The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Entertaining Family and Friends

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With more than 19 million copies in print worldwide, the best-selling phenomenon continues with fabulous all new recipes for healthy, delicious

South Beach Diet-friendly entertaining

The famed Miami Beach cardiologist who has helped millions of people worldwide to lose weight and eat healthier with his best-selling South Beach Diet books now addresses the special challenge that can undermine anyone’s willpower—the irresistible lure of diet-busting dishes at festive occasions.

As the more than 20 menus and 150 easy, all-new recipes in this cookbook prove, there’s no need to give up favorite holiday and party dishes to stay on the South Beach Diet. Dr. Agatston explains that healthy entertaining is not a matter of deprivation, but of "simply making as many good choices as possible." His new book provides those choices, putting a healthy twist on favorite entertaining meals for every occasion, whether it’s a family Christimas Eve dinner, a Thanksgiving feast, a Passover seder, a football fest in front of the TV, or a backyard barbeque with the neighbors. Readers will also find:

• practical tips and helpful (and healthful) hints throughout—including make-ahead suggestions, ideas for nonalcoholic cocktails (mocktails), ways to use leftovers, and more

• 55 full-page color photographs that illustrate the finished dishes along with ideas for stylish table settings and centerpieces

Customer Reviews:

  • The South Beach Diet, Parties and holidays cookbook
    This book is perfect for me!!! I have been on the South Beach Diet for 3 months now, it has helped me lose weight and to look at the way I was eating. This cookbook is one with recipes that are for special occasions that are not high calorie. I already have the pages of this cookbook dogearred! I am planning my daughter's birthday dinner using all phase 1 recipes and I am pretty excited about it. You can eat well, lose and maintain weight. The recipes are ones everyone can make....more info
  • The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook
    This is a wonderful addition to the South Beach franchise. I have prepared several meals based on these recipes, especially the Thanksgiving menu, and everything was outstanding. My guests were surprized and delighted when I disclosed they were eating healthy! Keep these books coming!...more info
  • The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook
    The south Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook is a disappointment for me . There are some fairly good recipes , however many of the recipes could be found in any health oriented cookbook. I really was looking forward to having some innovative recipes for holiday treats that would carry me through the holidays without eating all the un-healthy goodies. There really isn't any one recipe that appealed to me as being special.This cookbook just didn't fit the bill for me ....more info
  • You won't believe this is diet food ....
    I bought this book and made several of the recipes (as a practice run before the holidays) and must say that the recipes were easy and absolutely delicious. Two of my favorites are the Sweet Potato Rounds with Feta Cheese, and the Pumpkin Pie using whole wheat phyllo dough (which makes the look beautiful as well). Everyone I served it to loved it and no one suspected it was "diet" food. I definitely plan on making more items from this book for future get togethers. I will probably even give this book as a gift to certain foodie friends of mine....more info
  • Party On With Your Low-Carb South Beach Diet
    Holidays. What a frightening moment for anyone who is livin' la vida low-carb! These special occasions are the one time that most people let their low-carb plan flail in the wind like a freshly plucked feather. Casting all your cares about your weight aside, you stuff your face with all the wrong kinds of food and then later regret that decision when you attempt to get back on track again.

    Sound familiar anybody?

    Well, enough already with the games we play around parties and holidays when we should be celebrating. How about an all-in-one low-carb resource guide to offer up some healthy low-carb recipes that are oh-so-yummy and delicious while packing a powerful nutritional punch as well? I think I've found it for you with "The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Entertaining Family and Friends."

    Don't let the bright red color of this sixth book in The South Beach Diet series fool you into thinking it's just for Christmas! While it certainly provides recipes that are perfect for Christmas Day, including a unique Wake-Up Breakfast menu as well as Christmas Dinner, all of the other major holidays feature low-carb recipes as well, including New Year's Day, Valentines Day Dinner For 2, Passover Seder, Easter Gathering, Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Mother's Day Luncheon, Fourth of July Revel, Thanksgiving, Hannukkah, and Christmas Eve Dinner.

    As for parties, "The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook" has so many recipes for virtually every party you can think of, such as a South Beach Phase 1 Kickoff Party (good to think about come January when people make New Year's resolutions), a Family Buffet, Baby Shower, Weekend Brunch, Super Bowl Bash, Tuscan Feast, French Bistro Party, Backyard Grill Fest, Hors d'Oeuvres for a Crowd, and a Rite of Passage Party.

    Above everything, South Beach diet creator Dr. Arthur Agatson encourages low-carbers to get back on their weight loss plan if they do decide to indulge at parties. Resist the urge to stay off the diet and get yourself back on track. He gives some very practical advice to help you combat the urge to splurge during the holiday season that every low-carber won't want to miss.

    If you are the host or hostess for your party or special dining event, then Dr. Agatston helps you think about the ambiance you want to convey. How many guests and what do they like? What style of serving do you want? Will this be format or informal? Do you want to present a theme? Additionally, don't forget to take care of yourself despite the stress these events can place on you. You'll want to use the convenient "Checklist For Success" provided to help you plan many weeks ahead of the party to make it as perfect as it can possibly be.

    In fact, each holiday and party featured in this book includes a full menu listing with a "Party Game Plan" about how to best prepare for the big day, including pre-planned preparation to make sure the special attention you have given pays dividends on the day of the event. As for the recipes themselves, you get all the "Nutrition At A Glance" as usual for The South Beach Diet books as well as pertinent tips from Dr. Agatston.

    As we have come to expect from The South Beach Diet books, there are some absolutely stunning pictures of many of the recipes in "The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook" that will make your mouth water and get you in the kitchen to whip up any of these 150 recipes right away! Who needs a holiday or party to start eating healthy right now?! Cooking low-carb recipes that will keep you and your guests happy is all you can ask for and this book delivers on that in the most delightful way!

