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Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,476 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Lose weight without losing your mind!

Cook Yourself Thin, a #1 New York Times bestseller, is a healthy, delicious way to drop a dress size without all the gimmicks. Eighty easy, accessible recipes teach readers how to cut calories without compromising taste.

For some of us, losing weight has always been a struggle. The challenge: figuring out how to cook healthy, low-fat foo
ebook, 100 pages
Published June 5th 2009 by Hyperion (first published April 28th 2009)
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Steven Peterson
May 06, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle of this book is "A delicious way to drop a dress size." Well, I confess that I have never worn a dress. So maybe I don't qualify to review this book? However, I think that this is a useful cookbook--whatever your gender!

There are some nice upfront items (some cookbooks have these, while others do not). On pages 41-43, we have a calories guide, so that the reader can get a sense as to which kinds of food are lower calories than others. For instance, among the category "Rice, pasta, a
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 20, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieting is so, so hard, partly because most diets require one to completely abandon all the foods we hold near and dear. But what if we could skim calories from our favorite comfort dishes or best-loved meals? Wouldn't that make it so much easier?

That's what the three authors of Cook Yourself Thin -- Harry Eastwood, Candice Kumai and Allison Fishman -- have done. No odd tofu-quinoa dishes here; instead, you get slimmed-down versions of eggs Benedict, banana-chocolate chip muffins, smoothies, Fre
Jan 25, 2010 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
EDIT on 1/25/10:

I tried making the raspberry/white chocolate chip brownies with butternut squash instead of butter. No one but me would eat them. I think my husband took a tiny bite and had already decided he hated them, and my 3 year old saw raspberris in the middle and declared they were yucky. But my baby ate some! And I thought they were totally acceptable. Not eat the whole pan in one sitting amazing, but acceptable as a substitute. However, the grated squash left the texture (although not
Lisa Hibbard
May 23, 2016 Lisa Hibbard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good recipes

This book has good recipes that are worth trying. Some are intriguing like the Portobello Benedict. Some of the diet information may be outdated in light of recent diet studies and many of the recipes may not be suitable for people following gluten free lifestyles. But overall, an enjoyable read.
Jun 30, 2010 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It should be titled, "Cook Yourself Broke" due to quantity of ingredients that almost every dish calls for.
Jan 14, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The recipes in this book are okay. I didn't read the first part, as I am on weight watchers and just wanted it for the recipes, but I don't know why you would have all of these recipes that will assist you in dropping a dress size and not put the nutritional info. Again, maybe it was omitted for some reason that I didn't read about - but for those wanting to drop more than a tricky 5 pounds so we can fit into our summer tennis whites, the nutritional information would have been a help. The recip ...more
Paula Dembeck
This book is based on a Lifetime Television show.

There is not a lot that is new here, but it does advocate an approach to managing dietary intake by making gradual changes in one’s eating habits rather than drastic ones. By making changes that are smart and simple, change is more gradual and success is slower. But the results are longer lasting and one avoids gaining weight back after it has already been lost.

This system incorporates the calorie counting approach and uses improved cooking metho
Jun 18, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Cook Yourself Thin was a cookbook that I downloaded on my Nook for a steeply reduced price. I was very excited because I had seen it in Barnes and Noble, but did not go near it because the last thing I needed was another cookbook on my shelf. Since summer is now in session, I will have time to search for healthier ingredients and put time into preparing body-friendly meals.

Reading the philosophy section, I was surprised that they had a quiz for the reader to take about their eating habits. The r
Feb 23, 2014 Rohini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I decided to read this book because I'm at a stage where I can't simply eat the things I used to! My metabolism has slowed down (gasp) and I am a real food snob so the recipes and eating plans in this book really tantalize my taste buds. I can't wait to try them to see if they live up to my expectations... especially the chocolate and cranberry biscotti *drool*. Another thing I enjoyed was the beautiful photography. The food styling was impeccable, I wish there were more photos in the ebook vers ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One case where the show is better than the book. There isn't anything wrong with the book, but if you read 'Cooking Light' or are interested in healthy cooking at all, you'll know most of this already. They do provide calorie counts, but other nutrition information isn't provided.

On the other hand, these recipes are good and family-friendly, so if you're new to the idea of healthy eating this is a good place to start.
Jan 30, 2011 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
4.5 stars - I would have given it 5 stars, but the recipe instructions are kind of haphazard so if you don't know what you're doing in the kitchen you might get a little lost.

