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This review is from: Cook Yourself Thin Faster: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too with Over 75 New Recipes You Can Make in a Flash! (Paperback)
According to the introduction, "Cook Yourself Thin" by Lifetime Television is not a diet manual, but a cook book aimed at providing delicious recipes that help you lose weight. The colorful book is divided into sections like Breakfast, Starters, Mains, Sides/Soups/Salads, and Dessert. Each recipe includes the serving size and nutrients information, along with the list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. About half of the recipes are accompanied by pictures.
Judging from the book's title, I was curious but initially prepared for standard veggie recipes and uninspiring meals that focused more on losing weight than wetting the appetite. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the majority of the recipes sounded exactly as promised--delicious. Examples of the recipes included were hot wings, pineapple mojito, strawberry shortcake, white pizza with roasted mushrooms, spaghetti surprise, BBQ salmon, new greek salad, mini blueberry muffins, cheese fries, chocolate volcano cake, violet smoothie, chicken cordon bleu, tiramisu, and many more.
I like the fact that most of the above food is definitely not something you would associate with dieting. As explained by the book, however, the key to losing weight wasn't depriving yourself of food, but adjusting the ingredients and controlling the amount you consume. The recipes themselves tend to stay on the short side. The less time-consuming ones have a lightning icon drawn next to them.
An added bonus is a special section at the end of the book, called "Menus," were recipes from the book along with their page numbers are organized into different categories like Girl's Night Out, Romantic Dinner for Two, Brunch, Game Night, Sunday Night Supper, Italian, Breakfast for Dinner, and etc. Overall, an impressive book.