Dr. Phil fans should be delighted with a book of more than 100 recipes that complement his best-selling Ultimate Weight Solution and pledge to "taste better and cost less" while avoiding refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, salt, and sugars. Though your taste buds might have to readjust a bit, Dr. Phil promises that you won't find "skimpy diet-type meals that taste like wallpaper paste," nor will you have to fix separate meals for non-dieting family members. If you need structure, his "rapid start" 14-day menu plan, averaging 1200 calories/day, will get you going. You'll find updates of familiar classics with Huevos Rancheros, BLT (using turkey bacon or meatless bacon and light mayo), No-Fry Chicken-Fried Steak, Southern Oven-Fried Chicken (Grape-Nuts and egg white batter), Mac and Cheese, Guacamole (with tofu), and Three Bean Chili. Or explore new tastes with Curried Tabbouleh, Moroccan Chicken, Halibut Baked in Packets, and Asian Tofu Stew. Desserts range from Poached Pears to Apricot Cheesecake (Chocolate lovers will find Mocha Fudge Pudding, but no chocolate cake.) Recipes include a nutritional analysis: calories, protein, carbohydrates, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber, sugars, and sodium. Most recipes seem heavy on meat and light on vegetables, however. --Joan Price
From Publishers Weekly
Dr. Phil, who once dispensed folksy tough love on the Oprah Winfrey Show, is now Americas favorite living diet guru, penning the bestselling The Ultimate Weight Solution and an accompanying food guide. With this companion cookbook, Dr. Phil expands the brand further, although the doctor, by his own admission, doesnt "do a whole lot of cooking." Instead, hes assembled a roster of "culinary and nutrition experts" to create his recipes, many of which are designed to mimic unhealthy favorites (shepherds pie, meatloaf, grasshopper pie), minus the salt, fat and sugar. Its a great idea, but it can involve a lot of chemicals: Banana Cream Pie uses crunchy banana cereal, light margarine spread, fat-free powdered dry milk and sugar-free, fat-free vanilla yogurt, among other ingredients, to create a lifeless dessert with a medicinal aftertaste. Enchiladas with Barbecued Greens ask for both liquid smoke and packaged low-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend, which may cause some readers to wonder: why not just make a salad? Dr. Phils recipes are much more appetizing when he keeps them simple. His Herbed Beef Tenderloin is faultless, and his soups are uniformly delicious. Dr. Phil also includes some worthy, commonsense advice: exercise, make time for breakfast and get that ice cream out of the kitchen. He also includes a 14-day diet plan, which is nutritionally and calorically excellent. Readers who skip the desserts (Vanilla-and-Orange Parfaits made with tofu; Pumpkin Custard made with sugar-free maple syrup and sugar substitute) may find the weight comes off even fasterand they wont be missing anything.
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