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Bethenny Frankel , Eve Adamson

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Introduction What’s the Skinnygirl Dish?

I have no food in this house. I’m standing in front of the open refrigerator and I don’t have the slightest idea what to make for dinner. There is nothing to eat! I hate to cook. I don’t know how to cook. I don’t want to cook. I worked all day and I’m exhausted. If I cook, I’ll have a huge mess to clean up. The last place I want to go right now is the supermarket. My kids are whining at me because they are hungry. I’m totally overwhelmed. I’m so uninspired. I don’t have time to be healthy. Cooking is just too hard. It’s too much to deal with. Maybe I’ll just order a pizza. . . .

Stop right there, Skinnygirl! Calm down, breathe, and think this through. You do have food in the house, even if you don’t immediately see a pre-made meal as you stare into the refrigerator. You don’t have to fear, hate, or dread cooking. And you don’t have to call the pizza guy.

In my first book, Naturally Thin, I showed you how to stop the food noise and begin listening to your food voice. In this book, I’ll show you how to stop the cooking noise and listen to your inner chef. Cooking can be stressful if you make it stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead, you can learn to feed yourself well without stressing yourself out.

I don’t have time to cook, either. I come home exhausted, too. Sometimes I do order a pizza, but I’ll make it special. I’ll order the whole-wheat crust (when that’s an option) and make a big fresh Greek salad to go with it. Then I let myself really enjoy it. Most of the time, however, I make something. I wouldn’t call it cooking as much as it is putting together things I already have in my refrigerator and my pantry. Get creative and the delicious results won’t break the bank or make you feel as if you overate.

You have time to be healthy because it doesn’t take very much time at all. That’s the gist of this book: an end to the anxiety about what and how to eat when you have to cook for yourself and your family.

What to Eat

In Naturally Thin, I shared ten rules for unleashing your inner Skinnygirl and freeing yourself from a lifetime of dieting. As the New York Times best-seller list describes it, the book contains “rules and recipes for escaping the diet trap.” That’s exactly how I see it. Dieting is a trap, and it had me caught for many years. The point of that book was to set you free with new ideas for how to manage the food in your life.

If you’ve already read my previous book, you have the tools to be in control no matter how hazardous the situation may be, how stressful or inconvenient your schedule is, how hormonal you are, or how unusual your lifestyle might be. You can handle any pizza moment because you’ve been building a healthier relationship with food and you are well on your way to being naturally thin for life.

But the question remains: When you are tired, cranky, bored, uninspired, and just plain hungry, what are you going to eat? Naturally Thin brought you here. Now, The Skinnygirl Dish is the next step on your Skinnygirl journey.

I know from the many letters and e-mails I receive every day that a lot of you are still working on getting back in touch with your own hunger. I want to help you keep moving in the right direction, toward a realistic idea of what it means to eat like a naturally thin person. In this book, I’ll walk you through my kitchen, my cooking philosophy, and the way I put a meal together. I promise you, none of it will be intimidating, difficult, time-consuming, or expensive. I just don’t cook that way. Instead, I’ve tweaked my favorite comfort foods to make them more in tune with my Skinnygirl lifestyle, and I’ll share those secrets with you. Most important, I’ll show you how to cook—not just how to follow a recipe—so that you can stay inspired to steer clear of heavy habits and embrace thin thoughts every day.

The heart of this book is a new set of tools to teach you how to answer the question: “What am I going to eat?” No, I’m not going to tell you what to eat. If you read Naturally Thin, you know that’s not what I do. What I will tell you is how to make something you will like in a way that works with your individual lifestyle. I want to give you the tools to cook fearlessly for yourself, taking risks, being creative, thinking for yourself, and never stressing out again about how to make dinner.

