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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956705
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

“The only food I really look forward to eating is Suzanne’s.”—Barry Manilow
 

“Suzanne can take a person who’s had a lifetime of junk food and
  processed food (um, like me) and cook a meal so delicious,
  you’ll just say, ‘Thank you and more, please.’”—Kathy Griffin
 
“More than any three-star restaurant in the world, an invitation for
 dinner in Suzanne’s kitchen is an epicurean feast.”—Paul Bruggemans, owner of Le Vallauris Restaurant, Palm Springs
 
“If Suzanne Somers wasn’t a brilliantly talented actress, she would’ve
 been a brilliantly talented gourmet chef. Having the privilege of
 dining at her table is a gastronomic feast I will long remember.”—Fran Drescher, actress, health advocate, hungry Jew
 
“You’d expect dinner with a famous health and fitness guru to taste like a
 porridge of tofu and library paste! But this lady can turn out a meal that will
 thrill your palate and be good to your body.”—Dick Van Dyke
 
“Suzanne is a master chef and her cooking exceeds that of the finest
 restaurant in Los Angeles. Extraordinary.”—Arnold Kopelson, Academy Award-winning producer

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

INTRODUCTION

I love food. I have always loved food. I started cooking for my family as a young girl. I loved baking cakes. By the time I was nine, I was making beef stroganoff for the family. It was one of the few places where I had self-confidence. I was good at cooking. I received positive feedback from feeding the people I loved. That love of food almost led me to another career. After several failed TV pilots in my twenties, I had decided to give up acting. I was going to do what I knew best: cook! Life, however, doesn’t always go as planned, and a little show called Three’s Company got in the way of my cooking career. But it didn’t stop my passion for food!

The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible marks my twenty-first book. You, my faithful readers, have been requesting this book for years. Many of you own some or all of my Somersize series of books with hundreds of recipes in different bindings, and you have been asking for one master book with all of them. HERE IT IS! I have taken the best of the best, revised, updated, organized, and categorized all of them to work with my amazing weight loss plan, Sexy Forever. This plan is very similar to Somersize, but with some great updates based on current science and newer discoveries related to losing weight and staying healthy.

My personal journey with weight and food began with a twiggy little body. I was one of those lucky people genetically hard-wired to be thin. Skinny. Ate whatever I wanted and didn’t gain weight. Then I hit my forties, and what I didn’t yet realize: the beginning of perimenopause. What were those handles on my hips? Why couldn’t I hold in my stomach? And when I was trying to lose weight for the camera, why weren’t the pounds flying off as they had in the past?

It wasn’t until the early ’90s that I discovered a weight loss program that allowed me to take off those nasty 15 pounds that had crept on in my forties, but without giving up the foods I loved. As a cook, it was a revelation to be able to lose weight and continue to eat incredible food--which has always been a huge part of the joy I find in each day. When you find a problem solver--especially something that can help others--I believe it is your duty to share it. This is how I became involved with weight loss and cookbooks.

The first of these books was published in 1996: Eat Great, Lose Weight. The message resonated with food lovers around the country. It was a New York Times bestseller. Not only were readers losing weight but, because of the recipes included in the book, they were learning to cook--and many told me they were eating the best food of their lives!

From there, “Somersize” took on a life of its own. Over the next fifteen years, I put out nine books on the subject, with more than 700 recipes. Plus, I developed numerous weight loss products, starting with a sweetener I could feel good about putting into my body: All Natural SomerSweet. With these recipes, millions have lost weight while cooking up a storm. And with each book, I updated the science, evolved the program, and added more delicious recipes.

My most recent book on health and weight loss, Sexy Forever, took the original Somersize premise, expanded it, and made it even more current by exploring the hidden obstacles to losing weight, including hormonal changes, gut health issues, and hidden food allergies. And I created an online version of the book at SexyForever.com so you can have the support you need on a daily basis. Only one thing was missing--updating the Somersize recipes to fit the revised program.

What you will notice is that none of these recipes reads like a “diet” recipe--because they aren’t! Each dish starts with real food. The selection of your ingredients is the most important part of any recipe. You will see in the following pages some of my favorite spots to get real food as close to its original source as possible. I love to support local farms, farmers’ markets, the neighborhood seafood market, and more. The vendors are so proud of their food, and I feel great about putting these clean, organic (whenever possible) ingredients into my recipes. And what a difference it makes in the taste! Many of the recipes are very simple because a perfectly grown tomato with olive oil and sea salt doesn’t need anything else. Others require a little more time to create something special. You’ll find everything you need for any given day, divided into these categories.



