The Biggest Loser Cookbook
Devin Alexander & Karen Kaplan
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Buy *The Biggest Loser Cookbook: More Than 125 Healthy, Delicious Recipes Adapted from NBC's Hit Show* by Devin Alexander & Karen Kaplan online

The Biggest Loser Cookbook: More Than 125 Healthy, Delicious Recipes Adapted from NBC's Hit Show
Devin Alexander & Karen Kaplan
224 pages
October 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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On the hit reality television show The Biggest Loser, fans watch the radical transformation of the program’s contestants with the help of a structured and hands-on diet and exercise program. Most of us will never have the opportunity to participate in such a structured program but now, thanks to The Biggest Loser Cookbook, ordinary people can access the tips of trainers Bob Harper and Kim Lyons, as well as the wide range of recipes the contestants have incorporated into their daily lives to continue to lose and maintain their goal weight.

For those not familiar with the show, the book provides a brief introduction to each of the contestants as well as some general tips for implementing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. From there it presents a wide range of recipes, covering the same topics you expect to see covered in any other traditional cookbook: breakfast, hearty snacks, sandwiches soups and stews, sides and salads, main courses, and sweet snacks are all included.

This cookbook is different from others offered for a few reasons. Chef Devin Alexander (who herself has maintained a 55-pound weight loss over 15 years through healthy cooking) created over 100 of the recipes included here, and others have been created by The Biggest Loser contestants - ordinary people who do not necessarily have any cooking experience, let alone experience cooking with the intention of losing weight. Thus the recipes are user-friendly, not requiring any fancy kitchen equipment or ingredients. Instead, these are accessible recipes for (and often from) ordinary people who want to live healthy and productive lives.

In addition, what makes this cookbook appealing its all-inclusive nature, meaning that you can enjoy each and every one of the recipes contained in this book and still lose weight. This is in sharp contrast to other “diet” cookbooks on the market which restrict certain recipes to certain phases of a diet, or determine the appropriateness of a recipe based upon how much weight you want to lose. In this cookbook, you can open the book to any of its pages, prepare the recipe with a minimal amount of time and effort, and lose weight.

Some of the recipes are quite simple, merely putting a few ingredients you have in your home together to create a new flavor. I particularly liked the recipe for warm pumpkin-pie Cream of Wheat, which merely combines Cream of Wheat and canned pumpkin to create an usual and satisfying treat without any real effort. Similarly, there is a simple (and low-fat, low-calorie) recipe for stuffed mushrooms prepared simply by stuffing mushrooms with fat-free feta cheese, parsley, olive oil and some spices. A quick and easy eggplant lasagna is made by layering and baking eggplant, mushrooms, low-fat marina sauce, and shredded fat-free cheese. This recipe is so simple and so delicious that I have already made it a few times and never missed the high calorie pasta that I would include in my variation of this same dish.

Fans of The Biggest Loser TV show will find great inspiration from this book, since they have viewed the radical transformation of the program’s contestants into more fit, happier, healthier individuals. Even if you have not watched the show, you will likely enjoy this recipe collection since it provides the tools to prepare quick and delicious meals that will help you stay healthy and lose weight. These attributes make The Biggest Loser Cookbook a true recipe for success.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lori West, 2007

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