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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174266573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742665733
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These are absolutely scrumptious meals, that are quick, easy and naturally low in calories," --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jennifer Joyce, an American food writer, stylist and chef living long-term in London has written several successful cookbooks for the US and UK markets and is a regular contributor to Olive Magazine, BBC Good Food and the Sainsbury's magazine. She runs weekly cooking classes at London's Divertimenti and Books for Cooks stores, and has appeared in food TV shows in both the UK and the States. She is known for her fresh, simple, quick and easy food with vibrancy and a certain joie de vivre.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Susan Quinlan on 7 Jan 2012
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I love cooking and baking and have quite a substantial collection of cookery books. I really like Jennifer's new cookbook because all of the recipes are tasty, easily explained,healthy and best of all quick to make. Usually with a cookbook, I may only make five recipes from this book. I've only had this book for two days and already I've made four recipes and I'm making two more tomorrow. So far I've made the vegetable and spring onion pancakes ( so tasty and super quick to make). I made the stuffed chicken breast with spinach, cinnamon and dates for the girls last night and today I had the light chicken Vietnamese salad. For dinner since it's a Saturday and I'm having a lazy day, I'm making the Jamaican Chicken Curry.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys tasty healthy food that is quick to prepare.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 April 2012
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I have Jennifer Joyce's 'Meals in Heels' - aimed at dinner party food that could be made ahead and finished at the last minute. This book is aimed at more everyday meals. The 'skinny' shouldn't be seen as a diet book - really more healthy eating - the food is less rich but still flavoursome. There aren't any calorie counts or details about carbs, proteins, etc. which a mainstream diet book would include. Most of the recipes can be made in 30-60 minutes. There are notes indicating the extent to which recipes can be made ahead, either wholly or partially which is always useful. Recipes are generally intended for four people.

The book is divided into chapters as follows: Snacks & Nibbles; Starters; Salads; Soups; Weekday Dinners in under 1 hour; Weekend Cooking; Puds.

Snacks include oven-dried cherry tomatoes with lemon-oregano salt, pickled vegetables and Turkish salsa with pitta crisps. Starters range from sashimi tuna, to steamed asparagus with an egg vinaigrette, beef & mango spring rolls, vegetable & spring onion pancakes with a chilli dipping sauce, vegetable yakitori, steamed globe artichokes with lemon & oregano dipping oil & spicy scallops with avocado & mango salsa to name a few. The salads are more in the line of main course salads such as palm heart with orange, prawns & avocado; Vietnamese chicken salad; potato & smoked trout. There are some really lovely soups of which my favourites are celeriac & roasted garlic; chipotle black bean with lime-pickled onion; tomato & chickpea with cumin; & caramelised onion & fennel.

There is a good range of main courses including a lovely vegetarian selection (although I doubt that the recipe involving squid ink pasta will go down well with true vegetarians).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Davies on 21 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves food and entertaining. Jennifer's user-friendly writing style means that this book is pleasure to cook from. She explains why the recipes are healthy, and includes lots of tips about preparing ahead of time.

So far I've been introduced to some amazing ingredients and am working my way through the rest of recipes. My family and friends have been delighted with all the food so far. I'd definitely recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzannah on 29 Feb 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Anyone familiar with Jennifer's writing will know that it is all about flavour. Skinny Meals in Heels cleverly packs a tasty punch with simple and satisfying everyday recipes that you wouldn't think we're 'skinny'!

Through Jennifer's understanding of winning flavour combinations and ingredients from all around the world (fresh aromatic herbs, pungent spice pastes and zingy dressings) it is easy to eat low fat food and find healthier ways to cook it. A ready supply of tuperware is a must however - even my boyfriend has loved making the salads and soups for packed lunches. Try the filling Chipotle black bean soup with lime-pickled onion and crisp baked tortillas or Potato, smoked trout and dill salad with a caper and whole grain mustard dressing.

As well as soups and salads there are also sections to take you right through the week for snacks, starters, weekday dinners in under an hour, weekend cooking (for when you have more time and want to impress) and skinny puddings. Stuffed chicken breasts with spinach, cinnamon and dates has become a firm favourite as have Sizzling Korean-style beef with sesame seeds and Vietnamese stir-fried fish with dill and rice noodles, to name but a few. All the recipes have great little tips explaining what can be prepped ahead, as well as the all important skinny 'sell' to help you understand the healthy thinking behind the recipe. Also useful is the definitive guide to stir-frying which, once mastered, is the prefect healthy fast-food option.

This is the kind of easy, delicious and healthy food we should all be eating on a daily basis...like Jennifer says, diet is a dirty word!
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By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
A new female-friendly recipe book featuring a range of lighter, diet-compatible dishes by Jennifer Joyce, author of the successful "Meals in Heels" book has landed.

Designed in a stylish manner to particularly appeal to younger female readers, this book presents a range of easy-to-make, quick meals for both entertaining and regular at-home eating. The book itself states that it is not a diet or a stripped-down healthy eating book, but one which sets out to provide a range of great meals that just happen to use a range of healthier cooking styles and ingredients.

After a fairly light-hearted but interesting introduction to the concept behind the book and many "skinny tips" over how to eat well without putting on the kilos, it is straight into the multitude of recipes that are on offer.

Split into different categories - snacks & nibbles, starters, salads for dinner or on the side, soups for dinner or to start, weekday dinners in under one hour, weekend cooking and skinny puds - each recipe is simply but nicely laid out with an overview, the ingredients required and an easy-to-follow no-nonsense set of cooking instructions. Many tips are given with the recipes to suggest when and how meals could be prepared ahead of time as well as general "did you know?"-type factoids.

Looking through the recipes one finds a pleasant, diverse range of things to try and hopefully enjoy. It is not just a "jazzed up" and rebranded cookery book designed to appeal to a young female audience. A nice balance between simple sophisticated and regular staples is provided, all with the promise of healthier eating served on the side.

There are not so many colour photographs of the actual finished dishes but for some unfathomable reason this does not seem to be disturbing.
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