Substitute Yourself Skinny

We Have a Winner!

It’s been a fun month.  Everyone has left a lot of great suggestions.  Hopefully the comments y’all left will help future cookbook authors in providing the kind of product you really want to buy.

So with out further adieu I’ll get on with the business of telling you what has been won.

One copy each of Amigeauxs: Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine, Third Coast Cuisine – Recipes from the Gulf of Mexico (both by Chef Stuart Reb Donald) and Substitute Yourself Skinny (by Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef), three cookbooks total.  Approximate value of prize package is $45 (American).

And here’s what you have all been waiting for, the cover art:

Third Coast CuisineSusan Irby the Bikini ChefAmigeauxs

To remember all the fun we had, or if you want to know what I’m talking about click HERE.

Oh, yeah, and Michelle R. won.

“Building the Perfect Cookbook” Contest

The Building the Perfect Cookbook Contest

The winner takes home a package of three cookbooks!

Contest ends June 30th.  Click HERE to enter.

Third Coast CuisineSusan Irby the Bikini ChefAmigeauxs

Building the Perfect Cookbook

The Building the Perfect Cookbook Contest

The winner takes home a package of three cookbooks!

America loves cookbooks.  We can’t get enough of them.  As many as 18,000 of them are published each year.  Many people treat the recipes like algebraical formulas, never a deviation.  Others, like myself, rarely cook by a recipe at all but use cookbooks for inspiration.

But something that none of us who produce cookbooks have ever asked those who consume them is what exactly would you like to see in a cookbook?  Is there a certain format you prefer?  How about nutritional information, is that important?  What is it you wish every cookbook included?  Clearly pictures are something that everyone has expressed a desire for – you like food porn, we get it – but what else?  Help us build the perfect cookbook.

If you leave your suggestion in the comments below you will be entered to win not one cookbook, not two cookbooks but three cookbooks!  The winner (chosen at random) will receive one copy each of Amigeauxs: Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine, Third Coast Cuisine – Recipes from the Gulf of Mexico (both by Chef Stuart Reb Donald) and Substitute Yourself Skinny (by Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef), three cookbooks total.

CONTEST RULES: Just leave your idea for the perfect cookbook in the comments section.  Enter as many times as you like but please leave a different idea with each comment.  The winner will be chosen at random from valid comments to this post.  Approximate value of prize package is $45 (American).  Contest ends June 30, 2010.  You must enter a valid e-mail address.  You will NOT  be added to any mailing lists, period. Your email address will not be saved, recorded or used for any reason other than notifying the winner.

Third Coast CuisineSusan Irby the Bikini ChefAmigeauxs

Review: Substitute Yourself Skinny

For many Americans the battle of the bulge is predicated on the fact that diet food tastes nasty. Those pre-portioned pseudo-meals shipped directly to your door are not only dreadful tasting but processed to the point you can’t really call it food.  They may make your tummy smaller but they wreak havoc on your liver, pancreas, heart, kidneys, et al.  Nothing that tastes bad is good for you.  After all your taste buds are as much a part of your body as your abs and glutes.  Why abuse them?

Susan Irby on Wannabe TV ChefSusan Irby has made her career by designing foods that fit what she calls “the Bikini lifestyle.”  It is an approach that has earned her the nickname the Bikini Chef.  Often identified as spa food, her style features healthy, local, sustainable ingredients prepared with sophistication.  But Irby’s food also has comfort and that’s what makes her healthy fare so satisfying.

Susan’s latest book is her best offering to date of figure-flattering flavors.  Substitute Yourself Skinny (Adams Media, 2010) includes 175 super-slimming recipes and dozens of gorgeous color photos.  This is one diet book that deserves serious food porn props!  Irby’s previous books include $7 Healthy Meals (read review) and $7 Quick and Easy Meals (read review) as well as Cooking with Susan, Southern Family Favorites.  All are available at amazon.com.  For more on Irby check out my exclusive interview from earlier this year.

The true voodoo of Substitute Yourself Skinny is not that Susan takes great, time-tested recipes that are packed with flavor and substitutes one or two high fat or high calorie ingredients for healthier alternatives while maintaining the soul of the dish.  No, the real magic is that Susan teaches you how to do it yourself.

Despite what the mail-order meal people would have you think, the path to getting that Bikini body is through your kitchen.  There is no such thing as a healthy diet that does not involve fresh ingredients cooked from scratch.  If cooking for yourself sounds horrific then what you eat is not the source of your excess tonnage, your laziness is.

Irby addresses this by making her recipes easy and quick.  First she starts you off with a shopping list of the staples needed for eating healthy and cooking quickly.  Then she offers recipes like I’m Feeling Lazy Lasagna and others engineered for that busy family on the go.

Susan Irby the Bikini ChefFinally, and most astonishingly, Irby has filled the pages of Substitute Yourself Skinny with foods you actually like and even crave: Creme de la Creme Cream of Broccoli Soup, Cinnamon Raisin Waffles, Not So Scalloped Potatoes, Biscuits and Gravy, Cajun Red Beans and Rice, I Love New York Cheesecake, Slidin’ Home BBQ Sliders, Sausage Pizza, Banana-rama Banana Pudding Cake and Fudgy Chocolate Brownies to name just a few.

Each delicious recipe is accompanied by a calorie count, serving size and nutritional breakdown.  Scattered throughout you will find helpful bits of information the author calls Skinny Secrets.  As mentioned before the photographs are stunningly clean and colorful.

Check back tomorrow to see how you can get your very own copy of Substitute Yourself Skinny for FREE!

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up

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