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The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! Paperback – September 9, 2007
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About the Author
Since reclaiming her life, losing weight, getting in shape and becoming a fitness model in her 40s, New York Times bestselling author Tosca Reno has become the face and voice of inspiration for millions. In addition to her Eat-Clean Diet® series and other books, she writes monthly columns for Oxygen and Clean Eating magazines and articles for other fitness publications. She appears as an interview subject and expert on countless TV and radio programs, and has her own TV series.
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At age 40, author Tosca Reno found herself miserable, overweight, stuck in an unhappy marriage, and living an unfulfilled life. Her self-esteem was at an all-time low. She barely recognized the woman she had become.
Tosca Reno found herself reborn when she realized she was the architect of her own destiny. She accepted new challenges to become super fit and healthy. She entered bodybuilding contests and started writing articles for Oxygen, a top fitness magazine. Her struggles and hardships in the past served to both inspire and motivate her in her career as a writer, motivational speaker and fitness celebrity. Her work encourages others to do for themselves what she has done - reinvent herself from being fat and frumpy to lean and purposeful.
Reno quickly earned her own monthly feature "Raise the Bar." The column targets women over 40 looking for motivation, nutrition and training advice. Reno shares her no-holds-barred wisdom in a firm but tender-hearted manner. Oxygen readers instantly connect with Tosca's advice, delivered with friendly compassion.
"Raise the Bar" readers wanted more. They wrote with countless questions, inspiring Tosca to craft the best-selling Eat-Clean Diet series. With her friendly arm-around-the-shoulder approach, Tosca teaches others how to alter their eating habits, to lose or maintain weight, gain muscle, boost metabolism, increase energy and be happier, healthier people living with purpose.
The Eat-Clean Diet series is a huge hit throughout North America, with over one million copies sold. Tosca has struck a chord with the diet-weary. In fact the most common response she gets is: "This just makes so much sense! I will never give up eating this way! It's so easy!"
Tosca has appeared on numerous national radio and TV shows and has been featured in countless magazine and newspaper articles. Extra TV in Los Angeles recently created a new feature specifically for Tosca, called "Tosca Reno's Eat-Clean Ambush Cleanse," in which she helps a young man with diabetes clean up his kitchen, his shopping cart and his attitude. Extra TV has since filmed several health-based segments with Tosca.
Canada's VIVA Network is airing Tosca's new TV show, Tosca: Flexing at 49, for eight weeks starting in June 2009. In the series, Tosca is followed by film crews as she goes about her busy life - meeting deadlines for her columns and books, giving seminars and making appearances, helping families with their health and diet struggles, answering emails from fans, dieting, competing and looking after her large family at the same time!
Tosca's latest book The Eat-Clean Diet for Men will be followed by a hardcover cookbook in Fall 2009. She's also working on a slew of writing projects to be released over the coming year, including a new book with Harlequin's new non-fiction division. Tosca continues to write her monthly column in Oxygen magazine, along with articles on motivation, life, training and nutrition in magazines including Maximum Fitness, Reps! and Clean Eating.
Tosca grew up in Kingston, Ontario and now lives in Caledon, Ontario. She turned 50 in May 2009.
Top Customer Reviews
However, to me there's one key difference. Tosca Reno's recipes aren't bland.
I'm well aware that there's a sizable contingent of people out there who want their diet food to resemble bland, "normal" American fare as much as possible; I'm not going to mark down a book for catering to that crowd, even though I don't personally enjoy that approach.
However, I'm certainly happy to sing the praises of a book that finally satisfies my desire for flavorful, creative diet food. I know it can be done, and it's my feeling that part of the reason a lot of people think diet food sucks is because they want flavorful food and most diet books cater to the safe, bland crowd. Well, Tosca Reno is one health and fitness advocate who doesn't seem to believe in that.
One of the recipes we tried from this book was a stuffed pumpkin recipe that involved things like ground bison and wild rice. It was incredibly delicious, even as leftovers---one of those recipes that don't taste like diet food at all (and that's the way it should be!).
Another was a breakfast burrito that wowed us so much that we use variations on it regularly now as a savory break from hot breakfast cereal.
There's a white bean tuna spread that I like as much as standard tuna salad (and it's a lot healthier!Read more ›
Ingredients are pretty average - not so obscure that you can't find them at your local store. There is an occasional oil or grain that is not so commonplace, but Tosca offers substitutions for most of those ingredients (or you can sub with things on your own fairly easily). Or you can always find them on amazon - and most likely save some $ there as well.
As for kiddos - kids are easily influenced - if they see you eating a certain way - they will eventually come around. The other part I've found helpful in getting kids to eat healthier - presentation. That is the #1 most important thing when feeding children. Kids like dipping - they like finger foods, or creating their own meal... which a lot of these recipes allow for.
I'm not sure why one review stated recipes are too long either. Recipes times range from 10-60 minutes, with most averaging around the 30-45 minute time frame. If you read through most recipes you can come up with ways to shorten times (or Tosca suggests them). Things that we do for example... prep veggies the morning before (or the entire dish), use leftovers - chicken/rice/etc, instead of cooking things separately throw them in together from the beginning, canned/jar substitutes(beans, garlic, etc). And a lot of the cooking times vary based on your appliances. I can usually knock 5-10 minutes off because our oven cooks faster than what is usually listed.Read more ›
I have 3 small kids that wouldn't DREAM of eating some of the stuff in this cookbook. I wouldn't be able to pass that off to them in even the sneakiest of ways. There were a few family-type recipes we enjoyed, like the whole wheat bread recipe or the summer roasted salmon, and would have liked to have seen more like those. But the majority of these recipes were geared for adults. And really, when you're a busy mom trying make time to eat clean and exercise, do you really have time to make a "kid dinner" and an "adult dinner"? Most of these recipes are just too exotic for the average family.
I'm sure this is a great book for many, it just didn't suit our needs. If you find yourself attracted to exotic recipes and food choices, this just may be the cookbook for you. If, on the other hand, you are trying to eat healthy and relatively inexpensively and feed your family the same way, look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Time consuming. Lots of planning ahead and preparation. For me was difficult to take on so much prep work.Published 2 months ago by Practical Mom
Bought this book for my sister Inlaw and she loves it! It has a lot of easy to make and delicious recipes! She wants to collect all the other cookbooks there is to buy.Published 3 months ago by Roxana
I use this book all the time with specific recipes. I have many to try yet.Published 4 months ago by Gail