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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (10 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594865485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594865480
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GREGG AVEDON is one of the world's most successful male models, having appeared in "Esquire," "GQ," and "Vanity Fair," in addition to gracing the covers of nearly 20 issues of "Men's Health," where he writes the enormously popular "Muscle Chow" column each month. Avedon lives in Weston, Florida.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JRAE on 10 Oct. 2010
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This is the only 1-star review I have written on Amazon, and it hasn't been written with haste (I have owned the book for months).

I cannot believe that this book has so many positive reviews, over the last year I have eaten many meals that are high protein, low fat and easy on the simple carbohydrates and enjoyed it, this book would convince a person that "muscle chow" must often be dull.

Dull food is not the most annoying result of forking out money for this book, the real issue is quite simple: this book is insulting to the reader's intelligence. A prime example of the lazy recipes is the Mud Pie Delight, which involves buying a Weightwatchers Mississippi Mud Pie and blending it with ice cubes, chocolate whey protein and water- that's the entire recipe, it's 29 words long. Another recipe for "Vein Poppin' "Tapioca" pudding" directs users to buy baby food (an American brand)and mix in Soy granules- the recipe is eight words long.

One positive point is the nutritional stats section provided for each meal- this does count on being able to procure the brands that many recipes call for, otherwise they're merely a useful estimate I suppose.

I would reccomend other books in preference to this:

Cook This, Not That! Kitchen Survival Guide- A selection of light alternatives to foods available at restaurants, not particularly focused on protein but useful for those who can easily be distracted by tempting meals when eating out.

The High-protein Cookbook: More Than 150 Healthy and Irresistibly Good Low-carb Dishes That Can be on the Table in Thirty Minutes or Less- More complex recipes but still very easy to make delicious food. Still plenty of protein but a much better book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. RIAZ on 26 Feb. 2008
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This book is an excellent collection of recipes and practical information for those serious about their training and making sure they are getting the right nutrition.

Gregg has some sound advice and if you're like me not knowing how to approach the diet in a way that will complement your training and just taking protein shakes, this book is invaluable as it gives some simple and clear advice and the recipes are very easy and taste great!!

The starting point was keeping a food log/diary and seeing how much usless calories I was consuiming and then replacing these meals with ones from Muscle Chow. Also with the food diary method I tried out carb cycling... The result? I have noticed that I am training harder and for longer and the protein shakes supplement my diet as opposed to being meals in themselves.

Great book
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Sorbie on 17 May 2009
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This book is packed with fantastic recipes. As a fussy eater I usually struggle to find more than 4 or 5 recipes in any recipe book that I would be able to eat (and even then, often with adaption). Given that this book hits a very specific type of diet and aims to keep food healthy, I was expecting to find ever fewer recipes I could use.

On first inpsection I'd say I've found 10-12 I could use. As I say, I am a VERY fussy eater so the majority of readers would find even more use from the book.

My only criticism is that this book is written by an American and aimed very much as a US market. The language and spelling is in Americanese (i.e.: not English)....although you can work out what the guy means. The ingredients he refers to are often brand named items you'd struggle to find in the UK....but I guess you could work out what he is referring to and replace with a British alternative.

He also seems to cook virtually everything on a skillet. Not having a skillet I ventured out to find one and realised I couldn't get one for less than about £45. I purchased a griddle pan for £10 though and fingers crossed I will get roughly the same result.

All in all, not a bad book at all. I wouldn't let my criticisms put you off. I am s
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Brown on 13 Jun. 2010
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Before I started the "Lean phase" of the muscle chow diet, I didn't really have any muscle tone because of fat covering it up. After just 3 weeks I could see that my body was starting to look more chiseled out because I was burning off fat, and I'm developing a nice six pack. Learned a lot about timing meals and how much to eat etc as well as discovering many delicious low fat meals. I also feel more energetic generally. The only downside, as other reviewers have said, is that a lot of the ingredients that Avedon talks about are only available in the US, but you can find pretty good substitutes in the UK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dark Horse 85 on 11 Mar. 2011
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PROS...
-The Recipes.
The book has good recipes in it.

CONS...
-Poor Organization.
But the organization of the is not good, it is organized in the contents by the main ingredient (i.e. beef, chicken etc). This makes it very hard to find a meals that suit what you are aiming to do with your body such as bulking or cutting(fat loss).

-Cheap & Ugly
Don't judge a book by its cover. The poor quality paper and black and white print make this a rather boring book to use.

-No pictures
Pictures are very important for cookbooks they give you so much information about what is it that your trying to cook, what you may fancy eating and most all motivation!

The overall feel of the book is cheap and generally uninspiring. But if you don't mind the CONS then this may still be a book for you.
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