The cook who created the copycat version of KFC’s chicken returns with more mouthwatering restaurant-style recipes without all the calories.

After a friend’s unexpected death, Douglas (America’s Most Wanted Recipes, 2009, etc.) decided to create a cookbook to help educate readers on healthier eating. With the assistance of registered dietician Mary Franz, the author's provides an easy-to-read cookbook and nutrition guide. Expert advice includes a chart to determine the best sources of fiber, a list of high-sodium foods and 10 “super food." Each taste-alike recipe is alphabetized according to restaurant name and contains nutritional information, as well as calories saved. Instead of 869 calories found in The Cheesecake Factory’s Oreo cheesecake, Douglas’ version of the recipe substitutes a little magic—e.g., diet margarine, fat-free cream cheese and sour cream—to save 427 calories per serving. Cracker Barrel’s baked macaroni and cheese is reduced by 57 calories per serving in Douglas’ makeover. There is meat aplenty in this edition, including a hearty substitute for Applebee’s Baby Back Ribs, minus 126 calories per serving. And those secret herbs and spices in KFC’s Original Recipe Chicken? This time, the chicken is coated with seasoned bread crumbs and baked. Douglas’ offerings aren’t truly “without the guilt," but they sure beat the drive-thru, calorie-wise.  


Pub Date: Sept. 6, 2011

ISBN: 9781451623314

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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