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***Eat This Not That, Cook This Not That!***

Monday, October 04, 2010

Eat This Not That, Cook This Not That!

Have you read any of the “Eat This Not That” books?

Have you heard about the series of books by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, titled “Eat This Not That?” David is the editor-in-chef and Matt is the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health Magazine.

When they first came out I found myself paging through one of the books in a bookstore. At that time I just didn’t think it was anything to get too excited about. Nice glossy photos with not a lot of content on each page. It seemed like basic information one could find in any monthly health magazine.

So what possessed me to order several of them last winter, I’m not sure. During the winter I tend to spend too much time on Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble. And it’s the time of year that I think more about losing weight but don’t actually do too much of it. I justified ordering these books because I thought that my husband could learn a bit about nutrition and eating and that we could help each other.

I ordered:
Eat This Not That – Supermarket Survival Guide
Eat This Not That – New 2010 Edition
Eat This Not That – Restaurant Survival Guide

And what would become my favorite in the series:
Cook This Not That – Kitchen Survival Guide - The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

What I like most about this series is that I can pick up a book, look at it for several minutes, read a short excerpt, and realize that I did learn something.

Upon opening a book, on the left side is the “Eat This” and on the right side is the “Not That!” for each category. For instance: Tortillas, Pitas and Wraps…I get information as to why I should choose one type, not necessarily one brand over another…
Here’s a sample from the “Eat This” side:
“Mission White Corn Tortillas- always trump flour tortillas. That’s because they’re made with whole grain corn and little else.”

The Supermarket Survival Guide is a real help when trying to pick the healthiest version of a food. Nice layout, and the glossy pictures do draw me in. I’ve been tempted to take it with me to the grocery store. So far, I’ve just added foods it suggests to my weekly grocery list.

I love the “Cook This Not That” book. It’s my favorite in the series.
It takes a favorite restaurant recipe and makes it healthier and for less money, too!
This follows one of my favorite premises: If you make it at home, you know what you put into it!
There are chapters on Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Sandwiches & Burgers, Off the Grill, Pasta, American Classics, Sides, Snacks & Sauces, Desserts & Drinks.

There are many recipes each with a color photo, here are some of them: Dr Pepper Ribs, Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps, Grilled Pork & Peaches, French Onion Soup, Mini Pizzas- 3 Ways, Artichoke Dip, French Toast with Vanilla Bourbon & Caramelized Bananas, Caprese Tomato Towers, Patty Melt, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Chicken Marsala, Crispy Apple Turnover, and Chocolate Chip Cookies…just to name a few.

It gets you cooking and baking at home, making real food that’s healthier and more satisfying.

You can check these books out at your local library and then invest in the ones you think you will use.

They are little books with lots of good information in them!

Healthy Cooking and Happy Eating!
Maria


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BIGMAMAT 10/5/2010 5:13PM

    I really like those books. I know how often I am surprised at how different the nutritional content is in similar items. ! I am a big label reader and I steer clear of most foods that have an abundance of saturated fat grams. I usually opt for the whole grain options and the higher fiber products. emoticon

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/5/2010 1:05AM

    What a great concept! Thanks for the info, Maria. I just may check the Library and then check them out. :-)

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ROSEWCI 10/4/2010 4:27PM

    Thanks for the suggestion! I've not been much of a cook as of late...but I'm getting the bug, now that the weather's cooled. I do LOVE to cook, when I have the time! I'm always looking for substitutions for my favorites...substituting high fat for low fat...& high carb to more complex carbs. My thought is if I can get something comparable...then I will. This way I can indulge w/out all the guilt! I'll definitely take a look at the books you mentioned! Thanks!

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MOODY9 10/4/2010 2:14PM

    These sound like really good books. I'll have to check them out! Thanks for the suggestion.

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COOKWITHME65 10/4/2010 2:13PM

    Maria,
I have seen these at Walmart but I can't draw myself to buy a brandnew book. I have a very large collection, like over 500, but I have purchased them all at yard sales, thrift stores etc.... The ones that I do get that are brand new are gifts. Bob bought me the pioneer woman cookbook for christmas last year. She has a great blog and I'd been following it for years prior to the book coming out. I'm sure you know her as you love to cook, but if my chance check her site out.

I do get the emails from men's heath that send me the Eat this not that pointers. Your right the pictures are nice. The butternut raviolis sound yummy. Good idea regarding the library card. Haven't used it in years. I should give it a try and check out the Spark also.

Have a great day.

Kristan



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