Fast Food Fix: 75 + Amazing Recipe Makeovers of Your Fast Food Restaurant Favorites, by New York Times bestselling author, Devin Alexander, is moving its way up in sales, and it’s no wonder either.
American culture has integrated fast food into the mix as a sort of staple in our diets, but we are paying a high price for this ‘fix’. First, fast food is expensive, and secondly, it is usually not very healthy. Yet, Americans like the flavor and taste of all our favorite fast foods. There has to be a solution to this growing trend of eating unhealthy, fattening, greasy and expensive junk fast food.
Enter Devin Alexander with a possible solution to the American fast food craze, with her cookbook and recipe guide entitled Fast Food Fix. Inside this 228 page, paperback, perfect bound book from Rodale Books, Ms. Alexander offers an easy to read, neatly organized alternative to fast food by providing healthier recipes for all your favorite fast food meals.
Categorized in the table of contents by ten chapters, each with clever chapter titles such as “Chapter 10: We Sweet You Right” – which contains sweets and dessert recipe alternatives to things such as Cinnabons, Starbucks delicacy desserts, and even Dairy Queen ice cream favorites – you can quickly search for the main category you want to try. In the back of the book is a handy index guide that categorizes your favorite fast food fixes by the name of the actual restaurant as well as your favorite menu item names, for quick reference.
The forward to Fast Food Fix provides a glimpse into who Devin Alexander is, and some of the reasons behind her writing the book, her own struggles with weight, told in a very conversational and personal tone. Then the first chapter of the book provides information about cooking, cooking utensils and supplies, and a guide to understanding the symbols and terminology used throughout the book.
Inside the pages of Fast Food Fix, you find inexpensive alternative recipes for making great tasting meals that rival their fast food counterparts, but with less of the bad stuff that makes fast food so unhealthy.
For example, on page 162-3, you will find an alternative recipe to Taco Bell’s Double Decker Taco Supreme. Immediately under the title for the recipe, Ms. Alexander provides the number of calories, fat and saturated fat this Fast Food Fix recipe saves versus the original product from Taco Bell. In this instance, the Double Decker Taco in Fast Food Fix saves 53 calories, 13 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat versus the original Taco Bell version.
Ms. Alexander starts the recipe with a little background into how she developed the recipe and directions for making the taco, and then provides the list and amount of ingredients necessary to complete it. Next, Ms. Alexander provides the instructions for how to prepare the Double Decker Taco alternative, and then at the end, she provides the nutritional information such as serving size, total calories, carbohydrates, fat and fiber, and then compares all that to the original version from the fast food restaurant.
Finally, Ms. Alexander winds up the recipe with some quick tips, such as how to substitute items in the recipe, how to prepare the recipe faster, or what you need to do before you start cooking.
Each of the over 75 recipe makeovers provides a wealth of information and tips to help prepare the food so it resembles in taste and quality the items that are your favorites on the menus of your local fast food restaurants.
Fast Food Fix, by Devin Alexander, currently has a near perfect reader review rating on Amazon.com, with very favorable comments from Ms. Alexander’s readers. The book is available at most of your favorite online book retailers and your local bookstores, either on the shelf or by requesting ISBN # 1594863105.
The author, Devin Alexander, has followed her own advice in her series of recipe books, having maintained a 55 pound weight loss for over 15 years. Fast Food Fix is written in a very light and conversational tone, with a lot of places to make you chuckle or laugh out loud, making the entire experience of cooking and eating healthier fun and great tasting!