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Cookbook review: New 'Skinny-licious' recipe book makes dieting delicious

"SKINNY-LICIOUS: Lite and Scrumptious Recipes for a Slimmer You," by Shauna Evans, Front Table Books, $21.99, 157 pages

The idea that diet foods can be delicious is somewhat unconventional.

So, when Shauna Evans set out to share her secrets for scrumptious slimming, she coined a word to describe it — “Skinny-licious."

The warm, whimsical colors and design elements, mixed with the author’s own photography, artfully show that a dieter can have it all with more than 100 recipes for healthy, fat-healthy, fat-fighting sandwiches, salads, soups and even desserts that appear both palette-pleasing and easy to prepare. These are mostly "one-dish meals" that are low-carb and nutrient-dense.

Evans is Utah-born and raised, a mother of five, and she met her husband, Joe, at Brigham Young University.

In the book's first 11 pages, she shares a heartfelt explanation, tips and advice and tells how with the recipes and outlined diet plan she had weight-loss success.

Cecily Markland is a freelance writer, book editor, publicist and author of "Hope: One Mile Ahead" and the children’s book "If I Made a Bug." She owns Inglestone Publishing and produces, a calendar of LDS events in Arizona.