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Old 05-17-2012, 07:02 PM   #1  
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Default Cook books??

I would like to get a few are there any "must haves?"
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:05 PM   #2  
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I have picked up so many over the years, but I always look for the ones with the nutritional info and foods I love to eat or try. I have several weight watchers ones and they have some great stuff but I also have cookbooks with some great twists on favorite foods....happy hunting

btw try used book stores they are great finds
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I really want the newest WW cookbook, the "tastier than take out" one. I have the power foods cook book but have yet to try anything from it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:13 PM   #4  
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My husband is a big fan of comfort foods, nothing too "gourmet" or exotic, etc, and there are tons of things he'd like in their Best Darn Food Ever one (currently being sold in meetings). I'm not crazy about how the book is organized ("Crunchy and Crispy," "Cheesy," "Spicy," "Creamy," "Savory," "Sweet n' Salty," "Sweet," and "Chocolaty.") But I'm sure the day will come when I'm really in the mood for ___, then I'll be glad I have one book that makes it easy to pinpoint such a recipe.

So far I've done the Turkey, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna, and the Smoky Pork BBQ on Buns, both went over really well. The husband generally doesn't get too psyched about leftovers and usually isn't fond of lasagna, and he actually was eager to dig into not just the pork bbq but the lasagna too for leftovers. Surprising.

I don't have the One Pot Cookbook but I remember a lot of people gushing about that one at meetings earlier this year and for a while I guess it was hard to get a hold of.

If you like to go a little more foodie/gourmet, I've seen many people on cooking forums rave about the Great Cooking Every Day, partnered with the Culinary Institute of America. It was printed 9 years ago I think, so not on PointsPlus, but it includes the nutritional info to calculate the updated points.

"PointsPlus Cookbook" ( would be an option too with the up to date points values, it has some good variety and interesting twists on recipes. This was sold in the meetings though, and those prices on Amazon are higher than what I paid.

Some of my favorite cookbooks that aren't WW but have nutritional info to calculate points:
Eating Well Comfort Foods Made Healthy (all of their recipes are on their site too, but I like this collection together)
The Best of Cooking Light
America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook (some recipes can be a little more involved and some (though definitely not all) can be still kind of high in points for being "healthy," though they are very nitpicky about getting the "best" results)
Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favorites (vegetarian)

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Old 05-18-2012, 01:23 PM   #5  
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My Dh is a country boy too and loves his comfort food. I think that's why I find myself cooking the same thing over and over. Thanks for all the responses it definitely gives me a great place to start. Can you order the ww cookbooks on the website?? Im doing Internet not meetings and I don't want to pay a ton for books....
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #6  
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Cooking Light magazine - cheap for a subscription, amazing food, and you always get new recipes to try!

This Book is the best WW book/mag that I've ever had and I have about 40 WW cookbooks that vary on food type.

Or, just go to for the best cooking blog!

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Old 05-19-2012, 10:36 AM   #7  
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I love cook books! I mostly get them from the library so I can feed my habit without too many $. Plus, I find that I really use about three recipes from any given cookbook -- yay for library photocopiers!

My favorite cookbook that I discovered during my weight loss was Fast, Fresh, and Green -- all about how to make vegetables truly delicious! Here's my review: Book Review: Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton.
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I second Munchy's recommendation of! Her recipes are amazing, super easy and super yummy. I also love that she lists the WW points, too!
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