Thursday, September 27, 2012

#101: The Looneyspoons Collection - Janet & Greta Podleski

Lick your lips and shrink your hips with THE LOONEYSPOONS COLLECTION. Jam-packed with the best of the best Janet & Greta recipes...made even BETTER!  Better carbs. Better fats. More fiber. Less sugar. Less salt. Same great taste that won t go to your waist!
Plus TONS OF NEW, MUST-TRY RECIPES, including Greta s Gluten-Free Miracle Brownies - Chewy, moist, double-chocolate fudge brownies. Honey, I Shrunk My Thighs! - Mouthwatering, honey-garlic baked chicken thighs that will leave everyone begging for more.  Moroccan and Rollin Quinoa Salad - The super-grain becomes super-scrumptious when paired with rockin spice. Pimped-Out Pumpkin Pie Pancakes - One taste and you ll say, Thanks (for) giving me this fabulous recipe! Diabetic? Looking for gluten-free or vegetarian options? Counting points? Cooking for finicky kids? The Looneyspoons Collection makes healthy eating delicious and fun for everyone! A feast for your eyes and your taste buds, TLC is overflowing with gorgeous, full-color food photos, hundreds of practical weight-loss, anti-aging and healthy-living tips and, of course, a heaping helping of Janet & Greta s trademark corny jokes and pun recipe titles.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Granet Publishing Inc. (November 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968063156
  • AMAZON US

  • AUTHOR BIOS:
     Sisters Janet and Greta Podleski are the authors of three #1 bestselling cookbooks: Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! The fun-filled books are best known for their unique combination of great-tasting, healthy recipes, useful nutrition tips and corny humor, though not even the books biggest fans found the jokes as funny as Janet and Greta did themselves.
    Over the years, the dynamic duo has somehow found time to host a popular cooking show on Food Network Canada, develop a line of healthy prepared foods, produce monthly columns for Reader s Digest and Taste of Home magazines and create a series of grEATing cards for Hallmark. Clearly, their personal lives border on pathetic.
    The sisters inspirational, self-publishing success story and mouthwatering recipes have been featured in countless newspapers and magazines, and on hundreds of North American TV broadcasts, including The Today Show, CNN, Canada AM and QVC. Much to their dismay, Janet and Greta never managed to get on Oprah, but they once camped for hours outside her Chicago apartment building, hoping for a chance to meet her. Hey, it was worth a try! (Darn security officers!)
    Despite being chosen as two of Canada s Top 40 Under 40 (just recently wink!) and being featured in People magazine (their mom loved that!), their biggest thrill was being the subject of a Trivial Pursuit question. Embarrassingly, Janet got the answer wrong. 


    MY OPINION:
    I've seen the show, Eat, Shrink and be Merry, and was nervous to actually try this cookbook. Almost everything I saw them make on that show, which was adaptions of well-known dishes with cheaper and easier products and methods, didn't bode well with me. I prefer fresh, even locally grown or produced foods, and tend to steer clear of processed foods. Where their recipes always call for processed foods.
    I gave it a go anyway, and went through the cookbook to find a recipe I thought was the least processed.

    Lanky Noodle Dandy
    While the hubby thought it was alright, I didn't even finish it. I love noodles, egg or otherwise, love chicken, love mushrooms and peas, and really found this dish to be basically a chicken stroganoff. Unfortunately, like I said before, I prefer fresh peas, not frozen or can, even the roasted red peppers they called for came from the pickle aisle... so I was not thrilled.... and it came across in the flavors for me. Sure, someone who is just invited to the table would enjoy the meal, but someone with a good palette and a love of food will definitely wonder if this is pre-packaged. 
    Yeah, so you can probably guess I won't be recommending this book. I'd be surprised if I can give it away after people hear what I got to say or read my review, but I aim to try.

    1/5

    Recommend? Not a chance.


    DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not financially compensated. All opinions are my own.
     

    1 comments:

    1. Wow! Interesting! The #1 selling cookbook in Canada for 10 months straight! I don't believe you scanned through the whole book if you think we cook with processed ingredients. We often give readers shortcuts, which are appreciated, by the way, but most of our recipes are cooking from scratch. We do listen to all opinions though. Honestly. But please remember, most people don't have access to fresh peas all year round and frozen peas are just as nutritious. I would never ever recommend canned peas. And let's be honest, do busy working moms have time to roast their own red bell peppers before whipping together dinner on a weeknight before taking the kids to soccer practice? Probably not. I personally love to roast my own red peppers. Please try the Quinoa Salad or Corn and Black Bean Salad or the Rockin' Moroccan Stew and then tell me we cook with processed ingredients. Just felt your review wasn't fair...and I'm not referring to the fact you didn't like the recipe...everyone's taste buds are different. I hate goat's cheese and lamb and my friends love them, for example. But to say you can't give the book away when it's flying off store shelves with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, well, that's a strong statement, don't you think? Regardless, here's to good food, good health and good fun! P.S. I consider myself a lover of food with a good palette :)

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