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The 1200-Calorie-a-Day Menu Cookbook : Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious Low-fat Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts Paperback – September 1, 1994

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Hughes breaks the 1,200 calories a day into breakfast and lunch recipes that contain no more than 350 calories each, dinner recipes that contain no more than 400 calories, and dessert recipes that contain only 100 calories. The majority of the meals contain 20 percent or less of their total calorie content from fat; all contain less than 30 percent. The totals are listed with each recipe. Hughes, author of three other cookbooks, insists this is not a diet plan but rather a comprehensive collection of recipes that can be used to limit calorie and fat intake. Many of the recipes can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. George Cohen

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809236338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809236336
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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214 of 218 people found the following review helpful By LilTuscany VINE VOICE on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am home all day and have lots and lots of experience in cooking all kinds of foods ranging from easy to very difficult. While the recipes in this are not super difficult, this is not a cookbook for most of us.

Personally, I got this book to make dieting EASIER. I wanted a list of things I can throw together for 3 meals a day, and end up with about 1200 calories no matter which I picked from each meal choice. This book, doesn't do that.

For example, for breakfasts: individual fruit platters with hot popovers (huh?) or Fresh Banana-Oat Bread and vanilla yogurt with sliced fresh peaches. Geez! That is a lot of work for BREAKFAST!

Lunches: Curried Tuna and Pecans in Pita Halves with Ambrosia Fruits. Sure Or Wild Rice-Sausage Chowder with fresh tomato

I mean, I have all day, and I'm not making this for lunch. Dinner, maybe.

Dinner: Snapper on a bed of spinach-cheese sauce, basil baked tomatoes and gingered rice. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

If you want NEW and FRESH recipe ideas, this really is a great book, so I gave it three stars. But for most regular joes, this is not a great book,recipes are too complicated and if it's too much effort to just eat every day, folks will drop their diet and eat pasta and chips instead.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
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This book is perfect for me. I want to eat a 1200 calorie a day menu. But I was spending so much time compiling recipes from the various books that I have that I gave up. This book allows you to choose a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. No strict regimen. No matter which meals you choose, you don't exceed 1200 calories. It's perfect. The recipes are more "gourmet" which is what I like to prepare. All the recipes are based on 4 people but its not that difficult to scale down to one or two, it just takes a smidgen of effort. Best recipe book I have found to date.
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Louis Gudema on November 30, 2002
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My wife and I have made about a dozen of these recipes and have never been disappointed -- they have been consistently delicious. We also use "Eating Well" magazine and a few other sources of tasty low-cal recipe, in addition to standard cookbooks.
Each recipe tells you the calories (important) and grams of fat (not as important) per serving. As with any cookbook, there are always minor modifications to make to suite your taste (for example, the lemon-mustard chicken with angel hair pasta recipe doesn't create enough sauce for our taste, so we increase those ingredients).
These are not "15-minute recipes," nor do they take hours. You have to want to cook; it's not uncommon for a dinner entree to have a dozen ingredients. But the rewards are worth it.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
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If you're looking for basics, this probably isn't the cookbook for you. But the recipes are so incredibly good that this is the perfect place to look for the special meal. Who can resist blintzes with cheesecake sauce and raspberries? Or (my favorite) shrimp and cheese chowder? Probably not for the basic in-a-hurry dieters, but a must for the gourmands out there (whether you're cutting calories or not!)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. Ali on August 3, 2005
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I ordered this cookbook because of its title. What I found was that it was a little deceiving. Having purchased other cookbooks with similar claims I figuered this one wouldn't be that different, just more recipes. Yes, some of the recipes were good, but they are not as quick and easy as I had hoped they would be. Maybe my definition of what quick and easy are is different than the authors. I didn't expect breakfast to be as involved as it was, especially when I have to make my lunch at the same time. It should have also mentioned that you would need to go grocery shopping on pretty much a daily basis. On the whole, it was a good idea, but I have better cookbooks that cost a lot less and are better suited for my time constraints.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2004
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I do a lot of cooking and a lot of dieting. This book has been a great help in getting a health menu together with 1200 calories a day. And you feel like you ate something when you are done. Every recipe I have tried is a real winner. My husband keeps asking me why this cookbook author is not a celebrity chef -- because everything is so good and low calorie too. This is a cooks book -- if you don't want to take the time to cook each meal yourself, it may not be for you. For me, it is worth the effort if the alternative is frozen or packaged "diet food."
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2003
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I was told by my doctor that I need to restrict my diet to 1200 calories a day or else I have a high risk of adult onset diabetes (my mother is diabetic and I am overweight). I have found the cookbook to be very helpful in helping me manage my day. I scan the cookbook at the beginning of the week and decide what I will be having the rest of the week so that on no given day do I have to stare at the fridge wondering what I will make. I've found the meals to be very satisfying portion wise and quite flavorful. You won't starve by any means and some of my favorites are the simplest to make. My favorite breakfasts are the fruit and cereal and the peaches and shortcake recipe. The vanilla cream when it congeals is like vanilla pudding. The only meals I haven't been tempted to try were the dinners, none of them really struck my fancy, I rely on another low fat cookbook for that. The desserts didn't interest me much either. I tend to prefer just a small bit of chocolate or else have vanilla yogurt and fruit for dessert. I love the way the day is broken down though. When the doctor told me to cut my calories so drastically I never knew that I would be eating so much and losing weight so easily. I don't regret buying it and plan to memorize several of the favorites that I've tried so far.
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