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500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love Paperback – October, 2002
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The Ingredients You Need to Know About section was the absolute best--necessary and unique information about eggs, fats/oils, flour substitutes (what the heck are guar and xanthan gums, anyway--she answers that, too!), sweeteners (wow, I can have molasses!), vegetables (and I can have carrots, too!), and oh so much more. Her first recipe is addictive enough to eat every day (Heroin Wings)! I wish I could say that I've made all the recipes, but I'm so busy trying out the recipes from the first chapter, I haven't even looked at the other chapters yet, but believe me, I know they'll be outstanding.
This author is down-to-earth, funny and charming. I can relate to her so well. She stresses over and over again to listen to your body and let that be your guide regardless of whether the food is low-carb. This works so well for me. The BEST book you will ever purchase on low-carbing and low-carb recipes. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
How to broil a steak (olive oil, steak) gets a page, then variations of steak go on for pages and pages. "Southwestern Steak" is steak served with guacamole. "Cajun Steak" is steak sprinkled with Cajun seasoning. "Garlic Butter Steak" is steak with garlic butter spread on it. There are about 2 of these recipes per page.
It's the same with the egg and omlet recipes. The same basic recipe idea is repeated over and over with a flavor variation.
The most major flaw with the book, however, is the index. My pet peeve with cookbooks is to use cute recipe titles and then index them alphadetically according to those titles. Under "sauces," to pick an example, there is "Dana's No-sugar Ketchup" listed in the "D"s. Why not list it "Ketchup, no-sugar" so you can find it if you go looking for "ketchup?" Also under "sauces" there is "Low-carb Steak sauce" in the "L"s and "Reduced-carb Spicy Barbecue Sause" in the "R"s. It makes it very hard to find a recipe. The back cover of the book touts "Chocolate Mousse to DIE For" and I have yet to be able to find that recipe.Read more ›
Chocolate or sweets craving? She's got it covered and then some. Need something salty and crunchy? Check! Need an entree that will please your non low-carbing husband and kids but still keep you on target? You betcha. She's covered everything from soup to nuts, LITERALLY! If you're bored on any of the LC diets, then you need to get Dana's book RIGHT NOW. Then, if you're still bored, well... you just aren't paying attention!
DON'T miss the Heroin wings. If you *aren't* low-carbing, you'll wish you were after trying these tasty treats.
In short, get this book now and kiss the bunless hamburgers and strips of bacon goodbye and say hello to a whole new WORLD of food options!
(Also, I need to express my annoyance with the very few people who have given this book a negative review simply for the fact that it revolves around a low carb way of eating. The title should be an excellent clue that the book is *about low carbing*. If you don't like or don't agree with low carbing, you should not write a review of a low carb cookbook. It's unfair to Ms. Carpender by providing people with your opinion about the diet, which they don't care about, rather than a fair review of her *book*, which is the purpose of these reviews. In my opinion, reviews that attack a diet without addressing Dana's book should be removed from Amazon's reviews.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been cooking out of this book for years. It's one of my go to cook books in the kitchen. I like Dana. Her personality comes through in her books... not fussy and very funny. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kris Becker
This is a great book for anyone doing a low carb lifestyle. Lots of great recipes!! I use this all the time.Published 23 days ago by Erika S.