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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470876352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470876350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fishman, a contributor to Cooking Light magazine and coauthor of Cook Yourself Thin, advocates taking control of your health by learning to cook delicious food that also happens to be low in calories. Among her "10 commandments for your best body" are "never go hungry," "snack between meals," "fill half your plate with vegetables," "have breakfast and make it at least 250 calories," and "Enjoy what you eat. If you don't like it, don't put it in your mouth." The emphasis is certainly on eating, not dieting, though each recipe lists serving size and nutritional information. Breakfast options include crepes with sautéed apples and bread pudding with peaches and blueberries; there's a flourless chocolate cake, berry cobbler, and profiteroles for dessert. In between, there are your run-of-the-mill salads and soups (spinach, Caesar, beet; potato-leek, black bean, carrot-ginger); snacks (deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, hummus); pastas; vegetables; sides; and mains (quick chicken mole, shrimp scampi, classic roast beef, seared duck breast, pulled pork). While nothing is particularly groundbreaking, Fishman gets points for her emphasis on enjoying food and eating more in smaller portions, and her "skinny tips" accompanying most recipes are insightful. This is a good book for beginning cooks who want relatively healthy versions of classic dishes. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, March 2011)

From the Inside Flap

Forget starving yourself. Forget grapefruit diets,no-carb diets, and cabbage soup diets. A healthy body needs real food, and none of those fad diets work for very long anyway. Instead, what if you could stay trim without giving up the foods you love? What if you could lose weight and get in shape in your own kitchen while you eat delicious, real food?

In You Can Trust a Skinny Cook, Allison Fishman, a healthy cooking authority, shows you just how easy it is to stay slim and healthy without giving up the good things in life.

This is a cookbook about being healthy, happy, and looking your best—all while being able to eat the foods you love. It starts with preparing your own meals. Cooking for yourself is more than just a healthier and cheaper option than eating out; it's also a great way to stay active as you lift, stretch, reach, and move. You can fill your kitchen with flavorful, nutritious food, and when dinner's ready, you've already earned it.

Why give up what you love? You Can Trust a Skinny Cook shows you how to have fun and stay active,live life to the fullest, and eat all the foods you really love without guilt or fear. These recipes have nothing in common with tasteless rice cakes or watery cabbage soups. You'll find main dishes to die for like Sage-Roasted Turkey with Apples and Onions, sides that truly satisfy like Roasted Baby Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic, tasty breakfast treats like Banana- Blueberry Bread, and decadently delicious desserts like Flourless Chocolate Cake.

With "Kitchen Tips" that trim down your cooking time and "Skinny Tips" that cut out the calories without cutting out the flavor, You Can Trust a Skinny Cook makes eating healthy both simple and simply delicious. Living a full and happy life means being able to eat the foods you truly love, and there's no reason you can't do that and look your best. You can't deprive yourself and expect to be happy—so don't! Get cooking and get healthy at the same time with Allison Fishman.


More About the Author

Allison Fishman is a cooking teacher, food writer, and personal coach. She is the author of You Can Trust A Skinny Cook, and a contributor and the TV spokesperson for Cooking Light magazine. She was a co-host of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin and TLC's Home Made Simple. A passionate home cook, Allison has worked for Martha Stewart, Food Network, and Atkins as a food stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook editor. Her writing and recipes have appeared in Saveur, Fine Cooking, Glamour, Real Simple, and Everyday Food. Allison is the founder of The Wooden Spoon, a private cooking school designed to give modern food lovers the skills to prepare delicious meals at home, and a graduate of Cornell University and The Institute for Culinary Education. She has a Masters degree in Food Studies from New York University and recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to Montclair, New Jersey.


