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Good info for those new to calorie and nutrition consciousness (but no recipes)
on September 30, 2011
I went to Amazon to purchase the Now Eat This Diet cookbook after seeing one of the recipes on television. When I went to make this purchase, I saw this book (100 Quick Calorie Cuts) that was coming out in a few weeks that could be pre-ordered. So I did. I got the Now Eat This Diet book before this book and I liked the Diet Cookbook because it had some interesting recipes that utilize similar 'tricks' to cutting calories and increasing nutritional value that I already use. But it introduced me to a few more that I wouldn't have thought to employ (such as the use of beans in brownies and cookies).
This book (100 Quick Calorie Cuts) is for those who are new to calorie cutting tips/tricks and a diet plan. It's basically a compilation of food swaps, metabolism boosters and other calorie-saving ideas along with daily suggested meal plans and shopping lists. If you are someone who is already calorie/nutrition conscious, you have already either figured a lot of these things out on your own (especially if you're a natural cook), or you've read/seen them scattered in various places (like Yahoo articles or television news features).
I think this book would be really great for someone who is very new to nutrition/calorie reduction, but for anyone who is or has been practicing it already, this book is not for you.
The one thing that could have made me feel like I got something for my money is if there had've been recipes in the book. There are no recipes at all. After getting the book, I went back to Amazon and re-read the product details and it does not say anything about recipes, so that is my bad. However, right above the product detail are four or five photos of recipes that I recognize from his Now Eat This Diet book (the actual cookbook) and the heading states "Featured Recipes from Now Eat This! 100 Quick Calorie Cuts at Home/On-the-Go Meal Plans" which is deceptive and just not true.
My rating is just from my standpoint - as I said, if you're new to calorie/nutrition consciousness, this is a fabulous resource. If you're not, I would not waste my money. Get the Now Eat This Diet cookbook instead if you don't already have it.