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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007420153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007420155
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is a brilliant book, until you start making the recipes. While it's a well-presented assortment of all kinds of delights ranging from cakes & biscuits to ice cream & sorbet and even sweet and savory bread, the problems start to arise when you attempt the recipes for yourself.

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.
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I have read a couple of Sally Bee's other cookbooks and have been very inspired by her story and the reason behind her drive towards heart healthy foods. In the past, some of the recipes have been a little bland for my tastes so I was pleased to see a book dedicated to cakes and baking - my favourites!

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.
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This book which was given to me as a gift, is full of lies on every recipe. What is the point in telling the potential chef to use 'heart healthy spread' when the amount of sugar used for almost every recipe (bar bread which you should avoid anyway) is so darn high????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????? I was talked into at least giving the book a go so I baked a cake & made her simple ginger biscuits. She claims with the biscuits they are so yummy you will never want shop brought again HA! They taste like simple primary school biscuits :( the sugar content is ridiculous so what on earth is the point of healthy spread?? The cake was OK tasting, if you have never tasted cake before you might be impressed but for those of us who have had cake (and good cake at that) this just left me very underwhelmed and not going back for more. Simple fact - Sugar is directly converted to fat by your body, and the more sugar you eat, the fatter you will be. Many people think that eating fatty food is the main cause of too much weight gain. But that is not true. Sugar is the main thing that makes you fat. Just be sensible, when you need a fix just make a smaller amount of something naughty so instead of baking 6 or 12 cupcakes just make 4 and sugar subs do work in baking which reduces calories, makes you feel less guilty and you cannot eat what you haven't made. Nobody I've ever known/know bakes daily so this means you can have a small fix without the risk this author adds to your diet when your trying to help/improve yourself. Avoid the risk of gaining weight by following this book & avoid!!
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