The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook

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What better way to enjoy the relaxed, healthy South Beach Diet lifestyle than with a cookbook that celebrates the best foods of summer from garden and market? The 150 all-new quick and healthy recipes in The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook capture the casual, sunny essence of Florida’s popular South Beach--and other warm climates around the world.

Whatever phase of the diet you’re on, you’ll find ideas for breezy breakfasts; crisp salads and light summer sandwiches; innovative grilling ideas for meats, poultry, fish, and shellfish; tempting vegetarian entr¨¦es; refreshing desserts; and cooling summer drinks. Imagine sitting at an outdoor table with family and friends enjoying Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Grilled Shrimp Caesar, South Beach Diet Tiramisu, and Iced Pom-Mojito Spritzers—just a few of the refreshing recipes to be found in this book. But this is more than just a summer cookbook. Tips throughout remind readers that grilling is a year-round pastime and that many of the recipes can be easily adapted to what’s freshest in the season. You’ll also get Sample Meal Plans for Phases 1 and 2, a glossary of key ingredients used in the book, and dozens of ideas for maximizing the bounty of the garden. The 60 beautiful full-page color photographs show just how appealing summertime recipes can be.

Customer Reviews:

  • Mmmmmm yummy!
    I was not too optimistic about this book because I found the original SB diet recipes to be too time and money consuming w/too many ingredients that were not in my cupboard. So I flipped through this initially and the photo were awesome, but again I did not let that excite me.
    So this weekend we tried our first recipe, the Spicy Chicken Tacos. I had pretty much everything on hand, aside from some spices. I could not believe how delicious they were! And more importatnly so very filling. Even my husband, who has a large appetite thought they were extremely filling.
    The next day we had the breakfast "pizzas" - eggs on pita with sauteed spinach. Again - fantastic and easy!
    I also made the blackberry cups for a BBQ and they were a huge hit - and so simple.
    So far we're 3 for 3 and I cannot wait to try more recipes.

    I also love the last section which is summer drinks. I always find it difficult to enjoy a nice refershing beverage in the summer because they are all so full of sugar - this book has a great selection.

    Follow-up 1 week later: This week we made the crab cakes, jalapeno turkey burgers, and the spicy fish tacos (we used tilapia instead of seabass). OMG they were all so freakin' delicious and EASY!!! I cannot pick a favorite because they were just all so yummy. I am loving this cookbook!...more info
  • Excellent recipes!
    Great, easy-to-prepare recipes. Emphasis on fruits and vegetables usually available in summer (of course, most markets can now provide these items nearly year-round). Almost no duplication of recipes from previous SBD books. Highly recommended!...more info
  • The South Beach Diet Summer Cookbook
    Excellent year round breakfast dishes. Love the recipes that Arthur Agatston puts together. Tasty but not fattening. This is another of his great cookbooks...more info
  • My new favorite cookbook!
    The recipes in this book are awesome (& you don't have to limit them to just summertime)! Meals are so flavorful & there's enough variety to satisfy any mood or pallette. I'm not very creative so tend to get in a rut with my meals, eating the same few things over & over, so it was fun to break out of that rut & be adventurous. So far I've found the recipes to be easy to follow & I've amazed myself that I was able to put together things that were so delicious! (Wow, that came out of MY kitchen?!) Friends & family are quite impressed! Even the salad dressings were so good! I was just going to use something bottled but thought I'd try one & it was so easy to make so now I use freshly made almost exclusively. My only complaint is that I've found a few of the ingredients difficult to find (my supermarket doesn't carry jicama, for example), but these recipes sure do make it easy & pleasurable to incorporate fresh, healthy meals into your life....more info
  • Very Good Condition
    I was shock to see what it would have cost me for a new book so I was thrill to get this book in great condition at a resonsible price. Very happy with this purchase and the fact I recieve the book quickly....more info
  • Simple Gourmet Dieting
    I received the Taste of Summer Cookbook for my birthday - love it! My husband and I are big fans of The SBD and have both lost weight. We are having a blast planning meals and cooking together - eating them together has become fun AND special. We light candles and double the recipes for lunch the next day. We are starting to hear comments from family and friends about our weight/inch loss. They cannot believe that people can actually lose weight while eating not only nutritious, but DELICIOUS food! Another great book from Dr. Agatston...a MUST HAVE for SBD and low-carb dieters! :-) ...more info
  • Buy this book!
    I received this cookbook as a gift and have worn it out over the last year. My husband and I have tried and enjoyed just about every recipe inside. There are of course a few that didn't make our favorites list, but overall this is a fantastic collection of meal ideas. We never felt like we were sacrificing taste in order to eat healthy. I used it all through the winter and just cooked on the stove top vs. the BBQ grill and it worked great! I have read quite a few cookbooks and this one is by the far the best I have seen. ...more info
  • Another South Beach Winner!
    Great new book... super ideas for warm weather climates where it's always Summer on the Beach!...more info
  • Makes eating right fun and easy
    The beautiful, yet easy recipes in this book will make your mouth water. This is a great cookbook for anyone -- not just followers of the South Beach Diet lifestyle. I plan to buy extra copies to give as gifts all summer long. Dr. Agatston has made eating right for better health so appealing, attainable and enjoyable. Who wouldn't want to dine on delicious food while doing something good for your heart and health? ...more info
  • Great for summer or all year around
    There's something about the abundance of fresh ingredients in the summer that inspires me to be more adventurous in the kitchen. This newest edition to the fabulous South Beach Diet cookbook library is a winner. I've tried about six of the recipes so far and have several more on the agenda for this week. The family particularly liked PULLED TURKEY SANDWICHES (page 131) and the SPICY CHICKEN AND BLACK BEAN TACOS(page 137) which are so quick and easy, you'll love them too. The GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH PEACH-LIME SALSA is a great dish to serve guests (page 150)and the nifty idea of using whole wheat tortillas to make homemade pizza is delicious. But my favorite is page 196, SOUTH BEACH DIET TIRAMISU. Love this book. Thank you Dr. Agatston....more info
  • Excellent Food Excellent Recipies
    Excellent - what else can you say....

