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200 Low Fat Dishes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook Kindle Edition
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The book is divided into the folowing sections
In what sense these are everday I don't understand. I cetainly won't be reguarly spending an hour and precious gas boiling pearl barley, to make lamb and prune tagine with barley. Not least because it is probably better with cous cous. I was also surprised that having lectured the reader on how healthy and lean skinned chicken breasts are, we are then asked to baste them in butter.
The quick recipes take anything up to 45 mins to prepare. In fact they seem to be typically no quicker, than most of the other reipes in the book. The recipes in this section are simpler and plainer than the everday recipes and I will be more likely to use them.
These recipes are only slightly more luxurious than the other recipes and will be just as easy to repair. For example, chicken with paprika is made "special" simply by drowning it in a pint of red wine.
These recipes are amongst the most sensible in the book. They are not quite staples, but if your are entertaining a vegetarian then they may come in handy.
Plenty of vairety. Again recipes for entetaining rather than staples.
The desert recipes look the most inviting of all the recipes. Whatever it happens to taste like, the mixed berry chocolate roulade looks to be an exciting improvement over a sickly shop bought yule log.Read more ›
Cara Hobday DOES write a superb introduction to this book, encouraging a change of attitudes towards fatty foods and giving solid nutritional advice. But the recipes themselves completely contradict this advice!
Just 5 recipes into the book and we've consumed Peanut Butter, Butter and Coconut Milk! How 'Low fat' is that, Eh?
And your Penne with Roasted Tomatoes is not a complicated-sounding dish. I expect we could all manage that one without any fatty ingredients. But not Cara -she whops in OLIVE OIL, CREME FRAICHE, RICOTTA and PARMESAN!! I trick you not! Excuse me, but is this not exactly the OPPOSITE of 'low fat'? eg. Taking a traditionally low-fat dish and packing it with saturated gunk! What is she thinking?
I grant that it is oft suggested throughout the book to use 'low fat' variants of ingredients like 'half fat cheddar' but do consider that, at 30% fat, cheddar cheese still does not qualify as low fat in its half fat variant of 15% fat. Not in my book, anyway; I'm looking at anything under 2% to qualify as low fat, frankly.
This book could have been called 'low-ER fat' dishes instead of low fat dishes. Unless it was qualified with nutritional breakdowns of each recipe which it is not. Fat chance!
Some dishes here do look tasty and one or two look genuinely healthy but the bewildering inclusion of saturates in a book of this title is lunacy.
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I don't eat meat, which I should have thought about before getting this book. But looking at the veggie dishes, the author seems to have fallen into the trap of using eggs and cheese to substitute for meat. Not very healthy really.Read more ›
In the same format as other books in this series the recipes are clearly explained and laid out one recipe to a page, with the facing page showing a full colour photograph of the finished dish. The recipes are grouped under the headings: everyday, quick, something special, vegetarian, salads, and desserts. The book includes an index, but as with other books of the series each recipe is listed just once and not always where you might expect it to be; unless you know the name given to the recipe it can be difficult to find what you want.
The recipes that include meat in the ingredients specify low fat cuts, this obviously helps achieve the low fat aim, but I wonder how much flavour is lost; my experience with such cuts is that they can be dry and tasteless, although with really good quality meat it is perhaps less of a problem. Cheese features in a number of recipes but it tends to be goat cheese - OK if you like goats cheese, but I find it can be insipid. The desserts might include quark, or low/half fat versions of either fromage-frais, crème-fraîche, yogurt (yoghurt) or cottage cheese.
While I am something of a fan of these handy little books I don't think I will be making a great deal of use of this particular one, but no doubt those seeking to reduce fat in the diet will find plenty to choose from, for as with the the other books there is a great deal of variety here, and the dishes certainly look appealing from the photographs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
full of easy nice dishes and easy to follow instruction a must for any cook who entertains a lot yesPublished 21 months ago by derick r watson
Really simple and tasty receipies. Nice addition to your day to day meals. Well explained and nice pictures to make you drizzle!Published on 25 May 2013 by Claudine
A good well written practical guide to watching the calories. I sourced it for my ageing parents who were unsure how to act on advise from their GP on how to cut down on those... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2012 by P. Keeling
I've always been a fan of the Hamlyn All Colour Cookbooks, and this edition doesn't disappoint. As someone whose prejudiced view was "healthy eating is dreary eating", this book... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2012 by C. Peacock
Good recipes but disappointed that there is no nutritional value to each recipe. Not as good as the Good Food books.Published on 15 Nov. 2012 by Anthea Rathlin-Jones
I have always been a fan of this series since the original All-Colour Cookbook in the 1970s, which, although a bit dated now, I still use from time-to-time, because it contains one... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2012 by The Librarian
An excellent resource book for those of us trying to be healthier, full of a great variety of interesting and tasty low fat dishes, making it easier to combine exciting... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by A. Roberton
I find this book extremely handy with its alternative recipes without the fat of the usual items that contain fat...they are extremely tasty.. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2012 by Joan-Violet