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3.0 out of 5 stars A love-hate relationsho, 18 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The MILF Diet: Let the Power of Whole Foods Transform Your Body, Mind, and Spirit . . . Deliciously! (Hardcover)
Well this is a first, this reviewer having to write the word F*** in a cookbook review! Yet when the publisher provocatively used the title "The MILF Diet" what can you do? This reviewer has thought, particularly when reviewing some dreadful books, the F word, or F-bomb as Americans tend to refer to it, but it has so far not emerged in a review, even in a slightly obscured form.

For the uninitiated MILF is a "popular slang term" for a sexually attractive older women, a "Mother I'd Like To F***". The book's publicity material, after securing attention by the title and perhaps more coverage than if it was just "Another Diet Book" claims that the author wants women to own the term and reunite sexuality with the special gifts of womanhood. Apparently one of the quickest routes to becoming a MILF is by eating whole, natural foods and letting go of the processed stuff so that "...the female body finds its peaceful home again. A MILF feels energized, yet relaxed and clear headed."

Wow. Bold claims. Straight away you just know this is going to be a book you either love or hate. No middle ground. Not everybody can gel with the rah-rah-rah positive-plus messages that permeate such a book, preferring instead the more practical, bread and butter "just the facts" style. This book feels like it uses ten words when just one will do. Not quite verbosity but a bit like a nervous person jabbering here, there and everywhere to fill any silences. A long introduction and scene setter that had this reviewer's eyes skipping ahead out of desperation. Yet there is not anything intrinsically wrong with this book, it just didn't gel for this reviewer. It would be easy to say it was bad, but it isn't. It is just... different.

Clearly some of the stuff did make this reviewer question out aloud why! Straight away the section about "Your MILFication" tells you how to chew rice. At first it was thought that this was a background joke but, nope, the author is serious... Yet it is not as "teaching you to suck eggs" as the Pippa Middleton "Celebrate" book with a lot of its suggestions. A mass of lifestyle advice and recommended changes flow through the chapters, perhaps a little bit too much it is fair to say, including even sex advice (!). OK, the author claims that they have to address the F part of MILF but really.... Eventually the recipes crawl into view and on the whole they seem to be of a reasonable quality. Nothing jumped out to make the reader scream wild with passion (whether culinary or sexual) and sadly a few recipes seem to have been given rather daft, pointless names. "You-Ain't Kidding Kidney Beans"... Why!?!

The recipes themselves are well laid out, contain most of the essential information (prep/cook times and calorific information not withstanding) and should not be beyond the reach of someone who has done more than warm up a microwave meal in their kitchen. After the various recipes comes another mass of heavy reading and dietary advice to further build on the points raised within the book.

It is unfortunate that the overall style and packaging of this book has put the author on the back foot. There is a lot of good information and some interesting recipes, but the style and modus operandi just irritate more than impress. Clearly this male author is never going to be a MILF, but he is married and can give tips to Mrs Reviewer... but not from this book, at least in its current packaged form. If you like this sort of self-help, positive-thinking book and have a need for a bit of dietary control or a transformation into a MILF this could be the thing for you. If you are a more sceptical, reserved sort of person don't buy this blind, but it would be worth a browse in a bookstore to determine if it can be more of a use than an irritant. It is a bit pricey to buy on a whim.
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