Food is important. Food is pleasure, comfort, community. Food is delicious. It’s also one of the most powerful tools you have for building a healthy body and a calm mind. Food can make you strong or weak, energized or depleted, skinny or fat. What you eat can affect your hair, your skin, and your mood. It all depends on your choices. As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. You learned all that in Naturally Thin. For better or for worse, life isn’t cookie-cutter. We plan and God laughs, as they say. You and I will continue to make mistakes occasionally—bad investments, regret, food noise, emotionality regarding food. I still wish I exercised a little more, drank a little less. We’re all human. I don’t pretend to be some perfect person with all the answers who is going to transform you into somebody you aren’t.

Yet you and I are getting there and feeling freer than ever. Like yoga or anything else challenging, being naturally thin is a practice. You will never be perfect because nobody is perfect, but you are on the path and you are focused. I often give people this bit of business advice: You don’t have to know exactly where you are going, as long as you are moving forward.

The Skinnygirl Dish will help you move forward. Throughout this book, I’ll occasionally remind you of the ten secrets from Naturally Thin, but I’ll include new rules I’ve learned since I wrote that book, as well as some ideas that didn’t quite fit into that book’s structure or that I thought would be too much information all at once.

I will also walk you through some of the things I make for myself, telling you how and why I chose to create those meals. There will be no intimidation in my kitchen, I swear to you! You will not find duck à l’orange or coq au vin or chateaubriand in this book because, frankly, those are not foods that I or any of my friends ever want to cook or eat at home. When you want some crazy foam mousse or shellacked salmon or beet puree, go visit an expensive fancy restaurant on your anniversary. You won’t find those dishes here. I wouldn’t even know how to start making them.

I am a natural foods chef. I went to a culinary school that specialized in food and healing with health as a priority, and I certainly can cook delicious food. However, I am not French trained. Bobby Flay would put me to shame with his knife skills and technical experience. Jean-Georges won’t be calling me to give him cooking lessons anytime soon, and my plates don’t look like pieces of art, even though I like to make them look attractive.

I specialize in figuring out how to make comfort food healthy. I’m talking about chicken pot pie and mashed sweet potatoes, baked ziti and red velvet cupcakes, and banana bread. I play around in my kitchen, taking all of my best friends’ favorite foods that they are afraid to eat because they are too fattening and finding a way to make them good investments. Making low-fat guacamole and spinach artichoke dip that only tastes decadent is what I love. These are the foods that people crave, eat, then feel guilty about eating, but I think everybody should be able to enjoy the foods they love without guilt. Cooking should be accessible, tasty, healthy, and quick.

That’s why this book is neither a cookbook nor a diet plan. It takes the best parts of both of those kinds of books and puts them together. Every single recipe in this book came from this situation: I was home. I was hungry. I looked in my kitchen to see what I had, and I made something out of it. I never once went to the store and bought every single ingredient for a recipe I wanted to make. This book is about using what you have and making it healthful and delicious. It will teach you how to cook the Skinnygirl way, built on a methodology you can trust. I don’t care who you are or how bad a cook you think you are. If you can read, this book can teach you how to cook for yourself.

Your Kitchen, Your Wardrobe

In Naturally Thin, I compared your diet to your bank account. In The Skinnygirl Dish, I want to work from a new metaphor: Food is like your wardrobe. You all know what it’s like to stand in front of your closet with the door hanging open and wonder why you have a closetful of clothes and nothing to wear, or why you hate everything you have and can’t possibly wear any of it. Maybe you don’t even get that far. Maybe you know what it’s like to come home after a long day, lie down on the couch, and just dread getting up again and trying to figure out what to wear for an evening out.

Dinner can feel like a comparable situation as you stand in front of your refrigerator and think that you have absolutely nothing you can possibly eat or make or even begin to imagine you could pull out of there for dinner. Maybe you’re lying on that same couch after work, thinking there is just no way you can get up and cook dinner.

This book is here to end all that.

My friends tell me that I should have a TV show called What’s in Your Kitchen because I can go into anybody’s kitchen when they say they have nothing to eat and find enough to make a delicious meal. I could probably do the same thing peeking into someone’s closet and find them something to wear, but that’s a different book. In this book, I’m going to show you how to work that magic in your kitchen.

