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Janet and Greta Podleski's Looneyspoons, A Low-Fat Cookbook Review

Updated on December 11, 2014
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Looneyspoons is Low-Fat Food Made Fun!

Looneyspoons may well be my favorite cookbook, ever. Definitely this great Canadian cookbook is in my top five. This wonderful, low-fat cookbook is jam packed with 150 great recipes, lots of information and some pretty great humor. It makes trying to eat well fun and, as Dave Chilton said, "It makes healthy eating fun and, more important, it makes fun eating healthy." To boot, it is a Canadian success story!

Sisters Janet and Greta Podleski set out in 1995 to combine Greta's love of cooking and Janet's writing skills to create a "zany, one-of-a-kind, low-fat cookbook." They dreamed big and pictured themselves on a bestseller list screaming, "One Million Copies Sold." They did not realize that 10,000 copies makes a book a bestseller in Canada. Nor did they realize that their choice of an unusual cookbook style would keep their project a "secret basement project" because no publisher would accept a book by two unknown authors, especially one that defied convention.

Eventually, they enlisted the help of David Chilton the successful author of The Wealthy Barber and, with his help, they self-published Looneyspoons. The cookbook was so popular that it sold 325,000 copies in the first year ~~ an unheard of number for a self-published book ~~ and it went on to spend 85 weeks on Canada's bestseller list!

As a matter of fact, this book, despite being more than ten years old, is still very popular and I have had the opportunity to sell a number of copies of it to grateful buyers from around the world through my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda.

Looneyspoons is no longer in print but is still in demand. This page will tell you a bit more about the book and hopefully help you find a copy to purchase for your own cookbook collection.

Click here to buy Looneyspoons: Low-fat Food Made Fun from Amazon.com.

Thirteen Reasons To Love Thy Looneyspoons Cookbook - "Over 150 outrageously delicious low-fat recipes."

Why should you buy Looneyspoons? Well, how about because it is great? Because it ranks in my top five cookbooks of all time? Or maybe because it spent 85 weeks on the bestseller list? Or because two wonderful Moms spent more than a year in a basement apartment creating it, selling much of what they owned to self-publish it? Because it is packed with cartoons?

Or maybe because it includes some of the tastiest recipes around like Bananaberry Bombs, the best banana blueberry muffins you will ever taste? Or maybe even the best-ever Flab-u-less Fajitas? Or the Beyond Be-Leaf Garden Salad? (You can even try the salad recipe before you buy the book by clicking right here.)

Or maybe for any of the following thirteen fantastic reasons:

  1. Includes your favorite foods -- burgers, pizza, cheesecake and more.
  2. Delicious meals.
  3. Easy to follow recipes with common ingredients.
  4. Low-fat cooking tips.
  5. Reasonable serving sizes. (They're not diet sized!)
  6. Each recipe takes less than 30 percent of its calories from fat.
  7. Strategies to help you adopt and stick with a healthy lifestyle.
  8. Shocking fat statistics.
  9. Learn to make better choices at home, the store and the restaurant.
  10. Get encouragement to include physical activity in your lifestyle.
  11. Learn the meaning of diet and why so many diets fail.
  12. Enjoy a "hefty serving of laughter."
  13. Cartoons and lots of humor make this much more than just a cookbook.

Looneyspoons: Low-Fat Food Made Fun - By Janet & Greta Podleski with Cartoons by Ted Martin

"The common-sense guide to low-fat living in a high-fat world."

"You'll go just looney for the more than 150 delicious and low-fat recipes featured in Looneyspoons: Low-Fat Food Made Fun. Savour heavenly cheesecake, tantalizing burgers, fettucini alfredo and more - without the guilt of contributing unwanted inches to your waistline or hurting your health. Learn how to cut the fat out of your diet without sacrificing flavour. Really! Once you try just one recipe from Looneyspoons, you'll realize that a healthy lifestyle can be a delicious way to live." ~~ The Publisher

Looneyspoons: Low-fat Food Made Fun!
Looneyspoons: Low-fat Food Made Fun!

"Someone gave this book to me a gift and I have to say I thought it was too cutesy and childish for a "serious" cook like myself (although, I don't cook that much I thought that when I did get around to cooking I better be serious and go with Martha Stewart). In truth, Martha is probably why I hate cooking -- the recipes take hours, you can rarely find all of the ingredients and the dish never comes out looking just right! Looneyspoons has showed me how fun and easy cooking can be and I love to cook now. I can make great low-fat meals in no time; this is by far the best cookbook I've ever had. The authors are really funny and the recipes taste great. They do a lot with spices which is something I've never experimented too much with before... HIGH APPLAUDES TO THE AUTHORS FOR SUCH AN AMAZING COOKBOOK!" ~~ Amazon Customer Review

 

Where Else Can You Buy Looneyspoons?

Looneyspoons is not available new at the stores anymore. You can buy a new copy elsewhere from time-to-time, but you'll pay a high price. Used copies are considerably easier to find.

This book has become a somewhat hard-to-find cookbook which does drive the price up a bit. A new copy is going to command quite a high price. Here are a couple more places to check in your search for new and used copies of Looneyspoons:

AMAZON.CA ~~ This link will take you to Amazon.ca. There are a few sellers there have it priced at less than it is at Amazon.com. Canadians searching for Looneyspoons should also use this link. You can click right here to check the prices at Amazon.ca.

EBAY.COM ~~ This link will take you directly to my eBay store's cookbook section where I sometimes have books from this series available. You can click right here to see if the cookbooks are available now in my eBay store.

Good luck with your search. I believe this cookbook is worth it!

Remember that this book was published in 1996 and that, as is usual in our modern world, an awful lot has changed since then. Some of the information may be a bit outdated by today's trends. No longer is low fat the main focus. Now we're a bit more focused on good fats. Eggs, nuts and avocados are acceptable today. Bad carbs are out. As the authors of Looneyspoons have said, "there have been great strides and advancements in the study of weight loss, metabolism, trans fats, cholesterol, blood sugar, anti-oxidants, heart disease - you name it, researchers have discovered more about it." However, the recipes in Looneyspoons still Rock!

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed this lens to by you.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      It looks like a great cookbook.

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      yepitiswhatitis 7 years ago

      Nice lens...I've got to check out that cookbook!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I've sent you an e-mail, Darryl. Your mom will love this cookbook; I think it is my favorite of the three. Good luck in your search! [in reply to darryl]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am searching for this book Looneyspoons for my mother as a birthday gift to complete her set and I cannot find it anywhere. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

      You can email me at darryl-robbins@hotmail.com

      Thank you

      Darryl

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Crazy Plates, awesome, terrific lens.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Great lens - looks like a fun cookbook!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I could definitely stand to reduce my fat intake. Sounds like just the right cookbook for me.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Great lens.......I need to get me a handful of these books

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I will definitely have to hear more about the Bananaberry Bombs! I will see you at your store, Brenda! Great job!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great work Brenda! This looks like a great cookbook!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I've never heard of this cook book. Sounds fun.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Sounds like a fun cookbook! I'd love to have one of those!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Another beautifully crafted lens! Nice work!