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The Looneyspoons Collection Paperback – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
Sisters Janet and Greta Podleski are the authors of three #1 bestselling cookbooks: Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! The fun-filled books are best known for their unique combination of great-tasting, healthy recipes, useful nutrition tips and corny humor, though not even the books biggest fans found the jokes as funny as Janet and Greta did themselves.
Over the years, the dynamic duo has somehow found time to host a popular cooking show on Food Network Canada, develop a line of healthy prepared foods, produce monthly columns for Reader s Digest and Taste of Home magazines and create a series of grEATing cards for Hallmark. Clearly, their personal lives border on pathetic.
The sisters inspirational, self-publishing success story and mouthwatering recipes have been featured in countless newspapers and magazines, and on hundreds of North American TV broadcasts, including The Today Show, CNN, Canada AM and QVC. Much to their dismay, Janet and Greta never managed to get on Oprah, but they once camped for hours outside her Chicago apartment building, hoping for a chance to meet her. Hey, it was worth a try! (Darn security officers!)
Despite being chosen as two of Canada s Top 40 Under 40 (just recently wink!) and being featured in People magazine (their mom loved that!), their biggest thrill was being the subject of a Trivial Pursuit question. Embarrassingly, Janet got the answer wrong.
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If I've purchased your previous books, don't just tell me there are 'lots' of new recipes. How many is 'lots' or at least mark the recipes as new vs revised. In trying to compare recipes from this collection to the previos three books to try to weed out the new recipes has become a daunting task. The only ones so far are those three specifically listed in the introduction.
I shouldn't have to work this hard to distinguish the new recipes. I'm pretty loyal when I make a purchase which is why I have the first three books. But I like to be an informed consumer as well with my eyes wide open on whether I want to spend my hard earned money on what I've already purchased before. At least it would have been my decision based on the facts, as perhaps it doesn't matter very much to me or others if there is a lower fat, salt or sugar ingredient in the revised recipe.
So the ladies could have been more forthcoming but I'm sure this was a calculated move in order to not hurt their potential sales. So I will be more leery the next time because it is not cool when I spent $32 for Eat, Shrink & Be Merry and seem to find just about all of those recipes in their original format in this new collection.
The recipes are easy to prepare, use natural ingredients, not prepackaged foods, and include nutrient and calorie counts as well. There is little in the way of fried food or heavy sauces, margarine and things that are generally not healthy.
There is a great deal of humor in this cookbook, and the recipes all have catchy titles, like: Thai One On (soup), Sentilentil Journey, Rockin' Moroccan Stew, Salmon Cowell, Life in the Fast Loin.
It is also peppered, with side bars of food and nutrition trivia (very educational) and clever quotes (sometimes a bad pun) and cartoon drawings, as well as food photos. It is so much fun to read, you just have to try the recipes! the first one I made was a potluck hit! it was Rice Capades: brown rice, cantaloup, cucumber, cilantro and lime dressing...A wonderful, zesty side dish that had an amazing blend of flavors, not usually paired together.
Really a great read and makes cooking fun!