    except maybe consider The Apo E Gene Diet: A Breakthrough in Changing Cholesterol, Weight, Heart and Alzheimer's Using the Body's Own Genes THE APO E GENE DIET : By Integrative Medicine Fellow - Pamela McDonald - A Breakthrough in Changing Cholesterol, Weight, Heart and Alzheimer's Using the Body's Own Genes
    This book runs along similar lines - it suggests eating locally for your traditional culture and eating for your individual genetic APO E genotype - especially where a family history of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and chronic illness is concerned.

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  • South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook
    I did not like this book at all. There is not one recipe that I would try....more info
  • Easy, Delicious and Healthy for Summer!
    This is a wonderful addition to my cookbook collection. I love cool refreshing recipes and drinks for summer and the ones I've tried are delicious and they all look great. I also love grilling and there is an abundance of great recipes for the grill with lots of fabulous marinade and seasoning suggestions. I'm also a big fan of making the most of summer fruits and veggies, and this book does just that... Eating healthy food that tastes wonderful-- It can be done! I love these cookbooks!...more info
  • Good Addition to your South Beach Library
    My wife and I have purchased the other South Beach cookbooks and they are wonderful. This one is no exception. It adds some great recipes that actually do remind you of summer. They make good use of berries and have some wonderful desserts. They even have a recipe for BBQ. It is definately a must have for the South Beach folks or people that just want different and great tasting recipes. ...more info
  • Good recipes
    Four years ago we did the South Beach diet. I lost 30 pounds which I have been able to keep off for these four years. My wife did't do quite as well, but she has always felt better and had fewer incidents of acid stomach using these recipes. We constantly return to the diet because we feel better, but one of the problems of the early diet was the lack of nice and easy recipes. The first week of the diet is a chanllenge to the cook. These recipes are actually good and make the diet easier. We use them freqeuntly with guests and are asked to share the recipe. Basically they help us stay within the parameters of healthy eating advocated by the South Beach diet. We recommend this cook book whether or not you are on the diet....more info
  • Delicious
    It's so nice that South Beach offers so many cookbooks. This one is another hit, loaded with very tasty and flavorful food! The salads are yummy!...more info
  • Great easy cool recipes for summer!
    I especially love the cucumber soup with grilled shrimp....delicioso! In true South Beach style, this book offers a wide variety in simple easy steps. FABULOUS!...more info
  • Delicious!!
    Like the first two books this one is filled with wonderful meals. When we prepare dishes from this our children ask for seconds, our friends and family ask for the recipe, and people at work marvel that this food is healthy!!!...more info
  • Supercharged and then some!
    These recipes go very well with the new super charged version of the South Beach Diet. Every recipe that I tried was true to its accompanying photo or description. This cook book opens up many choices, which makes following the diet easier and maintaining the life style more attainable....more info
  • Some real good recipes and ideas
    An enjoyable book with some great recipes and as always folks easy to tweak things to your liking or needs as we all can't eat every ingredient or use of certain spices etc so improvise and you will have some good healthy eats and like with any diet key is to get exercise in wgts and cardio combined....more info
  • Keep on Track Recipes
    Lots of yummy recipes for those hot summer days when you don't feel like cooking. Definately will keep me on track for the summer....more info
  • Fun book
    This is a great book with great tasting recipes. Some are a bit involved,but none are difficult. I would recommend this cook book to everyone that is interested in the South Beach Diet program....more info
  • Worth every penny!!!
    This is a really great cookbook. It has so much variety between breakfasts, salads, seafood, poultry, beef, snacks, desserts, etc. Everything is really fresh and flavorful. I've only had it about 2 weeks and have made several recipes so far. All were fantastic and easy to prepare. While I have followed the South Beach Diet in the past, you certainly don't have to be on the diet to enjoy these recipes. Perfect for easy summer cokking or all year round....more info
  • Quick and easy
    Some wonderful, light and easy recipes! Most are fit for company dinner but are easy and quick enough for everyday as well.
    The sample meal plans are available for those following the South Beach diet also give good ideas for planning side dishes if you are not on the diet but want to eat lighter.
    A lot of adaptable recipes too - they give you the ideas - you can add the ingredients you want and be creative.
    Pretty pictures of some of the meals.
    A nice book to have on hand for "good for you" food...more info
  • Great book
    This is one of the best books for information, instruction and recipes ever! I received it in excellent condition and began using it the very next day! I am the most uncreative person in the kitchen (a good way to fail on a diet); but this book is great for kitchen dummies like me! Step by step instructions - just what I needed. Lost 5 pounds the first week and another 5 the second and never felt hungry!! I'll use this book for the rest of my life!...more info
  • South Beach Taste of Summer Cookbook
    Great receipes- so good I can serve them to my family and friends and they never know they are eaing healthy. It's not your typical diet plan- it is a way to improve and incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle.

