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The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook: Take your taste buds on a global tour with more than 75 easy, healthy recipes for your favorite ethnic dishes Paperback – March 15, 2011
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Devin Alexander has shared her secrets for unbelievably decadent-tasting foods through frequent appearances on such national TV shows as The TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, and The View, and has also appeared on Discovery Health, HGTV, USA, Style Network and others. Devin's advice has also appeared in more than 100 magazine articles, including Prevention, Women's Health, Runners World, Shape, USA Today, Parade, Bon Appetite, and Health to name a few. Devin is currently the host of "Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander" in FitTv.
She is the author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook, The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook, Fast Food Fix, The Most Decadent Diet Ever, and I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening.
Top Customer Reviews
First, for users unfamiliar with the Biggest Loser cookbook series, be aware that while the book is 218 pages, not all of that is recipes. A substantial amount of the book is an intro to healthy eating, with information on calories and menu planning and so on. It's not that the information is unhelpful - but it does cut down on the number of pages devoted to recipes. Similarly, while I love photos of recipes, this one features huge full-page photos. So you get perhaps half the recipes you might be expecting as a result.
On to the recipes themselves. The only way to evaluate a cookbook is to evaluate the results of the recipes. Are they easy to understand? Create flavorful results? Meet the stated topic of the book?
My first concern is that the book claims to be "flavors of the world" - as compared with the other books which are all primarily US-centric recipes. So I was expecting a range of ethnic food types. However, one of the groupings is "regional American classics"! We already have multiple books with those. They should have used that space in this book for something NON-American.
The other areas are Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and European. So even there, much of what they call "Italian" I would call food that most people make in their homes. It is like calling "pizza" an Italian dish. Maybe it was once, but it has been absorbed into the US culture. I was hoping for a far wider reach with the recipes.
We made the Japanese cucumber salad. I have many Japanese cucumber salad recipes that I adore and I was quite looking forward to this.Read more ›
I have used each of the Biggest Loser cookbooks regularly in my kitchen...and this new edition is no exception!Recipes such as Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Indian Chicken Curry, Shrimp Toasts, and White Pizza just beg to be prepared. As usual, Devin has devised some innovative and unique healthy recipes (such as hollowing out a cucumber and filling it with tuna...to make a rice-less sushi roll).
The book is broken up into seven varieties of cuisine: Italian, Asian/Southeast, Mexican, Regional American, Mediterranean, European, and Desserts. None of the recipes require ingredients too hard to find (however, Devin has all sorts of "salt free" seasoning that I can never find in my supermarket? I guess you can look online).
Any downsides to the book? A few of the recipes seem like repeats from the other Biggest Loser cookbooks. There is yet another Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe, as well as recipes like Chicken-Fried Steak that have appeared in some of Devin's other publications. I also found the dessert section lacking in creativity and scope...we have a "Thai Fruit Salad" that has numerous chopped fruits sprinkled with lime zest and juice. How is that Thai?
These, however, are minor complaints. Flavors of the World is a solid, tasty, and worthy sequel to the popular Biggest Loser cookbooks. I expect nothing less from the series and from Devin. Enjoy!
Since purchasing this book, I've purchased some ingredients that I wasn't previously familiar with: coconut sugar, avocado oil, wheat and oat flour, and salt-less salts... This book seems to really focus on reducing salt and bad ingredients, and I love that the calories and nutrition info is at the bottom of each recipe. This makes it so easy to stay on track with my eating plan. I am so excited to know that there are quick, easy, and healthy recipes for the flavorful food I love!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave this Book 4 stars: I haven't tried very many of the recipes yet; but I'm working on it! I know that the author of this cookbook is a great chef. She had her own T.V. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julie N
Very good recipes. Finding ingredients is a little hard in the regular markets. Some planning is needed to make sure you have items on hand before executing the recipes.Published 19 months ago by frances prock
This cookbook is not useful for me. Too many ingredients not available on the West Coast in my area. I probably won't use this bookPublished on April 7, 2014 by Verna Rector
Way too many sugar substitute and chemical laden low-fat ingredients. I would've thought that the recipes would be healthier. Very disappointed. :(Published on February 18, 2014 by Sapphire
Lots of great recipes, will be using this cookbook for years. Before using it AS a cookbook, I read it like a book first.Published on December 7, 2013 by 5lita5
I have found all of "The Biggest Loser" books I have purchased to be inspiring. The cookbooks are extremely helpful.Published on September 18, 2013 by Donna D. Mccall
Love this cookbook, full of tasty and quick healthy food, I use it all the time. Would rec to everyonePublished on August 18, 2013 by Corey A Hammer