To continue my clothing analogy, you need to know what classics to have on hand—the culinary versions of the black turtleneck, the crisp white shirt, the perfect jeans, the blazer, and the simple black dress. Then you need to venture out and be daring. Right now, as I write this, I’m wearing a pair of fuchsia patent leather pumps. An equivalent might be to dress up a simple bowl of brown rice with fresh herbs, or to bring a simple container of baby greens alive with dried cranberries or cherries and toasted sunflower seeds or almonds. It might mean you marinate a chicken breast or pork loin in a gourmet vinegar and some exotic herb. Accessorize your grains with things like olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, or pine nuts. Accessorize your protein basics with mustard, soy sauce, spices, and flavorful oils. Greens get dressed up with full-flavor grated cheese, nuts, dried fruits, and dressings. You’ll find more complete lists in Chapter 2, but you get the idea.

This is how you make cooking exciting without making it complicated. Sometimes you take risks and sometimes you play it safe, but even when you wear the black turtleneck and the jeans, you can add flair by raiding your costume jewelry box or your makeup drawer or by putting on a really great watch. That’s what I do when I get dressed and, equivalently, when I make food for myself at home. It’s easy if you know how to put things together.

That’s what this book will show you. If you were to ask me, “What are you going to eat?” this book would contain my answer. Like me, you will still dine out, go on vacation, go to sporting events, and face the occasional vending machine, minimart, or conference table full of doughnuts. When you do, you’ll use the Naturally Thin tools to make smart investments. With this book, you can add more to your Skinnygirl arsenal so that you can confidently fill in the blanks when you are lucky enough to eat at home.

Every time I give you a recipe, I will provide variations and creative suggestions so that you can turn my ideas into years of options based on your own personal needs and desires. You can surprise your family night after night with simple changes and fresh variations. Variety is the new spice of your life, because with my recipes, you will always have choices.

That’s another important part of this book: choice. This book is about my choices, but only for the purpose of assisting you with making your own choices. If I say I ate a steak salad, I don’t want you blindly to run out and buy all the ingredients to make that exact steak salad. Instead, because you happen to have salmon left over from dinner last night, make a salmon salad. If you made chicken or ordered it in a restaurant, then a chicken salad version might be for you. It’s your meal and your life, not mine. I want to see you get creative, even a little bit outside of your comfort zone. Think about what restaurants do to the foods they serve you. Consider the presentation and the interesting combinations of flavors. You can do that at home. Those creative ideas aren’t just for restaurants. I’ll help you. Just consider me your personal idea girl.

That brings me to the final reason for writing this book. I’m a pretty thrifty person and I hate to waste anything. I also try to live in an environmentally conscious way. Those concepts come into play specifically in this book as I talk about one of the primary ways I decide what to make for a meal: using what I already have.

Do you buy a new bag, lipstick, and dress every time you go out? Of course you don’t. You look in your closet and you find what works. You can make it fresh and new without spending a dime by getting creative, and the same goes for food. If I have a take-out container of leftover steak and buttered baby peas, I’m not going to go out and buy a pork loin or chicken breast or a long list of exotic spices to make some recipe I saw in a magazine. I’m going to think about what I can do with that leftover steak and those peas. This is why I constantly rip out recipes from magazines and then never use them.

Maybe I’ll stir-fry my leftovers with a little soy sauce and serve over rice with spices I already have in my cabinet. A chilled pea soup with half of a grilled steak and cheese sandwich on sourdough bread might be good, or maybe I’ll put them both over fresh greens for a big salad with shredded carrots from my refrigerator and that last tomato. I might pick up a lemon or two for a fresh vinaigrette, but the gist of the meal comes from what’s already in my kitchen. It’s thriftier, and it’s less wasteful, too. I hardly ever throw away food, and why should you?

So what are you going to make?

