Book Review – Thinner in an Instant Cookbook Revised and Expanded by Nancy S. Hughes.

3 out of 5 stars

I would like to thank Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press for providing me with a free – temporary – electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Although I’m auto-approved with them, the decision to read this book is my choice and any reviews given are obligation free.

Okay, I’m going to start by being all book nerd on ‘Thinner in an Instant Cookbook’ by saying I LOVED the layout of this book! More cookbooks, especially those helping us with calorie control, should be laid out like this. Easy to read, follow, to the point. Not only states at the beginning the total calorie content of every recipes, but then breaks it down per serve in EVERY recipe. Fabulous!

With most diet or calorie control cookbooks (to me they are two different things) they will say the total amount of calories, fat, etc. per serve… but not actually break each serve down into the bare bones basics. ‘Thinner in an Instant Cookbook’ breaks it down! Spells it out for you, per serve, how much of each item makes that serve. An example is from the salad sections where it tells you how much lettuce, meat, etc. makes up a serve. So often calorie control books won’t do this! They will state the total contents per serve… but won’t say what quantities of each item that entails. Gosh I hope this makes sense? Basically, I found it very supportive of the reader/ cook. When you have had to calorie control meals before, this bit of a “cheat sheet” at the bottom of the recipes, to ensure you do really only eat the promised calories and no more, makes meal prep and eating so much easier. So, big thumbs up for how each recipe is formatted. Perfection plus for a calorie counter!

After that, it was really just your usual healthy, clean eating cook book that involves a multi-cooker. And who doesn’t love healthy multi-cooker cooking?

Sadly, for me, the recipes weren’t all that enticing. There were a few that I’d give a go… but my family and my food allergies and intolerances made a lot of them unappealing. But that is totally down to our inabilities to have wheat, alliums, seafood, dairy, barley, rye, etc… People who don’t have these food issues will really benefit from this book.

Also, were a family of five… two adults, a mid-teen and two almost teens… so the serving sizes were also not suited to my family. The majority of recipes were a “serves four”. Not an issue for a family of four or less, but another reason ‘Thinner in an Instant Cookbook’ wasn’t as appealing to me as it could have been.

But, other than those totally minor issues and were this reader’s fault, not the fault of the book at all. This was a great cookbook for those wanting to make some healthy, whole food multi-cooker recipes for a calorie controlled diet.

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes I would. See my adoration of the serving breakdowns per recipe. Those who need  to calorie count their meals are going to find ‘Thinner in an Instant Cookbook’ so very helpful. Yes it’s not that friendly to those of us with dietary allergies and intolerances, but hey. That isn’t everyone, so if you have food freedom and want to calorie count – this book is for you.

Would I buy this book for myself?

You’re thinking I would say no, right? Weeeellll…. Okay, yes, it probably would be a no. But I am still tempted. The problem I have is that when I find a recipe I can’t eat for allergy or intolerance issues, I tend to either leave those ingredients out or substitute them. However, as this is a calorie control cookbook, leaving or subbing doesn’t really work out that well. But I do still want to take a little bit longer exploring this book and maybe try a few of the “safer” recipes. But buy it? No… Borrow it from a friend or library? Yes.

In summary: A healthy, whole food multi-cooker cookbook for those interested in calorie controlled meals.


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