What’s new with your updated cookbooks?

Same great recipes, fresh new look

In 2017 I proudly revealed to you my new look, tried and tested, family favourite cookbooks.

Annette Syms Mango ChickenWhen I look at the picture of the Mango Chicken in the original Book 1 it brings back fond memories, it was a trailblazing recipe back in 1997. Using evaporated light milk and coconut essence to replace coconut milk was one of the first ways I transformed what was once a high fat recipe into a much healthier version. To this day people tell me Mango Chicken is one of their favourites so 19 years after book 1 was published, I decided the fabulous recipes in books 1-7 needed a makeover.

When I was updating all 7 cookbooks I looked at every recipe as if I was writing it for the first time in 2017. There was nothing wrong with the original but if I could make it better, why not. I have learnt so much over the years since first creating those recipes and I’ve also learned a lot about photographing food.

Back in 1997, having a photo of every recipe was huge. Having a nutritional panel was also rare and now there are nine different components listed in my panels which gives you an accurate understanding of what’s included in every tasty mouthful.

It’s my wish that these recipes will serve the next generation to help them to make healthier choices and learn that healthy and delicious can go hand in hand when you cook the ‘Symply Too Good To Be True’ way.

What’s new with my updated cookbooks?

•    Colour-coded covers so you can find the volume you want at a glance
•    Binding on the spine of each cookbook so you can see the book number when they are on the shelf
•    Updated recipes including revised ingredient list for discontinued ingredients
•    Difficulty rating for each recipe
•    Simpler step-by-step method for recipes… as easy as 1,2 3
•    Improved recipe layout to showcase the fabulous new recipe images
•    Updated nutritional information using the latest technology
•    Revised front of book content that takes you on a journey from fat to fabulous
•    Updated menu plan in Book 5, now with three levels
•    Updated 28 day Weight Loss Masterclass in book 6, now with online component.
•    Complete recipe index for all cookbooks in Book 7

Symply Too Good To Be True cookbooks. First 7 recipe books by Annette Sym.

Since 2017, I’ve also published 2 fabulous new cookbooks – Cooking for 1 or 2 people AND my latest addition – MORE Cooking for 1 or 2 people. You can check them out HERE


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Sadly these titles are now not available in newsagents unless the agent buys directly from us. However all good bookstores can order them directly from our distributor, Woodslane. You can also buy them HERE ON MY WEBSITE and orders over $100 get free shipping.

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47 thoughts on “What’s new with your updated cookbooks?

  1. I have all of your cookbooks which are fantastic! Will there be a list of Substitutes for the discontinued products available on line and also for the changes in recipes?

    1. Hi Judy,
      I am so glad to hear that you have my cookbooks. There have been a lot of changes made for each cookbook in the new revised editions 2017 so it would be too many to list. You can go to FAQ on the website to find out what you can replace with discontinued products. Or if you have a particular recipe that you like and need to know email admin@symplytoogood.com and we can send you the new updated recipe information. Happy cooking Annette

  2. I also have all your cookbooks and the recipes are great. Will the new books also advise which recipes are suitable for the slow cooker?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Nola, I am so happy that you have my cookbooks and am very excited for you to see the new updated 2017 editions. Unfortunately I have never used a slow cooker so I can’t help you with this one. I hear that they are very useful but I find my recipes so quick to make that I have never needed one. Happy cooking Annette

  3. Always loved your recipes. Our favourite ones the nutties which i have mastered lol and macaroni beef. The page just falls open in that book, cooking stains and all. Many years ago I lost confidence in my cooking, I had been unwell and it was an effort to stand up to prepare meal. The recipes were easy and tasted good made a huge difference . Thanks for the books, looking forward to looking at the new ones.

    1. Hi Jan,
      How lovely to hear from you and I am so proud that you are cooking again and that my recipes are helping you feel more confident in the kitchen. You will love the simpler way I have written the new updated 2017 editions as they will make it even easier for you to understand the methods in the recipes. Take care and happy cooking Annette

  4. Whilst I’m more than happy with my existing full collection, I applaud the changes the new books will have – coloured-coded spines & numbers easily spotted on the spine are just two “symple” but oh so useful changes. Thanks Annette & team.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thank you for your lovely comments. I am so proud of my new updated 2017 versions as I wanted to make it easier than every before to use my recipes. The colour code and number on the spine was my daughter Rachel’s idea and I’m glad you like it, I do too. To be able to stand my books up side by side and be able to grab the one you want easily is a simple thing to some but to me it was important to have for my new books. Happy cooking Annette

  5. I have all your cookbooks and measuring spoons diet diarys
    Congratulations on you and your teams hard work updating everything
    I’m sure many people will reap the benifit of your hard work
    With Health and weight loss
    You are an amazing woman

    1. Hi Julie and thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am so glad that you have my cookbooks, and how great are the spoons 🙂 we will later this year be updating the 8 week journal as well. It has been a huge job but a labour of love to bring my cookbooks into the now. Book 1 was 19 years old so she really did need a makeover 🙂 Happy cooking Annette

  6. Will the new set of cook books show with each recipe a sign for suitable for freezing.
    Look forward to the 14 March.
    Thank You

    1. Hi Kevin,
      Yes, all the new updated 2017 versions have on each recipe if the recipe is suitable to be frozen or not. I can’t wait for you to see how awesome the new cookbooks look and the simpler way with the recipes will make your time in the kitchen easier. Happy cooking Annette

  7. Congratulations on the new and improved cookbooks. They look amazing and I look forward to updating my splattered and well loved books (even scribbled on by my toddler at the time who has just started Uni! – she also can whip up any of your recipes). I have so many favourites in all your books and I thank you so much for many delicious years of quick and healthy eating.