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Given that, this cookbook gave me confidence that I can cook something that's good AND healthy that my husband actually eats and asks for more.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Diane Hensley on April 17, 2011
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I have been a long-time fan of Allison Fishman's cooking! I first found her on Home Made Simple and have been following her and making her recipes ever since. She introduced me to fresh garlic, the micro-plane grater, and my beloved mini-chop -- I can't say thanks enough. I was thrilled to see she had a cookbook coming out and I bought it the first day. I sat down and read it cover to cover. Not only does it include the great, healthy recipes I expected, it includes tip after tip that are both educational and inspiring. The first dish I made was the Aspragus tangle with parmesan vinaigrette - an amazing twist on a trusted standard. Oh that Chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce -- do I need say more? Allison's three-cheese mac and cheese is the best ever and I couldn't believe the flavor of the skirt steak with chimichuri sauce. I look forward to making all of these fabulous recipes and applying the lessons learned! You Can Trust a Skinny Cook
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tim Harper on April 8, 2011
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I got one of the first copies of this cookbook, and it looks like something we're going to be using a lot. It's got a terrific mix of recipes -- for different types of meals, different seasons, different prep modes (sometimes you want to get 3-4 people together working in the kitchen, sometimes you need to pull it together quickly on your own)and different occasions, from a kitchen dinner for two to a dinner party. Ms. Fishman is a really good writer and communicator, and her love of food bounces off the page. Great book for writing in the margins or passing along as a gift.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on April 9, 2011
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Allison's approach to eating and cooking is exactly what we need right now. What I love best is You Can Trust a Skinny Cook encourages you to take control of the stove, your eating habits and use fresh ingredients without any lecture or preaching. That's a rare gift to find these days in a very cluttered world of opinionated foodies. Her message of eating real food is supported by well-written, approachable recipes and a funny neighbor-next door voice, sharing secrets to really great homecooking.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LV77 on May 1, 2011
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I have to say that this is by far my favorite cookbook. I have always loved to cook yet with school and work there is not much time left to cook and be creative while doing so. The recipes I have tried so far are delicious and easy to prepare. I look forward to trying them all in the future. WTG Allison for making meal preparations something to look forward to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debbi on May 1, 2011
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No matter what your skill is as a cook this cookbook will be a cornerstone in your kitchen. Allison is bright and colorful both in the recipes she presented and in the anecdotes she shares.
I do not ever remember having a cookbook that I read through cover to cover. This is a book to read. And then use it every day. I just finished eating a Sunrise muffin. I have pork tenderloin in the refrigerator for dinner today. Roasted broccoli, yum. The joy that Allison has for cooking is evident in every readable page. I am so glad to have new recipes to help me get healthy. Recipes that have foods that "my great-great grandmother would recognize". I have long protested fake and processed foods. Feeling that if you dont know what they are you people probably shouldn't eat them.
Thanks Allison.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ralph on April 28, 2011
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After reviewing Allison Fishman's new book, we ordered a half dozen copies for family and friends. It's a great gift to help others who want to cook yet stay healthy. The recipes look great, are not too complicated, and often include new ideas. Pictures are an added bonus. We unconditionally recommend "You Can Trust a Skinny Cook"!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CatchyCaterer on May 11, 2011
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Okay, so my family and I are EATING our way through this book - and all four of my kids are under 8 just to give you an idea of how good this food is. The marinated tomatoes, HOLY CRAP. Am dipping my grilled bread in them as I speak, she has just the right mix of twang and yum in the dressing. The apples, cheddar, honey-mustard vinaigrette deal, MOTHER OF GOD. Add all this incredible food to the hilarious snippets of hers in the descriptions and I'm laughing as I rub my stomach!! I am going out and buying 5 of these books for my five favorite women so they can enjoy as much as I am.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark M on April 19, 2011
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Two things come across the moment you go through this cookbook. First, it is the funniest cookbook you will ever read. Allison has a biting wit, and obviously loves food and cooking. Her enthusiasm and joy will motivate you! Second, she knows her stuff. The recipes in this cookbook are straight forward and delicious. The more complicated stuff is easily explained.
I have made two dishes from this book (and have only had it two weeks). The Chicken Diablo and the Potato Leek soup.....both were bright and delicious. Her recipes are not going to make you into a master chef, but after you read through the book you will walk away a better cook with a food and cooking philosophy that is both enjoyable, tasty, and workable for your daily life whether you are single, married, or a mom or dad.
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