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The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less Paperback – April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 3.2.1999 edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452276969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452276963
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

The authors' McDougall Program has been the basis for half a dozen other cookbooks, a weekly television show, and a line of McDougall's "Right Foods" sold nationwide. The program is basically a diet extremely low in fat and high in starch, and this latest book offers quick recipes for converts (although preparation time is 15 minutes or less, cooking times are often longer). While cutting back on fat is probably a good idea for most Americans, the McDougalls at times seem to verge on fanaticism as they discuss "disgusting, damaging fats and oils" and describe how manufacturers "use unfamiliar names to disguise harmful ingredients" so that "fats and oils are hidden" (they don't mention that those same ingredients labels also give fat and saturated fat percentages). And it seems strange that there are no nutrition analyses of their own recipes. Buy for demand.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

The husband-and-wife McDougall team runs a California clinic specializing in weight loss through pursuit of an ultra low-fat, meat-free diet. Their newest cookbook encourages people to follow their regimen by providing recipes that readers can prepare in 15 minutes or less. Most of these recipes use commonly available ingredients. Even the occasional call for a specialized item, such as silken tofu, no longer presents a problem, since the new nutrition movement has made soy products ubiquitous. Since these recipes eliminate all animal products, vegans will find the book useful, too. An appendix lists commercially processed foods that meet the McDougalls' nutritional standards. Although the authors hold up their diet as a virtual panacea against modern Western civilization's diseases, they do not offer nutritional analyses of the individual recipes, which makes the book much less useful for those with diabetic or other illnesses. Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

John McDougall, MD, is a medical maverick who challenges medical and pharmaceutical businesses when they prioritize profits over patients. For the past 30 years he has countered mainstream misinformation with the fad-free truth and nutrition and your health.

Dr. McDougall, along with his wife Mary, offers his life-changing approach through national-bestselling books, DVDs, semniars, and the McDougall Live-In Programs in Santa Rosa, CA.

Other books include The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart, The McDougall Plan: 12 Days to Dynamic Health, and The McDougall Program for Women.

Customer Reviews

These recipes are quick and easy...and delicious!
Debra L. Ceselski
Thank you McDougalls for helping to change my life for the better!
S_Creed
This is a great addition to anyone's cookbook collection.
Troy Barnett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

139 of 142 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is definitely their best recipe collection for supporting the McDougall program. It is also one of the few ALL VEGAN cookbooks out there so vegans who aren't into following the program will still appreciate the effort.
The recipes were not hard to make and did not use any strange ingredients. They are pretty basic and should appeal to the average palate and the most basic of cooks. The goal with this book was not gourmet cookery, but simple, fast, effective, and relatively tasty food. I think that overall they achieved that goal and the time estimates for how long a recipe will take are pretty much accurate.
The recipes are set up with lots of room to write your own adjustments in the margins, the illustrations are pleasant but low-key so as not to overpower the text. It is a nice size and lays flat, important to me with a cookbook! Small tidbit articles pepper the book for fun info, but those do not overshadow the recipes. Afterall, a cookbook is about the recipes, not anything else!
The recipes are divided up into useful categories like "main dishes" or "bean dishes" so they are not hard to find. Often the other McDougall books seem to lean too much to southwest or tex-mex type recipes which can put anyone who is NOT a tex-mex lover off. This book has a better balance between different kinds of recipes -- italian, asian, mexican etc. MUCH better! But do look at the other cookbooks for more recipes or if you are a tex-mex fan.
More advanced vegan cooks might want to skip it, since it is truly basic stuff, but it may not hurt to peek at it anyway.
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147 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Troy Barnett on January 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I started changing my eating habits about 18 months ago. I quit eating meat, however, I was still eating fish. I added a lot of raw foods and then found [...] I started the McDougall way of eating and daily exercising 12/01/03. My blood pressure went down 40 points on the second day. I have also lost 23 pounds. The Quick & Easy cookbook is wonderful. Every recipe that I have tried has been good. I brought it with me on my vacation in Maui. My daughter and her family here are Vegans. They are going to order the cookbook because they also love the recipes. This is a great addition to anyone's cookbook collection.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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I'm always looking for fast, easy, and nutritious meals to make after work, and this cookbook fills that need. While I don't always follow a diet as strict as the McDougall's, the recipes make it so simple there's almost no excuse! The recipes also lend themselves to the addition of meat, for my non-vegetarian husband.
I highly recommend this book. I think it would be an excellent cookbook for a new vegetarian, since the recipes are so simple and nutritionally balanced.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
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This was the first Mcdougall book I bought. The recipies take only 15 minutes or less to prepare and the taste amazing. If you buy only one Mcdougall book it should be this one. The ingredients are also very easy to find, unlike other vegetarian cookbooks that have you buying things only from natural foodstores. I ended up losing 40 pounds in 4 months by using this book and Dr. Mcdougall's other ones.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Lue Feathers on October 21, 2000
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Like most recipe books, one has to weed thru many recipes to find dishes that appeal to the whole family. This one is no exception. However, I did find MANY recipes in here that my WHOLE FAMILY will eat AND enjoy, including the kids. This is not a "diet" book to use temporarily, but rather a help to change the way you eat forever book. The recipes really do prepare in quick time. Fast minestrone is so easy that my husband will make it and that's pretty close to a miracle in itself.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Honey Cricket on October 17, 2005
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I have been on a vegan diet for three months, using the recipes from this book for about 70% of my meals. The other 30% of what I eat is McDougall-approved foods such as baked sweet potatoes, oil-free hash browns and salads. I love the recipes in this book. They truly are easy to make and very delicious. You can get the ingredients at any grocery store, but it might be best to try a health-food grocery store because it will be easier to find foods with fewer chemicals and preservatives.

Unfortunately, I did not lose any weight while following this plan. It was only when I started walking an hour or more a day that the pounds started slipping away. So... diet alone, at least this diet, was not effective for me.

Still, the recipes are very good. I feel healthier and more energetic eating this way.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Lloyd on August 7, 2005
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this cookbook has been like my bible since it arrived. i've been living on nothing but these recipes for 3 weeks now, it makes being vegan so easy! all the meals are easy and tasty! even my meat-eating family loves them!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By leonine on April 24, 2005
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I use this book every day. The recipes are really simple and tasty. Even my meat eater husband likes them! MUST BUY!
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