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[Book Review] The Digest Diet Cookbook by Liz Vaccariello

26th July 2013


The Digest Diet Cookbook

I’m always on the lookout for new cookbooks. Especially cookbooks with delicious recipes! Luckily, I seem to have hit the jackpot with The Digest Diet Cookbook.

The Digest Diet

The book is called The Digest Diet Cookbook (emphasis mine) because it’s based on The Digest Diet, a book which was released in October 2012, a few months before the cookbook came out. You don’t have to have any previous knowledge of The Digest Diet to purchase and enjoy The Digest Diet Cookbook. Chapter Three gives you some reminders (or introductions!) as to how you can follow The Digest Diet, if you wish to.

First Impressions

On the first read-through (reading the first three chapters thoroughly for the introduction and skimming over the recipes – there are a lot of recipes!) I was really impressed by the whole book. There seems to have been a lot of thought put into the diet, although I can’t talk in depth about it, as I haven’t actually read The Digest Diet (and therefore can’t recommend you read it or not!). There’s a lot of information about “Fat Increasers” and “Fat Releasers”, and which foods fall into these categories, and which activities fall into these categories.

Things such as eating, and environment and exercise are all fat increasers! And, get this: eating, environment and exercise are also fat releasers. It all depends on what you do with the three of these variables in your life, and Chapter One tells you how to make the best of them, and how to reduce the damage. It also lists a lot of Fat Releasing Foods, including cocoa! I know a lot of women worry about going on a diet or changing their lifestyles and freaking out about living without chocolate. You don’t have to!

Chapter Two explains how to make-over your kitchen into a Fat Releasing Haven: the gear you’ll need – hopefully you’ll already have most of the stuff listed, as it’s general kitchen equipment! – and some kitchen staples you’ll need to get in order to successfully lose weight and inches.

Chapter Three goes on to explain how to create your own 21-day Fat Release Plan, including explaining the Digest Diet “Rules”, and the three Phases of The Digest Diet. There’s also a list of suitable swaps that you can make if there’s a certain item you can’t tolerate – if you’re lactose intolerant, for example, or if you’re allergic to nuts. The first three chapters are definitely geared towards people who are looking to follow The Digest Diet, and who aren’t just looking for a new cookbook. It’s an interesting plan!

The Recipes

From Chapter Four onwards, there’s the recipes:

  1. Breakfasts
  2. Soups
  3. Main Dishes
  4. One-Dish Mains
  5. Salads
  6. Side Dishes
  7. Desserts

Appendix Menus
Recipe Index
Conversion Chart

I have to say, I’m a bad blogger on this front: I did make one of the recipes (Fast Release Shake; the first recipe in Chapter Four) for my breakfast twice, and I never once took a photo of it, because by the time I got my camera out, I’d already started drinking it…

Ahem.

I can, however, attest to its deliciousness. You can mix/match your flavours, and one day I went with a banana/peanut butter flavour – added in skimmed milk instead of milk powder, because it was too thick! – and the second time, I made white grape flavour (with Tony Ferguson fibre powder, which is psyllium husks, oat bran and rice bran, because I don’t have flaxseed meal…) and I think I could live on either of those for breakfast for the rest of my life and never be bored.

There are some amazing recipes that really made my mouth water just reading the descriptions, names and ingredients: home-made breakfast sausage (page 61); Mexican Fajita Soup (page 74); Flank Steak with Scallion Chimichurri (page 79); Slow Cooker Sunday Roast with Onion Gravy (page 80); Yoghurt-Baked Chicken – I fully intend to find some more Frank’s Hot Sauce to make this soon! (page 83); Jamaican-Grilled Tuna with Avocado-Mango Relish (page 96); Southwestern Turkey Tacos (page 111); Shrimp Cocktail Salad (page 116); Mexican Cobb Salad (page 117); Cajun Sweet Potato Fries (page 141); Parmesan-Crumbled Roasted Root Vegetables (page 142); Spicy Grilled Pineapple (page 146); Mango Melba (page 150); Flourless Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cakelets (page 151); and Chocolate-Coconut Pudding (page 153). [All pages correct in my copy of the book on Adobe Digital Editions; may be different in a hardback/paperback edition or in any other format. Please refer to your own copy to find the above recipes.]

Overall

Overall, I think that this is a cookbook that has many good qualities, and would be an excellent addition to anyone’s kitchen, whether you’re looking to lose weight or not. It has a huge number of recipes, not all of which are to my tastes, of course, but definitely enough to make it a must-buy. The fact that the recipes have such bonuses in the health-boosting ingredients only make it a plus.

The only downside is that there are a few ingredients that I know that people in the UK would have difficulty getting a hold of (unless Amazon stocks them; it’s always possible! Our supermarkets just really need to hurry and catch up with the US’s…) but I’m sure there are perfectly good substitutes on this side of the pond. Don’t let it put you off! And don’t worry about the measures. There’s a chapter in the back of the book with conversions so that you don’t accidentally put in three times too much chocolate.

Accidentally, yes.

Accidentally.

Score: ★★★★☆ – marked down by one star because there’s a serious lack of recipes to serve 1 person! *sigh* Oh well. Guess I’ll need to freeze a lot of food…

Availability

You can buy The Digest Diet Cookbook by Liz Vaccariello at Amazon and most reputable bookstores. But don’t quote me on that last part. I know it’s available at Amazon, but not the rest!

If you’re interested in The Digest Diet Cookbook, you may also be interested in The Digest Diet, by the same author.

Disclaimer

In the interests of full disclosure: I received no compensation, monetary or otherwise, for this publication. I did not receive a physical copy of the book. I downloaded a digital edition via NetGalley’s blogger programme in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

If you would like me to review your product, please contact me fatso@fatgirlslim.org, although requesting a review does not guarantee acceptance.

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