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  • 400+ 'Scrumptious" Taste of Home Recipes
  • 6-Week Meal Plan—Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks
  • Full-color photos & access to exclusive web material
  • Access to Online Dietician and healthy resources
  • $17.95 Paperback, French flaps, 322 pages
  • Taste of Home Books (December 31, 2009)
  • ISBN: 978-0-89821-751-3

Greendale, WI–December 3, 2009: Taste of Home, the #1 cooking magazine in the country, introduces The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook, featuring America's favorite comfort recipes with only a fraction of the fat and calories. The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook, on shelves December 31, 2009, is a sensible approach to eating, cooking, and living that helps readers shed pounds without feeling deprived. Enjoy pizza, lasagna, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork and even cheesecake while loosing weight. The perfect diet for those who love hearty, satisfying foods, the cookbook is packed with low-calorie versions of the mouthwatering staples that families enjoy most. Each recipe has been tested by a registered dietician to ensure the nutritional value fits into a healthy lifestyle. The new Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook features tips for a balanced diet, portion-size chart, six-week meal plan, 80 'free foods" and worksheets to plan meals ahead. To motivate and inspire a healthier lifestyle, real success stories of individuals who have dropped weight with the Comfort Food Diet are included. With 433 recipes of the foods most craved, the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook is the diet that doesn't feel like a diet.

"There is an overwhelming number of diets that are extremes of what people should be eating," says Peggy Woodward, a Taste of Home Food Editor and Registered Dietitian. 'These diets are unsuccessful because of all the restrictions that leave dieters feeling deprived. The Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook offers an alternative to extreme diets and incorporates lighter versions of favorite foods for long-term success."

To ensure weight loss success, The Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook has tips on exercise, portion control, ordering healthy when dining out, and a removable clip-and-keep calorie guide for the person the go. Also included is access to exclusive web content at www.ComfortFoodDietCookbook.com, the online community featuring additional recipes, success stories, and helpful tools. As a special bonus, a dietitian is available online to provide support, answer questions, and offer suggestions. The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook takes the guesswork out of losing weight and helps you keep it off.

"Taste of Home has always provided easy-to-make, budget-friendly recipes that use everyday ingredients," said Catherine Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home. "The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook is another way that Taste of Home is meeting the needs of today's families, by offering healthy meals that are as satisfying as they are good for you."

The Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook focuses on what people can eat, not what they have to give up. Each recipe is reviewed by a registered dietician and tested by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen to ensure it is healthy, affordable and successful each time it's prepared. Taste of Home reflects the caring and sharing that home cooks across America serve up every day. This new cookbook is a guide to healthy eating that teaches simple changes for weight loss success and maintaining your goal weight.


Catherine M. Cassidy is Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of the Taste of Home Media Group (www.tasteofhome.com). Catherine Cassidy is the face of Taste of Home and has appeared on numerous television shows across the country, including several appearances on 'Good Morning America," 'The Early Show" and QVC, discussing and demonstrating the reader-submitted recipes that appear in the magazine and cookbooks. In her role as editor-in-chief, she oversees the creation of all branded media, including Taste of Home, the number one cooking magazine in the world, and its web site, tasteofhome.com; special interest publications, direct response and retail cookbooks, including the best-selling Taste of Home Cookbook; and Taste of Home spin-off magazines Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking. Catherine also oversees the Taste of Home Cooking Schools, which attract thousands to locations nationwide. Prior to joining RDA, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine and Prevention Special Interest Publications at Rodale, Inc. Catherine joined Rodale in 1986 as an associate editor in the book division, and was later named Executive Editor of Rodale's Custom Publishing division. She started her career at Runner's World and Fit magazines in Mountain View, California. She lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband and children.

Diane Werner, RD, serves as Food Director for Taste of Home, the largest cooking magazine in the country and a leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks in print, online and through the Taste of Home Cooking Schools. In this capacity, Diane provides feedback for the testing staff, aids in nutritional information regarding recipes and healthy lifestyle while providing insight into the creative design of the magazine and assisting with the digital media elements. Diane also plays a key role in creating and judging national recipe contests. In addition, Diane has traveled the country promoting Taste of Home, conducting national and local media interviews -- most recently appearing on 'Good Morning America." Diane joined Taste of Home in March 1998; she has also held a variety of roles as a registered dietitian, including at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee, where she served as Diabetic/Metabolic Nutrition Specialist. Diane lives in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, with her husband of 30 years and is the mother of four.

Peggy Woodward, RD, is the Food Editor of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine and the author of "Ask Peggy", an in-magazine and online food and nutrition column. As a registered dietitian with Taste of Home for nearly a decade, she has contributed to a number of special-diet related publications. Peggy has a degree in dietetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives with her husband in rural Wisconsin and enjoys food the most when she's grown it in her home garden, making the connection from the field to the table.


Taste of Home is a leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks with engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love. Taste of Home publishes three magazines, including the flagship Taste of Home—America's largest cooking magazine, with a circulation of 3.2 million—Healthy Cooking and Simple & Delicious; top-selling bookazines; newsstand specials; and popular cookbooks. Traffic on tasteofhome.com increased 166 percent, to 2 million monthly UVs, from December 2007 to December 2008. Taste of Home is part of Food & Entertaining@RDA (The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.)