Get Ready for 'The SparkPeople Cookbook'

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Here at SparkPeople, we have yet another reason to shout "Woohoo!"

Earlier this year, we spilled the beans that we were working on our first cookbook (and we wanted help naming it).  I'm happy to say that "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" is almost here!

Written by our very own Chef Meg and myself, the cookbook contains everything you would expect from SparkPeople!

The book combines Meg's cooking expertise with SparkPeople's proven weight-loss and nutrition know-how for what will be the only healthy cookbook you'll need. Like the SparkPeople site that inspired it, "Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" uses education, entertainment and community to prove that healthy living, dieting and weight loss don't have to be boring, dull or difficult.

Though Meg trained at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London, where she learned classic (and calorie-laden) French cuisine, her at-home meals are like the ones she creates for SparkRecipes--the ones she blogs about each Monday. Meg truly believes that food should be healthy and delicious. As a World Master Chef (one of only 20 women in the world to hold that title!) and a chef instructor at the Midwest Culinary Institute here in Cincinnati, Meg knows that food has to taste great and satisfy the appetite.

But Meg is also a runner, a busy mom of three teenage boys, and a farmer's daughter, so she knows it also has to fuel her body. It's her passion to create food that tastes great and helps you stay slim and healthy. She knows how to cook mouth-watering food while still maintaining her weight (no easy feat for someone who eats for a living!).

It sounds impossible that we were able to create such recipes, but that's exactly what you asked for--and it's what you'll find in "The SparkPeople Cookbook"!

Since our best-selling book, "The Spark," was published in early 2010, members have been asking us for a follow-up--a cookbook! This long-awaited cookbook shows that healthy eating can be simple and fun. In fact, it proves it!

According to our taste test: If people eat flavorful, satisfying foods, they can eat fewer calories without even realizing it, yet be more satisfied while losing weight! We presented dieters and SparkPeople members with two meals: one comprised typical, bland diet foods. The other comprised recipes from our cookbook.

We asked: Which one is healthier? Which one do you want to eat again? Not surprisingly, people thought the “diet” foods were healthier, but they didn’t want to eat them again. What they didn’t know was that our flavorful foods were actually healthier (and lighter) than the diet foods!

We debunked several diet myths, including the thought that you have to eat bland, boring foods to lose weight!

But this is more than a collection of recipes—it’s an education. The SparkPeople philosophy is about encouraging people to achieve personal goals with the support of others. So along with the recipes, you’ll find:
  • More than 160 recipes, plus hundreds of variations—all guaranteed to be satisfying, sustaining, and stress-free!
  • Slim It Down” options for dozens of the recipes.
  • Full nutrition info for each recipe--and you'll be able to add the recipes to your Nutrition Tracker on SparkPeople.
  • “Make It a Meal” features—quick and tasty suggestions to turn every main dish into a well-balanced meal in just minutes.
  • A full 150 meal ideas and recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare—plus dozens of other, more elaborate meals.
  • Expert tips and tricks to increase flavor and satiety while cutting unnecessary calories, fat, and salt. (Plus tips from some of our most successful members!)
  • A healthy pantry checklist, a list of cheap but nutritious foods, and sidebars on new-to-you “superfoods.”
  • 2 weeks of meal plans—with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 snacks—all for 1,400-1,600 calories.
  • Success Stories of how real SparkPeople members used these recipes and our plan to lose weight and eat the foods they love.
  • Step-by-step guides to all the healthy cooking techniques you’ll need, plus a list of equipment for a healthy kitchen.
  • Recipe lists to suit every meal preference and occasion: heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, quick-cooking, high fiber, kid-friendly, great for entertaining, and more!
Wonder what some of the Success Stories from "The Spark" have been up to? "The SparkPeople Cookbook" picks up where "The Spark" left off, sharing stories of how members learned to cook and changed their lives--shedding the weight forever!

More details will be coming soon, along with information about all the extras you'll receive just for buying the book. (We do know you'll get SparkPoints for buying it!)

Stay tuned to the dailySpark for more updates on "The SparkPeople Cookbook" (available Oct. 1), and be sure to sign up for our Recipe of the Day email, which is full of healthy, delicious recipes from Chef Meg and other members. We'll be sharing tips, recipes, and more! Click here to sign up!