    Party anyone?...more info
  • A Dietary Pleaser
    I'm very happy with this book as it provides a slew of healthful recipes. The point of the book is to provide recipes for foods that are ideal for parties and holidays (hence the title) that can be enjoyed without throwing off your weight-loss goals. A must for anyone trying to stick to their lifestyle eating changes during these trying times!...more info
  • The Best Party Planner!
    This book is GREAT for planning a get-together! It lays out a complete menu for different occasions. It also breaks the preparation down into a time line, from days to months prior, so you don't have to worry about rushing to do it all the day of....more info
  • A Must Have For Holiday and Celebrations
    If you follow a low-carb lifestyle and ever entertain or celebrate holidays then this book is a must-have.

    I have several low-carb cookbooks but this one is different. Whatever other low-carb cookbooks you have, you need this one too. So many of us end up putting our diets on hold during the holidays or family get-togethers. Enter: The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook to the rescue.

    This book gives recipes that are suited and delicious enough to become part of your holiday celebrations. The recipes cover events such as a Super Bowl Bash and Baby Showers to holidays from New Years to Christmas.

    The opening page for each party or holiday gives you a menu list and also a party game plan that helps you organize and plan ahead. Nutrition at a glance facts and make ahead instructions are given at the end of each recipe.

    The book's pages are high quality pages with color photographs. I always appreciate color photos of food when they are included in a cookbook. The book has 21 menus with 150 recipes that will have you saying "It's time to celebrate with some good food". Best of all, it's food that's good for you too....more info
  • Great Recipies
    I really have enjoyed all of the recipes that I have tried as I have with recipes from the other South Beach cookbooks. Good menues and simple directions. My guests really enjoyed my holiday parties and I was able to stay on my diet. The diet itself is balanced and healthy and is one that you can stick to. ...more info
  • south beach review
    I have made several recipes from this book so far, and even my husband has liked the meals. That is very rare! I can't wait to try more!
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  • Eat healthy on those special occasions too!
    The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook is an excellent addition to your cookbook collection whether you are following the program or not.

    The oversized soft cover book features 150 healthy recipes. It begins with a chapter on preparing for your special time. This chapter explains simple techniques to make your occasion go smoothly. The book is divided into 2 sections. The first section covers festive parties. 10 parties ranging from a Super Bowl Bash to a Baby Shower to a Tuscan Feast.
    The second section includes Holidays throughout the year Mother's Day, Christmas Eve, and Valentine's Day for example. Each occasion includes a complete menu. The Family Buffet party menu includes such fare as dogs n' dips, asparagus and ham spears, baked chicken with artichokes, south beach waldorf salad, penne with homemade sauce and banana orange pops.
    Each menu includes when to start preparing. For the Family Buffet, it is suggested you make and freeze your pasta sauce up to a month ahead, make and freeze the pops up to 5 days in advance etc.

    The 242 page book also includes a conversion chart at the back and mouth watering photos of the different recipes. Each recipe gives prep time, ingredients, tips, and nutrition information calories, fat, saturated fat, protein, carbs and fiber. Make ahead info is also given which is a handy feature.

    The recipes in the book can also be used as regular meal fare and if you are on the program, phase 1, 2 or 3 is listed for each recipe. They are easy to prepare with easy of find ingredients. Lot's of great recipes here! Delicious and nutritious!

    Lee Mellott

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  • The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook
    The reason I purchased this cookbook was for the Holiday section. It has several recipes for Passover and Hanukkah I am very pleased with it. However, you have to pick and choose which recipe is best for you according to your taste buds and modify some....more info
  • Like it
    I was on a South beach diet kick. I still use the recipes out of the books. They really come in handy. The book was in great condition when I recieved it. Perfect. Thankyou will buy from seller again. ...more info
  • Great Healthy Entertaining Recipies
    This book is a great book for entertaining without straying from your new eating lifestyle. Very easy recipies, with great taste. Your company will never know the difference. Good way to introduce your family and friends to a healthier life....more info
  • Making Travel Easier
    Before this helpful guide came out, whether during the holidays or traveling, it was harder to know ahead of time what to prepare and where to eat out and still easily follow the South Beach Diet. Plus more restaurants are becoming SBD compliant all the time, making it easier to map our gastronomic route even before we leave.

    The SBD Parties and Holidays Cookbook couldn't have come at a better time!

    A Fan of Healthy Eating,
    Christy Lowry
    Boise, ID...more info
  • Just what I needed
    I got this right before Thanksgiving, which I would be hosting for the first time, and the few recipes that I've tried turned out great! I served the stuffing, the green beans amadine, and the butternut squash, and they all went over quite well. My mom (who is really hard to please) enjoyed them all and commended me on serving such a healthy Thanksgiving meal. What I also like about this book are the many dessert recipes. I tried the ranger cookies today and MAN, are they good! Can't wait to try the cheesecake, and the pumpkin pie. Highly Recommended....more info
  • Great Healthy Holiday & Celebration Recipes
    This book is great for all those get togethers where people consume much more than regular. Imagine being able to use the recipes in this book for say a super bowl game get together and eat till you're stuffed, no guilty feeling after of having eaten junk food either! The recipes in this book are great and tasty. From the recipes I've used, there hasn't been one that fell flat. Every home get together where you have guests come over, the recipes in this book are the perfect healthy choice. No guilty feeling here that you get from eating junk food during the holidays and home get togethers. Perfect book to use during the holidays when you eat more than normal to not pack on the extra pounds....more info


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