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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 9.1.2007 edition (September 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552100448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552100448
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, columnist, motivational speaker, reality TV star, radio personality, consultant, mother and wife, Tosca Reno has been inspiring millions with the Eat-Clean Diet series and sharing the success she's had with weight loss and Clean Eating.

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.

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At first glance this book might not seem that different from other good healthful eating cookbooks, such as "EatingWell Serves Two" and its ilk. They all contain plenty of recipes with lean meats, whole grains, etc. They all contain great helpful hints to assist you through understanding how to work with healthy foods, how to make them interesting, etc. They all contain some nice photographs to make the food seem alluring and yummy.

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!
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This is flat out - the best cookbook I've ever come across. There is a color picture, nutritional information, prep and cooking times, and "tips" for EVERY recipe. Ingredients are printed in their own color text - making it easy to scan the page for ingredients when preparing to shop/plan.

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.
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I was really excited to get this book. I regularly read Tosca's columns in Oxygen, and was thrilled to find a recipe book she'd written. I have to say I was pretty disappointed once I read through it. There are a couple of good recipes I can use, but the MAJORITY of the recipes use ingredients that are difficult to find (bison, quinoa, pumpkin oil???--you certainly won't find most of them at Kroger's or your average grocery store) and expensive to purchase once you find them. Some of these are fine for the occasional meal, but not practical to prepare on a daily basis unless you're independently wealthy, which I guess being Tosca, you would be. :) I wish she would have taken a more practical approach for those of us moderate income families that also wish to eat healthy meals.

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.
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