Published: 2011 by Sterling Publishing
For me, this book is another indication that I might be a little bit too impulsive when I am browsing the bookstores. I picked up the book because I liked the catchy title, and in my ongoing effort to maintain a healthier lifestyle I thought I could learn a few things from it. I may have read the jacket copy that said the author maintains a blog of the same name, but it didn't fully register.
Hindsight now tells me that when I see a book that is based on a blog, it might be a good idea to visit said blog first to see how I like it before purchasing the book.
It's not that what she writes about isn't interesting; in fact, I'm very much drawn to personal stories of weight loss struggles because I can completely relate to them, and I appreciate the author's thesis of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program while including occasional indulgences. There was just something about her style that I didn't like; the book reads like a collection of blog posts, though I could not determine by a quick look through her blog if the content was taken directly from it. This is where I should have put the book back on the bookstore shelf, gone home, and looked at the blog first. And I didn't feel that I could relate to the author; she is describing her personal lifestyle but I found it very close to being preachy.
Aside from some recipes that might be worth a try, I don't feel like I learned much by reading this book.
My recommendation: Check out the Carrots 'n' Cake blog first, If you like what you see, you'll probably enjoy the book.