Author of new Hungry Girl cookbook coming to Tattered Cover


Lisa Lillien got her start in food by offering her unsolicited opinions to fellow eaters. This give-them-what-they-want-before-they-know-they-want-it approach worked: Lillien is the author of 11 best-selling cookbooks and got her own TV show, “Hungry Girl,” on the Food Network and Cooking Channel.

61MNnd9kHtLShe’s hoping for another hit with her 12th book, “Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Obsessed!,” which she’ll be talking about on Wed., Sept. 27, at the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover bookstore.

“I have always been a bit of a food gossip,” Lillien said. “The person who would be shopping next to you at the supermarket and see you looking at foods and offer my opinion on things that I thought you might like. So I thought it would be fun and helpful to create an umbrella brand that could help people make smarter choices for eating in the real world.”

That brand was, of course, Hungry Girl, and people literally ate up her low-calorie versions of favorite foods. For the “Obsessed!” book, she takes on comfort foods like nachos, brownies and pizza, with all of the dishes coming in at under 375 calories.

“I love comfort food. To me, the ultimate comfort foods are easily pizza, burgers and French fries. I wanted to bring fans a book packed with recipes that really satisfied them taste-wise, with really large portions, and with delicious and healthy ingredients,” Lillien said.

What does Hungry Girl eat when she’s in Denver? When Lillien’s in town and she’s not cooking for friends and family, you might spot her satiating that trademark hunger at Shanahan’s or The Cherry Cricket, two of her favorite Denver restaurants. (The Girl likes meat.)

At the Tattered Cover event, Lillien will talk about the new book, do a Q&A session and sign books (older Hungry Girl cookbooks are fair game). She’ll also take selfies with fans, because it’s 2017 and if you don’t have a selfie with Hungry Girl, did you even really meet Hungry Girl?

“My book signing events are always very fun,” she said. “I love interacting with the audience, answering questions and giving out delicious snacks in fun goodie bags.”

Get your Hungry Girl selfies and snacks at the Tattered Cover Aspen Grove Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Some recipes from her new book:

Crunch a Bunch Zucchini Fries



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