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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty recipes, but same as another book, April 14, 2010
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This review is from: Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook: Lose Weight with 433 Foods You Crave! (Paperback)
The recipes I have tried are tasty, though I am surprised how many call for butter, salt and other ingredients that are usually no-nos. The recipes in the book seem to be exactly the same as the ones in Taste of Home: Everyday Light Meals, so don't be tempted to get them both (as I had). This book has an intro and appendix with worksheets and tips for weight loss, whereas the other book focuses on lightening up favorite recipes - but the recipes are exactly the same in both books. The recipes are organized differently: this book has them sorted by calorie count; whereas the Taste of Home: Everyday Light Meals book has them sorted by the categories you usually seen in a cookbook (appetizers, desserts, pasta dishes, etc).
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Initial post: Feb 4, 2011 8:05:25 AM PST
Actually, the recipes between the 2 books are not all the same. The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook has 433 recipes, and Everyday Light Meals has 489. There are 48 recipes that appear in both books, which is only 10-11%. Those 48 recipes are classics that apply to both topics, and we thought the readers of each would want to have them. You are right that butter, salt and other ingredients are included in this book. We don't consider them no-nos because they are used in sensible quantities. Our recipes are realistic and will help people lose the weight AND keep it off. It's a lifestyle choice that people can live with long-term, not just while "dieting."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2011 5:25:55 PM PDT
Thank you for the clarification. I had noticed about a dozen or so recipes that were the same, but didn't go further than that. I still have it and use it, but I am often suspicious to see overlap in books.
And you're right about the ingredients, it's important to use these ingredients sensibly and consciously. I just found it surprising.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 2:18:34 PM PDT
hugadale says:
I have been buying different Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet cookbooks and have been disappointed to see many recipes repeated in the different cookbooks. I now have 4 and would like more of these cookbooks with new recipes, but I wonder if I will just be buying more of the same. How do I tell which of these cookbooks has unique recipes?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 3:40:24 PM PDT
I've noticed the same thing and have several very similar cookbooks, and have noticed this in the "non-diet" cookbooks, too. To be honest, I have stopped buying them for the time being and before buying another I will definitely look it over in a bookstore or make sure I can see the full table of contents online before buying another.
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