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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Comfort Foods, Terrific Organization, January 7, 2012
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This review is from: Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook: New Quick & Easy Favorites: slim down with 380 satisfying recipes! (Paperback)
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I am a cookbook lover, and I don't mean I love cookbooks as art or coffee table decorations. I read them almost cover-to-cover and then I seriously use them. For the way I cook and the foods my family loves, I wouldn't want to be without Taste of Home cookbooks. I have last year's version of this cookbook - Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook: New Family Classic s Collection: Lose Weight with 416 More Great Recipes!, love it, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to pick up this newer version and provide a review. Things I love about these cookbooks:

1. The recipes are not exotic or fanciful. These are comforting basics that, with a minimum of fuss, you can cook on a weeknight (and get your family to eat). If chicken breasts are on sale this week, I can pick some up and count on this cookbook to suggest many meal ideas using items already in my pantry or fridge. Maybe Light Chicken Cordon Bleu, Creole Chicken, Malibu Chicken Bundles, Spicy Chicken Spaghetti, etc.

2. The cookbook is rich in success stories and tips from people who have successfully lost weight. There are also 6 full weeks of sample menus, using many of the recipes included in the book.

3. An upgrade from last year's version is the inclusion of two new sections: 1) 8-Ingredient or Less Recipes , and 2) 20-Minutes or Less Prep Recipes. I disagree with the comment in another review about the same recipes being in both books. Example: Bacon Recipes in 2010 book: Garden Vegetable Wraps, Makeover Sunday Brunch Casserole, Salmon Chowder, Spiced Bacon Twists, Zippy Green Beans. In 2011 book: Bacon-Broccoli Quiche Cups, Baked Eggs with Cheddar and Bacon, Eggs Benedict. No overlap.

4. The index is great. Actually, there are 2: Index by Food Category and an Alphabetical Index. Very useful.

5. The book comes with a postcard for a free, one-year subscription to Healthy Cooking magazine. I sent it off and the first issue arrived quickly. Fun bonus!

6. My FAVORITE thing about these books is the organization. The recipes are divided into categories: Snacks, Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Side Dishes, and Desserts. Within those categories, the sections are further divided according to calorie count. This is incredibly helpful and makes this cookbook a valuable diet partner. For instance, in Breakfasts you can choose from 100 calories or less, 101-200 calories, or 201-300 calories. If I know I'll be eating out for dinner, I can plan a lighter breakfast and/or lunch. Or, if I choose one of the heavier dinner recipes for the family, maybe I'll plan one from the lighter section for the next night.

These are terrific cookbooks for everyday use and for families wanting relatively common comfort foods. My book from last year is already well-worn, and I'm sure this one will be, too. Happy cooking!
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