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207 of 212 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2011
I am a little bit obsessed with this book. My fiance keeps laughing at me for constantly having it by my side.

Let me preface by saying that I have a bad habit of cookbook impulse buying. I have a stack of them on my kitchen counter; I'd say the majority of them I've made literally nothing from. The others, I've made maybe two things from. What I end up finding out in these cookbooks is that the recipes are unhealthy, or have ingredients I wouldn't normally have around, or involve a crazy time-consuming technique or gadget that I don't have. And trust me when I say I am an avid cook- I'm just also a budget-conscious one who doesn't have a Food Network kitchen.

Why is this important? Because I took special care to research this book so that it would not become another cookbook statistic in my life. But this book is ... well, it's magical.

I tried WW for the first time earlier this year, and I tried to do it all on my own. I was constantly tracking, measuring, counting ingredients, building recipes, etc. It was exhausting. I got discouraged. And the minute grad school started heating back up, there was just no way I had time for it. If only I had known this book existed...

All the guesswork is gone. There are full breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides, meat, vegetarian, desserts, slow-cooker recipes, breads. You name it- and they're all Points Plus calculated, so as long as you follow the directions (which are simple), you don't have to sit there and count and calculate.

I am a foodie. My fiance is an aspiring foodie. Our favorite thing about this cookbook is that we would happily eat these recipes whether we were on WW or not. They are fantastic! The other night we had the chicken fajitas, and for only six points, we were STUFFED. Tonight I'm making burgers and sweet potato wedges with chipotle mayo. Does that sound like diet food to you?

I read a lot of the reviews before I bought this book, and quite honestly I don't understand the negative ones at all. People said "It's a glorified folder with tabs." - This is ridiculous. It's a hardcover binder, the tabs are already sectioned out for you with very clear Table of Contents at each section, and the quality is just fine. No one can complain that there isn't enough variety with over 500 recipes.

Here's the bottom line: if you're just starting out on Weight Watchers, and you're overwhelmed by creating recipes, counting points, and the constant tracking and measuring, LET THIS BOOK DO THE WORK. You won't regret it!
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125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
I got this for my wife as a Christmas gift and she really liked it for a few different reasons. For one, it has the updated program information in it and goes along those lines, so she liked that. It also is set up nice with good strong pages and sort of a spiral book set-up. One review I read called this book more of a folder, which I have to totally disagree. This thing is about 1.5 inches thick and is well made. I have no doubt this can survive a lot of cooking in the kitchen. I am not the one that does most of the cooking so I can't comment totally on some aspects, but it was well received and seems to be the right price. I think I paid around $15 on this site.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2011
A review from my wife: A must for individuals on the Weight Watcher's program. The first chapter is called New Basics and has everything from kitchen tools and techniques to salsas and sauces. The next fifteen sections overflow with the foods and flavors we love to eat, but they have been made healthier to assist in weight loss. You don't have to eat boring rabbit food or buy pills or powders to be successful with weight loss. Weight Watchers is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change for you and your family. Its not a temporary journey, its making changes over time for a lifetime. This cookbook with help on the journey.

I've been on the program over 3 months and relearning what a portion size really looks like,how to know if I'm really hungry, etc., and of course about nutrition. This book will not give you the program, you'll have to join for that, but I highly recommend Weight Watchers as a way to make the choice to make the change in your life for a healther you.
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144 of 156 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
First of all, I would not call it a "folder". I would call it a hardcover 5-ring binder. It comes with indexed tabs, already inserted in the correct places.

I have been cooking for years, but I am enjoying reading through the kitchen basics chapter. It gives great suggestions on what equipment you actually need to have. Also some really good sounding salad dressings, as I want to get rid of bottled dressings and the junk in them.

Overall, I will be working my way through this one. Lots of pictures and good sounding healthier foods.
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
This is actually a folder with loose leaf pages in it, rather than a book. But I was still really impressed at the size of the folder and the number of recipes included. All of the recipes have the new Points Plus values for them. Categories include Breakfast & Brunches, Starters & Light Meals, Salads, Soups, Beef Pork & Lamb, Poultry, Fish & Shellfish, vegetarian main dish, vegetable sides, grain & bean sides, slow-cooker classics, pizza calzones & sandwiches, yeast breads quick breads & muffins, cakes pies & more, fruit & frozen desserts puddings & sauces. It is 424 pages long & each page has 1-2 recipes on it!

The best thing was that it comes with a card for a FREE year subscription to weight watchers magazine or if you mail in the card by Dec 31st 2010 you can get a refund for $9.99! Makes this a really cheap addition to your recipe library!

Recommend as a gift too, great for anyone watching their weight or who just enjoys cooking!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2011
I'm not a great cook, but I'm trying to learn to fix healthier meals that tastes good and are good for you. This cookbook reminds me of the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook we got when we got married 38 years ago!! It's a big notebook like that, and lays out easily when you're using a recipe. It has colorful folders for easy access, and beautiful pictures!! Every Weight Watcher should have it in their kitchen!! It's bursting with lots of delicious information!! Great recipes, and lots of recourses and helps to make the recipes. It does not include the the Weight Watcher Points Plus Program itself, but it has all the official Points Plus values we use, for each recipe. There are recipes for every level of cooking you want to do...Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. I loooove it!!!!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
I have been following weight watchers for a while now but have hesitated on buying one of the cookbooks until now. So far I am glad I decided to pick this one up. I have made several of the recipes for my family and they have turned out great! They didn't even know they were eating "diet food." There are enough recipes (500) that you are bound to find something you like even if you are a picky eater. They are also easy to follow and don't take forever to prepare. The book is put together in a three ring binder and the pages are like magazine pages which aren't the sturdiest but they are of good quality. It is nicely organized and is overall a good book to add to any collection.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This is a great cookbook for those on the Weight Watchers program, and anyone else who likes to try new recipes. All of the Weight Watchers recipes I've tried are very, very good. Some are a little high in Points Plus values for the serving size you get, but if you plan your daily meals ahead of time, then some of the higher valued items definately would be worth making the recipe for a treat. There's a little of everything for everyone, whether you like meat, seafood, vegetarian, desserts or slow cooker recipes. The other great thing about this book is the binder-style design. If you want to copy a recipe, you don't have to rip it out, or bend the book wide open to get it to fit on a copy machine or scanner. And the price is way cheap for a cookbook with this many recipes. I would recommend it very highly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
We like the fact that you don't have to be on the official Weight Watchers program to reap rewards from this handsome user-friendly cookbook.Plenty of helpful tips to help the reader revamp their cooking style, kinds of food choices and what they keep in their refrigerators and pantry to enjoy a slimmer and trimmer body.

Helpful FYI tips after each recipe and the ring-binder format allows you to add pages with your own favorite healthy dishes. From duck and goat cheese quesadillas to smoky manhattan style clam chowder, dining healthy never sounded so sumptuous. Don't miss reading through the entire first chapter, chock full of sound advice on everything from food safety and measuring to food sources and handy equipment to keep at the ready.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
I bought this as a gift. The recipient has been very happy with it so far. It does contain the 'new points system' that Weight Watchers instituted in Dec(?)2010.
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