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[Book Review] Cook Yourself Sexy by Candice Kumai

When I was searching Amazon recently for Cook Yourself Thin and Cook Yourself Thin Quick and Easy to link on an entry (can’t remember which, now!), the search bar showed up like this:

And I sort of laughed to myself and went, “Cook Yourself Sexy? What the hell?!”

But I went and looked at the page, and got intrigued when I read the following in the description, I added it to my wishlist until I had enough money in my Amazon vouchers to actually purchase it:

From decadent French toast and mac’ and cheese to guilt-free burgers and crispy sweet potato fries, Candice proves that you can have your cake – Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Cake, to be exact – and eat it, too!

The Book Itself

Cook Yourself Sexy by Candice Kumai

The book itself is beautiful. It’s full of stunning-looking food, excellent tips, and it’s all sorted out into fourteen sections.

  1. How to cook yourself sexy
  2. 7 Days to sexy (including a 7-day sample menu!)
  3. Tools of the trade
  4. Brekkie made sexy
  5. Appetisers to play with your senses
  6. Slimming soups and sexier salads
  7. In the raw
  8. Asian persuasion (my favourite section!)
  9. Veggie mains
  10. Sexier sides
  11. Skinny-dip in the sea
  12. Date-night dinners for two
  13. Sultry Sweets and Splurges
  14. JUST CHOCOLATE (Need I Say More?)

There’s also a section that lists all the FWB (not FRIENDS with benefits, but FOODS with benefits! All the good properties in the foods. She tries to add at least one FWB to every meal.)

Tools of the Trade, page 19

The Recipes

It’s not your average low-fat/healthy eating cookbook. We’ve got chocolate cake. Pancakes. Spaghetti and meatballs. BURGERS. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

And she doesn’t ask you to replace your butter or olive oil with a low fat alternative. You use butter. You use olive oil. BUt you use it sparingly, and you use FLAVOURS. For the Whole Roasted Go-To Chicken (page 181), you use butter AND Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for the garlic butter. I made it for my dinner on Monday night, and I can attest: IT’S DELICIOUS.

There’s also my favourite section: Asian Persuasion (page 105) which is a short but sweet chapter with delights such as Miso-Glazed Cod with Spicy Garlic-Braised Baby Bok Choy and instructions on how to roll proper temaki (cone-shaped sushi rolls).

But my favourite page of all, I’ve taken a photo of:

Lime Chicken Soup AND Caramelised French Onion Soup

I haven’t actually made either of these yet – need to get more onions and vegetables in general! – but I adore French Onion soup anyway, and having a good recipe for it is AMAZING, and the flavours I can see in the Lime Chicken Soup (Sriracha! Star Anise! Lime juice! Chili flakes! VEGETABLES! And I’d probably add shredded chicken to it, too.) just make my mouth water.

And if that doesn’t get you interested, then how about this: there is an entire section dedicated to chocolate. Chocolate orange cake. Chocolate-mint biscotti. Mini chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes. And that’s just the first three things. There’s another four or so! CHOCOLATE!

Chapter 14: Just Chocolate! (Need I Say More?) – page 220/221

The book has now taken up residence in my kitchen, kept safe between the wine box that I keep my knives in, and my microwave; it’s right next to my cooker, in case I need the recipe for those cinnamon-sugar baked sweet potatoes (page 147) any time soon.

And I will.

Because they’re delicious.

It looks damn good in my kitchen.

My only issue with the book isn’t with the recipes or the design/layout of the book. It’s with the binding. It’s not very conducive to being opened. Maybe it’s just my copy, but the pages I opened to to take photos broke open at the spine (you can sort of see it in the photo for the soups), and that’s something I expect of a book that I’ve had for a good long time.

However, it doesn’t detract from the fact that this book is chock-full of delicious, tempting foods, and I look forward to attempting to cook more of them in the future!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (It loses one star because of the crappy binding. Sorry, Candice! I know that’s not your fault.)


Cook Yourself Sexy: Paperback; Cook Yourself Sexy: Kindle

and, also by Candice Kumai

Pretty Delicious: Hardcover; Pretty Delicious: Kindle


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