Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You [NOOK Book]

Overview

When was the last time you indulged in a sumptuous eggs benedict, an herbaceous and aromatic pasta with pesto, or a soul-satisfying cup of creamy tomato soup with a grilled cheese on the side—without a moment of guilt? The too-good-to-be-true recipes in Pretty Delicious not only look and taste great, but they are as easy on the waistline as they are on the wallet and will keep you lean, sexy, and very, very happy.

The secret? Former model-turned-chef Candice Kumai skips “diet” ...

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Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You

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Overview

When was the last time you indulged in a sumptuous eggs benedict, an herbaceous and aromatic pasta with pesto, or a soul-satisfying cup of creamy tomato soup with a grilled cheese on the side—without a moment of guilt? The too-good-to-be-true recipes in Pretty Delicious not only look and taste great, but they are as easy on the waistline as they are on the wallet and will keep you lean, sexy, and very, very happy.

The secret? Former model-turned-chef Candice Kumai skips “diet” food in favor of smart swaps and delicious real foods that keep fat and calories to a minimum while boosting flavor and plate appeal to the maximum. And by loading her dishes with FWBs (that’s foods with benefits, of course!), she ensures that every enticing bite provides the key nutrients your body craves to stay healthy and look amazing.

From sliders and mac’ and cheese to a lightened-up veggie lasagna and guilt-free BLTs, nothing is off-limits in the Pretty Delicious kitchen. Love Cali-fresh flavors? Try Candice’s 470-calorie Fabulous Fish Tacos and a soul-soothing Albóndigas Soup. Making an intimate dinner for two? Almond Pesto Fettuccine with Pan-Seared Scallops or Grilled White Pizza with Mushrooms, Artichokes, and Parm are made to order. Hosting a crowd for brunch? A breakfast burrito bar or make-your-own-mimosas spread will start the weekend off right without weighing you down.

And proving that you don’t need to be a millionaire to eat like royalty, Candice shares her tips for being fab and frugal, as well as ideas for making smart switches in the kitchen that will save you calories and fat grams without compromising on flavor.

For entertaining, for easy weeknight meals, and for simple snacks and everyday indulgences (to be enjoyed in moderation), Candice Kumai’s collection of smart, sexy, and truly irresistible recipes is proof that even the most health-conscious cook can dish it up with style and flavor!

 

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Candice Kumai has traveled a long way since she battle over cookie cutters on Season 1 of Bravo's Top Chef. Now this bi-coastal beauty serves as the vibrant co-host of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin; not to mention, the primary contributor to the series' companion book. Now she's back with her first solo effort, which one early reviewer called "the most gorgeous health inspired cookbook ever published." And gorgeously healthy it is: In Pretty Delicious, the former Miss California Sunshine dishes out recipe after recipe of tasty, nutritious, and surprisingly non-fattening main courses and treats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609613273
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 172,742
  • File size: 44 MB
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Meet the Author

CANDICE KUMAI received her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and has worked in several Los Angeles restaurants. After appearing on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef, she became the host of Lifetime’s hit series Cook Yourself Thin and was a contributing writer to the #1 New York Times bestseller Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes. She has also appeared on TLC’s Home Made Simple and Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and has contributed to various food and lifestyle publications. The founder and creative artist behind www.StilettoChef.com, Candice continues her journey of spreading her love of pretty delicious cooking, good health, and living a fabulous life in New York City. Scoop her up on Twitter: @StilettoChef.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I have the NOOK version. The recipes appear to be easy and delicious. We've tried the Berry Oatmeal and the Fabulous Fish Tacos with Tequila Lime Sauce. Both were fantastic. The Fish Tacos were actually pretty sweet with the Pickled Slaw on it. The lime flavoring really shined. The pictures in the book are beautiful. My problem is with the NOOK version. If it says something is on a certain page, it is not. For example, the Tuna Curry Salad on page 96 is actually on my NOOK's page 132. If you go to page 96 you'll see Grilled Nectarine Salad. However, when you see a page number it is usually highlighted as a link so when you click on it, it'll take you directly to where you need to go. Because of that, it isn't too annoying. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised and I can't stop reading it and looking at the pictures. It has inspired me to cook better foods for my family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    pretty delicious = pretty freakin' fabulous

    For a hi-level assessment, this cookbook is FANTASTIC!

