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This cookbook is filled to the brim with healthy recipes that adhere to the rice diet's relatively strict dietary rules established in 1939. After an outline of the program (each consecutive week allows more varied ingredients a la the South Beach diet and other diets), readers advance to the recipes, which are organized into categories and include sweet anecdotes about their evolution, as they were contributed by dieters, rice diet dietitians, and cooks. A first glance at many of the main dishes may leave the impression that the meals are bland and a bit complicated for their short ingredient list. Upon closer inspection, though, there are tasty alternatives to basic American meals, as well as more "exotic" foods. The rice diet aims to combat not only weight gain but also obesity, heart disease, and other preventable ailments. Weight loss may be only a pleasant side effect of following this practical, heart-healthy plan. Recommended for public libraries and any special or academic libraries with a nutrition curriculum or section.-Claire Schaper, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.