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200 5:2 Diet Recipes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2014
Don't buy this book if you already have a lot of the other Hamlyn 200... books. I bought this book thinking that they would have come up with new recipes for it but instead they just took recipes from the others in the series and put them together. Since I already have around 12 of the other books, I already had about 195 of the 200 recipes in this book. A total waste of money.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
I've just received this book and to say I'm disappointed is an undertatement. Why the author has got away with calling the book "5:2 diet recipes" I have no idea. This is purely an ordinary recipe book with the addition of 10 pages of introduction on the 5:2 diet itself. All it is is a recipe book with recipes under 400 calories a portion. I have loads of other books that tell me the calories per portion. The recipes are OK but DON'T buy it if you are looking for anything other than a very ordinary recipe book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this as I have been doing 5:2 dieting for over 12 months and have got bored with the low calorie meals I have been cooking weekly, needed to jazz up my repertoire. I thought this book would give me some inspiration. However, I am disappointed to find 1/3 of the book taken up cakes, muffins and dessert recipes. Trust me, if you are doing the 5:2 diet, you will not waste your valuable 5/600 calories on dessert or a cake on fast days. I was looking for a cook book full of low calorie, filling recipes that would keep me going on my fast day. As previous reviewers said, this is no different to a regular recipe book. I am only giving this a second star for the seafood recipes as they the best thing about this book. While this is not relevant to the book...The Amazon bookseller "Bee's Emporium" were excellent, delivered very quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2014
I have a few Hamlyn 200 books and really like them. However, this book is very recycled!! I have most of the recipes already in the other books. It was a waste of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
There are some really appealing, interesting recipes in this book, all with great photographs to illustrate! Most of the recipes are for several portions, so as long as anyone on the 5:2 plan was are careful only to have their one portion, the other portions could easily be either frozen for subsequent fast days, or fed to other (non-5:2) people in the same meal, simply by giving them a double-portion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I have been doing the 5:2 diet for a couple of years now (on and off) and wanted some new inspiration for recipes on fast days, however this book does not have a single recipe that is around 500 calories. I understand that not everyone saves their calories, but I would have thought at least a couple of recipes would be in here for those that do.

Another issue for me is that the book does not contain recipes for couples or individuals, the majority are for 4 to 6 people and whilst I think the 5:2 diet is perfectly fine for adults, the book itself even acknowledges at the beginning it should never be embarked on by children or adolescents… so unless you’re holding a fasting day dinner party then the recipe quantities will almost always have to be halved which is a minor frustration but a frustration none the less.

I had hoped for inspiration and a quick reference guide for fast days, however this falls well short considering it is a book that is aimed squarely at doing that. I bought this book on a whim and unfortunately regret this purchase as I have found better inspiration from simply searching for recipes online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2014
the recipes are a bit fussy, when you are on a fasting day, you want to have a full meal you can put together easily and so this doesn't hit the mark for me, although the recipes I have tried are good, the book a nice size to hold and to store, lovely lay out and photos.
Katherine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2014
the whole 5:2 system isn't all that well explained and it would be helpful if there would be more guidance on meal planning rather than just 100% recipes. but all in all, good as always. i love the fact that all the recipes come with pictures, makes it easier to decide!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2014
Disappointed with the recipes in the book for the diet as the hardest part to follow is only eating 500 calories a day and did not find enough help in this area.
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on 11 July 2015
On the plus side the recipes are yummy - Moroccan baked eggs is a favourite - and the recipes all have a colour photo which is helpful. The compact size makes the book very portable, and the instructions are clear. Nothing's too difficult to make.
On the negative side there is a brief introduction to the 5:2 diet, but otherwise it just seems to be a collection of low calorie recipes culled from Hamlyn's many publications. Also there's no calorie counter chart, unlike most 5:2 diet books. Could do better, Hamlyn!
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