My goal for this book is to reenvision an old expression: I don’t want to give you a fish. I want to teach you to fish. If I give you a fish, that’s like giving you a diet, or a recipe. If I teach you to fish, I give you strategies for eating, or cooking, on your own. You learn to think for yourself so that you can handle any crisis, any situation, anything that comes your way. You’ll know what to do, naturally.

Learning how to cook the Skinnygirl way means letting go a little and becoming open to inspiration and your own creative impulses. You start with recipes, but you don’t let them imprison you. Use the knowledge in this book to learn how to “fish” and you’ll be able to turn whatever you have in your refrigerator into a great meal that will keep your body slim and healthy and your discerning palate satisfied.

Confidence is key in this process. The more you learn about how to make good-investment food that tastes great, the easier it gets. You aren’t going to start out making osso buco on the first day. Start simple. Or just stay simple. This is a simple book about simple, delicious comfort food and how to cook it well.

Beyond the Recipe

It may seem impossible to you right now, but the ultimate goal of this book is to set you free from the pages of a cookbook. Remember in high school when you would study and study for a test and then suddenly you just knew the information? Or think about learning to ride a bike or to swim. It’s a struggle at first, but once you get it, you really get it. It becomes part of who you are, integrated into your consciousness. You just know how to do it.

This is what can happen to you with cooking. I think that recipes are a bit like kindergarten. You learn some basics, but then you eventually grow out of them and go out on your own. When you know how to cook, you won’t need a recipe anymore.

This book does contain recipes, though, surrounded by stories about what I was doing when I decided to make the things I made. I’ll show you how I did it, but I don’t want you to stay chained to my concepts. This book is a Skinnygirl collection of ideas about how to stock your kitchen the same way you stock your closet, how to think like a chef, and how to make simple meals you can whip up on the go without feeling like you’ve compromised your healthy perspective or your budget.

I’ll tell you all about my own kitchen, my must-have basics, the equipment I consider essential, and the things I really don’t think you need at all. I don’t spend a ton of money on food, and why should you? Good food doesn’t have to cost a lot, take a lot of time to make, or contain ingredients that are impossible to find. Frankly, I shop more often at Costco and Trader Joe’s than I shop at any expensive gourmet markets.

I’ve organized this book into three parts. Part One gives you the skinny—the basics you need to start feeling more confident in the kitchen, with or without a recipe. You’ll learn how to cook, how to use what you have, and how to think like a chef. You’ll get a peek into my kitchen, and I’ll tell you what basics to stock and how to shop. I’ll also share some of the cooking mistakes I’ve made in the past and how to avoid them.

Part Two is divided into six categories: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks (which include cocktails), and desserts. This part of the book contains recipes, stories, and tips about what I made, why, and how you can make these things into what you want to eat, according to what you have on hand.

Part Three consists of Skinnygirl Special Features, with chapters on entertaining (with recipes for amazing hors d’oeuvres), holidays, and recipes from some of my favorite chefs.

By the end of this book, I hope you will feel filled with confidence that you can always make a great meal, a tasty snack, or a delicious dessert; that you can handle any special occasion with confidence and flair; and that you actually don’t mind getting up off that couch to make dinner. Because it’s not hard. It’s easy to cook like a Skinnygirl.

© 2010 BB Endeavors

Présentation de l'éditeur

In The Skinnygirl Dish, four-time New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel builds on the foundation of healthy living from her bestseller, Naturally Thin to share her passion for healthful, natural foods.

In the New York Times bestseller The Skinnygirl Dish, Bethenny Frankel adds additional healthy eating advice to the foundation she created with her hugely popular book, Naturally Thin. In The Skinnygirl Dish she shows how to find your food voice, know when you are really hungry, and which filling and fiber-rich foods to reach for.

