Synopses & Reviews
Chefs are around delicious, tempting food all day. So how do they manage to look good while eating so well? When People magazine editor Allison Adato found covering the restaurant world was taking a toll on her own waistline, she turned to top chefs for their secrets. Here, more than three dozen greats like Eric Ripert, Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless, Tom Colicchio, and Michelle Bernstein reveal how to:
Always enjoy the food you love
Choose big flavors for maximum pleasure
Read a restaurant menu and indulge the way smart chefs do
Cook the easy, satisfying meals that pros prepare at home
Use lemon, salt, and olive oil to make almost any dish terrific
End your day with a square of chocolate
You dont have to cook like a four-star chef to eat like one! Like so many Americans, celebrity chefs also face the strain of balancing a good diet with a busy lifestyle. Now they share their own smart tips, scrumptious recipes and personal stories of losing over 100 pounds, of taking off baby weight and eating with kids, and of celebrating a love for food without sacrificing healthall while indulging an appetite for life.
"Overeating may be an occupational hazard, but some chefs manage to maintain their weight. Smart Chefs reveals their successful strategies for eating what they love-in moderation, of course. Adato presents their strategies as 'lessons' that should work for anyone who adores food. Smart Chefs is fun to read and packed with good advice."—Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and Author of What to Eat
"Smart Chefs Stay Slim is at once approachable, realistic and mouth-watering."
"A breezy, entertaining read sharing lessons, tips and recipes from some of America's best-known chefs in answer to the compelling question, 'How do chefs stay slim?' It's filled with enjoyable anecdotes that promise to help fuel your efforts to do the same."—Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, James Beard Award–Winning Authors of the Bestseller The Flavor Bible and The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine
"Sure, chefs are delighted to talk about childhood obesity, and a healthier America, but getting this personal? Sharing private details about their own struggles and frustrations with weight? It's very rare. I love this book because of the great practical tips. But I really love this book because it humanizes so many legendary chefs, who aren't above taking inventory of their own bodies -- as emotional as that can be -- just like the rest of us."—Alyssa Shelasky, author of Apron Anxiety and editor at New York magazine’s Grub Street
“Have you ever wondered how celebrity chefs stay healthy and slim? Well, wonder no more! Allison Adato has skillfully and wittily pried ninety sensible and doable secrets and some delicious recipes from America’s most famous award-winning chefs. Yes, you can have your steak and chocolate!” Susan Ungaro, President, James Beard Foundation
"Wise about mindful eating, portion strategies, eating for savor, etc. Well-written, too."
"Instead of a book that tells you to avoid foods, feel guilty, deprive yourself, and turn your dinner table into a science experiment, [Smart Chefs Stay Slim] is really all about welcoming good food into your life. It's about living a life surrounded by good food -- and some of it very decadent -- without driving yourself crazy. . . I plan on reading it twice."
"A refreshingly readable--not to mention appetizing--alternative to run-of-the-mill diet books."
How do you stay thin with a job like that? This is the question many food loving mortals often pose to celebrity chefs. Clearly they indulge in their love of food, so how is it that they can enjoy the tantalizing dishes we see them create and still look fit, fabulous, and photo-shoot- ready?
Like so many Americans, celebrity chefs also face the strain of balancing a good diet with a busy lifestyle full of temptation. Now chefs like Michelle Bernstein, Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, Rick Bayless, Jacques Torres, and Cat Cora share their own stories on how you can keep your love for food-without foregoing a healthy life.
About the Author
Allison Adato is an award-winning journalist and senior editor at People magazine. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Times magazine, and she was a staff writer at Life magazine. She lives in New York City.