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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic flavours for healthy eating, 4 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Flash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People (Hardcover)
'Flash Cooking', has been written by Laura Santtini (her second book) and the notion behind the book is not what you think from the title. This book advocates a healthy, tasty and nutritious eating style, and provides recipes to support this. It's not about a punishing lack lustre diet, but it is about a sensible eating philosophy based on 'whats on your plate should equal protein the size of an iphone accompanied by leafy vegetables' AND should be full of a delicious mix of flavours.

The key to the book is the range of flavours that can be created to accompany this philosophy of 'iphone size protein + leafy vegetables'. Put together at the start of the book are recipes, mixes and blends for 'flash flavours'; these are, seasonings, glazes, rubinades, pastes, finishing salts, finishing yoghurts, props and dressings that can be used to top/garnish all manner of fish/meat or vegetable dishes.The second part of the book covers a series of 'flash recipes' for everything from fish to breakfasts.

The recipes are easy to follow and some accompanied by photographs, I was surprised that I could quite easily make most of the recipes in this book for the 'flash flavours' from my own store cupboard ingredients, and I don't claim to be anything like an alchemist in the kitchen. 'Flash cooking' claims to be easy and fast, this soup certainly was. The recipes are protein or vegetable based in the main or use wheat free or complex carbs.

If you have a need to look at your diet this book will be invaluable in showing you how to add interest and flavour to your foods. If you are lucky enough not to need to, or want to significantly change what you eat, then this book will give you lots of ideas to add delicious and imaginative flavours to your cooking without a great impact on your time.

Definitely a book for new year (or any time) dieters who get bored of eating the same foods.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2013 15:39:14 GMT
Thomas Holt says:
So, this is just another whacky diet book written by somebody with no scientific qualifications to do so. It is littered with generally meaningless quotes from such worthies as Michael Pollan - an American journalist who knows no more about diet than you or I do - his pontifications can be most kindly described as obvious. The specification for protein serving seems a bit arbitrary and strange - the size of an iphone - not the usual way to define a quantity of food in a recipe! The simple fact is that, for almost everybody, if you are overweight it is because you eat too much and get too little exercise. So, you can keep eating the food you really like, possibly vary your diet a bit more - just eat less of it - and go for half an hour's brisk walk every day. But, rather than take my advice, or this book's - neither of us is qualified to tell you what to eat - go to your doctor and get a blood test. This will tell you about your current dietary deficiencies. For example, if you are vitamin B12 deficient - you need more red meat - the best thing is liver - unless you have the current fashionable prejudice against offal. If you do this, you know exactly how to adjust your diet to be healthy. Then, working out a slimming version of your diet is simple. It usually means cutting down a bit on spuds, bread, and sugary things.
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