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The Most Decadent Diet Ever!: The cookbook that reveals the secrets to cooking your favorites in a healthier way Paperback – April 22, 2008
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About the Author
DEVIN ALEXANDER is the author of Fast-Food Fix and The Biggest Loser Cookbook. In addition to Healthy Decadence and The Biggest Loser, she has appeared on Good Morning America, The View, and other television shows. She writes a monthly column for Women’s Health magazine, and lives in Los Angeles.
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Devin has shared her Devinly™ Decadent secrets as the host of Healthy Decadence on Discovery Health and Fit Tv from 2007-2011, as Host of "America's Chefs on Tour" on PBS and through frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Access Hollywood Live, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, The View, OMG Insider, Celebrity Fit Club, Discovery Health's National Body Challenge, FOX, CNN, HGTV, USA, Style Network and others as well as through over 500 magazine features including Prevention, Women's Health, Men's Health and Shape. She currently serves as Culinary Advisor to Men's Fitness Magazine and has served as Cooking Expert to Women's Health.
Devin is the author of eight cookbooks. Her first cookbook, Fast Food Fix (Rodale, 2006) was featured as an editor's top pick in USA Today and her follow-up The Biggest Loser Cookbook (Rodale, 2006), a companion to the hit NBC show, spent months on The New York Times Bestsellers List as did her The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook (Rodale, November 2008). Devin's The Most Decadent Diet Ever! (Broadway, 2008) revealed her secrets to living healthy without sacrificing the foods we all love and "I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening" (Broadway 2010) provides the answer for people who think they are too busy to cook. It sold out on QVC. Next she wrote The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook (Rodale, November 2010), The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook (Rodale, March 2011) and The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook (Rodale, 2011), which spent weeks on The New York Times Bestsellers List.
After 9 years as the Owner and Executive Chef of Café Renee Catering, Devin now travels the country lecturing and consulting for major U.S. food and cookware companies. She's on the Advisory Board of the American Culinary Federation's Chef Child Foundation and spent years as Larry King Foundation's Go-To-Chef to speak on "Obesity in America". Her Restaurant, Devinly Decadence™ is currently onboard Royal Caribbean's newest cruiseship Quantum of the Seas, and is coming to Anthem of the Seas April 2015 and Ovation of the Seas April 2016. She's currently working on her food line, Devinly Delites™.
When she's not in her kitchen or traveling, Devin can be found on the beach by her home, playing her new favorite sport, beach tennis. She's plans to obtain a world ranking.
Top Customer Reviews
A collection of 125 recipes, it is not meant to represent an entire diet. Instead, it's a cookbook of especially yummy dishes that just happen to be healthy, too. The recipes can be the foundation of a new way of eating, or serve as treats if you have already reached a healthy weight.
Author Devin Alexander makes it easy. Each recipe is either 100, 200, 300, 400 or 500 calories (within 10 calories), so it's easy to track your calories without a calculator. The dishes are, for the most part, healthy versions of your old favorite fattening ones. So, for example, instead of the typical 746-calorie, 38-grams-of-fat slice of chocolate cake, you can have a slice of Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Buttercream Frosting for 294 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Each recipe also includes how many grams it contains of carbohydrates, cholesterol, fat, saturated fat, fiber, protein and sodium. Most also have this data for the traditional recipe, so you can easily see what you're "missing."
As someone who has managed a 55-pound weight loss for 16 years, Alexander knows her stuff. At the beginning of the book, she gives you options: Do you want to count calories or not? The author details a simple diet plan either way (based on your gender, age and activity level), shows you how to put together a weekly meal plan, and covers the importance of exercise.
The book itself is beautifully produced, with glossy paper, lush color photos and color-coded text.
Here's the chapter list:
1. What you need to get started
3. Burgers, sandwiches and wraps
6. Starchy sides
7. Veggie sides
8. Savory snacks
9. Sweet snacks
The recipes are fairly simple, but there is actual cooking involved--no microwaving. I enjoy cooking, but am not a gourmet and this cook book is perfect for my ability level.
These recipes are also great for a family. My husband and daughter (age 4) enjoy the food and don't know that it's "light."
Some of the items are a little hard to find--you need access to a natural foods grocery store with a large selection, like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or a regular grocery store with a large selection of natural foods or specialty items. If you don't have that available in your area, this cookbook could be a little frustrating, as so many of those ingredients are used.
Also, be prepared to make an investment in your pantry if you plan to do a lot of cooking from this cook book. I have a fairly well-stocked kitchen and found myself needing to add several spices, sauces, and types of flour, which were a little on the expensive side.
On the whole, this is an outstanding cook book with great tasting food!
It's both or either, depending on what you are looking for. A diet to follow if you want one, or just great tasting recipes that are healthy if that is all your are looking for. If you missed that, well...go back and take another look. It is a CINCH though to use in tandem with Weight Watchers as the recipes tend to be 100,200,300, etc calories and nutritional information is included for easy figuring of point values.
Some recipes use sugar substitute, and she explains that the client the recipe was created for ASKED for that. MOST recipes use the real thing so do be aware if you are diabetic that the recipes are not sugar free. However, any cookbook that can create a chocolate cake with TONS of chocolate icing at only 250 calories for a HUGE piece of cake(and Not ONE speck of sugar substitute was used!) and satisfy this chocoholic's craving is a winner in my book!
My hubby is a Texan who thinks every meal needs to have real meat in it, preferably BEEF. But he also really needed to lose some weight. I have made most of the recipes in the book and so far, he has been happy with everything I'm made and even requests some recipes over and over. He's lost 40 pounds in 4 months and has meat every meal. Granted most are made with chicken, but beef is included 2-3 times a week so he can live with that. :) We recently went out to eat breakfast and I had to chuckle that my "I love deep fat fried food, the greasier the better" hubby commented that the eggs were greasy! It was the bacon I noticed, but we both had to laugh at how quickly we had learned to appreciate great food without all the grease!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I already made a few recipes and they are all so delicious you can't tell they are diet. I like it so much I just ordered another of her books. Read morePublished 13 days ago by A. Ebbert
Many of Devin's recipes, with the help of South Beach, helped me lose 65 lbs.! Her recipes do NOT sacrifice taste for healthy! Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. Denman
Luv this book. Great recipes so you don't have to starve off sweets while dieting.Published 11 months ago by happydays
super easy recipes, overall most were delicious, a bit time consuming to prepare. helped me lose over 125 pounds!great value.Published 20 months ago by jane