Rocco DiSpirito’s Cookbook Sequel Brings Flavor Back To Diet Cooking

“Now Eat This! Diet” Follows New York Times Bestseller

Posted by Sharon on Feb 28

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With his latest cookbook, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has a goal to meld healthy eating with "sinfully delicious" flavors. He aims to introduce unhealthy foods in a diet-friendly way.

A follow-up to last year's NY Times bestseller "Now Eat This!," Rocco's "Now Eat This! Diet" says that his cookbook fills a particular niche that is lacking in the industry. He wanted to transform "bad" American staple foods and give readers healthier options -- yet still into something that people would actually want to eat.

"I think the professional chef who has a particular focus on flavor has been missing," he said.

For instance, his recipe for fried chicken involves poaching the chicken until the very last minute, then flash-frying it in oil. Rocco said this cooking method only absorbs 10% of the oil used in a typical fried chicken recipe, but the taste still satisfies a craving for fried foods.

"Fried chicken needs to feel bad. You need to crunch through that outer coating, you need to feel like you're committing a sin," he said.

DiSpirito used popular social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to interact with his followers and learn what kind of recipes they'd like to see presented in a healthier manner. He says that the book reflects "America's real preferences" and hopes that the recipes inside will help readers adopt better lifestyles.

"Now Eat This! Diet" will be released March 22 by Grand Central Life & Style. The book is subtitled, "Lose up to 10 pounds in just 2 weeks eating 6 meals a day," with a foreward by TV's Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Source:  Seattle Times

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