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The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Eve Adamson is a six-time New York Times bestselling author and award-winning freelance writer who has written or cowritten over sixty-five books.
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Yet this book is very different than my other cookbooks. I actually read it cover-to-cover the day I got it. It's not just recipes. If you are totally new at learning how to cook healthy dishes, you will feel as though you've just had a crash course. Better yet, if you attended culinary school I swear there is enough "teach an old dog new tricks" info in here to continue learning...at least there was for us. While I already knew things like using pumpkin or applesauce in place of fat in cakes (it makes a spice cake BETTER and MOISTER and pumpkin is high fiber, high water, low glycemic so it takes as many calories as are in pumpkin to digest it so it's an amazing fat replacement in baked goods), I learned scores of new things...I now stock my cupboard, for example, with oat flour. After using it in her cake recipe I was floored. I have also been trying to create a low calorie and low fat hummus (yet yummy) for ages with no tahini. She beat me to it. I also hate the taste of low fat or no fat sour cream and her greek yogurt and lemon juice trick in the recipes has changed my Southwest dishes for good. The substitutions really do change your mind and the book is just as much about teaching the reader a lifestyle more than handing them some recipes.
That said, I wasn't happy not to find nutritional information in the book. Granted, I get the reasoning behind it since I read Bethenny's first book (if you didn't, you'll also get a good overview of it in here) and her mindset against dieting but, instead, enjoying good healthy food in moderation...Read more ›
Celebrity author Bethenny Frankel takes a breezy, this-is-easy approach to healthful cooking and eating. She uses the ideas in her book Naturally Thin to create this combination cookbook and guilt-free eating guide. Sprinkled throughout the 60 recipes are baking tips, party guidelines and, best of all, extensive use-what-you-have variations that make preparing these dishes a breeze.
As an example of how Frankel makes cooking and eating hassle-free, she recommends buying hummus and salsa instead of making it, and buying bread instead of baking it yourself. Unless you love to make these foods, why bother? There are great versions in the store to purchase. Save your cooking and baking for dishes you can't buy.
If the book had photos, this would be a five-star review. Cookbooks really benefit from showing you the dishes they describe.
Here's the chapter list:
Introduction: What's the Skinnygirl Dish?
Part 1: The Skinny
1. How I cook and how to make it yours
2. Show me your kitchen and I'll show you mine
3. The Skinnygirl chef's essential kitchen rules
4. Use what you have: Core concepts
5. Learn from my kitchen blunders
6. Channeling your inner chef
Part 2: What to make: Recipes, Conversation and Inspiration
Skinnygirl drinks and cocktails
Skinnygirl desserts to die for
Part 3: Skinnygirl Special Features
Lightened-up holidays and special occasions
How to throw a Skinnygirl party
Top Chefs, Skinnygirl recipes
Every dish I've tried so far is outstanding! I'll be using this book for many years to come. Highly recommended!
I am an experienced cook who loves cookbooks, and my style of cooking has evolved to be much like Bethenny's. I love her approach to cooking, and even this experienced cook learned a few (very useful) things! I loved the desserts especially, and do wish there had been a few more.
I think it would be a great book for anyone who is afraid of cooking. She does a fantastic job, in an entertaining way, of taking the fear out of all of it, and explaining, in everyday simple ways, some techniques and tools to give confidence to anyone who hates to cook, or is just learning. She also doesn't use a bunch of hard to find ingredients, which frankly, was very nice. It's just not that kind of book. It's very practical and sensible, and I have enough cookbooks with exotic ingredients. This is more everyday cooking, simple but good (or great.)
The price is outstanding!
I read it cover-to-cover in two evenings, and really loved it. The end includes a couple of complicated recipes from chef-friends of hers, and frankly, that was a good way to end this book. It showed, quite clearly, why some people are too intimidated to cook.
The complicated ingredients, available in some big cities, but not in the boondocks, the many, many steps involved in each. Now, for someone like me, those recipes might sound like fun. For MANY, they illustrate the joy of simplicity Bethenny gave you in the previous 250 + pages. They really make you appreciate her previous recipes.
The paper and especially the light print of the recipes. Horrible!
No calorie or nutritional information. I know it fits with her philosophy, but to me, it's a problem.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whole thing is unfortunate. Awful recipes. How to be skinny if you have a really trashy, childish taste palate? Read morePublished 4 months ago by honesty
the print in this book is so light I can't read it without a magnifying glass, so gave up on it.Published 6 months ago by Jo May
I love Bethenny Frankel! How can you not?... Great recipes, simple, easy to make, a lot of choices, easy to follow and prepare. Delicious.
Great Buy ;)
The book arrived quickly. There are recipes and tips for lowering calories. the only reason i gave it a 4 instead of a five is because i would have liked to see more recipes and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Virginia
Tasty recipes from the queen of skinny, but why the
ultra-light typeface for the ingredients. Very difficult
to read without a magnifier.