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Neris and India's Idiot-proof Diet Cookbook [Hardcover]

India Knight , Neris Thomas , Bee Rawlinson
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3 Jan 2008

Low-carb cooking. So, meat for breakfast, meat for lunch and meat for dinner, with a side helping of cream, right? Wrong. How about onion bhajias, sesame stir-fried duck and a fabulously retro Black Forest trifle for pudding (yes! pudding!). If you’re very good, we’ll even show you how to make a low-carb cheese and ham toastie.

Here is the most ingenious, least diety diet food in the world – but eating this way has resulted in tens of thousands of women losing unbelievable amounts of weight. Packed with brand spanking new recipes from the authors and Bee Rawlinson – a veritable Nigella for low-carbers – this book features over 100 delicious and simple recipes for breakfasts, snacks, soups, main meals, treats and desserts, including quick and easy recipes which just use five ingredients; food for people who live alone and want something wonderful to eat that doesn’t involve six different pans and new ways to make you love your veg. Plus ideas for canapés, travelling and picnic snacks, breakfast alternatives and lots more…

With each recipe geared to a phase in the Idiot-Proof Diet, this fantastic cookbook will inspire you, delight you, and – best of all – make you shrink like you wouldn’t believe.



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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490356
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A slimmer's delight (OK!)

Tasty but healthy recipes will shed that belly in no time (Grazia)

'The 'Nigella of low-carb' ...recipes you'll want to gorge on, whether you're following their low-carb plan or not' Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Author

I thought it might be an idea to pop up on here and explain a
bit about the book, since it's an unusual one - a diet book that tells you
jokes, gives you genuinely delicious recipes, and lets you into our heads
as well as our stomachs.

Basically, my friend Neris and I got fat. Really fat, like size 22. And one
day we finally decided to do something about it.

So we went and found out about diets, about what worked and what didn't; we
cherry-picked, we fiddled about - we wanted, for instance, to eventually be
able to drink and to have the odd piece of chocolate - and, armed with our
own version of a high-protein, low-carb diet, away we went.

It worked: we lost five stone each in a year, and we haven't put any of it
back on. So we thought we'd write about how we'd done it, in blow-by-blow
detail, charting the emotional ups and downs, providing recipes, and all
sorts of other stuff we found useful, like trying to unravel the reasons
behind our overeating. I'll bet you a roast potato they're the reasons you
overeat, too. We think unravelling them is crucial if you're going to keep
the weight off.

We also thought - completely insanely, in retrospect - that we should be
photographed wearing leotards and tights at every stage of the diet, and
leave the pictures absolutely un-retouched, so readers could see for
themselves that it really works. The pictures - they're really quite grim -

are all in there. So that's something to look forward to.

The other thing we really wanted to do was to write a diet book for real
people - people like us, with kids, jobs, dogs and the rest, who didn't
have the time or the energy to cook themselves separate meals, or to sit
miserably in the corner with a lettuce leaf. People who actually had a
life, liked going out, went to the pub - and who wanted to carry on with
all of these things while dieting.

Above all, we wanted to write a diet book that started off from a place of
love. We are so sick of women being made to feel terrible about the way
they look. During our research, we came across a pile of diet books - many,
though not all, written by middle-aged blokes - whose basic premise was
'You're a fat freak and you're killing yourself'. That approach - see also
'your insides are like sewers,' naming no names - is appalling. We start
off with the premise that you're pretty fabulous, and that you're going to
be even MORE fabulous when you slip into that tiny little dress you thought
you'd never in a million years fit into. It's not about body fascism: we're
not interested in dropping from a size 12 to a size 2. But from a 22 to a
14? Yes please.

We're really, really pleased with the way the book has turned out. If
you're at that stage where you think, 'You know what? Sod it. I'll just
stay this size and avoid full-length mirrors,' then please buy it. We've so
been there. Plus we're busy, greedy and undisciplined. We did it none the
less. You can too. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book! 27 Feb 2008
By Momo
Format:Hardcover
I've been doing this way of eating for over a year and having lost nearly three stone. I have been maintaining for some months, but had fallen into a bit of a rut foodwise and was looking for some inspiration.

Boy did I find it! I'm one of those weird people who love reading cookbooks in bed, but rarely actually cook from them. This book is an exception. It's beautifully produced and bound and very well presented. The best thing about it are the fabulous, easy and tasty recipes. It has inspired me back into the kitchen.

My favourites so far have been the chili bake, onion bhajis, celeriac bravas, and the aubergine and feta pie. The 'take five' section is genious. All the recipes I've tried have worked and they have all been lovely. I've fed them to my hubby and the kids, and even used them with guests.

