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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297869051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297869054
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.5 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Hairy Bikers, self-proclaimed food lovers, decided it was time to cut back on some of the calories and adopt a healthier lifestyle, without sacrificing flavour. This book is packed with delicious recipes that are for "real people, not skinny minnies" - including hearty family meals and baked treats (EASY FOOD)

Bikers ought to be hirsute, cider-loving and tubby. But in their latest book of recipes Si King and Dave Myers have shed the pounds and immediately reaped the benefit in sales. The moral being that you don't have to lose flavour along with the hefty calorie content (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

The last people you thought you'd see hosting their own dieting show, but the Hairy Bikers did it in style and proved that losing weight doesn't have to involve lettuce leaves and rabbit food! One of our faves from the slimmed-down duo is the scrummy Spanish-style bake (GOOD TO KNOW RECIPES)

Healthy food doesn't have to be boring, as The Hairy Bikers - now Hairy Dieters! - prove with these mouthwatering low-fat dishes (WOMAN'S OWN)

Dave and Si have lost nearly six stone between them and they've devised lower-calorie versions of usually calorific favourites... keeping all the flavour in tact. Try it - you'll like it. (REVEAL)

The food's good, the advice sensible (RADIO TIMES)

showcases the many mouthwatering, healthy recipes that have helped them drop the pounds... low-calorie delights as a bechamel-free lasagne that uses leeks instead of excess pasta and tandoori chicken with fat-free yoghurt (DAILY EXPRESS)

low-calorie but equally tasty versions of some of their favourite recipes (DAILY MAIL)

Hearty dishes that won't pile on the pounds (BBC GOOD FOOD)

Si & Dave's recipes are SO much more delicious than the average diet dishes, it's no wonder they lost nearly 6st between them! (WOMAN)

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418 of 429 people found the following review helpful By Marin on 5 Sept. 2012
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Have been using this book to create almost all our meals for 5 weeks now.

The recipes are very simple to follow and have all tasted really good.

I have lost 1 Stone so far and my wife has lost 8 pounds so we are both very happy with this.

Not just down to the recipes in the book as you have to exercise as well, I go mountain biking and my wife goes to a gym.

So for now we are going to continue to use the recipes in the book - give it a try as it does help to loose weight.

***Update 1 after nine weeks ***

Have now lost 2 Stone and the wife 1 Stone - still using the book for most meals.

***Update 2 after seventeen weeks ***

Have now lost over 3 Stone and the wife 1 Stone 4 pounds.
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601 of 631 people found the following review helpful By KM on 30 July 2012
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What do foodie minded (and bellied) folk eat when they are cutting back a bit? I've wondered this often and it was with much anticipation that I opened this one up.

I wasn't disappointed either. The hairy bikers have done a good book here with some excellent recipes and pictures that make you want to try the recipes. Food chapters are: Breakfast & Brunch, One-Pan Dishes, Grills & Roasts, Pies, Stews, Vegetables & Salads, Fakeaways, Pasta & Rice, Puddings & Cakes and Lunch Boxes & Snacks.

Many of the dishes have a comforting feel, some are spicy, some light and delicious like: Salmon with chilli Ginger Sauce, Peppered Steak with Mushrooms, Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken, Cajun Spiced Chicken with Potato Wedges and Chive Dip, Chicken and Ham Tangle Pie, Lean Lamb Hotpot, Lamb Tagine, Chilli Salad Bowl, Chilli Con Carne and a number of really great sounding curries. This is just a taster of the recipes, I fancy trying a lot more. My favourites of the sweet recipes are Summer Fruit Meringues and Chewy Cranberry and Apricot Bites.

I've recently taken a lot more interest in cooking to lose a bit of weight, for much the same reasons as the bikers - to give my health a boost - so this book has come at just the right time for me. Starting off tonight with one I already have the ingredients for, their Chicken and Mushroom Risotto.
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648 of 698 people found the following review helpful By Big Mama on 14 Aug. 2012
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Having watched one of the programmes, my hubby and I decided to look for an accompanying cook book. This is it! The recipes are great and what a variety of ingredients.

There are six of us at home, me, hubby, 2 x 20 year olds, 1 x 19 year old and 1 x 16 year old. All with large appetites, but only me needing to lose weight.

I prepared the ingredients for the casserole, put it all in the slow cooker, switched it on and went to work. Late afternoon, I received a text message from my 20 year old son explaining that he would be out until after 7pm, but could I please, please, please keep him some of the casserole as it smelled so good!

When I got home, I had to practically fight my way through the rest of the family - it was like a scene from Oliver Twist with them standing there with bowls in hand. Not one complaint was received apart from there being none left!

I am a large eater and have found the portions to be more than adequate and certainly far more substantial than any ready meals I have purchased.

The Skinny Beef Lasagne also received rave reviews.

We are all looking forward to trying more of the delicious looking recipes.

The various sections are well laid out, calories are detailed for the recipes per portion and clear ingredient lists make these straight forward and easy to prepare. I have not come across any ingredients that I could not find in my local supermarket and certainly none that were so fancy I hadn't heard of them.

As I do not possess any of the previous Hairy Biker cookbooks, I cannot comment on previous reviews that the recipes are simply a reworking of the originals.

As far as I am concerned, these tasty meals will be very useful in encouraging me to keep on my weight loss / healthy eating plan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helen Tossell on 5 Jan. 2013
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I ordered this book for a friend for Christmas, when it came back I looked through it and decided to get myself a copy. As soon as New Years Day came I started following the recipes. It's now day 5 and I have lost 5lb! This is the most I have lost in such a short space of time despite trying weight watchers and slimming world. I love this book, all the recipes are very tasty and I hope they bring out another one. I have also downloaded fitness pal app on my iPad to help count calories, this has been really helpful as you may choose not to have something from the book and need to find the calorie value. Most people know what the should and shouldn't eat to lose weight but this book has motivated me.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TRACY on 7 Sept. 2012
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I cant recommend this book highly enough, i have tried 5 recipies so far, lasagna, Chicken Korma, Beef Stew , Low Fat Beef Pies and the Vegetable soup. All my family and friends that have tried the food i cooked have been amazed we didnt realise healthy food could be this tasty. I would strongly recommend anyone thinking about buying it to go ahead you will be so surprised . My book is already covered in stains, always a good sign for a cookery book
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152 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Z. Sargent on 6 Aug. 2012
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My copy arrived last Thursday and I think I've cooked every meal we've had since then from this cookbook, it's wonderful, my husband and I have very different diet needs (I need to loose weight, he doesn't) so finding meals that suited both of us was a real challange. The recipes are easy to follow and delicous.Si & Dave have cooked all over the world and their experience really shows through in the flavours of the dishes. So far I've cooked the Ginger Chilli Salmon, the poached eggs and bacon, the chicken korma, the lemon and blueberry fairy cakes and the cheese & leek pasties, I've only had the book 4 days. I can now cook meals which help me loose weight and that my husband will enjoy. Would recommend this book to everyone!
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