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500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love [Paperback]

Dana Carpender
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Oct. 1 2002
<DIV>Low-fat or low-carb? A recent New York Times Magazine (July 7, 2002) cover story answered this question and said that Dr. Atkins was right all along, "its not fat that makes us fat but carbohydrates." Though the government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in research trying to prove that fat is the cause of obesity, there has been a subtle shift in the scientific consensus over the past five years supporting what the low-carb diet doctors have been saying all along: if we eat less carbohydrates, we will lose weight and live longer.<P>One of the toughest challenges of any diet is having enough variety and choices to keep the dieter from losing interest. The most common reason that people abandon their diet is boredom but 500 LOW CARB RECIPES: 500 Recipes, From Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love by Dana Carpender has more than enough recipes to keep even the most finicky dieter on track.<P>With recipes for everything including hors dÆoeuvres, snacks, breads, muffins, side dishes, entrees, cookies, cakes and much more, this is an endless supply for creating meals for the whole family night after night. Whether everyone in the family is on a diet or not, these recipes are proven winners with adults and kids alike. <P>Also included:
<ul><li>Many one-dish meals for single people--main dish salads, skillet suppers that include meat and vegetables, and hearty soups that are a full meal in a bowl. <li>Ideas for breaking out of old ways of looking at food with suggestions that save time and money and change what is considered a normal meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.<li>Information about where to find low-carbohydrate specialty products and descriptions of low-carb specialty foods found in grocery stores everywhere. <li>An entire chapter that lists and describes low-carb substitute ingredients such as fats and oils, flour substitutes, liquids, seasonings and sweeteners. </ul><P>Dieters will be pleased to know that they can eat foods like guacamole, omelets, pizza, steak, ham and dessert without giving up great taste and still lose weight. There are enough recipes to create the perfect menu for any holiday of the year--including Thanksgiving. Each of the 500 recipes includes a carbohydrate count to help calculate the total carb intake of each menu.<P>There are more recipes for main dishes and side dishes than most low-carb dieters will ever be able to eat--everything from down-home cooking to ethnic fare; from quick-and-easy weeknight meals to knock-their-socks off party food. 500 LOW CARB RECIPES is the last cookbook any dieter will ever need to buy and certain to be used until the binding is worn out!</DIV>

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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 www.HoldtheToast.com; her weekly blog digest goes out to over 20,000 readers. She is also Managing Editor of CarbSmart Magazine at www.CarbSmart.com, as well as a featured staff writer. She launches her internet radio show, Dana's Low Carb For Life, on Labor Day 2010. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best In Its Class Jan. 14 2003
By mibi52
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money June 22 2004
By A Customer
No way is this book worth $20, or even $14. It's a mish-mosh of recipes quickly thrown together to cash in on the popularity of lo-carb diets. The author is interested in making a few bucks, not in presenting you with good recipes.
Some of the recipes are so basic and low-brow that they reminded me of my first days of cooking as a college student. Others were complete disasters. One of the reasons I bought the book was that it has several recipes for lo-carb breads. I went out and bought all the expensive, hard-to find ingredients and made them carefully according to the recipes. Not one of them was even edible.
I've bought a lot of cookbooks over the years, and still enjoy buying a new one, but I will never buy another cookbook from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No "miracle" low carb sweets July 28 2003
By A Customer
I've recently started a "low carb" diet; I'm loosely following the South Beach plan. I'm not a big meat eater and I really love sweets, therfore cutting carbs is proving to be very difficult! I was hoping this recipe book would help me out with some low carb sweet treats. However, I was very disappointed that all of the recipes include Splenda, which is an artificial sweetener. The jury's still out on whether this is a healthy additive, and I'm guessing that it will have the same bad reputation as aspartame as more is learned about it.
I understand that some folks need to cut out sugar for health reasons and therefore replacements like Splenda are better than sugar. But for those who are just vain (like me!) and want to lose a few pounds, I think that Splenda is a bit of a high price to pay for that. So, sadly, there's no "miracle" recipe that allows you to have all of the joy of a sweet treat with none of the pain. Personally, I've decided to cut the carbs as much as I can, but to allow the occassional "sugary" snack.
Although I won't be making use of the dessert recipes (or some of the sauce recipes either that include Splenda), there are many main course and side dish recipes that are Splenda free. I tried my first one this past weekend and it was DELICIOUS...Zucchini Meatloaf Italiano. I have always been quite proud of my traditional meatloaf (made with such evils as ketchup and barbeque sauce!), but I must say, this definitely gave it a run for its money.
The author does a nice job of describing the various "staple" low carb components of her recipe book and I found that to be quite helpful. The recipes are easy to follow and although some of the ingredients may require a trip to a "health food" store, I am not intimidated by them even though I don't consider myself to be terribly skilled in the kitchen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low Carb=High Success Feb. 12 2003
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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2.0 out of 5 stars butter land
The way the author makes her recipes "delicious"is by adding an incredible amount of butter or oil in most of the recipes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Emilie GARNIER
1.0 out of 5 stars This one is for the birds
I thought I would use this book more than I do, but the odd ingredients required for most of the recipes leave this one sitting on the back of my recipe shelf collecting dust.
Published 5 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Variety of Recipes
After recently adopting a low carb diet we were finding we needed some easy recipes, especially snacks, appetizers and sides, and this cookbook delivered on all these! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying this book!
I never know what to do with seafood and this book has a lot of easy recipes for seafood. It's also got plenty of recipes for meat that look good and easy to prepare. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Yuk
I have to say that if you are going to write a cook book, then add pictures of the meals!
Also, people wanting to eat low-carb are obviously hip to the fact that Splenda and... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2010 by Nathan Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Information lacking
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. Read more
Published on April 7 2009 by HillClimbinGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Low Carb Diet Saver!
Just when I think I can't think of anything else to make for dinner that will fit into my low carb lifestyle, I purchased this book. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by KSM
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative but easy
I bought Dana's 15 minute low-carb cookbook first and was so impressed I just bought this one. I love them both!
I've been on (and off) low carb for several years now. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Bliss 149
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed!
My only complaint about this book is that many recipes call for artificial sweetners, canned foods rather than fresh, and other un-natural additives such as whey protein powder.
Published on June 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Some big hits but also a few misses...
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. Read more
Published on June 5 2004
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