Breakfasts Soups Salads Appetizers, Sandwiches, and Sides Dressings, Sauces, and Pesto Vegetables Rice, Beans, Pasta, and Grains Poultry Fish and Seafood Beef, Pork, and Lamb Desserts



Those of you following the Sexy Forever Weight Loss Plan will recognize the titles under each recipe that identify the Sexy Forever Food Groups, such as Proteins, Healthy Fats, Vegetables, Carbohydrates, and Fruit. These groups are clearly explained in Sexy Forever, where you learn how to eat these foods in combinations that maximize health and weight loss. In addition, the recipes identify the phases or levels of the program, from Detox (when you are just getting started) to Level 1 (weight loss) to Level 2 (maintenance). Again, for those on the program, these indicators will help you use the recipes as part of your weight loss plan.

For those of you not following the plan, open the book and dive in to some spectacular food! No weight loss plan is needed to enjoy the wonderful creations within. Additionally, The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible is not only organized with all your favorites, it also includes a coding system so you can easily identify any food to which you are allergic, any foods for which you may have an intolerance, or any foods you simply don’t care to eat. Look for the following icons in the recipes.



gf(Gluten Free)  It is now estimated that a shocking 43 percent of the population is gluten intolerant. That spectrum varies from people who are somewhat intolerant, meaning they can eat gluten only on rare occasions, all the way to those who suffer from celiac disease, the most severe form. Celiacs must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives or risk permanently damaging their intestinal lining. There is much more information on this subject in Sexy Forever, but the problem is so broad I felt it necessary to code the recipes here so you can enjoy incredible foods while avoiding obvious or hidden gluten. Of course, any of the recipes made with whole-grain flours may be made with a gluten-free flour of your choice. (Note: For the program, gluten-free flour is an Insulin Trigger, since it’s normally made with some combination of flours from rice, corn, tapioca, etc.) I find when I cook with gluten-free flour, I need a little less (maybe 10 percent less) than regular flour. Feel free to experiment.

df (Dairy Free) For those who cannot have dairy, I have also called out hundreds of dairy-free options. Note: I do not include butter as dairy, since the milk proteins are separated out and most people can tolerate butter, even if they cannot tolerate milk. Again, adjust the recipes to your own needs.

ef (Egg Free) Since I have a severe allergy to eggs (oh, how I miss my eggs!), I have included an icon for this food. In baking, I have experimented with replacing eggs with applesauce, but I think my best results have been with milled flaxseed and water. (See details in the “Desserts” chapter.) When you combine them, it creates a gelatinous consistency; this mix works pretty well for cakes. Again, experiment and let’s all share our best results!

v (Vegetarian) and vg (Vegan) For my numerous vegetarian friends and followers, again, there is a wide spectrum of people, some of whom eat fish and chicken and others who are much more strict about consuming animal proteins. I have identified vegetarian (no seafood, poultry, meat) and vegan options, and you will have no problem finding plenty of satisfying selections and making your own substitutions to fit your preferred lifestyle.



Throughout my life, I have tried to share my philosophy that being healthy doesn’t have to feel like work. I don’t diet. I don’t slave away in a gym. I do make excellent food choices. Clean, tasty, real foods do not come processed in boxes or bags. They come from the earth, the sea, the field, or the farm. Choose these real foods whenever possible. When I don’t or can’t, I try to make up for it with supplements or by eating really well after the fact. I try not to deprive myself too much and not to indulge too much. It’s a daily choice, and I know my life depends on it.

Food is thrilling. It’s to be enjoyed, respected, and savored slowly. With more than four hundred recipes in this comprehensive recipe bible, you can take a journey through tastes from around the globe, from the simple and sublime to the bold and spicy. And your grateful body will thank you for choosing this high-quality, delicious food by rewarding you with a trim figure and extended longevity. Making this choice is the best recipe of all to keep you SEXY FOREVER! Enjoy.



SF (SUGAR FREE)

Why is there no icon within the recipes to indicate sf (Sugar Free)?

Eliminating sugar and foods that are accepted by the body as sugar is a cornerstone of my Sexy Forever Weight Loss Plan. Why then, some have asked, have I not included a code to indicate recipes that don’t contain sugar? Since I don’t use sugar in any of my recipes, there is no reason to indicate the recipes that don’t include it! You can be certain that you will not find this ingredient anywhere in this book (unless you prefer to use it in place of the natural sweeteners I recommend). Just because I do not use sugar does not mean you have to give up sweet tastes. I use other sources for sweetening, and frankly, I don’t even notice the difference between refined sugar and the natural sweeteners I choose.

My sweeteners of choice include organ...

