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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; 1st edition (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856269116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856269117
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gino D'Acampo is a leading supplier of Italian ingredients to the UK. He is a popular chef on TV shows including 'Daily Cooks', 'Good Food Live', 'Ready Steady Cook' and won 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2009'!. He is the author of best-selling book The Italian Diet as well as other Italian inspired cookbooks Fantastico!, Buonissimo!, Gino's Pasta and Italian Home Baking.

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'Gino set about creating tantalising recipes that can be enjoyed with a clear conscience and offer not only a stress-free away of losing weight but also a healthier way of eating for a lifetime' --YOU Magazine

'Gino is a cooking genius. This is how to enjoy dieting in style!' --George Hamilton

About the Author

Gino D'Acampo is a leading supplier of Italian ingredients to the UK. He is a popular chef on TV shows including Daily Cooks, Good Food Live, Ready Steady Cook and won I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2009!. He is also the author of 'Fantastico!' and 'Buonissimo!'. Juliette Kellow was editor of Top Sante magazine for 5 years. She is now a freelance journalist and has written articles for The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Delicious. She has written three other books.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I didn't buy this book as a diet book - I was just leafing through it in the bookshop and was attracted to the recipes. The fact that the recipes are designed with calories and health in mind is an added bonus. There is in fact a relatively brief analysis of the diet aspect, with an introduction by a dietitician. All recipes are calorie counted with details as to fats, sugars and salt. The emphasis is on low GI carbohydrates as the core of the diet - no Atkins style restrictions here which is hardly surprising in a Mediterranean eating plan - and portion control. Much is made of the fact that Italians are slimmer than other Europeans and live longer than Brits. Two diet plans are given - one 1500 calorie a day for women, and a 2000 calorie diet for men. The diet advice is pretty basic but in truth most people who are wanting to diet will care more about the results than the theory.

Being an Italian style plan, there is a daily alcohol allowance and the usual Italian ingredients appear - lots of pasta, olive oil in moderation, even Parmesan features. I am writing this review on a glorious spring day, and the recipes scream sunshine to me. To that end, I think this book would be good for those starting a diet in spring or early summer as the recipes fit these seasons particularly well. I have to say, I don't think you would feel that you were on a diet which is probably helpful too!

As I mentioned, I didn't buy the book as a diet book - I was interested in the recipes and it particularly appealed for light summer dishes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gillian M. Regan on 25 Mar 2010
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I love everything about this book! As someone who is addicted to cookery books, this one has everything you need for delicious easy to follow healthy eating Italian recipes, including weekly meal plans to help achieve balanced calorie intakes.
It is beautifully set out with lots of pictures which I always love in a cookery book. It comes with lots of easy to read information and every recipe has been calculated for calories, fat and sugar contents etc, which in todays world of food excesses is vital for anyone who wants to regulate or control their calorie intake.
I have tried several of the recipes already and believe they could be used for an impressive dinner party and no one would know they are not laden with excess calories, I have already impressed my family with the Stuffed Crepes with Minced Pork & Parmesan which can be adapted for a starter or main course. Chicken Breast with Parmesan, Tomatoes & Mozzarella will be definite regular in our household, as will the wonderfully fresh and light tasting Ricotta & Vanilla Tiramisu, to mention just a few. As an ex Cookery teacher and demonstrator I know this book (and I cannot say this of most of my large collection) will be very well used in my house and one that I will give as presents to my family and friends. Certainly, with the busy lives many of us lead I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to combine healthy eating with the wonderful flavours and easy style of Italian cooking. Buy, use and enjoy with confidence. Happy cooking from Gill Regan Fantastico!: Modern Italian Food
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. T. Collins on 5 Feb 2010
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my wife say's this is the best book on food that she has ever bought.
after searching for years for diet books.
the choices are great & you can mix & match.
absolutely wonderful & recommend it to anyone wanting a healthy eating programme.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Bob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb 2010
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A well written book which although listed as a diet book it is as much an introduction to the Italian way of life (at least the eating bit) There are a collection of good tasty Italian recipes, each recipe gives the calorie count for a portion size and also a breakdown of the quantity of fat, saturates, sugars and salt in each portion. The principle in this book is based on two diet plans one for women (1500 calories) and one for men (2000 calories)These plans are broken down into the number of calories per meal (Breakfast 250 calories, Lunch 450 calories, Dinner 600 calories plus an allowance of 200 calories for alcohol and milk; Woman's plan). A complete menu is given for one week with full instructions as to how to make each meal, it is suggested that this plan is used for 2 weeks and after that the reader should create similar plans using the other recipes in the book. It does emphasise that the Italians eat smallish portions and do not usually snack between meals. Each recipe has a preamble telling something about the reason for the choice and often hints for example there is a hint never to cook with buffalo mozzarella but use cow's mozzarella as the buffalo one make the dish very watery by releasing too much milk but should be used uncooked in salads etc.
All of the recipes are fully explained with none of the chef type terms that could confuse a novice cook.
The only criticism is that the recipes are for 2, 4, 6 or even 8 people it would have been better if this had been consistent.
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