Have Your Cake and Eat it Too Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012
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About the Author
At the age of 36, Sally was in the prime of her life successfully juggling being a writer, TV presenter, wife and mum of three. Then, in 2004, she suffered three major heart attacks in the space of only one week. Sally defied all the odds and, 5 years on, is glowing with health.
Sally is a spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation, is a trained therapist giving regular talks to heart rehabilitation groups, and an NHS 'Expert Patient'.
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I do follow recipes to the letter and expect the finished results to at least resemble what's pictured in my cookbook and yet time and time again with this book, this was not the case at all. The fat-free victoria sponge for example, is described as being almost "too good to be true" and as it turns out, actually IS too good to be true. Mine came out more of a bread and quite dough-like in taste and texture. I should also add that not every recipe in this book has an accompanying picture: while this won't bother all of you, I always like to see what I'm aiming for.
In terms of whether these receipes are actually 'sin-free', I'm not so sure. Yes, many of the recipes contain 'healthier' ingredients like nuts & seeds instead of let's say chocolate chips, so this is good - but we could do this kind of substitution to our usual recipes without the help of this book. Butter usually appears in smaller than usual quantities or is replaced with healthier alternatives like olive oil or "heart-healthy spread." But again, this is something we could do with any of our existing recipes. A lot of the book is about substitution really and too many of the recipes are heavily loaded with sugar which can't exactly be 'sin-free.'
There are a few recipes at the back of the book for 'healthier' frostings, custard and sauce and I quite like these. They're not fat-free but they taste better than I was expecting and contain less fat than my usual recipes so I'm be happy to switch.Read more ›
The book is split into 7 chapters: Large Cakes, Small Cakes, Breads, Cookies, Cool Puds, Hot Desserts and Ices & Sorbets.
What I would point out from the start is that at no point does this book claim to be about trying to lose weight or being able to eat all the cakes you want from the book and still stay healthy. The premise is that a healthy lifestyle and diet has to include some treats every now and then, and if you're going to do that you might as well make them as healthy as you can. Due to this, many of the recipes simply state that you should make substitutions such as low-fat cream cheese or heart healthy spreads instead of normal cream cheese and full-fat butter. There are some that suggest using apple sauce or apricot puree instead of fat which is a nice idea and makes a tasty and moist bake.
Sally Bee doesn't advocate calorie counting and as a result, other than telling you how many a recipe makes, there is no nutritional advice for any of the recipes. This doesn't bother me at all but may other readers.
One thing that does bother me is that there aren't pictures for each recipe. The pictures that are there are pretty and clearly show the finished product but many recipes do without. I prefer to have a picture for each recipe so I can decide if it looks good enough to cook/eat. The lack of pictures was something of a disappointment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love cake and trying to loose weight well its a bit hard so when i spotted this book i literally can have my cake and eat it.Published 13 months ago by amanda jane walker
I am trying to eat only healthy, unprocessed food and this book offers the opportunity to have cakes and desserts without doing too much harm. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Petal of Salisbury
Bought all 3 as a present for my friend and she loves themPublished 20 months ago by Mrs. S. Carroll
Sally has lots of good recipes to let you have your cake and feel you are not being too bad. Would recommendPublished 20 months ago by Keencook