More About the Author

Suzanne Somers is the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Keeping Secrets, five Somersize titles, and The Sexy Years. The former star of the hit television programs Three's Company and Step by Step, Suzanne is one of the most trusted and respected brand names in the world, representing cosmetics and skin care products, apparel, jewelry, a computerized facial fitness system, fitness products, and an extensive food line. Suzanne received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from National University and is a highly sought-after commencement speaker. For more information, go to her website SuzanneSomers.com.

Customer Reviews

Reading this book, page by page.
Loreti65
Also, while Suzanne is beautiful to look at and lovely to behold I would prefer pictures of the recipes...not the author.
M
Great book with easy to follow instructions for great recipes.
grandma

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By LunaRae W on March 1, 2012
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The food has been fabulous so far. Most of it even easy to make despite its exotic title... like the Moroccan Chicken recipe. I kid people that dinner took a month to make. That's because she gives instructions for making your own preserved lemon rinds which are used in the Moroccan Chicken recipe. Don't let that scare you. The rinds were extremely easy to do. 3 ingredients , one of them being water and then let it set for 30 days. Once that's done on you go with the chicken and its a cinch too.

Pages are sturdy. Cover durable despite being a paperback. You can wipe it of with slightly damp rag in other words should anything you're preparing happen to land on the cover.

So what's my but? Its got a few photos. And of the few its got a few are of some of the recipes. Most of the few photos are of Suzanne. Suzanne in a strawberry patch. Suzanne feeding chickens. Suzanne picking fruit from a tree. Suzanne having breakfast in bed with hubby. Suzanne visiting the Malibu Olive Company. 3 photos of Suzanne hanging out with some local fisherman and live crabs. Suzanne enjoying a drink and bonding with a horse and harvesting zucchini from a garden and...so on.....

It's a recipe bible. Not a Suzanne Somers bible. I don't mind photos of Suzanne. But, I really think a recipe bible should have included more pictures of the recipes than the author or at least equal shots of both. I love to see pictures of what I'm going to make. But its not necessary. But since this book did have some photos included, I'm just saying more of the food would have been better.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By danielle1234 on January 17, 2012
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I have purchased every single book Suzanne has published since her book on poetry (way back when). I have purchased multiple copies of all her cookbooks, given them as gifts etc. I normally find the books really well designed, made and organized. Normally, there are photos of the actual recipes along with some fill photos of Suzanne. In this book, I found one or two small photos which actually featured the recipes. The book does not explain Somersizing or Suzanne's weight loss plan. It is simply a stack of recipes printed out and bounded together. I am really disappointed in the content, along with the design of the book. The book itself contains good recipes, but some of them I have seen before in her previous books. I am keeping it, but would not give this as a gift . . .
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By kristi on December 30, 2011
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i know susan has questionable credibility but she CAN cook. her recipes are delectable. i was hoping she would come out with a new recipe book and i'm pleased to see an anthology of her recipes from all her cookbooks. i highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By victorian on March 9, 2012
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I purchased this book over 2 months ago after reading sexy forever, I have been on many diets before paying out alot of money. This so far has worked for me. giving up foods is not the answer for me. Learning to eat correctly is. My cravings are gone! the food is great and easy to prepare. I do not like frozen, box or bag food. I do like to cook. the recipees donot take long to make and they taste good. They leave you satisfied. I have lost 20pds with out even trying since xmas 2011. this book is a keeper!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Newman on February 16, 2012
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I consider myself as competent a chef as Ms. Somers, but I'm not a recipe user.I make an exception with this book, because it helps to lose all the weight I want to while eating (her) fantastic food.
Before Suzanne Somers, I never thought of making zuchini noodles or cauliflower mashed potatoes or egg crepe linguini. This book makes it possible to easily find her recipes, and it is also possible to find corollary recipes, which might have been only in different books. About 400 recipes have been compiled from all her books and these are among the best.
The only improvement I can think of is making the pages out of hard plastic, to keep the pages clean in the kitchen !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather on October 27, 2012
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I have all the cookbooks and have loved them. I did not care for the layout on this book (and I already had the majority of the recipes in the other books). I also didn't like that the credit she gave to other people in even naming them after people (like Shanti's curry, if I'm remembering correctly) had those credits/names taken off of this version. A large part of my enjoyment of the other books was Suzanne's personality shining through, and there was none of that here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TexasTrainer on December 23, 2012
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Have been eating this way for 20 years and have asked for a "compilation" book for a long time, nice to have so many in one book. Could use some new recipes tho, especially to replace the food items she used to produce commercially like ranch dressing, the sea salts and chipotle bbq sauce
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mcvega on August 11, 2012
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I love this book. It has some great recipes and lets you know if it is good for "detox, level 1, or level 2". The recipes are pretty easy although there are some that are a little involved.
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