    I serve these receipes and no one would ever think they were diet receipes.

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  • I'll be on the Beach this summer! (and 25 pounds lighter!)
    I've been on South Beach since January and have lost 25 pounds (and hubby is down almost 30 pounds). I love this plan and find it a very healthy way to live.

    I just received this book. While there are some recipes in here that include ingredients I don't normally stock, I see LOTS of recipes that look quick, easy, and use common ingredients. I am planning to try about 50-75% of the recipes total. I'll post an update after I've made a few of them.

    Here's my list of what I am planning to try:

    Farmer's Cheese Pancakes with Summer Fruits (P2/P1V), Summer Squash Scramble with Fresh Tomato (P1), Sweet Strawberries with Greek-Style Yogurt and Almonds (P2), Blueberry Almond Bran Muffins (P3), Easy Walnut Muesli with Fresh Apricots (P2), Whole-Grain Nectarine Pancakes (P2), Blackberry-Banana Breakfast Smoothies (P2), Three Berry-Stuffed French Toast (P2), Cucumber Soup with Grilled Shrimp and Dill (P1), Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho (P1), Garden White Bean Soup (P1), Grilled Salmon Salad Sandwiches (P2/P1V), South Beach Diet Club Sandwiches (P2), Classic Lobster Rolls (P2/P1V), Chipotle-Rubbed Steak Wraps (P2), Summer's Bounty Greek Salad (P1), Endive Salad with Walnuts (P1), Honeydew, Fresh Herb and Ricotta Salata Salad (P2), Crisp Jicama Salad with Creamy Cilantro Salad (P1), Romaine Hearts with Tuna, Edamame and Green Goddess Dressing (P1), Grilled Southwest Steak, Radish and Blue Cheese Salad (P1), Baby Greens with Tiny Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs and Toasted Pistachios (P1), Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Aioli (P1), Picnic Macaroni Salad (P2), Summertime Sweet Potato Salad (P2), Southern-Style Greens (P1), Spicy Grilled Sweet Potato Fries (P2), Savoy Slaw with Sesame Dressing (P1), Southern-Style Shrimp Boil (P3/P1V), Fresh Blackened Tuna with Greens (P1), Lemony Poached Halibut with Creamy Cucumbers (P1), Seafood Paella (P2), Crab and Shrimp Cakes with Caper Sauce (P1), Warm Shrimp and Penne with Dill (P2), Seared Scallops with Summer Vegetables (P3/P1V), Mixed Seafood Kebabs with Parsley-Garlic Sauce (P1), Pasta with Salmon, Peas, Mint and Feta (P2), Spicy BBQ Shrimp and Rice (P2), Lemon-Grilled Whole Trout with Pesto (P1), Steamed Mussels with Garden Vegetable Broth (P1), South-of-the-Border Salmon Burgers (P1), Tropical Shrimp and Rice (P2), New England Shellfish Chowder (P2), Grilled Shrimp Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing (P2/P1V), Grilled Chicken with Savory Asian Plum Sauce (P2), Garlicky Chicken Skewers (P1), Pulled Turkey Sandwiches (P2/P1V), Mediterranean Chicken Burgers (P2/P1V), Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Tacos (P2), Asian Turkey Meatballs in Lettuce Cups (P1), Pan-Seared Chicken with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (P1), Turkey Cutlets with Vegetable Couscous (P2), Grilled Chicken Fajitas (P2), Jerk Chicken with Cool Romaine Salad (P1), Easy Summer Chicken Chili (P1), Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce (P1), Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach-Lime Salsa (P2/P1V), Chipotle Chili Dogs (P2/P1V), Herb-Marinated Sirloin with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes (P1), Carne Asada (P1), Hot Dogs with Homemade Tomato-Pickle Relish (P2/P1V), Pork Pinchos with Shredded Cabbage Salad (P2), Grilled Steak with Texas Mop Sauce (P1), Feta-Stuffed Sirloin Burgers wtih Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise (P2/P1V), Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops (P1), Spicy Lamb