    Let me begin by saying I am an extremely picky eater. Therefore, when it comes to food, cooking and self-preparation are always my best bet. I am not a novice, nor an expert, but have to admit this is the first cookbook I have ever purchased. Let me tell you, it was worth every penny (for the elegance and style alone). I have had it one week and already used 2 recipes and have also tagged many more (ps, they were both delicious).

    Having studied graphic design and based my career in the visual communicative arts, I was of course immediately intrigued by the amount of thought and detail put into the design of this book. My copywriter would say I'm not one for many words on the page, but when they are laid out so beautifully, all you want to do is read-on. From the typography choices, to the images, to the way the notes and tips are called-out, everything just seems perfect. This would even make a non-cooker want to tie on an apron and pearls (maybe a couple of sparkly bangles too).

    The book is written in a fun and light tone, never condescending or vague--which is the problem I find with many of the recipe books I've skimmed through or taken notes from over the years. The promotion of health and happiness through good foods (or FWBs--food with benefits as she would say) really comes from the heart, and not from some newfangled fad dietician. It shows in her recipes and notes, the love that she put into this amazing compilation of delicious, healthy recipes.

    I am beyond satisfied with my purchase of this beautiful cookbook. You will be too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    You Gotta Have This Book!

    Im in no way a good cook, but I bought this book after seeing the author on the Today show. The receipes are amazing and simple. I tried the Shrimp ceviche right away and my husband and 2 kids couldnt get enough of it. Im really excited to try more and more of these recipes!!! Its a must!

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Seriously - BUY TWO!

    This is one of my favorite cookbooks! Not only is it beautiful to look at, the food turns you into a gourmet cook. It is tasty and so good for you! Almost better than the food is the author - reading this book is like having a conversation with Candice herself - she is upbeat, cheerful, and has her own language. You'll notice all of this as you read her book and enjoy the food she has created for you! Your tummy and your waistline will thank you for it! Oh, and buy two - you'll want one to cook out of and one to display on the coffee table! It's gorgeous!

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    A cookbook for everyone FABULOUS!

    I'm a novice in the kitchen, but Pretty Delicious inspires me to cook. With Candice Kumai's entertaining voice woven throughout her provocative recipes and fun advice, I now look forward to creating special meals for my family and friends to enjoy. What a transformation... I was never satisfied in the kitchen, feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and inept to prepare dinner, but I finally found my best friend to help me fall in love with cooking!

    The beautiful layout of Pretty Delicious makes each recipe easy to understand and its story, relatable. This is a cookbook that will live on your countertop or coffee table. The recipes are stylish, healthy (she substitutes ingredients but truly maintains key flavor), and unique. The "Food w/ Benefits" (FWB) chart, tips and advice, and vegetarian/vegan symbols are user friendly and very informative!

    This cookbook is for every woman out there. Cheers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    LOVE it!

    This is such a great and beautiful cookbook! Candice is so cute and down to earth. I've seen her on TV and she comes across with the same spunky personality in this book. The recipes look delicious! I can't wait to try them and her tips are priceless for healthy eating on a budget. She breaks down healthy fresh cooking into a lingo we can all understand and easily follow. Yummy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Tasty and healthy recipes

    I have this book in print and it was a recommendation from a friend who has similar tastes. The recipes are pretty easy to follow. Everything I have made so far tastes really good. There is also a focus on heathy eating but still a bit of cheating in moderation.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    FABULOUS recipes!! A foodie's MUST-BUY!!!

    After indulging a little too much during the holidays, I wanted to buy a new cookbook that showed me how to make the slimmed-down versions of my favorite comfort foods. Enter former Top Chef contestant Candice Kumai!! I was blown away by the beautiful photography throughout this entire book- I was practically drooling over the food before I even started cooking!! Candice has showed me that you can definitely stay "lean and lovely" while creating flavorful, fun and sexy dishes!!

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    The best Christmas present...

    As a culinary school grad, I own a LOT of cookbooks. But time and again I pull out my copy of Pretty Delicious. Not only are the photos beautiful, but the recipes, tips and tricks are spot-on. I am in love with the Gone Bananas Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! I can also vouch for the Datenight Rack of Lamb, Swiss Chard, Tomato Soup and TDF Hummus. All the recipes use easy-to-find wholesome ingredients. It's truly the anti-diet book. I am planning on buying this book for my sister for Christmas!

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