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21 May 2010

Book Review: Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Irby

Title: The Substitute Yourself Skinny Cookbook: Cut the Calories, Keep the Flavor with Hundreds of Simple Substitutions!
Author: Chef Susan Irby
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
Paperback: 229 pages
ISBN: 978-1440503979
Genre: Cooking/Health


About the book

Includes 175 Super-Slimming Recipes!

The Secret is in the Substitutions!

Diet cookbooks should be about dropping weight, not depriving yourself. By swapping this for that, you can turn your favorite foods into low-calorie creations -- proving once and for all that you can have your chocolate molten cake, and eat it too!

In this calorie-slashing collection, Bikini Chef-to-the-stars Susan Irby offers 175 inventive recipes for switching up ingredients that keep calories to a minimum. Complete with serving-size suggestions and "Skinny Secret" shortcuts to trim calories in little ways, here you'll get expertly crafted recipes that include offerings for every meal of the day, such as:

* Flat-Belly Eggs Benedict (with turkey ham instead of deli ham) -- save 411 calories!
* Gouda Burger (with lean ground turkey and portobello mushrooms) -- save 271 calories!
* Smitten for Molten Chocolate Cake (with less cream and fewer eggs) -- save 260 calories!

Get all the flavor -- minus the guilt!

My Review:

Substitute Yourself Skinny
by Chef Susan Irby has made eating healthy simple, nutritious and most definitely delicious. One will not feel deprived or guilty when eating one of Irby's meals. Organized for conveniently finding recipes appropriate for breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as snacks, sides, appetizers and desserts, each recipe lists the number of calories "saved" from the original recipe, allowing you to choose a recipe that has more "bang" in terms of the reduction in calories. In addition to very clear and easy to read recipes (larger typeface made for a delight when using on the kitchen countertop), there were numerous photos of the dishes appearing to be very realistic. On each recipe there is further nutritional information and often times a "Skinny Secret" which offers a helpful tip on preparing, storing, or eating of various foods. I was attracted to the Tune-Up Tuna Salad for its huge calorie savings of 447 calories and although I enjoyed it, my husband, who loves anything with curry in it, had a hard time not consuming the entire dish in one sitting. The recipe for I Love NY Cheesecake was also a hit around our house. Most everyone in my home loves a good cheesecake and this lower fat version, knocking off nearly 50% of the calories from a regular slice of cheesecake, was no exception. I am thrilled to have been introduced to Chef Susan Irby's cookbook, Substitute Yourself Skinny and heartily recommend this cookbook to anyone wishing to eat healthier without sacrificing taste.

About the Author:

Chef Susan Irby has worked with multiple Master Chefs including George McNeill, Todd English, and Ming Tsai. Known as the Bikini Chef, specializing in "figure-flattering flavors," Chef Susan is host of The Bikini Lifestyle with Susan Irby The Bikini Chef on KFWB News Talk 980 in Los Angeles and author of The $7 a Meal Quick & Easy Cookbook, The $7 a Meal Healthy Cookbook, and Cooking with Susan. She has cooked for several celebrities including Patrick Swayze, David Spade, Kate Sagal, and Bill Handel, and appeared on The Patti Gribow Show and KLAC Los Angeles and numerous other media outlets. She lives in Orange County, CA.

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I received a complimentary copy of Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Kirby from FSB Media for review. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Emidy said...

Very nice! Who wouldn't like to cook great tasting recipes that are better for you? I'll have to keep my eye out for this.

JP - The Mistress of Corgi Manor said...

Admittedly the title was not a grabber. Substitute? Usually means something not so good or you would already be eating it in the first place. But reading more changed my mind. The subs sounded quite good. I'll be checking this one out.