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Book Review: Substitute Yourself Skinny

Updated on July 18, 2011

Do you want to learn how to adapt some of your favorite, tried-and-true recipes so that they are more diet friendly than the original versions? If so, check out Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Irby.

About Substitute Yourself Skinny

This book is designed to help those who want to continue enjoying their favorite dishes while losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply adopting healthier eating habits. You'll learn about diet-friendly ingredient substitutions that help you reduce the calorie counts in your favorite recipes.

When you read this book, you'll quickly see that the author didn't earn her nickname of "the Bikini Chef" by accident. Following the tips in this book will help you find creative ways to cut empty calories out of your favorite dishes so that you can enjoy your favorite foods while trying to lose weight, maintain your weight, or improve your health.

In addition to learning how to make your favorite recipes more diet friendly, you'll also learn how to make many additional tasty, low calorie recipes when you read this book. It includes instructions for making 175 dishes that use slimming ingredients and cooking techniques.

Examples of Recipes in Substitute Yourself Skinny

  • Chicken a' la King (prepared with reduced fat refrigerated crescent rolls instead of biscuits)
  • Deviled Egg Salad (made with nonfat mayonnaise instead of the full fat variety)
  • Flat Belly Eggs Benedict (prepared using nonfat vanilla yogurt, nonfat sour cream, and low fat cottage rather than egg yolks and butter)
  • It's Greek to Me Greek Salad (made with reduced-fat or nonfat feta cheese and with a reduced amount of olive oil in the dressing)
  • Summer Savoring Mac 'n' Cheese (prepared with a combination of nonfat ricotta cheese and reduce fat cheddar cheese instead of full fat cheese)
  • Many other great recipe ideas prepared with creative, healthful substitutions

About the Author

Chef Susan Irby is the author of several other books, including Boost Your Metabolism Cookbook: Fire up Your Diet for a Fit and Firm You, Cooking with Susan, The Giant $7 a Meal Cookbook: 701 Inexpensive Meals the Whole Family Will Love, The $7 a Meal Quick and Easy Cookbook: 301 Delicious Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less.

Chef Irby is the host of the popular Los Angeles radio show, The Bikini Lifestyle with Susan Irby the Bikini Chef (airing on KFWB News Talk 980). She has also worked under several well-known Master Chefs, including George McNeil and Todd English. She has cooked for a number of celebrities, including David Spade and Kate Sagal. She


Thanks to Adams Media for providing me with an opportunity to review this great diet recipe book. ~MW


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  • Lady_E profile image


    9 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for the Review - I look forward to reading it.

  • Squirrelchaser profile image


    9 years ago from Leesburg, FL

    I recommend bare-naked fruits, meats, and vegetables that can be cooked together or eaten raw to make all kinds of recipes with only spices, not including salt, for flavor. No packages or recipes, sauces, dressings, bread, sugar, additives, high fructose corn syrup, tras fats, artificial anything, preservatives, etc. Your article is very well written. Thanks for the read.


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