Grill This, Not That! by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

Overview

David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding have made quite a name for themselves recently with their line of “Eat This, Not That!” books and other materials. Their goal is to teach people about healthy eating without encouraging them to deprive themselves, and their previous books even tell readers how to make healthy choices at fast food restaurants and other not-so-diet-friendly venues without feeling deprived.

In “Grill This, Not That!,” Zinczenko and Goulding share the nutrition facts of popular barbecue fare, and they offer suggestions on which options to pass up and which ones to grub out on.

Pros

– Instead of simply telling you which foods you should eat, this book offers step-by-step recipes that even beginners can understand.
– Along with their recipes, Zinczenko and Goulding offer substitution options to make your meal more diet-friendly or more pleasing for your taste buds.
– The book is written in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand style.
– There are tons of pictures of their recipes, and each one looks delicious.
– This book offers real-world options for people who aren’t crazy about dieting or following healthy eating plans. Although there dishes are still a bit fattening or unhealthy for some people, their options are far leaner and healthier than what most people would eat at a barbecue. This book shows that you do not have to give up all of your favorite foods in lieu of tofu and steamed vegetables in order to lose weight; you simply have to make a few easy switches in order to enjoy your old favorites without packing on extra pounds.
– “Grill This, Not That!” gives ideas for rubs and marinades, and it can help you to become a better cook while teaching you healthier eating habits.

Cons

– Some of the recipes and options in this book are not necessarily considered healthy when compared to other options; for instance, many of them include red meat, cheese and even bacon, although it is supposed to be consumed in controlled quantities. Although they offer better alternatives to what you might normally eat, a true health nut isn’t going to be satisfied by the options in this book.

Summary

If you are looking for a helpful guide to eating healthy and watching your weight without giving up your favorite grilled foods, you should take a look at “Grill This, Not That!” This book is great for men and women alike, and it is a refreshing change to other diet books. Instead of focusing on the things that you are not allowed to eat or trying to convince you that grilled brussels sprouts are far more delicious and filling than a rib-eye and a baked potato, this book focuses on the tasty options that you are allowed to eat. By following this book, you won’t even feel like you are on a diet, but you will see results if you frequently make the healthy switches that they suggest.

“Grill This, Not That!” is also helpful for those who want to improve their grilling skills. The book provides plenty of grilling tips and methods that can help any backyard cook to improve the quality of their meals, and it shows you ways to make these meals healthier without compromising the flavor. Even your kids will enjoy these so-called “diet” recipes, and your whole family’s overall health could improve if you follow these recipes instead of cooking the usual fatty fare that dominates many American grills each summer.