The Best Life Diet Cookbook: More than 175 Delicious, Convenient, Family-Friendly Recipes

A good meal is one of life's great pleasures, but we all know that it can be difficult to choose foods that make us happy and keep us healthy. In his New York Times bestselling book The Best Life Diet , Bob Greene showed more than a million people that you can lose weight and eat delicious food. Now, in The Best Life Diet Cookbook he provides more than 175 recipes that taste as good as they are good for you. With recipes like Flank Steak with Potatoes and Garlic and Sweet-and-Sour Stuffed Chicken, it isn't hard to eat well while shedding pounds. Slimmed-down comfort foods like Sweet Potato with Turkey Hash and Beef Stew with Winter Root Vegetables make family dinners satisfying and healthful. Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Oranges and Pistachios comes together in a snap. Or try one of the recipes contributed by world-class chefs like Charlie Trotter or Suzanne Goin, adapted to fit the Best Life guidelines. Craving something sweet? You won't believe that Pear and Banana Crisp and Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crust are low in fat and calories. Also included are three sets of two-week meal plans: The Quick and Easy Plan for when you're most time-pressed; The Family-Friendly Plan with meals to satisfy the whole gang; and The Kitchen Connoisseur Plan for those looking for more of a challenge in the kitchen. Whether you're trying to drop some pounds or simply want to maintain your weight, these plans do all the calorie-calculating for you. The Best Life Diet Cookbook is full of useful shopping tips and culinary information. Illustrated with dozens of beautiful black-and-white and color photographs, it is a book you will turn to again and again. Bob Greene firmly believes that every meal should be a celebration both of the pleasures of food and your commitment to living your best possible life, and with The Best Life Diet Cookbook , you can reclaim your joy of eating and live the life you deserve.

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By Kat (Lenexa, KS) · ★★★★★ · May 09, 2009
I love this book! I have never been much interested in diets, having never enjoyed calorie counting or worrying about my body image. I was much happier to just cover the mirrors in my apartment and grit my teeth while buying clothes. However, after discovering this book my whole life was changed.... ...more
By Adrienna (Milwaukee, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · April 13, 2013
Bob Greene challenges the person who's overweight or has emotional eating problems to not just concentrate on diet and exercise alone, neglecting the issues in your life that caused you to become overweight.

(1) What is happening in your life now
(2) Examine your motives
(3) Replay events of your p... ...more
By Vickie (San Diego, CA) · ★★★★☆ · January 04, 2009
I've skimmed through most of this book, and it is great. There is nothing earth-shattering here, but Greene emphasizes the most effective ways to lose the extra lbs and keep them off. I haven't yet read anything here that I didn't already know, but we all need to be reminded sometimes about how t... ...more
By Anna (Batavia, IL) · ★☆☆☆☆ · February 13, 2008
I thought that there was too much of a focus on weight loss rather than on healthy eating and life style. I did like the some of the tips on healthier breakfasts and snacks, but otherwise I thought most of the ideas would be unsustainable in the long term. ...more
By Sarah (Baltimore, MD) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 09, 2009
I have some big issues with this book. While I think that Greene's basic ideas are good, and he advocates a lifestyle change, not a diet, the fact that there are "Best Life" endorsed foods like Slim-Fast shakes bothers me. I didn't finish the book all the way because frankly, his credibility was... ...more
By Amycakes (Scottsdale, AZ) · March 01, 2011
I am currently following this books guidelines (for the most part) and I am beginning to see results. The thing I love about this book is that it is extremely easy to follow and I haven't felt deprived at all. Most "diets" I fall off the wagon right away, but now the foods that I have eliminated... ...more
By Molly (Natick, MA) · ★★★★☆ · September 03, 2008
This book reinforced the early steps that I was taking and helped provide a fairly simple process for changing habits for the better for good.

I had been exercising for about 3 months without any noticible change. I had no idea about proper nutrition or portions, etc.

I saw Bob Greene on Oprah and... ...more
By Bree (Sparks, NV) · ★★★☆☆ · November 22, 2009
This book is fascinating in its approach to nutrition and fitness. Despite his Oprah connection, Bob Greene stands out on his own for emphasizing exercise and holistic nutrition. Baby steps to a healthier life is really his mantra. I've since finished this book, and felt that it was interesting b... ...more