Cook Yourself Thin – Cookbook Review

Cook Yourself Thin was a UK TV show on Channel 4 back in 2007. The four cooks Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley and Sophie Michell would work with dieters to recreate their favourite foods into slimmer options. This Cook Yourself Thin book includes a number of recipes used in the series. As a regular dieter this is one of my favourite cookbooks and I am a big fan of other books by Harry Eastwood and Gizzi Erskine.

Book Details:

  • Title: Cook Yourself Thin
  • Tagline: The delicious way to drop a dress size
  • Author: Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph an imprint of Penguin Books
  • ISBN: 978-0-718-15351-9
  • Edition: published: 2007


The book has tons of advice on skinny alternatives and calorie swaps. This was particularly helpful when I first got the book and was still learning about cooking and how best to eat healthy. I would really recommend the book to first time dieters.

Cook Yourself Thin Breakfasts

There are 11 breakfast recipes in the Cook Yourself Thin book. One of my favourites is the Skinner cooked breakfast, it swaps in healthier alternatives like Parma ham instead of bacon and poached egg instead of fried. I love the ethos of still having the meals we love with a few changes to reduce the calories.

The Huevos rancheros (below) is delicious and perfect for a weekend breakfast treat. It certainly doesn’t feel like diet food.

There are some great smoothie recipes which are ideal for quick weekday breakfasts when i’m in a hurry. They also really help to get more fruit in my diet.

The Fantastic coconut and mango oatmeal (below) is really tasty with lot’s of flavour from the coconut milk, mango, lime and sugar. The recipes in the book really increase flavour which is always a great help when cutting out fats.

Another great dish is the Sweetcorn fritters with avocado and bacon (below).

Cook Yourself Thin Recipes

The book includes lunches, soups, main meals, food for friends, sides, drinks and desserts. I use some of the recipes regularly which is always a good sign of a great cookbook. Some of my favourites include:

  • Sesame-crusted halloumi salad
  • Chicken Caesar salad with Melba toasts
  • Pepperoni and Parmesan pitta pizzas
  • Chicken and mushroom risotto soup
  • Hot and spicy chicken soup
  • Healthy Roast dinner
  • Lebanese chicken kebabs with garlic sauce and pickles
  • Mexixan burgers (below)
  • Carbonara

The book also includes some delicious desserts like Lemon meringue mess to satisfy those sweet cravings.

There is a second book Cook Yourself Thin Quick and Easy which also has some great meals like the cod wrapped in Parma ham (below).

The Verdict

I have been using the Cook Yourself Thin cookbook for a few years and its a firm favourite of mine. I love that the recipes are easy to follow and always deliver on taste. Anyone who loves food but is looking to lose a few pounds or eat slimmer dinners this is the book for you.

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  1. Nancy Moore
    August 27, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    This all looks so good! #kcacols

  2. August 27, 2020 / 6:51 pm

    These breakfasts look so good. I think I need this book in my life! #KCACOLS

  3. August 27, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    Oh I LOVE the sound of this cookbooks, I’m always looing for healthy recipes or low calorie ones. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  4. August 28, 2020 / 8:11 am

    These all look very tasty. My breakfast looks really boring. #kcacols

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