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Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too!

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12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Most Delicious Diet Ever! I Lost 12 lbs While *WRITING* the Book!

Full disclosure: I helped Teresa write this book, so of course I think it's phenomenal (it's very informative, very funny, and the full-color photographs on every page are as delicious as the recipes). But I'm also the first case study on whether her authentic, Italian ...
Full disclosure: I helped Teresa write this book, so of course I think it's phenomenal (it's very informative, very funny, and the full-color photographs on every page are as delicious as the recipes). But I'm also the first case study on whether her authentic, Italian recipes and advice on Mediterranean living really work. Will they make you skinny? In a word: YES. I lost 12 POUNDS the first month of writing this book.

If you know anything about writing a book, it's the most sedentary thing you can do--you sit for hours, stay up late, and snack to stay awake. I usually gain weight when I'm writing. And if you know anything about me, I hate to exercise, and I can't cook. But of course, I couldn't write a book I didn't believe in, so I followed Teresa's advice, made all the recipes like a reader would, and changed my eating habits to live like Teresa lives. And it worked!!

"Skinny Italian" isn't just the best, most delicious diet ever, it's a way of life. My family and I are olive oil converts (we even use it to make pancakes now), I gained so much confidence in the kitchen, and I feel like I'm taking better care of my kids, feeding them good food full of love. I've kept the weight off, I feel so much healthier (especially heart healthier), and I enjoy cooking now.

Of course I want people to buy the book, but more than anything, I want other people to feel as great as I do all from cooking and eating great food. (If it didn't work, believe me, I would just keep my mouth shut...) I can testify truthfully that Teresa's recipes are easy to make, incredibly delicious, and skinny, skinny, skinny!

- Heather

posted by Heather_Maclean on April 24, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

If You Don't Watch Her TV Show...

...the commentary in this book is meanignless and reads like hate speech. Not very professional, in terms of authorship. The recipes are nothing new, but at least she doesn't proclaim them as such. They are completely pedestrian, available everywhere, and none of them e...
...the commentary in this book is meanignless and reads like hate speech. Not very professional, in terms of authorship. The recipes are nothing new, but at least she doesn't proclaim them as such. They are completely pedestrian, available everywhere, and none of them earned a place in my permanet collection. This book didn't enhance my understanding of Italian cooking and, if you already cook Italian dishes, your receipes are probably the same or better. Don't waste your money.

posted by Patrice51 on June 22, 2010

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Great, fun cookbook

    I was never a huge fan of the show so I bought this only because it looked like a good cookbook, and am very glad I did. The recipes are easy to follow, and the ingredients are so reasonable - not like a lot of recipes that call for 20 or more ingredients, half of which you'll never use again. Some of Teresa's recipes are faster than others, but so far none of the ones I've tried have taken so long to make that I wouldn't do it on a normal weeknight. I've tried a lot of the recipes and the red sauces really stand out, as well as the pork chop recipe.

    As a bonus to the tasty food, this cookbook really is fun to read - Teresa's anecdotes and explanations are interesting, and I love that there are pictures of almost every recipe. I haven't had the chance to try out the cocktails or desserts yet, but they look delicious.

    I took off one star because several of the pasta dishes that don't call for a red sauce look creamy in the pictures but come out pretty dry when made exactly as described in the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    The skinny on Skinny Italian!

    I think that the recipes should be from her ( Teresa) and not from her mother and her mother in-law. But the recipes do looking good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Fun Book

    Okay so those who watch the show know she can be a little winded with he words, but it is a fun book, I enjoyed the simple and tastey recipes. All in all this is a great book, I'd give it to a girlfriend for a gift or recommend it to my book club. It has a place on my cookbook shelves!

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