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Zone Perfect Cookbook Paperback – Illustrated, September 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
i looked into having zone meals delivered, but the cost was too prohibitive. i like to cook and figured i'd save money by buying a recipe book and doing the cooking myself.
i have not studied the zone diet and only casually know how it works (i've tried just about every other diet). i stuck to these recipes about 80% during the week and about 50% on the weekends. After 6 weeks, i lost 15lbs, my colesteral lowered from 200 to 160, and my grocery receipts added up to about 50% less than zone delivery service in my area.
i am a working mom and don't have a lot of time to cook. i found most of the recipes simple and easy to make, esp the breakfasts. some ingredients are unique, but if you're in a metropolitan area, they should be readily available. the uniqueness just adds to the amazing flavors. the only problem is that they discontinued the zone perfect protein powder with out a substitute. this cuts out most of the smoothie recipes and a couple others. i also don't do tofu, and a few of the lunches and dinners are tofu based, so i skip some recipes. However, i do make most of the recipes and i am always satisfied after every meal and don't feel extra hungry in between.
i think the biggest winner in the "diet wars" is the one that keeps people coming back with or without willpower. this book does that for me. these recipes make dieting and healthy eating a no-brainer and i keep going back for more. this book is a real winner!
My boyfriend and I started doing The Zone a week and a half ago, and this cookbook has become our Bible. He comes home from work EXCITED to see which recipe I've chosen for the night, even though we're dieting. Its ingredients are the perfect combination of accessible and unique; Rachel Ray meets The Iron Chef.
The recipes are easy but include enough "new" foods to keep this diet from getting boring. For people who like trying new foods but hate complicated cookbooks that include lots of expensive items (from which you only use 1tsp, each, of course) - this cookbook is for you! You should have Protein Powder and lots of avocados and/or nuts in your kitchen; other than that, no major purchases required.
The book is divided into chapters based on meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and Snacks. The Breakfast section includes smoothies with fresh & frozen fruit, omeletes with feta, vegetables, and seasonings, as well as hot cereal, yogurt, and cottage cheese variations. Lunches and Dinners are interesting takes on traditional, non-Zone sandwiches, salads, burgers, and soups. They include not only chicken and turkey, but also fish (mahi mahi, sea bass, tuna, scallops, AND shrimp), pork, beef, tofu, and tempeh.
While I wish each ingredient listed how much of each "Zone block" it contributed to the recipe, substitutions become fairly obvious as you begin to recognize the Zone block system. To facilitate substitutions, I recommend pairing this book with one of Dr. Barry Sears's books so that you have a firm grip on the diet itself. Each recipe in Ms. Walker's book is converted into Zone Blocks, but you'll need the other book(s) to explain what those blocks are and how many you should eat.
I almost forgot the most important thing - the food TASTES SOOOO GOOD! (And not diet-good; GOOD-good!)
The "Zone Perfect Cookbook" is different than anything I've come across before. It is beautiful to look at, and you don't have to be Martha Stewart to figure out how to make the recipes. I could relate to Kristy Walker's personal process of finally finding a healthy way of losing weight easily.
I've now started to actually enjoy cooking. I highly recommend this book for cooks and non-cooks alike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book has some great recipes but don't be fooled by the pictures. One pizza recipe lists a number of ingredients but the picture shows much more.... asparagus on the pizza. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by C Keith
Excellent basic Zone cookbook for ideas and easy to follow recipes. Pictures inspire me to cook and the breakdown of Zone blocks is very useful for those following blocks closely.Published on September 25, 2013 by Heather
This book has some good ideas for the zone diet ..... all of the recipes are already pre portioned for protein, carbs, fats which is good, I did like that part. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was pleased with this purchase. I was looking for an simple approach to the zone with some new recipe ideas for zone cooking and that is exactly what I found with this book. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I ordered this book used and it arrived in the condition promised and very quickly. I have been very happy with this book and it's recipes. Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by Margaret Bretana
not satisfied with the recipes I tried.
Either they needed a sauce because it was too dry or they needed spices for taste. Will try to return this book
This book has several great recipes that my husband and I have tried on the zone diet. Not every recipe is great, but most are. Read morePublished on November 1, 2007 by S. Smith
Great variety of Zone Diet recipes. Some of them are a bit time consuming but the end results are always outstanding. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Marilynn M. Slade
I first came across this book at the library. I was looking for a diet cookbook. I am so glad I found this cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and are so delicious. Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by Sally Ann Miller