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5.0 out of 5 stars More flavor less time and calories!!, January 5, 2010
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This review is from: Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide (Paperback)
This is not the traditional "Eat This Not That". With this addition, Mens Health gives you a rare gem of a cookbook. As a cookbook afficionado, I would normally turn my nose up to something like this. However, this book proves the old cliche you shouldn't judge a book by its..... Inside is packed with recipes that are high in flavor, healthy, and require minimal time/ingredient/culinary skill to prepare. The ingredients called for are ordinary pantry/fridge staples that are neither expensive nor hard to find.

Each recipe is accompanied by a nutritional breakdown and the restaurant dish that it is similar to and healthier than. In my humble opinion the food you can make at home with this guide is far superior to it's restaurant alternative. These dishes are both cheaper, healthier, and have a cleaner taste (by clean I mean not loaded with heavy cream, butter, or other junk that takes away from the actual flavor of the ingredients).

The recipes I have attempted (~10), have so far provided a surprising depth of flavor that makes me want to cook my way through the entire book. It also has a ton of info about how to make healthy decisions with ingredients and other foods (which I guess is in line with the prior books in this series). To sum up you really can't go wrong with this book and I can't wait for the sequel so long as it is another cookbook!!

I note that another reviewer has commented that these recipes are not necessarily low in fat/calories....this book does not purport to be such a book. In fact the authors point out that fat is a good thing and provides direction as to what types of fats are good and which you should avoid at all costs.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2010 5:35:55 AM PST
Chandler says:
Actually they do say it's a weight loss book on the cover and the problem with many of the high fat recipes is that they are saturated fats, not monounsaturated fats so they don't correlate to a diet balanced with a decent amount of good fats...I agree that good fats are important but they are purporting it to be a book of both health and weight loss and that may work as long as no one eats specifically from this book which could result in both a too high calorie diet as well as too high sodium, fat, and saturated fats

still better than restaurant meals though!
:-)
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