood obesity, and a healthier America, but getting this personal? Sharing private details about their own struggles and frustrations with weight? It''s very rare. I love this book because of the great practical tips. But I really love this book because it humanizes so many legendary chefs, who aren''t above taking inventory of their own bodies -- as emotional as that can be -- just like the rest of us." --Alyssa Shelasky, author of Apron Anxiety and editor at New York Magazine

About the Author

Allison Adato is an award-winning journalist and senior editor at People magazine. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Times magazine, and she was a staff writer at Life magazine. She lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Allison Adato began her career at the monthly edition of LIFE magazine, and is now a senior editor at People magazine, where she covered celebrity chefs. This led her to wonder about how chefs eat, and how they manage to stay in shape. She cooks, window-box gardens, and eats out a lot in New York City, where she lives with her husband and son.

Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/editgirlnyc

NEW: Website with chef interviews, ideas and recipes: http://www.smart-chefs.com

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Recipes are unfussy, tasty, easy to follow.
Laura Weinert
Smart Chefs Stay Slim by Allison Adato is a clever , ingenious way to present a cookbook and in essence, a book about healthy eating.
Claudine Wolk
It's like getting good philosophy on food and eating from people who've spent decades thinking about such things.
Jordonna Grace

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jordonna Grace on April 12, 2012
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Confession: I am not a "cook," (I make the simplest meals for myself and my family), I don't watch cooking shows on TV, and I don't know who most of the famous chefs in the book are. It doesn't matter: their thinking about food, including what to eat, when to eat it, and how to eat in general are really fantastic. It's like getting good philosophy on food and eating from people who've spent decades thinking about such things. Most of the tips are easy to implement, natural and aren't about deprivation. The writing is fresh and fun, you can pick it up anywhere and have a "snack-size" bite of information, and you really don't need to be a "foodie" to enjoy it. Totally recommend!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 10, 2012
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I do 95% of the cooking at home and strive to serve up healthier and more interesting meals for my family (which these days includes 3 kids under 6). "Smart Chefs Stay Slim" is less of a recipe book than I expected but I love the insight it provides into professional chefs and what, why and how they cook at home. Surrounded by food they have all come up with techniques to moderate caloric intake, better enjoy and simplify the foods they prepare on their own time. There are a lot of commonsense ideas here that work well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jean K on April 15, 2012
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I have taken away so many tips from this book from how to drink my coffee in the AM to making light and tasty meals for me and my family as well as how to be a better shopper. I was eating ALL of my meals out and this book has changed everything. I am now preparing delicious meals at home and am more courageous in the kitchen and willing to try new things...like chili peppers for a little spice. It has also motivated me to go to the Union Square green market and buy better food and snacks to munch on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MOMan on May 6, 2012
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"Smart Chefs" makes us all smarter about how we can eat healthy and still enjoy great food.
The book provides great understanding into how celebrity chefs deal with their occupational hazard of being around wonderful food all day. The stories were fun, interesting and insightful. Most importantly, I am able to easily apply the "lessons" into my daily dining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carrie E Swenson on April 30, 2012
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A great read - one I keep picking up around the house as it's written in short, pithy chapters and sections. Great "food for thought" about options for healthier eating, in a way that respects the joy of food. Pragmatic ideas, written after interviewing scores of top chefs. I received it as a gift myself, and really enjoyed it - I'm thinking a copy for my mom may be a great mother's day gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Fairlee on April 30, 2012
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We've all wondered why some chefs are rotund yet others remain svelte? And we pine to be like the lucky ones -- those who spend their days in the kitchen surrounded by delicacies, tasting the gravy, yet remaining lean. Perhaps if you're like me, you find yourself balancing the desire to cook four-course meals, or the urge to bake sweet treats, with the knowledge that those leftovers will call -- collect. "Yoo-hoo! I'm here. Come have a nibble."

At a time when food IS pop culture -- Paula Deen, "Top Chef", "Man vs. Food", "Iron Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen" to name just a fraction -- the time has come for us to hear advice from those in the know. Thankfully, Allison Adato has gathered first-hand tips and tricks from noted chefs on how to celebrate the arts of cooking AND EATING while remaining slim and healthy. Her easy-to-read guide is chock full of helpful advice and recipes we can all use and enjoy, without guilt. Highly recommended for all who love food and food culture, but not the negative health effects of overindulging!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. on April 12, 2012
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Smart Chefs Stay Slim is a fun read and is full of great advice from famous chefs. It has tons of tips on every aspect of cooking, eating, exercising and thinking about food that I can actually incorporate into my life. I have made 2 of the recipes so far, and they were both simple and tasty. I made the white bean stew with Swiss chard and tomatoes for company, and it was a big hit. But the recipes are really a bonus. The meat of the book is the stories from the chefs. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in having a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying great food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. April Holgate TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy free through Goodreads First Reads.

This is more tips and hints with a few recipes mixed in. I would have loved more recipes to help my fit and slim eating goals. I really love many of the chefs featured in this book. I have tried a few of the salads and found them very delicious. I also loved Matt Bittman's More-vegetable-than-egg Frittata. Nothing really ground breaking of earth shattering diet wise. A lot of common sense but very enjoyable tidbits from the chefs.
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