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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Spruce (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846014522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846014529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Dowden has a degree in Food Science from Nottingham University and has worked in the food industry for eight years as a nutritionist. For the last 15 years she has also worked as a journalist, writing for everybody from the World Cancer Research Fund to Closer magazine, covering everything from energy density and the fat content of minced beef to the latest celebrity diet. In 2012 she was awarded Nutrition and Health Writer/ Broadcaster of the Year. Her nutrition philosophy is fad-free and pragmatic; she loves food and doesn't do lectures on lentils (although she thinks they're lovely too!).

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5 feasts, 2 fasts = live long, feel great, lose weight!

About the Author

Angela has a degree in Food Science from Nottingham University and has worked in the food industry for eight years as a nutritionist. For the last 15 years she has also worked as a journalist, writing for everybody from the World Cancer Research Fund to Closer magazine, covering everything from energy density and the fat content of minced beef to the latest celebrity diet. In 2012 she was awarded Nutrition and Health Writer/ Broadcaster of the Year. Her nutrition philosophy is fat-free and pragmatic; she loves food and doesn't do lectures on lentils (although she thinks they're lovely too!).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pen on 8 April 2013
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Ok, so I am on the 5:2 diet. I have soon got fed up with diet readymeals, though they are convenient as they have the calories easily available to see. I've also got bored of steamed fish and rice (its depressing how many calories are in rice, too), so I wanted inspiration, and bought this book.

What a waste of time! A big chunk of the book explained what the 5:2 diet was. I already knew this, I wanted recipes. I already had a book that explained that. I wanted recipes. That is why I bought a recipe book.

Then, when you get to the actual recipes, comes the real bummer: most of them are for 4 or more people!

What is the point of that? I want recipes for 1 or 2 people. I can scale them up if needs be. You cannot necessarily scale down recipes.

And you may say just cook the meal for four and freeze eat it over two fasting days, but that would be really, really boring. I bought a diet book because I wanted a variety of meals. I definately did not want to cook a meal for 4 people then eat it over the course of a few days.

I sent this book back, even though it only cost a couple of quid. It just wasn't worth it.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 8 Mar. 2013
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Am loving the recipes in this book and the way they principles of 5:2 are explained so well at the front too. My partner is doing the fast days with me so it's worth cooking something a bit special and different and these fit the bill. I'll probably halve the recipe that are for 4, or just save leftovers for my second fast day two days later. I think this is a well written and well researched book - it's got lots or tips and tricks to keep you going and answered a lot of questions I had about how best to do it. Check out the look inside bit to get a flavour.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 7 Mar. 2013
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This is the best book I could find on 5:2. It is informative and easy to follow, with loads of different ideas. I am yet to find a recipe I don't like, so far they have all been really tasty. Can't recommend enough!
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jr Lorrimer VINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
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I've been using the 5:2 system now for nearly five months with great results, but am keen to explore new recipe ideas as I'm getting a little bored of the ones I've already picked up from other books/websites that have jumped on the fast diet bandwagon.
The information at the start of this book is easy to follow, motivational and I like the bulleted tips on each page, but it all feels like someone has read the original book by Michael Mosley and just rewritten it to cash in. This was bound to happen given it's success so at the very least I was hoping for some inspiring new recipes. However - the main problem with most of these recipes is that many of them are for large servings. This is okay if you want to freeze up to eight portions in to batches or you share a house with a large number of 5:2'ers but I'd really like to see someone write a 5:2 recipe book with recipes for one serving - using ingredients I can find easily in my local supermarket, that doesn't involve marinating for several hours and (more importantly) with each ingredient including a calorie count so I can customise the recipe to suit and take out all the guess work.
The list of snacks is a good idea but is in such a random order it's hard to use if you can't look something up quickly.
If you're thinking of starting the 5:2 I'd recommend getting Michael Mosley's book before this.
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By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2013
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The 5:2 cookbook gives you a quick overview of the 'science' surrounding 5:2 diet plan, which is basically eat healthily for 5 days and cut down to 500 calories a day twice a week. There is advice on how to deal with your fast days and what helps to control your hunger, you also get tips on managing the rest of your diet week. There is a 4 week fast day meal planner, and then you get 100 recipes for 100, 200 and 300 calories. I must say don't expect any colour photos of the recipes as there are none.

Each recipe gives you how many it will serve, preparation time and the calories per serving. There are some nice little recipes in this book, the tahini hummus (88 calories per serving), the mushroom and pea bhaji (90 calories per serving) inspired me. There is a nice mix of meat, fish, vegetable and sweet dishes, as you can imagine if there's meat or fish in the recipe, there are more calories and you don't actually get alot of either per serving, for example seared steak with parmesan and rocket - you use 1lb of steak for 4 people, so the serving are small.

I've got to admit, the 5:2 diet/fast diet/2-day diet are all the same, you fast for 2 days and eat healthily for the other 5, these are clearly the Atkins diet of 2013 and I'm sure there will be another fad diet knocking on our doors very shortly. What we all need to do is to eat healthily, watch our calories and don't eat ready made meals. So would I recommend this, if you are following any of the fast diets, this is a handy book to have in the kitchen it has got some nice ideas in which will help you on the 500 calorie days.
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I would be a mistake to pick up `The 5:2 Diet Cook Book' by Angela Dowden and think you are getting a recipe book you will actually want to use, you probably won't. This is a diet book through and through, but is it a healthy book for healthy people - or a boring book, for boring people? The main concept behind the 5:2 diet is that you eat normally for 5 days of the week and for 2 days you fast; only allowing yourself 500 calories. `5:2 Diet' is a useful book at explaining some of the `science' behind why people think fasting works, but it is very dry. The FAQ cover subjects as wholesome as; will fasting make you infertile and how to convince yourself you are not hungry. Is this a diet, or torture regime?

For people adamant with going on the 5:2 diet, Dowden does a very good job of giving information in a matter of fact way. She explains in detail why it is safe and what it should do to your body. Personally, I am not one for fad dieting (and let's face it, this is exactly what this is), but if I was, I would like to be well informed.

With your brain full `o' facts how can you cope on 500 calories? Dowden has included some extremely low calorie dishes to try. The food on offer is a little bland, but that is nothing in comparison to the boring picture free pages and limited recipe details. It feels like a cook book from the 50s, but without all the lard and butter. As a tool for understanding what the 5:2 diet Dowden does a good job. As a tool to actually inspire you to undertake it, I fear I was put off.
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