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Sweetie Pie: The Richard Simmons Private Collection of Dazzling Desserts Hardcover – November 1, 1997


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If you want to lose weight but must appease your sweet tooth from time to time, Richard Simmons is on your team. Sweetie Pie is a collection of delectable, reduced-fat and reduced-calorie desserts. Most get 30 percent or fewer calories from fat. But Simmons is quick to point out that you can't scarf down half a cake and expect to lose weight. The key, he says, is handling dessert "with respect," which means eating it on special occasions and having only a serving. You'll find adaptations of all your favorite desserts, such as brownies, lemon bars, biscotti, chocolate layer cake (19 percent fat), Boston cream pie, chocolate mousse pie, and even lollipops. You'll also find desserts only Richard Simmons might create, like "Brownie Pizza." Watch out--the last chapter presents six of Simmons's "all-time favorite outrageous desserts," fat and all. Simmons's running commentary of his personal relationship with these desserts is entertaining enough to read whether or not you want to prepare the recipe. Recipes include nutritional breakdown (calories, protein, fat, carbohydrate, sodium, and cholesterol), plus fat and calorie comparisons with standard versions. The photos will make your mouth water. --Joan Price

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Irrepressible fitness guru Simmons is an enduring phenomenon; his latest book, Farewell to Fat (GT Pub., 1996) has sold more than 600,000 copies. Here he offers "reduced-fat" (not always "low-fat") versions of his favorite desserts, from Keep on Truckin' Brownies to Yes, We Have a Banana Cream Pie to Some Like Hot Chocolate Souffles, with color photographs of each one. Expect some demand.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gt Pub Corp; First Edition edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577192761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577192763
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Linda Marie Leonard on November 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has some really good ideas for deserts. My husband has diabetes and the recipes fit right in with his diet requirements. One downfall, there is no information pertaining to the food-mover program Richard has. There is portion size, and calorie content broken down by protein, fat, carbs., but if you want an easy way to use your food mover don't expect to find it here.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was skeptical when I first got the book but after trying several recipes, I am convinced this book is worth keeping. The book holds some of the desserts that one would normally hesitate to indulge because of the high calorie content but Simpson made it less "guilty" for us. You will not even realize it is a low-fat version! Even friends of mine who do not believe in low-fat recipes gave it a "Two Thumbs Up!" My favourites are the tangerine-orange poppyseed cake and the cheese tartlettes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sampson Hudson on November 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Richard Simmons' "Sweetie Pie" is a delight for the eyes and the tastebuds. It's filled with mouth-watering, well done photographs of luscious desserts which might even earn it a spot as a coffee table book. As noted by another reviewer, people with diabetes can indulge in some of the recipes.
All of us like a satisfying sweet end to a meal, and this collection of low-fat recipes will fill the bill without padding your waistline. Recommended both for calorie-counters and for those lucky few who don't worry about weight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love this cookbook!!! It is fun to read & the recipes are great! The color photos are not only pretty to look at but you can see what the recipe looks like before you make it.(you could take a bite out of the page it looks so good!) This is my favorite dessert cookbook!! Beautiful!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy Y on June 14, 2008
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I have had this book for quite a few years now and I absolutely love it. I have come to depend on it for wowing guests and at potlucks. I have made nearly every recipe in this book and I have never been disappointed. The pictures are fabulous, instructions are well written and easy to follow.
A huge plus is that each recipe shows the nutrient value. There are wonderful little tips throughout the book as well as silly stuff by Mr. Simmons. The Almond-Ginger Biscotti I make the most and it has never failed to please. Great book and a must for any dessert lover and recipe book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty on August 4, 2012
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Richard is such a character, and his personality really shines in this book. It's a genuinely fun read and is also surprisingly informative. Some low-fat cookbooks try to do away with the fat and sugar completely - this book doesn't. Richard acknowledges that you do need fat and sugar to make delicious desserts, but he stresses moderation more than deprivation. You won't find any crazy substitutions or techniques in this book either. The recipes are all very accessible in terms of ingredients and the fanciest technique is probably beating egg whites for a meringue.

The layout of this book is pretty much perfection and how I wish all cookbooks were designed. Each page has a beautiful photo of the finished product and great tips sprinkled throughout, from portion control to decorating ideas to recipe variations. At the end of each recipe, he includes the nutritional value along with the nutritional value of a traditional version of the same recipe so you can see how much healthier his recipes are.

The book is broken into 8 sections:

Welcome to My Dessert Kitchen - an introductory chapter with background information on calories and fat and details about common baking ingredients and kitchen tools. He includes a really handy table detailing the calorie and fat content in different dairy products as well as a breakdown of mono-unsatured/poly-unsatured/saturated fats in butters and oils.

Smart Cookie - classic cookie recipes made healthier with typically with egg whites and applesauce. The lemon bars are great, as are the brownies.

The Cake Walk - delectable low-fat cakes, including cheesecake, pound cake, and even baklava! They're so good, you won't believe they're low fat.

Pie in the Sky - pies and tarts for every season.
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