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Low-fat Meals in Minutes [Hardcover]

Ainsley Harriott
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11 April 2002
With Ainsley's winning ideas, low-fat doesn't mean you have to lose out on taste.' Hello magazine. Bringing us the best in low-fat tasty food Ainsley Harriott is the master of sensational and speedy cooking. Packed with 80 scrumptious recipes, from Jalapeo tiger-prawn ginger skewers to Peri peri pork medallions and lemon, Low Fat Meals in Minutes shows that low in fat does not mean low in taste. Features a special section on delicious and not-so-naughty puddings so you never have to miss out on dessert. With a tempting colour picture of every recipe and detailed nutritional notes, this collection of Ainsleys favourite low fat dishes wont make you feel youre making any sacrifices.

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  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (11 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056353480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563534808
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the nation's all-time favourite television chefs, Ainsley Harriott has become a much-loved face on our screens as the presenter of Ready Steady Cook and several other series. His recipe books have sold a total of 2 million copies worldwide and include the Feel-Good Cookbook, Ainsley's Barbecue Bible, Meals in Minutes, Low-fat Meals in Minutes, All New Meals in Minutes, Big Cook Out, the Friends and Family Cookbook and Just Five Ingredients. Ainsley lives in London with his wife and children.

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Blink and there's another Ainsley Harriott book out, this incarnation is Low Fat Meals in Minutes. The target audience this time is the weight-watching home-maker, struggling to fit those healthy lifestyle changes into a busy schedule; and perhaps also keeping an eye on the kids' fat intake. You really have to hand it to Harriott: he's very good at what he does. Low Fat Meals in Minutes presents 80 fresh, interesting, tasty, low-fat recipes, none of which takes more than an hour to prepare and cook (and most a lot less), and each of which is accompanied by a clear colour photograph--so you know exactly what it's supposed to look like--and nutrition notes. What could be simpler or more encouraging?

In the usual Harriott manner, inspiration ranges all over, with a preference for the flavours of Latin America, the Mediterranean and South-East Asia. So Prawn, Mushroom and Bean Sprout Noodles sits cheek-by-jowl with Jalapeno Tiger-Prawn Ginger Skewers; while not far away is Roast Lemon Bay-Scented Cod. Cajun and Jamaican jerk seasonings are also used to good effect, for example in the Louisiana Blue Cheese and Chicken Sandwich and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Puddings are strong on fruit: a particularly happy invention is the "Live and Kicking" Lemon and Chilli Sorbet. A handy collection, therefore, of speedy, waistline-friendly recipe ideas, which might prove something of a primer in expanding culinary horizons. The drawback, for some, will be Harriott himself. You don't have to be a toffee-nosed Elizabeth-David-or-nothing purist to find his manner grating ("Slap 'em on the barbie" "Dee-lish!" "Wowee"). But he's nothing if not friendly. --Robin Davidson

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"Another masterly collection of speedy recipes" (The People)

