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This books starts with the principles of eating lighter--embracing the healthy fats (avocado, olive) over butter and cream and cheese. And the recommendation to eat more vegetables and less meat and making full use of hearty grains. I embraced this general principle earlier this year by reading a number of other books, and lo, it works!-- allowed me to take off 25 lbs this summer with no pain at all. I was a happy camper. Now, I am a thinner camper, too.

At the same time, the recipes make sure there is enough flavor, texture, color and mouth-feel to satisfy the soul--for example, the avocado corn chowder recipe. I love avocados and am always looking for ways to use them other than scoop-and-eat, and I love corn chowder, one of my "party" recipes. However, I don't need the cream and butter. This recipe has all the great creaminess and is a lot more interesting, too.

There are even bread recipes, like wheat berry bread. I prefer home-baked bread (as I eat LESS of it; one slice seems to satisfy of whole grain bread over multiple slices of floppy commercial white bread.)

They even have a Boston Cream Pie recipe, which was our traditional birthday cake. No need for the heavy ganache I used to use for the chcolate icing; this has low fat milk and is a lot lighter yet looks as decadent as my usual method. (French genoise cake with eggs and butter, creme patisserie for the filling.) Way lighter than mine.

Condiments like mayo and pickles are also included--now, that is not usual in a cookbook but condiments can add on unwanted fat and calories, so including recipes to lighten these up is not a bad idea.

Note: the Kindle Edition is for the COLOR Kindles like HD and Fire only--my Kindle Next Gen Keyboard edition could not accept this book. That's a new trend--understandable, as color is helpful for many cookbooks, but if you have an older Kindle and get a "you don't have a Kindle Device" and you are looking right at it, well, that is why.
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