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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in this franchise!, January 5, 2010
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This review is from: Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide (Paperback)
There are a variety of books in this series ("Eat This, Not That" is the key term in several titles). This volume suggests cooking one dish rather than having something else less healthy for one.

One cool example. . . . Whip up a grilled chicken and pineapple sandwich. The recipe includes the ingredients needed and the steps needed to make this sandwich. The entry shows how much per serving this costs ($2.64) as well as calories (400), fat content (11 grams of fat, 6 of which are saturated), and 640 milligrams of salt. What not to eat? Outback's grilled chicken and Swiss sandwich--costing $7.95 and featuring 896 calories, 33 grams of fat (10 grams saturated), and 1,323 milligrams of sodium. The point is pretty inescapable: You can make something yourself that is less expensive and better nutritionally. Thus, one gets a recipe as well as data allowing the reader to compare cost and nutrition. The end result? Maybe a little more discriminating eater of foods. . . .

A second. . . . A homemade ham omelet, with a step-by-step recipe. $1.87 a serving, 330 calories, 20 grams of fat (9 of which are saturated), and 570 milligrams of salt. IHOP's ham and cheese omelette: $9.56, 990 calories. One would save 660 calories and $7.69 making it yourself!

Other cool features. Pages 256-257 focus on "The Wok Matrix" with "The Rules of the Wok." First, choose your protein; next, choose your vegetables; then, choose your sauce; finally, choose your garnish. A recipe lays out how you proceed, step-by-step, with a stir fry.

A clever volume that educates as it provides useful recipes and hints for cooking. Nice addition to the series!!
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2010 3:51:49 PM PST
Interesting recipes to be sure, Steven. Of course I'm not a cook but I hear everyone raving about these books. Nicely reviewed...you've piqued my interest.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 4:14:36 PM PST
Wow, cool book, Steve. I might get this one soon.

Good job!!!!

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 7:25:30 AM PST
Since I do the cooking I am always interested in different books. I will check itout. Nice review.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 5:19:00 AM PST
Karen Joan says:
What a helpful guide! Great job, Steven.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 12:30:02 PM PST
Paul Weiss says:
Sounds interesting, Steve. But I am definitely NO cook so this one just wouldn't do it for me.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 4:04:49 PM PST
Too much meat for us, I'm afraid. Steven, I'm beginning to consider you a true foodie!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 4:24:56 PM PST
You'll be pleased to note that my son has asked for more vegetarian meals. I've promised him three for this coming week.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 7:38:40 AM PST
Hi Steven,

This looks interesting. This is the time of year to start thinking about what we're eating again. After a nice vaction in Oct. and through the holidays, I've got a few pounds to lose! :-D

Nice review!
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