    1. Hi Kellie (that’s my eldest daughters name too)
      Thank you for your lovely words of encouragement. I am very excited to have my books updated and to bring them into 2017. Book 1 is 19 years old so they did need a bit of a makeover 🙂 Same fabulous recipes but looking so fabulous. I love that your daughter uses my recipes too, that’s awesome 🙂 I appreciate your support.
      Happy cooking

  8. I love and own all of your cook books. Never has eating healthy been so easy. Can’t wait for the new books. Thank you so much

    1. Hi Merilyn,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy that you are enjoying my recipes and I can’t wait for you to see the new updated 2017 versions, they look AMAZING!!
      Happy cooking
      Annette 🙂

  9. I love all of your cookbooks have used them lots. Recipes very easy to follow and prepare eating healthy tasty meals every day. I also can’t wait for the new books. Thank you for bringing us your beautiful much loved recipe books.

    1. Hi Katherine,
      Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased that you have been enjoying my recipes. I can’t wait for you to see the new updated 2017 versions, they look amazing and it fills me up to see my recipes look so modern and fresh (book 1 is 19 years old).
      I appreciate you popping by and saying hello.
      Happy cooking
      Annette 🙂

  10. Hi Annette,
    Congrats on the new and improved books and website not that your books needed updating as they are still fabulous. I still have 5 of the original and use them often. I am getting back in shape for my upcoming tv show and your recipes are always delicious so getting into shape is very easy.
    Many thanks,
    Amanda De Warren

  11. Hi Annette,

    I have all your cookbooks and use them often, I cooked beef in blackbean last night and served with zucchini noodles. Can’t wait for the new cookbooks. 🙂

  12. Hi Annette
    New the new cookbooks look fantastic. I have the full set and use them regularly.
    Can you advise is there much variance from the old to the new nutritional panel information. I use this all the time and find it extremely useful.

    1. Hi Yvonne, The main difference is when I’ve had to substitute new ingredients. One of the changes I did notice in the new version of Foodworks was in recipes that use fresh salmon. Feel free to email me if you have questions about specific recipes, admin@symplytoogood.com
      Happy cooking
      Annette 🙂

  13. Hi Annette,
    Love all your cookbooks & when I moved to Qatar 3 yrs ago for work I couldn’t bring the whole set as my 19 yr old (at the time) son wanted to be able to use them! Each time I go home I change books & have introduced your cookbooks & website to my colleauges here. I have had to substitute some ingredients due to unavailability in Qatar but find they still work really well.
    Now my daughter has started uni away from home so there’s competition between my children for the books.
    Thank you for the beautiful recipes & for the joy of cooking you have also brought to my children 🙂

    1. Hi Anne,
      How lovely to hear from you and you made me smile when you talked about how you share your cookbooks with your children. That’s awesome, you have taught them to think healthy so what a great mum you are. Qatar, I’ve never been, would love to one day. Maybe we should talk about organising me to come over and do a workshop? Keep enjoying my recipes and thanks for your kind words.
      Happy cooking
      Annette 🙂

  14. I previously had Books 1 to 5 but had barely used them. Recently I bought book 6 and 7 and now cook from them every day. Love them so much I am buying myself a complete new set and giving the others 2 my daughter who is looking for new healthy recipes. I have sticky notes everywhere on the pages I want to try, and all 7 books have come with us on our 3 week caravan holiday on the East Coast. Oh and I have lost 5kg in 3 weeks.
    So easy. No more diets …..EVER!!!

    1. Hi Lyn,
      Thanks for taking the time to connect. Congratulations on your weight loss to date! I’m so happy that you are using all the cookbooks, it must be the right timing for you now and so lovely that you can pass the others along to your daughter. Keep in touch, I’d love to hear how you get on with your weight loss and if you have any questions along the way please feel free to email me admin@symplytoogood.com
      Happy cooking
      Annette 🙂

  15. I have all your now (old) cookbooks and use them regularly. I am debating about buying the new books. Congratulations on all the work you have put into bringing these recipes to us. Thanks.

    1. Hi Merlene,
      I’m so glad you have my cookbooks. Why not add the new one’s to your wish list for Christmas and birthday presents 🙂
      Happy cooking
      Annette 🙂

  16. I have 3 of your set of books. local Newsagency will not be stocking them any more, So I need volumes 2,5,6 and 7. Thank you I will add 6 and 7 to my cart. T%hen I will just need volumes2 and 5. Thank you so much Debbie.

