Sweetie Pie: The Richard Simmons Private Collection of Dazzling Desserts

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GT Pub., 1997 - Cooking - 192 pages
Forget the awful title and the frequently nauseating recipe names. Simmons, of diet and exercise fame, has perfected a reduced-fat and reduced-calorie formula that home bakers and cooks will line up for in the library. In fact, few other culinary authors can rival his appeal: saucy prose, gastronomic information geared to the ordinary person, and 75 recipes with color photographs and instructions a baby could follow. Straight-talking introductory materials are contained in the first chapter--about equipment, ingredients, and the various processes of reducing fat and calories. Naturally, nutritional analyses for both new and old versions are featured, along with his indications of the quantities of fat and calories 'saved' from, say, the s'mores or chocolate mousse pie recipes. But what, you ask, would a Richard Simmons binge on? The last chapter--and its six recipes--yields some surprisingly just desserts.

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Irrepressible fitness guru Simmons is an enduring phenomenon; his latest book, Farewell to Fat (GT Pub., 1996) has sold more than 600,000 copies. Here he offers "reduced-fat" (not always "low-fat ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Richard Simmons was born and raised in New Orleans. he moved to Los Angeles in 1973 after overcoming his own weight problem. In 1974, after consulting with doctors and nutritionists to ensure the safety of a program he tailored to the needs of the overweight, Simmons established a place where overweight people could go to slim down. The unrivaled success of his program continues today at SLIMMONS in Beverly Hills. Simmons' success as a fitness expert and advocate led to numerous local and national television and radio appearances, and in the mid- 70's, Simmons began a four-year run on "General Hospital". Following that, Simmons hosted "The Richard Simmons Show", a nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series that ran for four years. Following his own network television show, Simmons created two of the most successful weight-loss programs ever: Deal-A-Meal and FoodMover. Simmons has continued to find success with the marketing of his products in infomercials and on QVC, where he has sold over 27 million units of his products over the past 15 years, beginning with his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" infomercial which debuted in 1986. Over the past 25 years, Simmons has released more than 30 videos. including "Platinum Sweat", a low-impact workout featuring participants 53-86 years old, and "Sit Tight", a workout done entirely from a chair aimed at people with chronic back pain, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, and other afflictions. Simmons is also the author of nine books, including the New York Times Best Seller, "Never Say Diet." Richard released his autobiography, "Still Hungry- After All These Years" in 1998. He is also the author of three best-selling cookbooks. Simmons also began the Cruise to Lose program aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. The seven-night excursion, the only one of its kind on the high seas, treats guests to a daily regimen of exercise, motivation, and nutrition. Simmons averages some 300 days on tour each year, from a women's expo, a nursing home, a high school, children's hospital, or a shopping mall, to a corporate seminar, or sales meeting, and he also has his own website.

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