The Best Life Diet Cookbook: More than 175 Delicious, Convenient, Family-Friendly Recipes
The Best Life Diet Cookbook: More than 175 Delicious, Convenient, Family-Friendly Recipes

 
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A good meal is one of life's great pleasures, but we all know that it can be difficult to choose foods that make us happy and keep us healthy. In his New York Times bestselling book The Best Life Diet, Bob Greene showed more than a million people that you can lose weight and eat delicious food. Now, in The Best Life Diet Cookbook he provides more than 175 recipes that taste as good as they are good for you.

With recipes like Flank Steak with Potatoes and Garlic and Sweet-and-Sour Stuffed Chicken, it isn't hard to eat well while shedding pounds. Slimmed-down comfort foods like Sweet Potato with Turkey Hash and Beef Stew with Winter Root Vegetables make family dinners satisfying and healthful. Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Oranges and Pistachios comes together in a snap. Or try one of the recipes contributed by world-class chefs like Charlie Trotter or Suzanne Goin, adapted to fit the Best Life guidelines. Craving something sweet? You won't believe that Pear and Banana Crisp and Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crust are low in fat and calories.

Also included are three sets of two-week meal plans: The Quick and Easy Plan for when you're most time-pressed; The Family-Friendly Plan with meals to satisfy the whole gang; and The Kitchen Connoisseur Plan for those looking for more of a challenge in the kitchen. Whether you're trying to drop some pounds or simply want to maintain your weight, these plans do all the calorie-calculating for you.

The Best Life Diet Cookbook is full of useful shopping tips and culinary information. Illustrated with dozens of beautiful black-and-white and color photographs, it is a book you will turn to again and again.

Bob Greene firmly believes that every meal should be a celebration both of the pleasures of food and your commitment to living your best possible life, and with The Best Life Diet Cookbook, you can reclaim your joy of eating and live the life you deserve.

Customer Reviews:

  • Really disappointed
    I am really disappointed with this cookbook for several reasons: 1) have made several recipes and have not liked any of them. 2) There are some obscure ingredients in a lot of recipes that you can't find at your local grocery store. What exactly are sunchokes anyway? Jicama? Kohlrabi? I am not trying to be ignorant, but I seriously don't know what these are so the chances of my grocery store carrying them are about zero.

    I hated the crab salad roll and I couldn't even eat the angel hair pasta with walnuts and peas. The flank steak and balsamic onion sandwich was just ok. I won't make it again.

    I do like how the nutrition information is broken down into calories, protein, carbohydrate, fiber, sugar, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, calcium, and sodium, per serving. That is nice to have readily available. I also like the information that he gives on the different kinds of milk available. That was a good read. I also love the meal plans in the back, but overall I would not recommend this cookbook because the recipes are awful.

    And Bob Greene, if you read this, dude please get some better recipes!...more info
  • Total Waste of Time and Money
    While I respect that Bob Greene is trying to help many people if you are any where close to being a good cook don't waste your money on this book. The layout and style is not visually pleasing to the eye and there is absolutely nothing revolutionary in the book regarding recipes. Very boring to read and from what I can tell very boring to cook!...more info
  • A Healthy Diet Cookbook
    Bob Greene begins this book by noting that (Acknowledgements page): "I wanted this cookbook to be something special. . . . [T]he collection of recipes that you're about to experience employs innovative techniques and unique combinations of ingredients to create meals that are respectful of calories, nutritionally rich, and delicious." In the Introduction (Page 1) he contends that "Eating is meant to be one of life's great pleasures." Hence, a cook book that claims that it has delicious meals that are also healthy and good for you. How well does it do at in meeting that high standard?

    I think this volume actually does pretty well. Here's, for example, a simple side dish--easy to make and still tasty. Marinated mushrooms (Page 189). Ingredients? Pretty easy. Button mushrooms, some lemon juice, chives, olive oil, and a wee bit of salt. What could be easier? Just toss the mushrooms with ingredients and enjoy. Simple--but yet tasty.