  17. Hi Annette,
    Where can I find all the things that need to change ingredients that Woolworths or coles don’t sell anymore. Having trouble looking for something to match it. Help please.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, You’ll find a list of Alternatives to discontinued ingredients in the FAQ section, this is on the CONTACT US tab on the website. Otherwise please email us admin@symplytoogood.com.au and let us know which ingredient you are having trouble finding. 🙂

  18. Hi Annette
    I have all your books and have lost weight using them. Quick question I am out shopping and wanted an ingredients list for a dish but can’t find the recipe here on the site. Am I looking in the wrong place?


    1. Apologies for the delayed response. We don’t have all recipes available on our website. If you have this happen in the future, send us a PM on our Facebook page and we will get back to you with the list of ingredients. You’ll find our Facebook page link at the top of the website. Cheers Dianne

  19. I have all the books from the start of you publishing them last book i bought was the no7 with you holding a plate with a yummy strawberry dessert with ricotta. Not that i have tried ricotta like that mainly in cheese and ricotta or spinach and ricotta fillings. I am just hoping that all the recipes even in the older books i have can be frozen? as i cook for two and am trying to get partner to eat more healthier and to try new kinds of dishes. I am a lover of pasta and rice where he isn’t so cooking for myself is easy . I love the books and i do like how you motivate people into becomming healthier. I am also type2 diabetic on insulin and i keep my meals as fat free and sugar free as possible.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you have Annette’s cookbooks up to number 7. You might be excited to know that the latest edition – Cooking for 1 or 2 people – is now available from bookstores or on this website. When it comes to the recipes in the other cookbooks, you’ll find a freezing guide for each individual recipe in the back of the original book 6 and all recipes in book 7 include the freezing guide. (The revised editions all include a freezing guide on each recipe). Happy cooking.

  20. Hello . I have the old books and love them all. They’re books that I keep coming back too.
    With an increase interest in health, I was wondering if the new books have ‘healthier’ prepackaged options, for items like the cup a soups?
    thank you.

    1. How wonderful to hear that Annette’s books are your go-to cookbooks. Where recipes have included soup mixes in the past they continue to do so in the revised editions. Annette carefully selects ingredients for her recipes that allow her to create meals that are low in calories, fat (particularly saturated fat) and sodium and don’t taste bland and boring like traditional ‘diet food’. Sure, soup mixes are a packaged product however, as an example, the Continental Cream of Chicken Cup A Soup contains no artificial colours, flavours or added MSG, is 98.5% fat free and it adds great flavour to the recipes. Soup mixes are used in a small percentage of the over 700 recipes in Annette’s books so there are plenty more recipes to choose from if you prefer not to use them. Happy cooking.

  21. I wish u would do a slow cooker recipe book. Today a slow cooker is popular. People r working morec.. they put on the slow cooker and it is cooked when they getvhome

    1. Hi Jean, thank you for taking the time to comment. Would you believe Annette doesn’t own a slow cooker so it’s unlikely she would do a slow cooker cookbook. It is possible to cook Annette’s existing recipes in the slow cooker, just don’t add the milk until the final stage of cooking as it will separate.
      Happy cooking.

  22. Hi Annette

    I have the first 6 books of the original books, I was hoping to get the next book 7. I see that your new version has book 7, will this continue with my set or will I be losing out on recipes in the new versions.
    I love your books, I tell heaps of friends that your recipes are fantastic and they have got copies off me of certain recipes. I recently have been told to change my diet to low carb, low calorie, low cholesterol foods before I become a diabetic. Hoping I just need to buy the next book 7 and whatever else you have after that to continue my collection.

  23. Hello Annette, I have all 7 of your cookbooks and love them to bits, they have pride of place on my kitchen shelf. Today I received the 2 x Cooking for 1 or 2 people books and looking forward to the new content.
    I was wondering if there is a way to get hold of the updated menu plan from bk 5, also the 28 day weight loss masterclass from bk 6.

    1. Hi Karen, Thanks for your wonderful feedback. The only way to get the updated menu plans is to buy the new books, however, you’ll find some of the menu swaps in the FAQ section (under the contact us tab) of our website. You can access the bk 6 Masterclass here https://28day.symplytoogood.com.au/ If you would like further assistance please email admin@symplytoogood.com.au for a quicker response 🙂 Cheers Dianne

  24. i used yor books in the uk before moving here after my husband became disabled due to stroke I haven’t cooked for ages as have carer burnout and moving into a more accessible home was hard . I went to get my books to cook mango chicken and found them missing from the cupboard I keep them in all I had left was my signed new book 6. I am devistated . so yesterday I ordered book 1 again then when able will get book 2 and so on and maybe lock them away . I am looking forward to seeing the new book 1 and cooking again as need to improve my health mental and physical .
    thank you Anette for sharing yuor journey and giving us your books and cotinuing to help us on our journeys . time to get back on the wagon Sue

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