I have several low-carb cookbooks and this is by far my favourite.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read as well... 11 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
overweight, bored with it too? you will enjoy this. i bought this as I like india knight's newspaper column and thoughtt it might be a bit different.It was that very rare bird indeed- a diet book that was a good read! Read it as a book first and enjoy their story.Any mum of a certain age will smile with recognition, but somehwere along the line the thought enters your head that maybe you can do it too. Cant vouch for the diet plan- only 5 days in to it, but would say buy the book for itself. Now when did you last enjoy reading a diet book?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A break from the usual 5 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book after reading an interview with the authors in Marie-Claire; they sounded like nice friendly ladies with similar weight-struggles over the years to me. The thing I love about this book is that it's pretty much unique in being friendly, down to earth, and funny. Most diet books I've read (and believe me there have been alot) have either fallen into the american/medical/wordy category like Atkins and South Beach, or just felt a bit mainstream and dull, like Weight Watchers and Rosemary Conley. This book reads more like your favorite magazine, and I think if you're young(ish) and like to think you're still quite trendy and with it, it will really suit you. Even the cover looks more like a chick-lit novel than a diet.

That said, the diet itself (as the authors freely admit) is not something revolutionary, it's just low carb high protein, like Atkins. The first two weeks are virtually identical to Atkins in fact (that's as far as I've got so far). I don't think the diet itself is a reason to buy this book - we all know that diets work, it's just sticking to them that's the hard bit - and that's where this book is fantastic becuase the authors lost a total of 10 stone on this plan. The motivational content about comfort-eating really makes you stop and think before you demolish a packet of Jaffa Cakes, and I really love their journal sections where they talk about how they're feeling each day.

Overall, I'd really recommend this book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Daft Fi
Format:Hardcover
I read this from cover to cover last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can identify all too well with Neris and India's struggle to come to terms with being overweight. They're a pair of real characters, with a witty take on food fads, a dieter's psychology, and other phenomena, and offer sensible advice and recommendations on exercise and supplements, makeup, fashion, and other issues in addition to the ordinary "food" stuff. They don't pretend to be experts, don't get preachy, and place a great emphasis on identifying your own triggers and on trying to interpret your own approach to food and dieting.

This is a low carb, high protein diet, but seems so much more sensible and realistic than most of the holier-than-thou diet books out there, most of whose authors, as Neris and India point out, have never battled with weight issues themselves. I read Atkins from cover to cover, too, followed that diet, lost two stone, and promptly piled it back on again as I found it incredibly restrictive and got fed up. Neris and India show that yes, you can reintroduce fruit, booze, chocolate, and even bread into your diet if you're sensible about it. It's about eating healthy, sensible, unprocessed, natural foods to the best extent possible.

What seems great about this plan is that it really suits someone with an active social life and/or who travels a lot. If you've ever tried calorie counting, Point-ing, or otherwise gauging a restaurant meal then you'll know how difficult it can be; this plan lets you fill up on most main courses to your heart's (or stomach's!) content, only wagging a finger at pasta and rice as accompaniments.

I have to admit that I'm looking forward to giving this a go. Neris and India give the eminently sensible advice not to start the diet if you've a major social event on the horizon, and, importantly, not to tell anyone you're doing it. So next Monday it is...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great way of eating and a great book 10 July 2007
By M. Kerr
Format:Hardcover
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has thought about losing weight before and not managed it. It works. It has been working for me since March and will continue to do so. Unlike some other, negative, reviewers here, I have not found it costly; the supplements are sensible additions to a slightly restricted diet (so much of our eating is restricted in nutrients anyway!) and the water and exercise are just common sense.

I know, without a doubt, that my weight loss is due to over-consumption of carbohydrates over many years. The book made sense to me - India's story mirrored my experiences and the whole first section of the book made it clear that if I didn't sort out why I was eating the way I was, that nothing would ever change. It now has. I currently weigh two stone less than I did and I feel better and healthier for it.

Other reviewers who have tried this book and found it wanting have not, I feel, read - or tried - it carefully enough. The diet is not terribly expensive (I don't have money to throw around and have to feed two children as well) and fits in well with my lifestyle; I do like to eat out occasionally (not oysters! Why go on about oysters?) and I am NEVER hungry. That's the big difference from calorie counting - you are hungry all the time! But with this way of eating, the protein fills you up; after all, eating protein and veg is a much more 'natural' way of eating than all the processed stuff we now consume.

Give it a go. It made sense to me; maybe it will to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witty and honest but essentially Atkins!
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Its a good book but I think some of the recipes would have to be on a bigger budget than I have :(
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. L. Roue
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok for a couple of weeks but just not sustainable long term.
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