500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love Paperback – Oct 1 2002
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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. 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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Amazing low carb recipes! The best out of all the books I have bought.Published 1 month ago by Linda Gillard
Have to get used to low carb baking ingredients first before rating higher.Published 4 months ago by wendy
We bought this book to help us follow a ketogenic diet. So far the recipes are good and fit the foods in our pantry. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Newboots
Great book for cooking low carb meals, definitely recommend to people who is looking to lose weight.Published 15 months ago by Tony
The way the author makes her recipes "delicious"is by adding an incredible amount of butter or oil in most of the recipes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Emilie GARNIER
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 23 months ago by Sheila
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 morePublished on March 14 2013 by Jennifer Burgess
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