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You may not have seen this lively book, but I bet you are living by some of its principles.

Do you eat three meals a day? Have you ever? I’m down to one light breakfast and a meal. If I ate three “normal” meals a day, my cardiologist would be seeking a court order. I can’t remember ever really eating three serious meals a day. Not ever.

Now, trainer and coach Max Lowery formalizes this routine for me and for you. His suggestion is to do just two meals a day. Max offers plans that call for breakfast + lunch or lunch + dinner. This transition in eating pattern is something Max discovered while hiking in South America. On a two-meal plan there, he felt energized and he lost weight. Returning home, he’s developed a two-meal a day pattern that includes exercise to help reduce body fat and strengthen the muscles that actually burn that fat.

Max provides weekly menus for the meals and for the exercises. It’s a life program, and his descriptions and detail are inviting.  To support his program, Max discusses the ongoing controversy over fats, saturated versus unsaturated, and notes that some saturated fats, those from avocados and olive oil and fish, are thoroughly healthy. Using obviously healthy ingredients and eating/drinking in moderations are the sensible foundation to his program. It’s a story you’ve heard before. It’s about the food.

The food. How is the food? It’s exciting. If you are only going to eat twice a day, Max realizes the importance of providing appropriate calories, a surplus of satisfaction, and enough intrigue to keep you coming back day after day.

There are, of course, an infinite number of recipes out there. Offering something “new” is not hard. Offering “new and inviting and delicious” is harder. It takes talent and imagination to construct food that appeals in both flavor and appearance. Max succeeds admirably. Here are some of his evocative ideas:

Blue-Cheese-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Chicken with Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Sauce

Fish Casserole with Butternut Squash Topping

Mexican Sweet Potato Skins with Guacamole

Soy and Honey Glazed Chicken with Coconut Rice

Sometimes here you encounter a pairing you have not encountered: sweet potato with guacamole. That chicken is happily swimming in the very rich bacon and mushroom sauce, a creamy sauce. You may have had soy or honey glazed chicken, but here both appear — and the accompanying rice is coconut flavored. The picture below shows how grand this dish will appear on your table.

I’ll be cooking from this book with enthusiasm. My life was already doing just two-meals a day. Now, those meals will be better, brighter, more appetizing. This is just the book I’ve needed. I expect you’ll enjoy it as much as I will.