Sunday, October 23, 2005

COOKBOOK REVIEW: The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook

In the summer of 2004 I had a huge yard sale. One thing I sold was over 200 novels and cookbooks. Even with that many cookbooks gone, I still had several hundred left, more than any person really needs. After that sale, I decided that I would try to stop buying so many books and cookbooks. I often buy novels at Costco, read them in a day or two, and never pick up the book again. That's like money down the drain I figured, because you can always get books from the library.

Cookbooks, however, are a slightly different story. Even though there are more and more recipes available online, to me nothing quite replaces the pleasure of sitting down in my favorite chair and reading cookbooks for a few hours.

I did resist this book for the first few times I saw it. But then yesterday I noticed it again, in the grocery store of all places, and I rationalized my way into buying it. "After all," I told myself. "You are writing a blog based on recipes for the South Beach Diet. You NEED this book."

Well of course I don't really need the book, but I am glad that I bought it. The front is loaded with good information for anyone interested in reducing "bad" carbs from their diet. It did remind me that I have strayed a bit from the original dedication that allowed me to lose 41 pounds following this diet. I never was that faithful about not using butter (margarine - yuck), and lately I've been eating a few forbidden things like bacon once in a while. But overall I am still pretty committed to the South Beach ideals of "good" carbs and "good" fats. The good news was that I noticed some things that I have somewhat avoided that I could eat more of now that I have reached my goal, things like fruits and whole grains which I had still been eating pretty sparingly.

I see a lot of recipes for dishes that I would make for sure:

  • Pear Bran Muffins (page 72)
  • Thai Shrimp Soup with Lime and Cilantro (page 78)
  • Mexican Chicken Soup (page 82)
  • Cilantro Pesto Dip (page 92)
  • Green Leaf, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad (page 124)
  • Halibut with Tapenade in Parchment (page 146)
  • Warm Asparagus and Salmon Salad (page 152)
  • Shrimp Stir-Fry (page 161)
  • Turkey Parmesan (page 172)
  • Provolone Chicken Melts (page 181)
  • Turkey Sausage with Kale and Chickpeas (page 183)
  • Tomato Saffron Stewed Chicken (page 182)
  • South Beach Chicken Paella (page 188)
  • Peanut Chicken with Noodles (page 191)
  • Chicken Pot Pie (page 202)
  • Mini Greek Meatballs (page 216)
  • Vietnamese Pork Rolls (page 222)
  • Chipotle Beef Burritos (page 243)
  • Roasted Spicy Cauliflower (page 273)
  • Sesame Green Beans (page 275)
  • Chinese Style Broccoli (page 277)
  • Nutty Brown Rice (page 278)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies (page 302)
  • Flourless Chocolate Rasberry Cakes (page 309)
Wow! That's a lot of good sounding recipes. I better get off the computer and go cook something. Stay tuned for reports on how some of these dishes turn out.

The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook
200 Recipes, all 30 minutes or less
Suggested Retail $27.95, I paid $18.16
Available at bookstores, grocery stores, Costco, and online outlets.

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  1. I found your comments on foodscool and am excited to check out that site! Also excited to have found a new blog! Love the writeup on south beach cookbook. Very cool!

  2. I made the recipe minus a few things and it was quite good. I can't wait to try it including everything - but considering I used white wine vinegar since I didn't have red ,no feta cheese - I also didn't have any greek seasoning so I used the oregano and dill - it wasn't good planning on my part - but the meatballs were very good and I will let you know when I make it the right way.


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