The Rice Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy, Everyday Recipes and Inspirational Success Stories from the Rice Diet Program Community

Kitty Gurkin Rosati, Author Simon & Schuster $26 (350p) ISBN 978-1-4165-3922-3
Call it the anti-Atkins: instead of preaching the weight-loss potential of an endless steak and eggs buffet, this plan suggests a regimen rich in whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. The plan allows only limited amounts of dairy or animal protein, urges dieters to avoid salt, exercise regularly and keep a journal to chart their progress. Low-calorie eating and physical activity are commonsense methods of losing weight, and, for the most part, Rosati's level-headed approach is refreshing. Occasionally the author veers toward immoderation, disallowing chicken because it causes ""a slight rise in blood pressure or cholesterol,"" and suggesting that a detoxification is necessary before starting in order to return the body to ""a clean, natural state."" In general, though, the author is straightforward and reassuring, and heartfelt testimonials from people who have lost huge amounts of weight provide encouragement. Even better, Rosati includes appealing recipes to help readers keep losing weight: Ryan's Crispy Fish Sticks are baked but have a just-fried crunch, and Ilene's Mashed Cauliflower is a deliciously garlicky substitute for mashed potatoes. Desserts, too, are fulfilling, especially a Rhubarb-Dried Cherry Crumble sweetened with fruit and maple syrup; with dozens more dishes to help dieters along, this a complete and satisfying plan.
Reviewed on: 01/01/2007
Release date: 01/01/2007
Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4165-4830-0
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