Restaurant food at home
I love this book! It is truly amazing how much fat and extra calories are in the restaurant versions of these recipes. I'm thrilled that I can make these recipes healthier, cheaper and quickly. Have tried 8 of the recipes already and they are delicious! I highly recommend this cookbook. It 's money well spent.
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Everyone should have this book in their kitchen. This should be the new kitchen Bible, would make everyone want to be healthier
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Great Recipes & Info That Make You Want To Cook Delicious, Healthier Meals
Love this book! It's a great supplement to the orange Cook This Not That -- there are different recipes in this book, even though they have nearly the same name. It's not "health food" cooking; they are delicious reasonable fat & calorie recipes that won't have you using five pounds of butter and/or cheese for flavor. He also has a lot of interesting info sections about why our society is obese and how to drastically improve your quality of life if you haven't been eating in a healthy manner.
Eat smart, not dumb!
Addicted to the Cheesecake Factory's Warm Apple Crisp but can't afford the 1,355 calories? Save a whopping 1,155 calories by making your own! Cook This, Not That shows you how. This book is for anyone wanting to eat smarter. It gets down to basics: "Forget dieting. Forget joining a gym. Forget the ads for the Abinator device you saw on QVC. If you really, truly want to lose weight, there is no quicker way to shave pounds off your body -- and dollars off your food bill -- than to cook more at home." Cook This, Not That makes it simple for even novices to prepare home-cooked meals. A whole chapter gets you set up with exactly the utensils and equipment you'll need, and the items to set up the perfect pantry. Most of the dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less, and the instructions are short and straightforward. Every recipe is paired with a close-up color photograph of the finished dish. On same page is a small photo of the "Not That!" variation of the recipe from a restaurant chain, complete with price, calories and, in most cases, sodium and fat counts. In each case you learn how many calories and dollars you save by cooking at home. Besides the hundreds of recipes, sprinkled throughout the pages are helpful segments: * Scorecards: Ratings of fat, meat, carbs and dairy foods clearly show the best, worst, and everything in between in terms of healthiness. (The winners? Canola oil, light meat chicken, bulgar and nonfat yogurt.) * Master the technique: Instruction on how to perform chef-like functions such as sautéing vegetables or cooking an omelet. * Secret weapon: Particular foods the authors recommend, and why. For example, Thomas' Light Multi-Grain English Muffin (only 100 calories each, and packing a whopping 8 grams of fiber). * Save-Money Strategy: How to alter the accompanying recipe to make it less expensive but still delicious. * Meal Multiplier: Ways to alter the recipe by changing the ingredients. This book has a lot going for it, but its biggest benefits are: 1. Recipes that are easy, delicious and illustrated with beautiful photography. 2. Thorough nutritional information for each recipe, including the portion size, calories and gram counts of fat, sodium and sugar. 3. Simple comparisons with similar restaurant dishes. 4. Advice on the best brands to buy, from vegetable oil to breakfast cereal. Other books in the series: Eat This, Not That!, Eat This Not That! for Kids!, Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide, Eat This Not That! The Best (& Worst!) Foods in America!, Eat This Not That! 2010 and Eat This Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide. All are uniformly excellent. I also recommend In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life and Deceptively Delicious. Here's the chapter list: 1. The Truth About Your Food 2. The Eat This, Not That! Kitchen 3. Breakfast 4. Appetizers & Small Bites 5. Soups & Salads 6. Sandwiches & Burgers 7. Off the Grill 8. Pasta 9. American Classics 10. Ethnic Dishes 11. Sides, Snacks & Sauces 12. Desserts & DrinksRead full review
I have purchased two of these as gifts after purchasing one for myself. I like all the books by this author. The recipes are easy, they taste good. The suggestions on foods to use and avoid are really helpful. The photos are appetizing. I will be cooking for many people for a month and we have different tastes but want to eat healthy, so I purchased my book for writing up that menu/shopping list. I have two good friends that are starting to have symptoms of heart disease, though they thought they had healthy habits, I gave this as a gift to them and they love it. I now use quinoa, healthier oil and almond butter. I feel better, not so hungry, or drained of energy.