Want to pre-order "The SparkPeople Cookbook"? It's now available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Will you pre-order "The SparkPeople Cookbook"? Are you excited to read it?

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I'm excited too! Report
I know what i want for my birthday now!! So excited for this!! Thank you!! Report
Just ordered my copy.....can hardly wait to get it. Always looking for good healthy recipes Report
Awesome! Just pre-ordered my copy! Report
You have no idea the magnitude of happy this gives me! I can't wait!! Report
Woo Hoooo!! Report
Very excited! It will make a great Christmas gift for my sons! Report
Love the idea of the the "make it a meal" feature. That is so Spark. Report
I will most definitely "preorder" when that option becomes available........finally a cookbook I'll be able to live with! Report
Looks like a great idea. Can't wait to see it. Report
I can't wait to get mine!!! Report
Love the title. It's perfect Report
After reading the blog I pre-ordered the book from Amazon. Will be anxiously awaiting it. Looking forward to the great recipes. Report
I've been making recipes from an advance copy of the cookbook, and so far we have LOVED everything we've tried. Great suggestions for lunches and quick meals as well as delicious recipes to make. I have many cookbooks (I'm a cookbook junkie, LOL!), but this one is definitely going to be a mainstay in my library! Report
Excited! And will pre order it in minutes! Report
Awesome! Can't wait! Report
We will be ordering it! WhooHoo! Report
I have an advance copy & have found some delicious recipes that I'll be cooking for years to come. It's even helped expand my adventurous DD's food repertoire! Report
hells to the yeah! Report
Just what I`ve been wanting, I will be ordering this cookbook! Report
Sounds interesting. Can't wait to see it. Report
I hope there will be an e-book or iPad version.
I just preordered through Amazon. I am really excited and can't wait for it to arrive. Report
I love cookbooks, but they don't help much of they have a lot seafood recipes as I am allergic to all seafood, which I know most diets include. If somehow I could find out, I would definitely order it.

Gloria Report
will i be able to get it in canada? Report
Just did a pre-order on Amazon! It should arrive right after I get home from 12 days in Ireland. Let's hope the Guinness doesn't do me in!! Report
Already ordered my copy! Love SparkRecipes-especially Chef Meg's recipes!
Can't wait!!!!! Report
I can't wait. I was just thinking I needed a new cookbook with fresh (and healthy) ideas! Report
I hate to cook, but hope I will be able to find this book at my local public library so I can check out the recipes. Despite hating to cook, I do read Meg's recipes, and try to find some not-too-complicated ones I can try. I hope SP gives away a number of copies when the book comes out.

If the book looks good, I just might buy it for my daughter; she's a fabulous cook!! I hope Meg has a paperback edition that would be more affordable for folks. Eating healthier is more expensive to begin with. Report
i will order the book Report
Can't wait to get the book. I wish you had it in your store. Report
I can't wait!! It seems like I have been waiting for years for this cookbook to come out :) Report
I hope this will be available in eBook! I love having cookbooks on my Nook! Report
I just pre-ordered!!!
I can't wait already!!!!
I would have to look at one in store before I buy it; I have gastroparesis, which means I'm basically on a low fat, low fiber diet, and there are soooo many things I can't eat! I'd have to see if I could substitute the ingredients in the recipes for things that I CAN eat. Report
I won't be purchasing this as I found that many of the recipes from Chef Meg do not go over well in our house. I know others like her recipes, but it hasn't been the case in our house. Report
I love cookbooks and can't wait to get this one! Report
Heading over to to pre order. Woohoo! Report
This is all great and good, but would have been a nice touch if they had included some member recipes. When ever I want to make something new I check here first for any spark member who has made a skinny version before I google it !

great repository of recipes and tested by REAL people.
I can't wait until it comes out. I am always looking for tasty ways to eat healthy. Report
Looking forward to using this cookbook! I'm pre-ordering now. Report
Great news!! I think I will pre-order!! Report
I hate to cook. LOL Report
on my way to Amazon now; will pre-order it! thanks Report
I want one... Not this month.
I have made many of Chef Meg's recipes and have yet to make one that wasn't a HUGE hit!! I'm looking forward to the cookbook!! Report
Will there be an ebook available? Report
I've pre-ordered and looking forward to it. I get many recipe ideas from SP. Report
Oh I'm excited! Can't wait! Report
This is really exciting. I can hardly wait!
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