    The soups section has a number of straightforward recipes. Chicken noodle soup is a mainstay in many people's diets. Here, we see a pretty doable recipe that promises to taste good (Page 54). Chicken broth, chicken breast, carrots, celery, parsley, rosemary (always good in a recipe), thyme, spaghetti (whole grain). This looks like a good, simple, healthy recipe to me.

    With respect to entrees, I have tried to move away from beef toward fowl and fish. In the category of entrees, Greene provides a recipe for Chicken with spring onions and mashed spring vegetables that looks outstanding. Another entree is vegetarian--Angel hair pasta with walnuts and peas. Looks simple to make and healthy to eat! And here's another one that is quite tasty indeed--Chicken poached in white wine with tomatoes. Simple ingredients and a yummy outcome. . . .

    Other featues: healthy desserts, some recipes from "world-class chefs," meal plans, basic recipes (e.g., chicken and vegetable stock, vinaigrette), and techniques (such as how to slice beef, blanch fruits and veggies, and so on).

    I wish that the pictures of the dishes were in color (while there are a few color plates, most photos are not), but that is hardly a major issue. Overall, this is a really solid cookbook, with pretty healthy recipes. A useful addition to my kitchen library. . . ....more info
  • Diet Tips
    The author deals forthrightly with strategies
    to increase metabolism. In addition, meals
    should be well-spaced with smaller portions.
    Dieters should have plenty of water, low-fat
    milk, fiber and Omega 3 fish oil.

    A strength of the book is that the author
    supplies a plethora of delicious meals
    which are tailored to a dieter's needs.

    The book is well worth the price of admission
    for the totality of the advice presented and
    the practicality of implementation. I've
    utilized some of these strategies myself to
    achieve significant weight loss....more info
  • Great job Bob
    Bob's new cookbook shows all of the hard work that went into it. Love it. I know there will be many great meals coming out of this book to help me lose the NEXT 42 lbs. Love the look of the book and the content is great. From simple to complex meals. Everything to fit my mood....more info
  • A marketing promotion
    The problem I have with the book is with all of the referenced food companies. For example the soy milk he references has a high sugar content. Appears to me his book is more of a book for marketing certain brands of food along with his connection to Oprah. Wonder how much these companies supported his book and its marketing and publication? Can't believe its true nutritional value with the marketing of so many companies....more info
  • Doable, Healthy Recipes
    The Best Life Diet Cookbook, by Bob Greene, is geared toward the cooking shy/inexperienced. Greene seems to think that many Americans are not cooking these days, so he is careful to present a book in which most of the recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less and are technically easy to make.

    He understands that many Americans are too busy to cook--or simply don't make cooking a priority. In the introduction he writes: "You can reclaim the experience of eating as a celebration by sitting down to enjoy these high quality, delicious dishes without over doing it."

    The book is comprised of recipes plus numerous two-week meal plans.

    I love to cook and do so frequently, mixing new with my favorites. I always cook healthy (although not necessarily low-calorie) and have tried several of Greene's recipes. So far, all have been very good.

    * Most unusual for a salad was the lamb salad with cucumber and yogurt. Quiet delicious.
    * The chicken breasts with pumpkin seeds was also very good. Pumpkin seeds are tasty and very healthy.
    * Roasted root vegetables is a variation on what I often make and this recipe was very good, including unusual root veggies like rutabagas.
    * YUM on the raw garlicky kale. I love kale and am always looking for new recipes to make with this super healthy and delicious veggie.

    I enjoyed the recipes and bios from the world-class chefs, although I will admit that some are too time-consuming for me to consider making. Some of the recipes were simply show-offy chefy stuff; other, quite doable.

    If you are searching for healthy and tasty recipes, The Best Life Diet Cookbook will do the trick.

