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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
I hate cooking and I'm not afraid to admit it. But I knew that my wife and I had to change the way we eat to live a healthier lifestyle. This book has all the basic facts you need to know about healthy cooking. The recipes are very simple and they taste great. I was afraid that the recipes were going to taste bland and not have a whole lot of flavor but I was completely wrong. We have tried at least 6 recipes so far, and they have been fantastic. And on top of that, they are so easy to prepare. I highly recommend that you pair this book with the Bigger Leaner Stronger (male or female versions) that Mike also wrote. The books go hand in hand. You will see some information that is redundant, basic nutrition facts, between the two but that is fine. Its in case you have one book and not the other. But it is all useful in the end. Hands down this is the best cook that we have bought and actually look forward to continually using it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
I pre-ordered this book when I was browsing the fitness section here on amazon. I'm working on the comeback (post major injury and long term layoff) of my lifetime, comeback meaning I have been there before. Only this time I don't want to eat chicken breast and green beans 5 times a day, along with some egg whites, a couple whole eggs, more greens, an over cooked piece of fish, and a few shakes. When I was younger, and didn't have a family, that was fine. It worked, painful and boring as it was...this time I want to add some creativity to my meal plan, along with bringing my wife and kids along for the ride health wise.

My kids race BMX, and kids are kids when it comes to what they want to eat...its a constant battle as a parent to convince, or trick them into eating healthy a good part of the time. I know what they eat now, though they are not over weight thanks to their high activity rate, still has an impact on their development, and will impact their health later in life. I can honestly say this book will help me improve their diet, and in turn impact their lives greatly in the long run.

I've had this book for a couple weeks now, and its showing age already around the edges and the pages are being marked 'like' and 'try'. That is a sign of a home run in my house. As the owner of 76 fitness related books, starting with the original "Pumping Iron" I've held and read a few fitness/training books over the years... I now own three books written by Mike. This one, Bigger Leaner Stronger (highly recommended as well as this one for you guys) and I just bought my wife, for Valentines Day, "Thinner Leaner Stronger" (another great book by Mike, for you ladies)...I can honestly say Mike's written work is easy to read..and his basic, and yet so functionally to the point approach to fitness and diet is something you really need to check out for yourself.

This cook book is a must have if you're tired of that boring cutting, or clean bulking diet (the book contains both approaches)...it's a must have if you have a family and you want to really know what your feeding your kids, esp if they are young athletes (this book has no direct info on young athletes, that is just my opinion, but it is a healthy cookbook, ya know you can apply the method)...it's a must have if you are just starting out fitness wise and need some solid guidance on calorie contents and macros, along with an awesome amount of variety...it's a must have if you're making a midlife comeback like myself, and shiver when you think of eating chicken breast like you once punished yourself with long term.

The book also contains a lot, hang on I'll count em being I got up to count the other books on my shelves...61 full color photos the way I counted em (ie some area a two page spread I counted as one)...has a great introductory section on the basics of what macros are etc...and has a few really cool bonuses in the back.

I'm telling you, in all honesty, this book is a home run...and an outright bargain for the info, and inspiration it contains. I'd go into the recipes but you should be surprised like I was...key lime pie, man key west is my wife and I's favorite place in the world...and Mike's take on the pie isn't your typical protein pie...kicked up tuna sandwiches (drop that can brother, well now its fancy pouches but ya know what I mean, back in the day we choked down can after can, you can eat tuna in style with this book)...Aussie chicken...man, I'll stop there, gotta leave some adventure for the new buyer, and there's plenty of it in this book.

Do yourself a favor, you deserve it...you deserve a change for the better my friend. Buy this book...and begin enjoying your 'diet' like you never have before.

(added a couple hrs later) This review was written by Dianne's Husband, Dennis
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
Food is hard. I just want to put things in my belly. I dont want to worry about complex crap. Give me a simple list, simple instructions, and something I dont have to worry about undercooking killing me.

I'll put that in my belly. This has put many things in my belly. I like.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2012
These recipes are fantastic because they are simple. Simple ingredients that can be found in any food store and simple to make. I was never a pork lover and never was informed about pork's potential in a healthy diet until I read this book. I love the salad dressings that you can make and its so much more healthy than store bought kinds. Bottom line....if your looking to add some variety to your diet with a healthy twist, I recommend this book. I hope this author comes out with future books with more recipes.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
This book is a steal, for just shy of $5 you get a book full of over 110 recipes designed to help you meet your goals, get ripped or get big.

The book starts off with a short and sweet but effective rehash of some basic tenets of healthy eating and nutrition. The author provides you with some great baseline nutrition goals to meet based on your desired outcome. Don't skip this section! There's a lot of good info here so take a look before you get started.

