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The Italian Diet [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Gino D'Acampo , Juliette Kellow
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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7 Jan 2010
Enjoy the best of Italian food whilst still losing weight! 'The Italian Diet' combines simple, fresh ingredients for an easy way to shed pounds. The Mediterranean diet is renowned for its health benefits (less saturated fats, less processed food, more 'good' fats and omega oils, more antioxidants), resulting in less heart disease and cancer for those that follow it. And you can enjoy truly delicious dishes - this is no starve-yourself diet but a healthy living approach to eating with exceptional recipes. With a leading dietitian's advice on what to eat and what not to eat and daily and weekly menu plans so you can easily follow the diet, this is an attractive, stress-free approach to losing weight.

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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: 19.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,709 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the italian diet 5 Feb 2010
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy italian 7 Feb 2010
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As Gino says its Fantastico! I love Italy and especially its food and this book is so simple to follow and the ingredients easy to source and cook. The book is so straight forward, I,m just working my way through it, and loving each receipe.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 14 Jan 2010
I just recieved my book, it's packed full of delicious recipes which are broken down for calorie intake! The menu's allow for you to have a proper dinner & even a glass of wine!!! Loads & loads of information!!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recipes - not just for dieters 23 April 2011
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with very easy to follow recipes 13 Feb 2010
I bought this book on the back of reading the other glowing reviews, and I'm happy to I wasn't disappointed at all :D

I've just had the tuna and anchovy fishcakes for lunch and they were fantastic! I highly recommend this book whether you are looking for diet recipes or not.

The recipes are very easy to follow, there aren't a huge amount of ingredients needed for each recipe either. Also, most of the ingredients can be found in the supermarket, if not all of them. They're not going to break the bank.

There are plenty of pictures, which of course is brilliant for guidance. I'm really pleased that I bought this book. Anyone who is looking for easy, cheap, tasty Italian recipes....get this book.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Italian way of life 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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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 29 Jan 2010
There are three things I need in a diet to lose weight and keep it off: -

1. Less calories (it's the only way people!)
2. More protein (you only feel hungry otherwise)
3. Tasty recipes

This book is the only one I've found EVER that actually provides this and the recipes are healthy too.

So cheers Gino - your food is lovely!

PS. 3 weeks in, 12lbs down and a large glass of wine with every meal (it's the law)!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably me but just not blown away
I found a few good recipes which appealed to me but have got better books . I am not the biggest fish lover so maybe that doesn't help
Published 1 month ago by Joan Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow
Tasty and easy to follow recipes. Don't know about any weight loss though, but I'm not trying to lose weight so it doesn't matter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Discerning but suspicious reader
5.0 out of 5 stars diet recipes
I really enjoyed the recipe's in this book and how the instructions were easy to follow recommend it to family members
Published 1 month ago by shiona aitken
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book
I always look forward to his books. Bought it not especially for diet, but, the recipes. As always not disappointed. Also bought this for a friend.
Published 2 months ago by Dmajam
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't used it as a diet book, but the recipes are all tasty
I bought this book because I liked recipes by Gino D'Acampo that I had found online and tried. I have yet to use this book as a diet book, though the nutritional info along with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Received
Bought as a gift for a weight conscious lady who loves food and wine...and it was very well received :)
Published 4 months ago by leafygreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and way of eating
I love Italy and, with one eye to moving there in the future, decided to understand more about how Italians stay so healthy, live longer and just enjoy food so much more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susie Haywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Found the general principles at the beginning of the book very useful and am enjoying the recipes. Not quite as tasty as the Hairy Dieters recipes but still very good.
Published 4 months ago by Leika
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely presented cookbook - not sure its that good for the waistline...
Lovely cookbook with a nice range of italian recipes. I didn't find it groundbreaking though and I don't feel it increased my italian recipe repertoire very much. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jakkisr
3.0 out of 5 stars More of an occasional cookbook
This cookbook is a lovely idea and it does indeed contain some lovely recipes but is very much just playing on the well known theory that cooking like an Italian is going to make... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peanut Butter Runner
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