    By the author of HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET.
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  • Best Life Diet Cookbook
    It helps you stay on track with the recommendations that Bob Greene provides in his book. The recipes are easy to make and very tasty. Also, lots of different cuisines.
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  • Great ideas!
    I have seen this cookbook on Opera and was interested in trying it out for myself. I love most of the recipes, and can't wait to try them all.
    Easy, healthy, and tasty!







    ...more info
  • Best Maybe But Maybe Too Exotic
    Buffalo with Blackberries, anyone? Quinoa Granola? How about Salad of Riesling-Poached Tokyo Turnips with Brussels Sprouts, Pickled French Laundry Garden Onion, and Toasted Mustard Seed Emulsion? Bob Greene's "The Best Life Diet Cookbook", designed to be used in tandem with his wildly popular "The Best Life Diet" has the best and healthiest of intentions, but isn't a terribly great resource for anyone short on time or money or with a family of potentially picky little ones--in other words, a good portion of the population. Greene's philosophy of cooking and eating is a solid one; he firmly believes that "eating is meant to be one of life's great pleasures," and that "many of us have lost that special connection with the experience of eating...." The purpose of this books is to help readers "reclaim the experience of eating as a celebration by sitting down to enjoy these high-quality, delicious dishes without overdoing it." So far, so good. The recipes, however, split into ten different categories that include Breakfast, Entrees, Side Dishes, and Desserts, overwhelmingly seem geared towards the young, the hip, and the unencumbered, not the average workaday American with 2.5 kids. While there may be a silent majority of working families who are beside themselves with joy to come home from a hard day at work to partake of Tofu Mushroom Scramble on a Whole Wheat Tortilla or Baked Eggplant with Ground Beef, they certainly keep themselves well hidden. And, even if Duck with Plums or Broiled Mahimahi with Grapes and Leeks seems like a winner, the price of the ingredients can often prove prohibitive in these days of the not-so-great economy. Greene does acknowledge that different Best Life Dieters have different needs, and two of the three two-week full meal plans he includes in the back of the book, the Quick and Easy Meal Plan and the Family-Friendly Plan (the third is the Kitchen Connoisseur plan), are geared for the busy and the child-overwhelmed. The Family-Friendly Plan incorporates favorites like Sloppy Joes and Shepherd's Pie, but leaves the reader wondering why a person would purchase a book containing chiefly recipes of the Cauliflower Curry with Red Lentils variety if they are planning on cooking the Chicken Noodle soup. That said, there is no doubt that Greene's recipes are nutritious, low-calorie, palate-expanding, and a real find for devoted food enthusiasts looking to expand their kitchen repertoire.
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  • Sad to say "just more of the same"
    I truly appreciate the wisdom shared by Bob & his recipes are really very tasty. The disappointment is that most of the recipes are similar to the first version. I would have hoped that there would be more diversity in his second edition ... you really have to join the website club to get that I guess. ...more info
  • Great ideas!
    I have seen this cookbook on Opera and was interested in trying it out for myself. I love most of the recipes, and can't wait to try them all.
    Easy, healthy, and tasty!







    ...more info
  • more choices.
    I have only cracked the healthy possibilities offered in this book, but I am thrilled at my family's positive reviews so far....more info
  • Total Waste of Time and Money
    While I respect that Bob Greene is trying to help many people if you are any where close to being a good cook don't waste your money on this book. The layout and style is not visually pleasing to the eye and there is absolutely nothing revolutionary in the book regarding recipes. Very boring to read and from what I can tell very boring to cook!...more info
  • The very best life diet cookbook
    I could not wait for my book to arrive as I was just starting a new eating plan that was devised for me through a dietician. The book arrived and I was immediately disappointed as the recipes were mostly things that I would never eat and the recipes were not made with ingredients that most people have on hand. I am not saying it is a bad book by any means I am just saying that it was not at all what I expected and I have no use for it....more info

 

 
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