Each section of the book is split between heavier meals (more calories,protein, and carbs) to help you gain muscle mass and lighter meals (less of the aforementioned items) to help you keep your calorie intake low if you are working towards weight loss goals. Each recipe is preceded by a breakdown of calories, protein, carbs, and fat so that you can get an idea of what your daily intake is going to look like if you're someone like me who plans their meals out in advance.

Along with providing recipes for all major meals, there are also sections which cover salads, protein shakes/bars, and desserts. The protein bar and shake sections were of particular interest to me due to the fact that in their manufactured form both are kind of pricey and don't really taste all that great to me. Having these recipes to turn to as an alternative is a great way to supplement your protein intake during the day without breaking the bank.

All in all this is a great book and when purchased as a Kindle version is worth far more than the price you'll pay for it. This has become a mainstay for me in order to help keep my weight in control as well as maintain and build lean muscle mass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
Love this book!! I was looking for a cook book one day and stumble on this. It has been the best stumble ever. This is not just any cook book, this book can change your life. After reading it, I looked to see if Mike had other books out and found a bunch more so I bought them all. LOL!! Thank you Mike. Your information provided has been the push that I needed...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
I purchased this for my college-age son in the hopes that it would inspire him to use more care in his eating. Haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but the great thing about the books is that every recipe comes with a full color picture, and there are a number of recipes that look pretty tasty. Protein powder is used as an ingredient, so make sure to have some on hand if you're ordering this book. One recipe that I have high hopes for is the Orange Julius. It's simple enough to make in a college dorm room and, for a sweet-lover, looks pretty inviting. It should also be noted that sugar alternatives, such as stevia, are used for sweetening (honey and apple sauce are also among ingredients). The recipe for key lime pie uses fat-free frozen whipped topping, but for more of a purist approach, you could mix 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream with a sugar alternative along with 2 tsp of vanilla, whipped together until stiff peaks are formed. This comes out to 1/4 cup of whipped cream per serving and adds 66 calories to the total calorie count (the original recipe states 317 calories per serving). Of course, many people eat key lime pie without the whipped topping, still tastes great. Anyway, looks like a good book, and hopefully it will be the inspiration my college kid needs to shed that freshman 15.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
I bought this book along with the Men's Health Muscle Chow because it was shown as a recommendation when I added that book to my cart. The recipes here are good but many are 100% completely verbatim stolen out of the Muscle Chow book...I don't own many cookbooks so I can only imagine that there are more stolen recipes here I just don't know what book they are from. As an example on page 31 the "French Muscle Toast" recipe is directly copied from page 42 of Muscle Chow where it is named "Muscle Toast." Michael Matthews even went so far as to copy the words "I like to let it sit for 30 seconds or so"-no Michael Gregg Avedon likes to let it sit for 30 seconds and you just copied his words! Another example is the "Chocolate Almond Mocha Shake" on page 247 this is exactly copied from page 198 of Muscle Chow where it is called "Chocolate Almond Mocha Blast." Muscle Chow was published in 2007, Shredded Chef came out in 2012 so it is obvious who plagiarised. There are multiple other recipes here that are exactly copied out of Muscle Chow that i've noticed just from glancing through. I don't understand copyright laws on cookbooks but I feel like the author should have at least given a reference or credit to Muscle Chow. My recommendation is that if you are looking for a cookbook buy Muscle Chow since it is much more in depth and I found better recipes there. I'll give The Shredded Chef 2 stars because I got some recipes out of here but really I bought it for original recipes to add to my diet not a compilation of other cookbooks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
great recipes, a lot of which are very easy to make. but they also taste great. a lot of the recipes can be made in bulk so it makes it that much easier to cook once or twice a week, leading to more planned meals for days at a time. I found a lot of the recipes simple and you really only need a few pots and pans and a blender to make most of it. There are recipes for when you're bulking and when you're cutting too. The protein bars i make now taste better than money can buy. Definitely recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2014
I have learned a lot about training and nutrition and started applying your recommendations this week. I have been training with weights for over 20 years on and off, and I know realized the many things I was doing wrong on my routine. But the most impact has come from the nutrition side. Even after working with a local nutritionist for almost two years (and to be honest with good results in terms of reducing my fat % and increasing my muscle tone and muscle %), I was getting it all wrong specially on the carbs and fats side. I was able to quickly reduce my fat % but once I decided to bulk-up, it was simply impossible for me to gain over 5 pounds. Why? On the nutrition side I was not getting enough carbs and also fats (but to a lesser extent). On top of that, my training was not helping because of my use of lighter weights (more reps!) and too much cardio (I like running). Now I know I hopefully will see some results relatively soon (weight is already going up)
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