I bought this book at the weekend after watching the show on Channel Four. I'm always slightly sceptical when it comes to cook books because usually I spend lots of money on a glossy thick book , open it up , and find there's only one or two dishes I actually would like to eat , and then I have none of the ingredients! This book it totally different. It's all the classics that we eat anyway , fish and chips , roast chicken dinner , tomato soup etc... except that the recipes have been created with slimming in mind.
So far I have made the steak and kidney pie and the chicken tikka massala , and I have to say I am impressed. Both dishes were very tasty and filling , and certainly didn't feel like "diet food" . I'm planning on making the roast chicken on Sunday (with roasted new potatoes and gravy!) , and the ingenious lasagne made with corgette slices as well. I cannot wait to try the chocolate orange tiramasu!
All of the main courses are around five hundred calories , and there are tips on how to either beef it up , or cut down even further if you want to.There are also sections on calorie counts and general everyday tips for snacks and drinks , as well as some realistic advice on exercise.
I really admire the ethos of this programme , and I am suprised it has not been done before. I have to say though the programme is not as good as the book , which really does have some great recipes and tips. As others have said , the proof will be when I have lost that stubborn dress size using these recipes!