366 of 389 people found the following review helpful
A great revision of her last book,
This review is from: You Are What You Eat Cookbook (Paperback)
I bought this book as soon as it was published as I'm the family cook, and I was looking for ideas for healthy eating. My wife and I were hesitant about this book as we thought we would end up with a whole load of recipes that compromised on taste and flavour; the title made us think we would end up with something like that. However, the book tries to make you approach eating and cooking from a whole new perspective. Gillian McKeith has taken a really scientific approach to food and eating, but has made it sensible and has not compromised on taste sensations.
You have to be prepared to make real lifestyle changes to reap the benefits of this book. You have to shop differently and purchase alternatives to the usual groceries (though there is nothing that you won't find in any large supermarket). I particularly enjoy this book as it lets me loose in Sainsburys, really exploring all the aisles that I had previously just breezed past. And using McKeith's principles, we have transformed our daily menu to include colour, health and vitality, and it's given us so much energy too. I have noticed that our dietary changes have brought improvements to my skin, and my wife's hair and nails look fabulous. Even our 21 month old son, who is a difficult eater, loves the food I have been preparing from this book (he especially likes the smoothies).
The book isn't just about recipes. It is about changing the way you cook in general, and also the way you use food. You can use the ideas and principles in this book and apply it to all your other recipes. No longer trying to lose weight, this book has given us the ability to have a really healthy lifestyle and you feel absolutely wonderful with it.
I have found the ides and principles in this book really easy to apply to our lives, and you start to see the effects quickly. It is a lifestyle and recipe book - it is not a diet, but I believe it would certainly help any diet and it would also help you lose weight through eating better. Happily, it doesn't have the constraints laid down by a diet.
Just one word of warning. It really requires some time and dedication to follow the principles laid down in this book, and it doesn't let you just quickly whip up dishes. It's great, but you need to make time for it.