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Product Details

  • 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 166 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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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By Rita TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 17 2013
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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. Low Carb, easy and tasty recipes Love It!
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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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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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Three cheers for Dana Carpender! This book is loaded with USEFUL low-carb recipes that even cooking dunces such as myself can prepare with reasonable success. Every recipe is easy, made with just a few ingredients, and involves only a few steps to make. This is the key formula to low-carb success, as far as I'm concerned.
I have tons of post-it stickies hanging out of this book, marking my favorite recipes. Some of the ones I like the most are "Smoky Cauliflower and Sausage," "Spicy Peanut Chicken," "Instant Shrimp Stir-Fry," and "Pork Chops and Sauerkraut." Whatever your tastes, there is something in here for you. Again and again, this is the recipe book I reach for.
In addition to the wonderful recipes, Dana offers some great information about low-carb products on the market, and suggests which items to keep on hand in your pantry.
I also recommend Dana's book "15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes," which is almost as wonderful as this book!
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This book isn't "How to pretend you're a Cordon Bleu Chef so you can sweat over every meal while trying to lose weight".
It's a book written in a wonderfully no-nonsense style. Dana Carpender writes in a way that makes cooking approachable by anyone, and most especially to someone who is completed befuddled at how to make low-carb a successful life style choice, not just how to jump on the latest diet bandwagon.
What makes low-carb a lot easier to manage is that you don't count calories. As Dr. Atkins wrote in "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution" "... people who follow the Atkins Nutritional Approach may eat fewer calories than before, it certainly is not because the program limits calorite intake. People doing Atkins may end up eating fewer calories because they are generally less hungry and no longer obsessed with food"
So, the point is that to make low-carb a healthy lifestyle choice you need help to overcome your obsessions with the wrong ways of dieting, like counting calories. That's where 500 Low Carb Recipes comes into play.
Some of the ingredients may be a little tougher to find at mass-market groceries, but if you have a good chain like Whole Foods, you'll have no trouble finding these ingredients. Best of all, the recipes result in really tasty meals - the kind of food you'll enjoy eating and you won't feel like you're eating rabbit food and punishing yourself.
I became addicted when I found the recipe for Oatmeal Cookies. Yeah, really! Low carb oatmeal cookies!
If you just want to jump on the latest bandwagon, or want a book that does all your thinking for you - maybe this isn't for you. But once you've found how well low carb works for you, you need stimulation to make it a life style. That's what this book does for you.
In the end, that's what makes the difference between yo-yo fad dieting and really successful weight management.
Great job, Dana! You've made losers of us all ! <grin>
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