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Posted July 19th, 2010 12:47

A collaboration between Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley and Sophie Michell, Cook Yourself Thin promises a "delicious way to drop a dress dize". By swapping ready meals, take-out and processed snacks for simple home cooked recipes, you can cut down your calories without cutting out the taste.

Offering low-calorie variations of classic dishes means you don't have to go without your favourite foods to lose weight. Cook up some Sweetcorn Fritters with Avocado & Bacon for breakfast; Virgin Bloody Mary Soup or Sesame-Crusted Halloumi Salad for lunch; Mexican Burgers, Spice-Crusted Salmon or Luxury Fish Pie for dinner; and a Chocolate & Orange Tiramisu, Lemon Meringue Mess or Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Cake for dessert. There's even low-calorie drinks including Elderflower Iced Tea and Mandarin Bellinis.

Control what goes in to your food and control your waistline at the same time by cooking yourself thin.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Penguin Books now »

Posted July 19th, 2010 10:28

Keep your cookies at hand for dunking duty with these over the rim cookies.

Check out the recipe from The Decorated Cookie »

Posted July 18th, 2010 16:03

Never feel guilty about using plastic bags again with your own hand-sewn classic shopper tote from Hamble & Jemima.

The kit comes complete with all the materials you need, super chic fabric and step-by step instructions, so sewing your own shopping bag is as easy as can be. There's even an H & J button and sew-on label to give a professional touch to your finished tote.

Look stylish, save the planet and indulge your creative side at the same tine, with this DIY bag kit.

You can pick up your own kit online now at Hamble & Jemima »

Posted July 18th, 2010 01:51

Felt Cheez-It Crackers are a zero calorie felty snack, what more could you want?

Check out the how-to from Shannon Makes Stuff »

Posted July 16th, 2010 13:11

Offering 17 enchanted creations, which look more like art than food, Fairytale Cakes by Noga Hiltron will teach you how to decorate cake that's fit for your little prince or princess.

Intricate and ornate, these cakes are masterpieces and with this book you can learn, with step-by-step photos, how to create your own by sculpting, cutting, colouring and folding icing. Create an Aladdin on his flying carpet, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and his gigantic Bean Stalk, Puss In Boots, Rapunzel trapped in a tower and Sleeping Beauty in her bed.

Make fairytales come to life with cakes which look far too good to eat.

You can pick up a copy of the book now from The GMC Group »

Posted July 16th, 2010 12:46

It's no fun missing out on treats because you're vegan, luckily here's a recipe for organic vegan twinkies.

Check out the recipe from Instructables »

Posted July 13th, 2010 22:18

A Parisian indulgence, macarons are fashionable, extravagant and delicious. ♥ Macarons by Hisako Ogita will teach you how to make these tasty treats in your own kitchen.

With limitless ingredients, toppings and fillings, the possibilities are endless when it comes to macaroon flavours, toppings and fillings. Baking macarons is known for being a tricky art but this book teaches the delicate process with easy to follow step-by-step photos and instructions, offers recipes for a selection of indulgent fillings including praline cream, blueberry jam cream and match (green tea) cream. There's also ideas on how to package up your finished creations and recipes for using up the leftover egg yolks.

Bring the taste of French patisseries in to your home with macaroons fit for a queen.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Chronicle now

Posted July 13th, 2010 12:41

Turn those leftover party cans in to a pretty mobile for the garden!

Check out the how-to from Gingerbread Snowflakes »

Posted July 8th, 2010 11:17

Classy and cute, a cone of sugar cookies will add a touch of elegance to any kids party.

Check out the how-to on Prudent Baby »

Posted July 7th, 2010 14:50

Put your feet up geeky style with a Rubik's Cube ottoman.

Check out the how-to from Obsessively Stitching »

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