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Skinny Weeks & Weekend Feasts [Kindle Edition]

Gizzi Erskine
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A revelatory new healthy eating book of two halves from bestselling author Gizzi Erskine, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts will leave you amazed at what you can eat, while also losing weight. Part One, Skinny Weeks, gives you a delicious, calorie-counted recipe plan for 6 days of the week, designed to help you keep within 1,500 calories a day. No boring diet book here but mouthwatering dishes such as Yogurt Curry Chicken Bowl, Korean Beef and Glass Noodles and Pancetta and Chilli Baked Beans on Sourdough demonstrate that healthy food needn't be boring or mean sacrificing bold, exciting flavours. In Weekend Feasts, Gizzi shows you that once a week it s good to let your hair down and treat yourself to the food you love to eat. Choose from a Friday night feast, a long leisurely brunch, a proper Sunday lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea and enjoy some truly decadent food, safe in the knowledge that you've earned it. Sensible, achievable and utterly delicious, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts will show you how to have your cake and eat it!


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'The Gizzi approach to dieting: calorie count during the week, then splurge at the weekend. But these skinny dishes taste so good, you'd never realise you were being virtuous.' --In Style UK, May 1st 2013

'Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts from Cook Yourself Thin TV chef Gizzi Erskine is packed with fab recipes and good advice for people like us who struggle with their weight but still want to eat great food.' --Sainsbury's Magazine, May 2013

'These recipes from [Gizzi's] latest book look and taste indulgent - but they're surprisingly good for you. Here's your free pass to food heaven.' --Delicious, May 2013

'If you thought health eating was all about denial, think again. Food writer Gizzi Erskine has brought out a gorgeous new book that combines low-calorie weekday eating with indulgent weekend dishes - all full of bold, exciting flavours.' --Vegetarian Living, May 2013

'A vibrant cookbook of two halves: first are weekday recipes that are quick, light and healthy (mostly serving two), followed by weekend options for when there's more time, more people to feed, and the chance to be more indulgent. Lazy brunch, fun theme-night menus and delicious Sunday lunches are balanced by weekday suppers sacrificing fat but not flavour.' --BBC Good Food, May 2013

'You've heard of the 5:2 diet (five days eating what you want, two days fasting)... Well, this is a back-to-front version of the same principle. Erskine, who made her name presenting Cook Yourself Thin on Channel 4, and is the go-to girl for any producer looking for a chef with a bit of glamour, has produced a book that gives you five days of thinning recipes for the week, and a blow-out section for weekends.' --The Daily Telegraph {Telegraph Magazine}, April 20th 2013

'Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts is a rather more refined and imaginative approach to healthy eating than the currently fashionable fasting diets. Gizzi Erskine makes it easy to follow her advice, with calorie-counted recipes appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When it gets to the Weekend Feasts section, calories are forgotten and replaced by a 'wicked rating'... Who knew dieting could be such fun?' --DailyMail.co.uk, April 21st 2013

About the Author

Gorgeous and talented foodie Gizzi Erskine is best known for being one of the presenters of Channel 4's Cook Yourself Thin and author of the bestselling book by the same name. Her take on food is edgy and refreshing, and her approach has struck a real chord with the public. She trained at the prestigious Leith's School of Food and Wine, before going on to work at BBC Good Food magazine and is now a regular chef on GMTV and This Morning. Gizzi is the food columnist for Company magazineand has contributed to Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle USA and Arena, among others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 94879 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGOD79E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Many people are very surprised to hear that Gizzi Erskine was a professional body piercer in Camden before realising her life-long dream of being a chef. It wasn't until the age of 23 that, after 7 years of working in Cold Steel in Camden, Gizzi hung up her piercing tools and trained at the prestigious Leith's School of Food and Wine in 2003. She graduated the top of her year and went on to win a placement at BBC Good Food magazine, where she started to establish herself as an award winning food writer and stylist. During her first years at catering school she cheffed her way through many kitchens and started her own catering company with friend, Abbey Dempsey.

A career in TV started with the popular C4 primetime show, COOK YOURSELF THIN, which went onto a 2nd series in 2009, this time with Gizzi as the only host. With C4 firmly backing this exciting new talent, she has since appeared in IRON CHEF, COOKERY SCHOOL and DROP DOWN MENU for the channel. Gizzi joined Sky Living as a new face of the channel and hosted new series Cooks To Market alongside Gu founder James Averdick. The show saw amateur cooks be given the chance to turn their homemade food products into a life-changing business. The show will return for the second run early next year.

As a food writer, Gizzi is a Contributing Editor for InStyle, Sunday Times Style and Fabulous Magazine, and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers such as Marie Claire, Elle, Elle USA, Vogue USA, GQ, The Times and The Evening Standard. She also recently had the honour of hosting the Observer Food Monthly awards alongside Jay Rayner.

GIZZI'S KITCHEN MAGIC, published by Virgin Books in 2009, was her first solo book and received critical acclaim during its release. Gizzi was the co-author of the hit cookbook COOK YOURSELF THIN, author of MY KITCHEN TABLE: 100 FOOLPROOF RECIPES and has also contributed to COOKERY SCHOOL by Richard Corrigan. Not one to rest on her laurels, her next book - SKINNY WEEKS AND WEEKEND FEASTS - is out at the end of March.

