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Cook Yourself Sexy: Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest, Most Confident You: A Cookbook Paperback – October 2, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


Cook Yourself Sexy is a visually stunning, mouthwatering cookbook that makes you want to cook! A must have for every kitchen.” —Kim Barnouin, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Skinny Bitch

“Beneath the energetic, fun, glamorous and sexy persona of Candice Kumai lies the heart and soul of a very serious chef, and all of her considerable skills are on display here.” —
Simon Majumdar, Iron Chef judge and author of Eat My Globe

“Candice has brought sexy back to the dinner table with her newest collection of decadent, bikini-friendly recipes. Get ready for some serious stares when you rock your skinny jeans.” —
Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, New York Times bestselling author of The CarbLovers Diet and author of Feed the Belly

“Candice blew me away from the moment she walked in to audition for
Top Chef. She's amazing!” —Andy Cohen, Host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live! and executive producer of Bravo's Top Chef

“Candice's approach to cooking is extremely sensible. She takes full advantage of the health benefits of fresh, whole foods: fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Remember, you are what you eat, and you don't want to look like a rib-eye steak!” —
Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger and host of Simply Ming

“Candice takes a health conscious approach towards cooking by combining simple ingredients with classic techniques and incorporating the flavors of her heritage. This combination delivers a fun, fresh and flavorful variety of dishes.” —
Hung Huynh, Top Chef winner and executive chef of Catch

“Candice Kumai makes healthy cooking incredibly stylish, sexy and fun. Her latest book,
Cook Your Sexy is aptly named, thanks to the mouthwatering recipes that were designed with your healthy, svelte physique in mind.” —Alicia Rewega, Editor-in-Chief, Clean Eating Magazine

“Candice is a rockstar. She is both a leader and member of a smart, stylish new generation and this book is a reflection of that.” —
Ari S. Goldberg, CEO of StyleCaster Media Group

“The recipes in
Cook Yourself Sexy reflect Candice Kumai herself: Whimsical yet sensible and with just a hint of delicious decadence.” —Chris Santos, Executive Chef and Partner of Beauty & Essex

Cook Yourself Sexy is a modern woman's guide to looking and feeling your absolute best, packed with delicious recipes, easy tips, and valuable resources for building confidence--in and out of the kitchen.” —Gail Simmons, Top Chef Judge & author of Talking with my Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater

About the Author

CANDICE KUMAI trained at Le Cordon Bleu, California School of Culinary Arts before appearing as a contestant on Top Chef. She was the host of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin. She lives in New York City.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rodale Books; 1st edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1609619099
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1609619091
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.69 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112 ratings

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Candice Kumai, a professionally trained chef, health journalist and 4x best-selling author was born and raised by a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father in San Diego, CA. At age 22, following her true passion for food and wellness, she received her professional culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and cooked on the line in several California based restaurants. Candice was the youngest chef to compete on Bravo's inaugural season of Top Chef at age 23. She began writing for national magazines at age 24, at age 26 her first cookbook endeavor, Cook Yourself Thin, was a New York Times #1 bestseller. By the age of 29, as a major influencer, Candice became a regular judge on Iron Chef America and had written/developed recipes for numerous best-selling books; including Cook Yourself Thin, The Skinny Bitch Cookbook, Recipe Rehab, Novak Djokovic's Serve to Win, and The Bikini Body Diet.

In addition to contributing regularly on E! News and Access Hollywood Live, by the age of 29, Candice was also featured on The Today Show, CBS Early Show, GMA, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, The Talk, Extra, Cooking Channel, PBS Simply Ming, Food Network, Top Chef, Iron Chef and Beat Bobby Flay. She is the former Food Editor-At-Large at Shape and Men's Fitness. She is the Resident Culinary Adviser at Clean Eating magazine. Candice's newest cookbook, Clean Green Eats is published by HarperWave, a division of HarperCollins.

Her current cookbooks include Cook Yourself Thin, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy, and Clean Green Drinks. Her charitable contributions include work with Health Corps, The James Beard Foundation, 1,000 Days, The Chef's Garden, The Japan Society, The White House Initiative for AAPI, Wellness in the Schools (WITS), and The US Japan Council. Candice is featured in and contributes as a health journalist to dozens of food, health, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle publications. She writes for Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, People, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Men's Fitness and Clean Eating. She is a former fashion model and currently is in love with avocados, coconut and her cat, Sisi. She lives in New York City.

Candice loves connecting with her readers: @CandiceKumai on instagram & twitter

Visit for all of her newest recipes and upcoming events!

"Candice Kumai, a prolific cookbook author, is one of the country's most recognized clean-food chefs."- Prevention Magazine

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