Ruth Watson really loves her food: 'I read about it, talk about it, write about it, shop for it and cook it - I even plan holidays around it'. The problem is that for Ruth - and countless others like her - food loves her just as much! Two years ago Ruth managed to lose more than four stone with her unique dieting philosophy that celebrates the sheer irresistibility of good food without sacrificing taste or pleasure. Her diet is based on calorie-counted recipes that are delicious to eat and easy to make, with all food groups allowed, indeed encouraged. Ruth's book includes over 100 recipes ranging from Lamb Chops and Garlic and Spinach Pilaf, to Seared Scallops and Black Tagiolini and Thai-Style mussels. This is food that you will love to eat but is a godsend for those who need to diet. An entire chapter is also devoted to the most common undoing for the dieter - emergency food and snacking. Ruth outlines an enticing array of tried and tested treats to get you through desperate moments without shattering your good work. While not dictating what you should or shouldn't eat, Ruth has managed to create a brilliant and sustainable diet for food lovers.
Having first run the award-winning Hintlesham Hall Hotel and then one of the first 'gastropubs' the Fox and Goose Inn at Fressingfield, in 1994 Ruth was asked by Delia Smith to be a contributing food editor to Sainsbury's Magazine. She then went on to win the Glenfiddich Magazine Cookery Writer of the Year award twice. Her first book, The Really Helpful Cookbook was an instant bestseller. Ruth writes regularly for BBC Good Food magazine, and has appeared in Jamie Oliver's Channel 4 series, Jamies Kitchen and the BBC 2 series, Diet Junkies. Ruth now runs the Crown and Castle at Oxford in Suffolk and will be on television again in 2005 with her own series on Channel 5 on how to run a successful hotel.