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The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight Paperback – August 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297869051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297869054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Hairy Bikers, self-proclaimed food lovers, decided it was time to cut back on some of the calories and adopt a healthier lifestyle, without sacrificing flavour. This book is packed with delicious recipes that are for "real people, not skinny minnies" - including hearty family meals and baked treats EASY FOOD Bikers ought to be hirsute, cider-loving and tubby. But in their latest book of recipes Si King and Dave Myers have shed the pounds and immediately reaped the benefit in sales. The moral being that you don't have to lose flavour along with the hefty calorie content BELFAST TELEGRAPH The last people you thought you'd see hosting their own dieting show, but the Hairy Bikers did it in style and proved that losing weight doesn't have to involve lettuce leaves and rabbit food! One of our faves from the slimmed-down duo is the scrummy Spanish-style bake GOOD TO KNOW RECIPES Healthy food doesn't have to be boring, as The Hairy Bikers - now Hairy Dieters! - prove with these mouthwatering low-fat dishes WOMAN'S OWN Dave and Si have lost nearly six stone between them and they've devised lower-calorie versions of usually calorific favourites... keeping all the flavour in tact. Try it - you'll like it. REVEAL The food's good, the advice sensible RADIO TIMES showcases the many mouthwatering, healthy recipes that have helped them drop the pounds... low-calorie delights as a bechamel-free lasagne that uses leeks instead of excess pasta and tandoori chicken with fat-free yoghurt DAILY EXPRESS low-calorie but equally tasty versions of some of their favourite recipes DAILY MAIL Hearty dishes that won't pile on the pounds BBC GOOD FOOD Si & Dave's recipes are SO much more delicious than the average diet dishes, it's no wonder they lost nearly 6st between them! WOMAN

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Si King and Dave Myers have become national treasures - big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food.

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Love this book, great recipes,very tasty and easy to do.
Norma Davies
Don't be put off by what might sometimes look like a very long list of ingredients, as you'll find most of them are herbs, spices etc.
AC
I have never wanted to try everything in a recipe book until now and each one I have cooked so far has been fantastic.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By AC on October 6, 2012
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This is the first time I have taken the trouble to review a book. But I really have to talk about this one, as this is a weight-loss guide that I finally feel I could follow. I have found that all the books I have ever read on losing weight (so, so many over so many years!)and the weight-loss clubs I have joined (tried them all) have been insufferably pious and patronising in tone and the recipes have been less than appetising, to put it mildly. They just make me want to rebel against the kind of 'religion' they are preaching, instead of inspiring me to lose weight. But Dave and Si I can respect! The book is well-written, doesn't patronise and the whole approach is sensible, honest and down-to-earth. The recipes themselves are fabulous. Every one is delicious and you don't have to be some kind of expert cook to follow them. In fact, you don't have to be on a diet to try these recipes. They are so good and easy to follow that they are good enough to use even if you're having people over for dinner. Don't be put off by what might sometimes look like a very long list of ingredients, as you'll find most of them are herbs, spices etc.

This food just doesn't feel or taste like the traditional, punitive 'diet' fare. Like most people, I have a very busy lifestyle and I am a competent rather than a good cook, but I do like to cook from scratch, especially at weekends, and freeze portions to be heated up when I get home from work. There are loads of recipes that lend themselves to this, plus many others that can be prepared very quickly, even if you don't get home until quite late in the evening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. J. Weston on December 21, 2012
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Great book. Recipes turn out exactly as they are in the book. Lovely food that really hits the mark. They are brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss D A Petherick on November 4, 2012
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Love love love these guys and the book is really easy to follow and the food is great , thanks boys and keep that weight off!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jel on September 24, 2012
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This book is more than i had hoped for! Very good food, very tasty. All recipes are easy to make and taste great? I never cooked so much from one book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spangle33 on January 10, 2014
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The two Hairy Bikers Dieters cookbooks have been fantastic. My son had some weight to loose at 262lbs, saw the HB Dieters TV show on DVD Jan 18th 2013 and has now lost 80lbs, down to 182lbs by Dec 1st 2013. He has loved the recipes in these books, we were so glad a second book came out. His favorites are the curries (Chicken Korma & Lamb Spinach), Lamb Hotpot, Beef in red wine Casserole, Beef Stroganoff, Lasagne, pizzas, Cornish pasty, enchiladas, Doner Kebabs, Orange & Ginger salmon, I could go on.....
He has averaged over 2lb loss a week, had various weeks off for vacations/trips (about 7wks) and enjoyed himself , not worried too much about diet and got straight back onto these recipes afterwards. I think the success is due to it being about really tasty portions and not too much lettuce! Lots of variety, this book is worn out but no-one has tired of the recipes. Many are quick to do, others a bit of chopping but we make a couple in one go and freeze individual portions, the casseroles, curries etc all work very well, then its done for a week. Bring on a third book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on July 12, 2013
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I don't diet - I'm a foodie that prefers cooking healthy meals. Every recipe I've tried in this book was amazing. I cook at least one meal from it every week. I have many cook books and this is one of my favorites. I even cook from it when entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cobus van aswegen on September 11, 2012
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We absolutely love the Hairy Dieters book. We are cooking from the book all the time there are brilliant meals for losing weight but also you dont feel like you are on a "diet". Would recommend the book strongly
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This is a book for those who enjoy food that they are prepared to spend time preparing and cooking and who also need to watch the calories involved.

The book opens with some sensible advice along these lines by the two authors who have lost weight but who have achieved this without sacrificing their enjoyment in cooking and eating. In effect it boils down to watching the calorie count and exercising reasonable portion control. As a method of reducing weight enjoyably this offers good and common-sense advice and guidance which is likely to be far more sustainable than many 'normal' diet plans.

The book is divided into obvious and easily accessed sections as follows: Breakfast and Brunch; One-Pan dishes; Grills and Roasts; Pies; Stews; vegetables and Salads; Fakeaways (Takeaways!); Pasta and Rice; Puddings and Cakes; Lunch Boxes and Snacks followed by Menus for the First Week and finally, the Index and acknowledgements.

Numerous other reviewers have warmed to this book and there are considerable detailed thoughts about the book, but there is one unifying thread running through the vast majority. That is that the book delivers on all its stated aims and that the resultant meals are uniformly both tasty and enjoyable and are suitable for a wide range of occasions. Such is the scope of the book that it could easily be the only recipe book that many will feel the need to use.

This book is easy to follow and will deliver excellent results if that is done. However it has been written by two excellent cooks who love cooking. These are not quick meals to prepare and nor are they offering any sort of quick fix to weight control.
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