Otherwise, I thought the information in the intro was very helpful - they give you several ways to just check yourself to find out where you're falling off the calorie wagon and good suggestions to get yourself back on without depriving yourself of foods you love. The little ways to shave off fat and calories would be helpf
Jan 31, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great recipes that I'm looking forward to trying out!
never finished reading
Jun 27, 2015 Nadoosh_92 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Bee
Well the quiz to find out what kind of eater I am was NO Surprise. I'm a comfort food eater. I eat to celebrate, grieve, calm down, etc...... I also love to cook. So I don't have to leave home to create food that is gonna stick to my hips forever.

I understand the game plan of the book: it isn't a diet; it is a lifestyle. Doesn't mean I'm gonna change though. And unless something really surprising happens, I don't see myself eating tofu or giving up vodka martinis/dirty with 3 olives.
This is a great cookbook. It says that you can eat the foods you love and still loose weight. All you have to do is make a few changes while you cook these meals. For example: In French Onion soup, instead of cooking cheese throughout the soup, just sprinkle it on top. The meals look easy to cook and really tasty. The book also gives a calorie guide and a list of ingredients that you should always have in your house.
I have see this show online and really liked the videos, so I thought the book would be worth purchasing. I was wrong. I did not really find anything above and beyond the show in this book. The recipes are very typical dishes. I will say that the reason it got 3 stars rather than 2 was the fact that it has some helpful skinny alternatives. Save your money and just watch the videos.
Janet Morris
Not only does this book have several appetizing recipes for people looking to lose weight, it also has information on food storage, healthy cooking methods, and portion sizes. It also has sections devoted to what lower calorie foods you can substitute for the high calorie ones. It's not perfect, but compared to similar cookbooks, this one is actually really great.
Nov 22, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
The recipes I've tried have been quite tasty, but the "meals you can make in minutes" statement is misleading. Granted, they don't say how many minutes, but it suggests that the recipes are quick and easy. All the recipes I've tried have a long list of ingredients and are somewhat complex. These are not what I would consider everyday recipes.
Aug 20, 2009 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty basic stuff. Using healthy Greek yogurt and skim milk to bolster smoothies instead of ice cream; add things like spinach, zucchini and sweet potato to sweets to make them healthier; use lots of fresh herbs for flavor... Whatever. I was kind of disappointed, though I did like the look of the Chocolate Pavlova.
Karlie Nyte
Aug 01, 2011 Karlie Nyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I've not made nearly enough of the recipes in this cookbook, but the one's I have made so far have made the purchase of this cookbook worthwhile. I've never had such wonderful pastas as the ones I've made out of here, and to realize that it is far less fattening than other similar dishes in other cookbooks just adds to the awesomeness!
Valerie Sherman
Has a lot of great ideas, tips, and recipes, and none of it seems too difficult. Almost a third of the book is devoted to information rather than recipes, which makes it easy to apply to all of your cooking. I liked the section on calorie counts for common foods, but I find it difficult to visualize what 3.5 ounces of pasta is.
Amy Saunders
Jun 30, 2010 Amy Saunders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
This is the first in the series and the dinners take center-stage. Everything I've tried from this book is delicious: the sausage pizza, the sesame noodles, the carbonara, the buffalo chicken salad. All fabulous. It's amazing how a few changes to the ingredients saves the taste but slashes calories. Genius!
May 06, 2010 Kesha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
The recipes in the book are really easy to make. Even the spinach and mushroom lasagne was quick to make and it tasted very good. In addition to the recipes, the book provides you with a lot of useful information to help with your journey to weight loss.
Feb 13, 2013 El rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I haven't cooked all the recipes yet but everything I've tried so far is delicious! The dinners are packed with flavor (which makes me wonder if they're really very good for you). Favorites so far are the Mango-Glazed Salmon and Penne alla Not-ka.
Celeste Nicole
Oct 05, 2010 Celeste Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have given this book to many overweight friends to help them learn the most common unhealthy ingredients that can be easily suplemented in basic recipes. This is a must have book for fattys who just don't get it!!!
Tina Rousseau
Feb 18, 2016 Tina Rousseau rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is all about reducing fat and calories which is the old way of thinking about weight loss. Fat doesn't make you fat.
May 10, 2010 Pollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
I got this book after watching the show. It is a good book for lighter recipes. But the reductions are huge. Most dessert recipes are involved and take several attempts to get eatable results.
Feb 26, 2011 Isabelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I liked the book for all its tips and advices.. However, I don't think I'll be making lots of the recipes. I prefer recipes with fewer steps and ingredients. Definately not my favorite cookbook.
Jun 30, 2012 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These recipes were fresh, inspiring, and delicious. An easy guide to making good, healthy food without giving up flavor. Plus, I got to eat chocolate cakes and red velvet cupcakes!
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