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Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

A lively health-minded cookbook that is as entertaining as it is informative.

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Calories count. Portion sizes matter. Dieting stinks! That is the motto of two sisters, Janet and Greta Podleski, the dynamic authors of Eat, Shrink and Be Merry, a colorful cookbook-meets-healthy-living guide for anyone who loves to eat, wants to stay trim and not munch on celery and cabbage soup all day. The brainchildren behind the book, who have penned themselves as The Twisted Sisters, also have their own cooking show on The Food Network Canada, so you may have heard of them depending upon where you live or how far your cable satellite dish reaches.

Oozing from each page of Eat, Shrink and Be Merry are fun and creative recipes, whimsical writing, the two sisters' personalities and their love of food, cooking and laughter.

The book was born out the sibling's success with their first self-published cookbooks: Looneyspoons: Low-Fat Food Made Fun and Crazy Plates: Low-Fat Food So Good, You'll Swear It's Bad for You

The goal of Eat, Shrink and Be Merry is to help people cook satisfying and scrumptious food that is healthy and to make sense of perplexing questions like, "Are carbs bad for me?" and "Will eating plates of protein make me lose weight?".

Many readers from their prior books have attested to losing weight after cooking and eating the dishes from them. This latest book contains 150 recipes and tons of information on health, metabolism, and exercise. A theme that is woven throughout the book is that making small and gradual changes to your diet and lifestyle pack much more staying power than overhauling your life with a heap of changes all at once. The recipes and health tips similarly reflect this approach. Eat, Shrink & Be Merry is also filled with 200 humorous cartoons, corny jokes, and heaps of food tips, trivia and food lore.

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  • Recipes are yummy, creative and healthy
  • Teaches you how to take control of your own health in a practical and fun way
  • Contains a lot of important health information
  • May help you to lose weight in a realistic and healthy way
  • Encourages exercise
  • Offers buy one, get one free through Web site
  • Must be willing to cook
  • Not very vegetarian-friendly
  • Not sold in bookstores

The crux of Eat, Shrink & Be Merry are the recipes. Half of the sister-duo is a cook who has spent years in her own kitchen creating low-fat but satisfying recipes that are imaginative and healthy. Don't worry about fancy ingredients either. Every ingredient in this book can be found in your local grocery store.

Dishes are easy to make and come with funky names like Wise Guy Pizza Pie, Sticky Chicky and the Soprawnos. The book is categorized into sections that make it easy to flip back and forth through chicken recipes, fish recipes, desserts, salads and more.


Just as portion control and calorie counting is a necessity for staying fit, so is exercise according to The Twisted Sisters. The book includes motivating tidbits charmingly named, the Ex Files to encourage you to make exercise a daily staple in your life.


Eat, Shrink and Be Merry is one of the latest books that calls for an end to dieting and a start to making gradual healthful changes to what you eat and how you cook. This read is also chockfull of important dietary and nutrition data that can be applied to anyone who is trying to make healthier choices in order to lead a healthier and more satisfying life.

This is not your dry diet cookbook. It is a very thorough cookbook and healthy-living guide that will have you laughing while you cook.

Common MisspellingsCommon Misspellings

Eat, Drink and Be Merry; Ate, Shrink and Be Merry; Drink, Eat and Be Merry, Eat, Drink and Be Marry; Eat Shrink and Be Merry

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don't like new naretion on the show dec 6 2013 the voice belongs on a kid show drove me crazy always enjoyed the show every time I catch it but the voice has got too go;

posted Dec 6th, 2013 4:03 pm

rosemary kellogg

where can I purchase you;;;;;;;re books

posted May 30th, 2011 7:52 am

Brandi - DIR Senior Editor


The book is not sold in stores. It is only available through the Eat Shrink & Be Merry site. When you order for them the book is Two-for-One.

posted Nov 12th, 2008 11:25 am



I've checked bookstores in my area and the new cookbook is not available and they cannot order. What bookstores carry the "Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry!" cookbook? Thanks.

posted Nov 11th, 2008 4:51 pm



L-O-V-E these girls!! I have all of their other books and grabbed this one as soon as it came out. They are funny, smart and talk with you, not down to you. Oh, and the recipes are, to quote another Food Network favorite, Yum-O!

posted Oct 4th, 2008 6:44 pm


Their three cookbooks (Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry) are all available in bookstores where I live also.

posted Sep 8th, 2008 7:25 am


The book actually IS available in stores! That's where I got mine. :)

posted Aug 14th, 2008 5:35 pm


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