The Skinnygirl Dish serves up three weeks of tasty meals, snacks, and drinks to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting. Drawing on her now famous rules like “Your Diet is a Bank Account” and “Taste Everything, Eat Nothing,” Bethenny caters to real lifestyles and shows how to maintain a healthy diet wherever you are: in a restaurant, on a plane, or with your family. With recipes and advice for holidays and special occasions and a guide to a healthful kitchen—all with Bethenny’s fun, informative personality—here’s another breakout hit from everyone’s favorite fixologist.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A very unique cookbook with scores of great dishes. (The chocolate cake alone is worth 10 stars!) 30 mars 2010
Par Chandler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I have to start by saying I consider myself a pretty fine cook...we are a two chef household with strong culinary backgrounds. It's hard to impress me with new info. I'm also a weight loss coach...balance! Yin Yang!

Yet this book is very different than my other cookbooks. I actually read it cover-to-cover the day I got it. It's not just recipes. If you are totally new at learning how to cook healthy dishes, you will feel as though you've just had a crash course. Better yet, if you attended culinary school I swear there is enough "teach an old dog new tricks" info in here to continue learning...at least there was for us. While I already knew things like using pumpkin or applesauce in place of fat in cakes (it makes a spice cake BETTER and MOISTER and pumpkin is high fiber, high water, low glycemic so it takes as many calories as are in pumpkin to digest it so it's an amazing fat replacement in baked goods), I learned scores of new things...I now stock my cupboard, for example, with oat flour. After using it in her cake recipe I was floored. I have also been trying to create a low calorie and low fat hummus (yet yummy) for ages with no tahini. She beat me to it. I also hate the taste of low fat or no fat sour cream and her greek yogurt and lemon juice trick in the recipes has changed my Southwest dishes for good. The substitutions really do change your mind and the book is just as much about teaching the reader a lifestyle more than handing them some recipes.

That said, I wasn't happy not to find nutritional information in the book. Granted, I get the reasoning behind it since I read Bethenny's first book (if you didn't, you'll also get a good overview of it in here) and her mindset against dieting but, instead, enjoying good healthy food in moderation...however, statistically most of us eat 40% more calories than we think we do. For those of us who don't mind journaling our calories or who actually feel empowered by it, I hope that she adds a link to a website in which she lists them. This way, she takes away the obsession she is against in the caloric "food noise" in the book, but also allows those of us in control of our calories in vs. calories out to go that extra mile to get the info if we are gonna plug it in on the computer anyway...

...and that's exactly what I did this morning. I have been cooking from this book for days and I kid you not, I became convinced that the calorie count was left out because the food was TOO good and she had to be fooling us into thinking it was healthy. If you make the cake called "How Is This So Moist Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze" as I did this morning, you'll understand. This is actually 1000% better than my fattest chocolate cake recipe laden with calories. I mean it is mind blowing good. And very filling. So I was positive I had to have eaten about 700 calories this morning until I actually plugged in the full recipe and included the peanut butter glaze (it makes more than enough glaze; you'll even have some leftover) and discovered the cake and pb glaze was just 150 calories/ serving. It is incredibly great without the peanut butter glaze too so I'm guessing that omission would even bring it down to 100 calories for something that tastes uber fattening and isn't! This recipe alone was worth the price of the book. In fact, Bethenny, the author, noted in the notes about this that the first time she made it she accused Jason, (her husband- according-to-the-front-page-news-as-of-yesterday), of throwing a stick of butter in it while she wasn't looking. I have no idea either how these ingredients make something that rich and low calorie but it's my new fave. I began plugging in the dishes I had made into my nutrional info converter and all were high in health and all natural, low in calories, low in fat, many high fiber...she should include the stats. It's a selling point, not a negative.

