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Good Morning America Cut the Calories Cookbook: 120 Delicious Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Recipes from Our Viewers

This past spring, Good Morning America ran a recipe contest that generated overwhelming response and publicityover 1,100 viewers submitted recipes. As a result of this hugely enthusiastic response to the contest, a delectable and healthy cookbook has emerged. Sara Moulton, who is also the star of her own Food Network cooking shows, has chosen 120 of the best low-fat recipesall submitted by viewers, as well as including some of her own fantastic recipes along with some savory dishes from Emeril Lagasse. Readers wont believe how good low-fat, low-cal cooking can taste!In the spring of 1999, following a series of programs devoted to losing weight, Good Morning America ran a Cut the Calories Cook-off. Over 1,100 viewers of this popular TV show submitted recipes for either an entree or a dessert. The resulting cookbook features 120 recipes, including a few contributed by chefs Emeril Lagasse and Sara Moulton. Dishes include the 50 semifinalist recipes, plus others considered delicious by judges Lagasse, Moulton, Wolfgang Puck, and Michael Lomonaco of Windows on the World in New York City.

The grand-prize winners? Oven Fried Chicken with Andouille Sausage and Caramel Cheesecake with Praline Sauce. The chicken’s crunch comes from crispy rice cereal and this all-American dish is seasoned with Parmesan cheese and cumin. The conquering cheesecake, a snap to make, is accompanied by a creamy sauce studded with pecans. The recipes, overall, reflect America’s broadening taste for spicy foods and national acceptance of ethnic ingredients, with dishes calling for chili peppers–chipotles, anchos, green, even red jalapeños–and Chinese hoisin sauce, Italian balsamic vinegar, and Cajun Andouille sausage.

Cheesecake is truly a favorite American dessert, with six recipes for it in this book. A cook from Oregon even managed to slim down one with a chocolate crust, chocolate filling, and hazelnut topping. Fruit desserts are well represented, too. Most remarkable is Sweet Nachos featuring cinnamon-sprinkled, crisped tortillas topped with a luscious, warm raspberry “salsa” and creamy topping.

With so many Americans needing to slim down, this book should be a big winner, thanks to its easy and alluring recipes. –Dana Jacobi

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