Kebabs with Cucumber-Mint Yogurt (P1), Spaghetti with Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Sauce (P2), Grilled Tomato, Arugula, and Feta Cheese Pizzas (P2), Grilled Spinach, Garlic, and Goat Cheese Pizzas (P2), Spicy South Beach Diet Macaroni and Cheese (P2), Farmers' Market Pasta Salad (P3), South Beach Diet Tiramisu (P2), Creamy Lemon-Vanilla Ricotta Souffles (P1), Nectarine and Plum Fans with Blue Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts (P2), Chocolate-Cherry Trifles (P2), Star Anise-Spiced Fruit Skewers (P2), Raspberry Ices (P2), Cool-Down-Quick Peach Pops (P2), Fresh Blackberry Tartlets (P2), Floating Caribbean Islands (P3), Strawberry-Blueberry Crunch (P2), Peach-Almond Parfaits (P2), Summer Fruit Cocktail (P2), Plum Rice Pudding (P2), Crangria (P3), Orange Gingerade (P2), Chilly Chocolate (P1), Ocean Breezes (P3), Mary on the Beach (P1), Calypso Coolers (P2), Iced Green Sun Tea (P1), Raspberry-Grape Sparklers (P2), Strawberry-Citrus Refreshers (P2), Iced Pom-Mojito Spritzers (P3), Peach-Raspberry Shakes (P2), Hibiscus Tea Spritzers with Lime (P1), Melon Agua Fresca Slushes (P3)

    Looks like I'll be on the Beach all summer! Jump on in! The water's great!
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  • South Beach Diet works miracles!
    I went on the South Beach Diet in November 2005. In one year I went from weighing 280 lbs to weighing 215! My cholesterol went from 221 to 141,and my blood pressure went from 150/100 to 117/77 (with NO drugs). Also I lost 6 inches around my waist. It went from 42 inches to 36.As of May 2008, I currently weigh 212 (at 5' 11') and am trying to work my way to 195 now.I own all of the books and am one of the biggest advocates of the diet. I would recommend this book to anyone! ...more info
  • Good ideas
    This cookbook has a lot of good ideas to go with for using with the South Beach Diet. If you need a cookbook to expand your horizons then this is the one for you. Worth taking a look into this book........more info
  • Tasty
    In a previous book, Dr. Agatston gives a recipe for Shrimp Gazpacho (doesn't sound as good as it is) that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and is one of my all time favorites. It's hard to believe that food which is so easy to prepare can be good for you and taste so good. And, in my quest to lose a few pounds and get ready for summer (and a class reunion!) my cholesterol has dropped from 265 to 189. I have never been able to budge that number, so I am very grateful.

    So, I was glad to see this book come out and it has not disappointed. It is filled with the same kind of recipes as some of the other South Beach books, but with a special section on grilling and grilled foods, and an emphasis on quick to fix, light fare made from ingredients that are fresh and available in the summer. I look for recipes that don't have too long a list of ingredients, so that it is easy and less expensive. This book is filled with them!

    I won't list a lot of the recipes as I see that other reviewers have already done that, but what's also nice about this book is that there are recipes given that can be doubled or tripled and fixed for a crowd, taking into account the way we live in the summer, like Easy Summer Chicken Chili. And, each recipe has a paragraph written about it that gives hints like what cuts of meat are less expensive, and what each recipe is providing nutritionally and the ease of preparation. Statements like, "If you don't have all the fresh herbs called for here, simply double up on the ones you do have." makes it easy on the 'becoming ever so much slimmer' cook!

    A round of applause for the doctor, please. He's done it again.

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