Always at the forefront of any trend, Gizzi was one of the first to back the trend of the pop-up restaurant scene having opened 4 pop-ups in the past 3 years; one with Innocent Smoothies at the Tramshed in Shoreditch, one at Clarence House in association with START the sustainability charity, a Tiki lounge at Bestival and an East London gourmet pie shop. She has cheffed at many supper clubs for guests like Boy George, Adam Ant, Sadie Frost, Pearl Lowe, Carl Barrat and Grace Woodward. Her most recent pop-up took inspiration from the Korean hole-in-the-wall scene in New York: Gizzi's 'K Town' at Concrete in Shoreditch was an underground eating, drinking and music venue with a menu that was created and cooked by Gizzi. Entertainment ranged from rockabilly, soul and ska bands, to live Korean burlesque and a Korean Elvis impersonator.

Gizzi has also teamed up with Italian restaurant Zizzi to mentor the next big thing in food - chef Joe Gray - as part of the Prince's Trust Tomorrow Campaign. Gizzi and Zizzi created a special three-course menu, which currently features in all restaurants nationwide to raise money for The Prince's Trust charity. Other mentors involved with the campaign include Zandra Rhodes, Kelly Hoppen, Rankin, Liz Earle and Wayne Hemingway.

Her edgy attitude has caught the attention of the fashion world and she regularly makes the fashion pages of the UK's style press. She has effortless style, unmistakably 60's with a Rockabilly twist, which has struck a chord with the public, helping her bridge the gap between food and fashion.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban and stylish recipes 24 Jun. 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is an energetic book, both in its upbeat writing style and the recipes which are light and filling rather than stodgy. It's a book of two halves: `skinny' recipes and `feasts' - though the skinny recipes tend far more to the kinds of things I love to eat and cook, and certainly aren't in any way `diet' food (I don't do diets).

So alongside some great everyday soups and salads (chorizo and chickpea soup with rose petal harissa, pancetta and faro soup with beans) are delicious things like Persian chicken, barley and lemon soup, spicy miso salmon udon noodle soup, and Thai chicken satay rice bowl, all of which can be whipped up after work with minimum fuss.

I love the dips, too, with a great hummus recipe alongside courgette babaganoush, and purée de habas (broad beans) - all perfect snacks, starters or light meals with soup, and a great way to top up your daily vegetable portions.

The `feast' recipes don't work nearly so well for me partly because I don't eat much red meat but also because they involve more fuss, preparation and cooking time than I'm prepared to invest.

There are a few things here that I would have trouble getting hold of (dried Korean glass noodles made from sweet potato?) but substitutes are easy to source - though, admittedly, I live in London and have easy access to large supermarkets and specialist shops.

The book itself is presented beautifully with almost all the recipes having full colour photos, and the hard spine means the pages stay open when you're cooking. This is more of an urban couple/city friends style cook-book, rather than one for everyday, traditional family meals - but it works very well for me.
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy dieting 3 July 2013
By A. Miles VINE VOICE
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I'd always been under the impression that the way to lose weight was to eat less carbohydrate and more vegetables and protein, while doing a bit more exercise. Thanks to this book, I now know the key is to breakfast on a slice of home baked sourdough toast topped with avocado and chili and sprinkled with edible flowers. lunching with a tomato soup made with 20 ingredients (several of which aren.t available outside a 3 mile radius of Harrods) and coming home to spend about 4 hours cooking dinner- The recipe for Beans on Toast has 15 ingredients. Basically, If you've got the time and money to source and cook the watermelon gazpacho with goats curd and basil oil, it's fairly unlikely that you have a weight problem. Even buying the ingredients would involve hours, possibly months, of walking around looking for persimmon seeds. That'll keep the weight down.

The recipes themselves are a random selection of 300 calorie meals for weekdays, and indulgent dishes for weekends only united thematically by how impractical they are to cook (especially given the wilfully obscure ingredients) and how the well travelled author fell in love with the local cuisine on her frequent exotic holidays.

The recipes also claim to have given prep times of between 20 and 30 minutes' by which the author seems to mean how long they would take to make if someone else did the actual cooking and all there was to do was arrange everything nicely on a plate. This is just fantasy cooking, designed to make you feel inadequate. Don't waste your money on it. You'll never cook anything in it, and you won't learn anything about nutrition from it either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for the eclectic and confident cook 6 Sept. 2013
By Purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I was unsure how many stars to give this book. I like all the recipes I've tried, it has calorie counted recipes in the Skinny Weeks section which I find very useful; I like the style and presentation; I think it's a great book for inspiration and for dipping into. I think packaging it as a dietary approach has given it a few problems; the Weekend Feasts have no calorie counting and are merely graded on a Wicked scale. I live in London and like to cook food from around the world and have access to the ingredients she requires here - many wouldn't. I am a confident cook and you need to be for some of these recipes. So I've plumped for four stars but it would be three only as a diet book.

I'm a fan of the Cook Yourself Thin books Cook Yourself Thin Quick and Easy: Shift the bulge and still indulge with over 100 new recipes and that's what attracted me to this book as Gizzi was one of the cooks for the TV series. To e hones, this book is not as practical as those for the person wanting to keep to their calories.

The premise is that if you stay within your calories then you can splurge at the week ned. For the Skinny Weeks 1500 calories are allocated daily with 300 calories for breakfast, 400 calories for lunch; and 600 calories for your evening meal. This leaves 200 calories floating.

The Skinny Weeks section is organised as:
Breakfast on the go
Working Lunches
Skinny Dipping
Simple Suppers;
and Puds (if you must)

The Weekend Feasts sections is organised as:
Friday Night Feasts
Lazy Brunches
Sunday Lunch aka The Big Shebang
and Sweet Treats.
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