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The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 12, 2008
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I have been a huge fan of Pam Anderson's other "Perfect" cookbooks. Especially "Perfect Recipes for Having People Over," and "How to Cook Without a Book." She is just a great chef and writer. Her insight is always invaluable. However, it is not really practical for me (or anyone) to eat most of these foods on a daily basis because many of them are high in fat and calories.
In her new book, Pam shows you how you can eat really good food, but cook recipes that are not too caloric or fat laden. The recipes are really do-able for everyday cooking and eating, even if you have a busy schedule. And, in typical Pam fashion, she gives variations on almost every recipe to suit your tastebuds and the ingredients you have on hand. A calorie count is also given for every recipe.
Just as valuable as the recipes, is the information Pam gives you about how she lost almost 50 pounds. Her biggest tip is that she changed her lifestyle. She added exercise and created kind of a meal plan and guidelines that she feels (and I feel) are liveable. She has a nice breakfast, a nice lunch, teatime with a sweet, a before dinner "nibble" with a glass of wine and a reasonable dinner. And the truth is, if you eat like this day in-day out, you will slowly lose weight (or stay the same).Read more ›
The recipes are designed so that you can easily adapt them to whatever is more your style. Use your own ingredients and other recipes to fill in! Her message is to STOP obsessing about fat, carbs, etc and focus more on fulfillment within reason, and taking care of yourself.
I am a busy mom with 3 kids. I am a 'diet/lifestyle change' group leader. I participate in exercise classes as student or leader 3-4 times a week. But I still struggle with weight/food because I focus on food as reward/sacrifice/vice/ETC. That isn't what it's about!
I bought this book when it came out and just went to a cooking demo/class with Pam (I admit with some skepticism) and was inspired by both. She says precisely what is in my mind: Why sacrifice, go on a diet with strict rules and lose weight only to gain it all back when I just go back to my real life? What's the use? This is a guide to living a happy life.Read more ›
And that is the main problem with the book: There is no plan to follow. Given that, I wish she'd included the standard nutritional info, such as protein, fat, carbs, and fiber, along with the calories to help readers create their own plan using the recipes.
The key to the book is in the title. The recipe for losing weight is exercise, and the actual food recipes are for eating great. The problem is, if you choose her breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes on the higher calorie end, you will not lose weight unless you engage in the hour or so of running every day that she prescribes. To maintain her weight loss, she says she's cut her runs down to 45 minutes a day.
I don't think this book will be useful to very many as a weight-loss book, unless you stick to the lower calorie recipes and don't go for all the extras and add-ins that are Anderson's trademarks. I think the recipes are probably most helpful for maintaining weight loss. And I'm sure it is very a delicious way to do so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second time I have purchased this cookbook in the past 6 years. My original copy has water damage on some of the pages and since I use this to cook, I reordered a new... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ponscella L. Cousins
Still diving through all of her good tips 3 months later. I'm not losing weight, but it's my fault. Her tips are great!Published 23 months ago by Happy Camper
This book has excellent recipes, and is well worth buying !
Granola, recipe to die for ! Loads of healthy ideas.
I love the way Pam Anderson starts with a basic recipe then gives a number of variations with permission to experiment even more. I recommend this book as well as her other books. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Hollis Bethune
Excellent advise and recipes for real people needing to make a lifestyle change. Permission is given to eat and motivation to excersisePublished on March 11, 2014 by vinda crawford
After twenty years of marriage, I have collected dozens of cookbooks. I like several of them, but this is becoming my favorite. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I learned so much from this cookbook and really appreciated the authors introduction where she shared her personal experience with losing weight while eating great.Published on November 5, 2013 by Mary E. Brenner
I have used this cookbook many times. The recipes are easy to make and tasty. I don't feel as if I'm eating the usual kind of food on many lower calorie recipes.Published on October 14, 2013 by Tain Balfour