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Quick! Easy! Satisfying! The Cookbook That Won't Shut Up!
on April 19, 2017
This is one of those easy-breezy "OMG, eating right is sooo much fun!" kind of cookbooks. The first 50 pages is kind of like an infomercial for a diet plan--it goes on and on, saying the same things over and over, and, of course, plenty of before-and-after testimonials.
Then there's the requisite 6-week meal plan, right down to "coffee with sugar substitute, if desired" or "hot tea". Wow, I'm relieved to learn I can have coffee at least a couple days a week.
Then, after a few more pages of fluff, the recipes are presented in order by category, starting with snacks. ("It's easy to avoid cravings when you indulge in a snack between meals.")
The recipes themselves aren't bad (feel free to skip the silly tips and testimonials interspersed among the recipes), but the index is beyond horrible. There's a "crustless pumpkin pie" recipe, but don't go searching under P for pumpkin or pie. Don't look under C for crustless, either. Oops, my bad: it's named "low calorie pumpkin pie"--so naturally it's listed under L for low.
But, be sure you're looking in the right index. The book has three or four indexes that all run together, and, like the rest of the book, go on and on and on. It's a non-index index (that nonetheless spans dozens of pages), and really spoils the book.