Try the lychee martini or skinnygirl cosmo (great tips on keeping drinks low cal!)
Try the guilt-free artichoke spinach cheese dip.
Pad Thai
Pasta Carbonara
Lasagna
Chicken Wings
Baked Ziti
Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
Kettle Corn
Spicy Chipotle Dip
Quacamole
The pasta with the mushroom sauce using truffle oil is good enough to serve at a dinner party. We fell over ourselves eating that one two days straight in my house
Goat Cheese Dip
Spanish Spiced Rubbed Chicken with Mustard Green Onion Sauce
Red Velvet Cupcakes

You get the idea. What's unique is she lists scores of substitutions with each recipe so you really get the idea how to use what you have, transform a dish, make it go further, or how to pick up substituting low fat and low calorie ingredients in all your other dishes in ways you might not think of.

Also, I add non-fat greek yogurt to her excellent hummus recipe and it makes it super creamy and even higher in protein.

Better yet, while most of my diet cookbooks use substitutions that make a dish a tad more artificial, these are all natural and that always boosts taste.

Know going in: There are no photos in the book. While that never bugs me, I also know it does bug some people and it may be important to you. Also I wish the pages had been glossy (easier to wipe clean) rather than the school-book style novel paper which also made the ingredient list hard to read since it was in a lighter grey. I did need my reading glasses because of that. I think it may have been fine if the font was bigger and maybe they made the font smaller to keep the book at 300 pages which is one of the cut-off points for books, but, if so, I wish when they'd decreased the size, they'd changed the color to black like the rest of the recipe.

Conclusion: In my perfect world, the pages and binding and font color would be more like a cookbook than a novel but I read it like a novel since it's full of information. The dishes, and I mean every dish I've made from it, has been 5 star and we never feel deprived cooking easy dishes with everyday ingredeints we have at home or can substitute with her suggestions. If nothing else, taste that dang addictive and decadent chocolate cake with peanut butter glaze. So I forgave throwing on my reading glasses after I tasted the dishes. Now get that nutritional info on a website somewhere and I'll be eternally grateful--That said, I still love it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect for hassle-free, health-conscious meals (but no pix) 29 décembre 2009
Par Julie Neal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Dish. This word can mean a recipe, or information that is not generally known or available. This book has plenty of both. It's ideal for people who want homemade meals that are simple and healthy.

Celebrity author Bethenny Frankel takes a breezy, this-is-easy approach to healthful cooking and eating. She uses the ideas in her book Naturally Thin to create this combination cookbook and guilt-free eating guide. Sprinkled throughout the 60 recipes are baking tips, party guidelines and, best of all, extensive use-what-you-have variations that make preparing these dishes a breeze.

As an example of how Frankel makes cooking and eating hassle-free, she recommends buying hummus and salsa instead of making it, and buying bread instead of baking it yourself. Unless you love to make these foods, why bother? There are great versions in the store to purchase. Save your cooking and baking for dishes you can't buy.

If the book had photos, this would be a five-star review. Cookbooks really benefit from showing you the dishes they describe.

Here's the chapter list:

Introduction: What's the Skinnygirl Dish?

Part 1: The Skinny
1. How I cook and how to make it yours
2. Show me your kitchen and I'll show you mine
3. The Skinnygirl chef's essential kitchen rules
4. Use what you have: Core concepts
5. Learn from my kitchen blunders
6. Channeling your inner chef

Part 2: What to make: Recipes, Conversation and Inspiration
Breakfast breakthroughs
Light lunches
Delicious dinners
Snacking simplified
Skinnygirl drinks and cocktails
Skinnygirl desserts to die for

Part 3: Skinnygirl Special Features
Lightened-up holidays and special occasions
How to throw a Skinnygirl party
Top Chefs, Skinnygirl recipes
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love it! 22 mars 2010
Par Cathie Mulholland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Yes, it does not have photos but I dont care! Bethenny takes the time to review kitchen essentials, how many cookbooks do that? Maybe some feel they are too advanced cooks to need that but it can never go wrong!
Every dish I've tried so far is outstanding! I'll be using this book for many years to come. Highly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved the book! Great recipes and practical tips 28 juin 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As someone who is aspiring to eat more natural and whole foods, I've often struggled with "processed" foods just being easier to grab and use. This books teaches you that it is just as easy to eat natural whole foods - you do not have to spend hours in the kitchen to eat healthy. So far, I've made her greek yogurt "sour cream" - - awesome! And, I've made a few variations of her vinaigrettes. I have always been a slave to bottled salad dressings and hate that they contain chemicals I can't pronounce or high fructose corn syrup. In just about the same amount of time it takes to crack open a bottle of processed salad dressing, I was enjoying a salad with whole and natural ingredients and it made the salad taste brighter and fresher!