"With Ainsley's winning ideas, low-fat doesn't mean you have to lose out on taste" (Hello) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fab book! 4 April 2003
Format:Hardcover
I found this to be a great cookbook - especially for those watching their weight. The recipes all sound (and look!) incredibly tempting and are fairly easy to make. There are lots of "unusual" touches that make the recipes a bit different from the usual fare and it adds interest to the book.
Recipes such as Hot Mexican Tamale Bean Pie sound ambitious and somewhat daunting but turn out to be easy to make, look great and taste fantastic!
Best of all, each recipe comes with a full break down of the nutritional content - calories, saturated fat etc - which makes it perfect for anyone who is following any kind or calorie-counted or fat-restricted diet.
Easy to use, great value and an all-round great cookbook!
:)
Ali
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Very impressive. The food is big on taste, the preparation is quick and the ingredients are easily available and not expensive. I've tried 6 recipes, copied two out to give to friends and will be making more from this book.
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate dieting gourmet's cookery book 16 April 2002
Format:Hardcover
If you like good food, with lots of taste involving very little preparation time and
all low calorie - then this is the book for you.
You can almost hear Ainsley telling you what to do. His instructions are clear and precise and the tastes will explode in your mouth. My husband has been on a diet for 10 days now - and he still does not know it - thanks to Mr Harriott.
This book is for the gourmets who want to eat healthily yet do not want to miss out on the flavours. Each dish is not only a delight to eat but a feast on the eyes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low fat recipes that taste REALLY good! 21 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've always found Ainsley Harriot's approach to cooking refreshing and this book was in no way a disappointment. As someone who's trying to follow a low-fat diet, I was really pleased to find a book that not only offers advice on how to change your lifestyle easily, but also has recipes that do taste absolutely fab! I particularly love the Wok-It Chicken Chow Mein which is so quick to cook and full of flavour. There are also some brilliant recipes to use when cooking for friends, and I bet they won't even realise it's low-fat! This book is a must for anyone's cookbook collection :-)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one book you wont regret buying ! 19 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
this book is amazing, i was a bit sceptical of the reviews but i was proven wrong , it contains some very good and practical recipes all with pictures along with all the information on cooking on one page each recipe has a detailed breakdown of calories, & saturated fat content, its really worth getting this book even if you not trying to reduce your fat intake !
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'd never guess... 23 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
...that these recipes are low-fat. I've made most of the recipes from this book and every single one has been outstanding. Many of the recipes such as Spicy Casablanca Cous Cous and the Sticky Chicken Kebabs are now a permanent part of my dinner rotation. There's none of the usual boring "steam everything" approach, and a wide variety of ethnic inspiration means that you can satisfy most of your takeaway cravings without sabotaging your diet. Definitely a worthwhile investment for the cookbook shelf.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I hate to admit it but I love this book 17 Feb 2005
By Panda
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this book out of the library (reluctantly as I get annoyed watching Ainsley on TV) and it is *great*. In fact I'm going to have to order it as I can't keep renewing it.
Most of the ingredients are standard stuff, it's low in fat but you can make some recipes even lower, and the food actually tastes great! My husband is a really fussy eater and he has loved everything I've given him. Best of all, it's a down to earth book for everyday cooking. If you're looking for a book of low fat, easy, tasty recipes, you can't beat this. Honest, and I'm a mean reviewer.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! 15 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
I really like this book. Not only are the foods low fat but they're really tasty. There is nutritional information for all of the recipes so if you're calorie counting its easy.

Don't expect this to be as fast as a micro meal (as one of my friends expected) but don't expect to have to spend more that half an hour making a meal. This is really wonderful if you're trying to cook more but have little time or generally can't be bothered. Most of these are minimal effort and even though some have massive ingredients lists (that normally puts me off) it's generally just a case of chucking them all together.

This is real food for real people, not namby pamby restaurant stuff
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
not normal day to day cooking
Published 1 month ago by Elise
3.0 out of 5 stars Tasty recipes
There are some nice recipes. I would have liked more that were very simple and very very quick. But his is x useful book.
Published 2 months ago by Kate Green
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Good value usedseveral times very tasty meals easy to prepare. I do not like having to write a specific amount of words this will prevent me leaving more feedback.
Published 2 months ago by janet quick
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Did not like book very much,nothing exciting about recipes,was just not for me.bit disappointed.i am sure other people would like it because it's by ainsley
Published 4 months ago by Magpie
5.0 out of 5 stars good cook book
the book came very quick. I love this cook book very easy to understand and the food is good and all low fat.
Published 5 months ago by sandie
5.0 out of 5 stars tasty dishes
Great recipes, tasty dishes easy to prepare - and all low fat and not necessarily carbohydrate high.

This was a good buy!
Published 5 months ago by seethroughfaith
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine of its time
Oddly enough it's now rather out-of-date but It's okay as a low fat cookery book which is what I wanted
Published 8 months ago by Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty recipes
I have tried numerous recipes from this cookbook and every one is very tasty. Ainsley also gives some useful tips on weight loss. A must-have!!!
Published 12 months ago by Clare M
4.0 out of 5 stars friendly style
I like this book. The chips are really good and so is the frozen coffee dessert near the back. Nice photos and nutritional information. Inspiring.
Published 12 months ago by hostelgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a really good cookbook
I purchased this about a year ago and I have no hesitation in recommending it (I think it deserves the 5 star). Read more
Published 13 months ago by 1048 London, UK
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