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500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love Paperback – Oct 1 2002

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931412065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931412063
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Best-selling author Dana Carpender was startled to discover that limiting her carbohydrate intake not only helped her control her weight, but produced the health and vitality a low fat diet had promised but never delivered. Fifteen years later, she laughs at people who say "You can't eat that way long-term." Her eight cookbooks are the result of her realization that the key to permanent dietary change is the answer to the age-old question, "What's for supper?" To date they have sold over a million copies worldwide. Dana blogs about low carb nutrition at; her weekly blog digest goes out to over 20,000 readers. She is also Managing Editor of CarbSmart magazine at, as well as a featured staff writer. Dana lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and a menagerie of pets, all of whom are well and healthily fed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great resource if you're looking for good but unpretentious and easy-to-make low-carb fare. As others have mentioned, main dishes are Dana's strong point. They aren't gourmet but we've found many we'll make over and over again. So far, our favorites are the Noodleless Lasagne (try it w/ spinach!) and Chicken Artichoke Skillet. The Chicken Paprikash w/ Fauxtatoes, Heroin Wings, and Artichoke Mushroom Pork are also very good. Misses are mainly clustered in the dessert section, but then again it's understandably more difficult to develop low-carb desserts that taste "normal." We loved the Oatmeal Cookies, but the Peanut Butter Brownies (a recipe borrowed from Diana Lee) were awful, as was the Sunshine Cheesecake.
Be aware--a number of items require somewhat obscure/expensive ingredients (i.e. soy powder, psyllium husks, etc.). Nonetheless, if you have a Whole Foods in your area, you should be able to find them with no problem. It's really impossible to make low-carb baked goods without some kind of substitute for regular flour, so any other reduced carb cookbook that includes breads, cookies, etc. is likely to present the same issue. Also, if you're looking to cut both carbs *and* fat, this may not be the choice for you. Many recipes call for heavy cream, butter and/or full-fat sour cream. Calorie counts are not included.
Overall, this is easily the best low-carb cookbook I've found and with the above caveats in mind, I'd definitely recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mibi52 on Jan. 14 2003
Format: Paperback
Struggling to figure out how to keep to your low-carb diet but still enjoy food (plus feed your family)?
This book is the one you need.
Recipes like Pumpkin Cheesecake (great for breakfast with some bacon on the side, by the way), Vegetable Lasagna (tip: add some strips of zucchini cut longwise with a veggie peeler for faux lasagna noodles), and frittatas keep us feeling happy, full, and not deprived. My family has enjoyed many of these recipes (had to arm-wrestle my 16-year-old nephew for the cheesecake - I finally taught him to make it himself).
Some of the recipes - particularly baked goods - may require some nonstandard ingredients. Most of these are available in health food stores, natural food stores, or, if all else fails, online.
Dana has a breezy, enjoyable writing style that makes you feel like you're in the kitchen with your best friend, and none of the recipes are beyond the average cook.
If you can only get one low-carb cookbook, this is the one to buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. O Schmidt on Feb. 12 2003
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I had been flirting with buying this book for some time, and after three months of dithering, I took the plunge. This has some great recipes and they are easy to prepare. No matter what low carb plan you are on, this book will fit in with it.
I am a Somersizer and I have allergies; but I don't find it at all difficult to make substitutions or deletions. These recipes are what real people make at home. I have all of Suzanne Somers' books and credit her with a 70 pound weight loss. I will buy every book that she publishes- they are visually beautiful, and have some terrific ideas. But Suzanne's books are the ones I read like novels, and to get ideas from. Somers' recipes are tricky- the directions are not always good at producing the expected results. You sometimes end up going to her web site to find out what others have changed to get the desired results. In some cases, it's more time and more steps.
Even though I am an experienced cook, I like something I know I won't have trouble with. This book is perfect for me and for everyone else. It's everyday food that you can serve to your family and guests with confidence. My husband was flipping through this right after I got it, and he was impressed. He even picked out some recipes for me to make. That's unusual for him! He doesn't usually show any interest in my cookery books. Or in any of my books. The cover is eye-catching and inviting, the writing style is homey, chatty, and informative. If you only buy one low carb book, buy this one.
I also bought her first book, How I Gave Up My Low Fat Diet And Lost Forty Pounds. It is a nice companion piece to this book, and very informative. It isn't necessary to have both of the books, but I'm betting that if you buy one, you will want the other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HillClimbinGirl on April 7 2009
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I picked up this cookbook a few years ago when the South Beach diet hit. I barely used it at the time, as I didn't last long on the diet.

I am now watching my carbs and calories very carefully. I have been doing this for a couple of months and of course beginning to get bored with my food selection. Especially breakfast and snacks. So I was delighted to find this book amongst my other cookbooks.

There are some decent recipes in here, some better then others, some that will appeal to some people and not to others. I find that of most cookbooks. For that I give it 3 stars.

I knock off 2 stars because I find the following important, and has been left out in this book. I found alot of the recipes are likely high fat. But more importantly to me the value of fat, total calories per portion, and portion size itself is missing. So if you are strict in following your daily intake, it is hard to do with this book. I have a good idea of fat and carb content so I skim through the recipes searching for low carb grams and go from there. But for other recipes I, for one, do not have the time to figure fat and portion size out. If on the other hand you are just watching your carb intake this book will work out fine.
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