The book also reviews simple cooking techniques for the novice cook but the tips are also a nice reference for those of us who may have fallen into a rut with some of our own personal techniques. For example, she gives a great technique for making scrambled eggs (simplified my method by about 3 steps) and her eggs turned out perfect!

She offers "use-what-you-have variations" for most of the recipes in the book, removing a lot of the stress that some of us feel if we find ourselves with little time to prepare a meal and not all of the ingredients called for in a specific recipe. The book stresses that cooking is not rocket science and, learning a few basic tips, will help you improve as a chef in your own home and equip you with the skill and know-how to substitute or make variations while you cook.

The book has really helped me stay away from overly processed foods and also re-think the way I prepare food in general. My fridge is now always stocked with lemons and fresh herbs and - just those tips alone - have helped improve my cooking. After reading the book I 'get' what it means to cook the Skinnygirl way.

There are many more tips and "rules" in the book that are very useful. It's an easy read filled with Bethenny's classic wit and wisdom.

Keep in mind if you buy this book, it is not a recipe book. Yes, it has many wonderful recipes, but this book is much more than that. If you are looking for just a recipe book with pictures, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book that will teach you how to live and cook the Skinnygirl way (using fresh ingredients, making healthier choices while you cook), this is the book for you.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Simple Ingredients, Healthy Food 26 juin 2010
Par B. Shirts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Positives:

I am an experienced cook who loves cookbooks, and my style of cooking has evolved to be much like Bethenny's. I love her approach to cooking, and even this experienced cook learned a few (very useful) things! I loved the desserts especially, and do wish there had been a few more.

I think it would be a great book for anyone who is afraid of cooking. She does a fantastic job, in an entertaining way, of taking the fear out of all of it, and explaining, in everyday simple ways, some techniques and tools to give confidence to anyone who hates to cook, or is just learning. She also doesn't use a bunch of hard to find ingredients, which frankly, was very nice. It's just not that kind of book. It's very practical and sensible, and I have enough cookbooks with exotic ingredients. This is more everyday cooking, simple but good (or great.)

The price is outstanding!

I read it cover-to-cover in two evenings, and really loved it. The end includes a couple of complicated recipes from chef-friends of hers, and frankly, that was a good way to end this book. It showed, quite clearly, why some people are too intimidated to cook.

The complicated ingredients, available in some big cities, but not in the boondocks, the many, many steps involved in each. Now, for someone like me, those recipes might sound like fun. For MANY, they illustrate the joy of simplicity Bethenny gave you in the previous 250 + pages. They really make you appreciate her previous recipes.

Negatives:

The paper and especially the light print of the recipes. Horrible!

No photos.

No calorie or nutritional information. I know it fits with her philosophy, but to me, it's a problem. Diabetics, or people who would like to combine Bethenny's ideas with their regular diet plans will be frustrated.

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Don't buy it if all you are looking for is complicated recipes.

Do buy it if you like the idea of making most recipes healthier, and like the idea of "substitute this for that" suggestions which increases the number of recipes in the book.

Also, a quick tip, you can make your own oat flour by processing Quaker Oats in your food processor or blender, save money and time searching for a healthier alternative to white flour that way.

DO buy it for your college bound kid who only knows how to make popcorn and hamburger helper.

It's a really nice book, and I am glad I bought it. I will be giving a copy to a God Daughter who is on her way to med school. She will LOVE it, and it's perfect for a busy person who wants to eat well.

She loses a star for the negatives above, but it would have been a 5 star review.
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