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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2004
I have Carpender's 500 Low Carb Recipes, and 15 minute Low Carb recipes, like those books a lot and use them often. Finding those books to be an inspiration to my own low carb creativity, I bought this book to help me determine the carb values of my own recipes, in which I use a lot of the same ingredients Carpender uses but in varying mixtures. I particularly thought that the entries in her own carb counter book would harmonize well with the types of ingredients she often uses, such as varieties of nuts substituted for flour. I also hoped to find extensive information on vegetables, since they are the key variable factors in low carb counting.
This book doesn't well match some of the key ingredients in her own recipes, however. 1 oz., 1/2 cup, 1 small, medium, raw, roasted/salted, cooked, whole, ground, --- the entries are not wide enough to match up to many of the common forms of ingredients used in low carb home cooking. Just when I wanted to know the carb count of some raw veggie, all that could be found was some amount or form that didn't at all match with what I had available. (One of the funniest entries is for potatoes, which I rarely use whole, using mostly only the skins--not listed--but notice: there is info for a whole pound, for hash browns, for homemade potato salad [what recipe was that anyway?], but no value for a 3 oz. plain whole potato.)
I don't need to know the info for prepackaged items, since in the United States, that is readily and more easily found on the package. And I don't eat often in restaurants.
I am still looking for a good carb counter for home cooking. So far I find the Eades (Protein Power authors), The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Counter to be superior to this book. In addition to carb counts the Eads book lists Omega 6 & 3 values, and has special, easily found, pages on particularly desirable foods (such as high vitamin C, magnesium, E, and biggest bang for the buck foods), whereas Carpender either doesn't mention things like vitamins, and disperses the lowest carb foods throughout the whole book, burying them in each entry. This is a matter of preference, but I find Carpender's information just to hard to find, especially in the moment when I am standing in the kitchen wondering about a particular substitute for a recipe I am poised to make right then.
Carpender seems like a nice gal, and certainly has lots of spunk, but I feel that this book may have been written too hastily at best. I'm sorry I bought it, though it is pretty funny in places, but not where I think it is supposed to entertain.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2004
If you are on any type of Lo-carb plan, you've got to get this book. Perfect small size but far more thorough than anything. She has even added the fast food menu items made lo-carb; for example if you order a sandwich at Wendy's and remove the ketchup and bread, how many calories, fat grams and carbs are left...this is fantastic for those of us that still like to know or have an idea on general calories we are consuming. I have the small carb counter that came w/the new Atkins book and that's fine, but this will replace it and stay in my purse. Highly recommend this!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2004
I simply love Dana's "How I gave up my low-fat diet" book, her e-newsletter and her low carb cookbooks so when I saw this book, I bought it immediately, but now I wish I had thumbed through it first. The organization (or lack there of) makes it very difficult to use. There is no index, the table of contents is the only way to locate foods and that isn't set up in any sensical way. I am always frustrated while trying to find things. The small size is convenient for eating out, if you can find what you are looking for, and the information is complete and includes usable carbs, which my atkins book does not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2004
I don't know why so many people gave this book bad reviews. I am doing Atkins and this book has helped me tremendously. This book has everything under the sun, including different fresh vegetables, etc. to help you count your carbs even on products that don't have packaging with that information.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2005
This carb counter is terribly organized. Instead of listing foods alphabetically, she lists them by categories and includes items from restaurants (??) mixed inbetween so that you have to page through multiple listings to find your item. There are no categories or titles at the top of the pages so you never know where you are in the book. There is no index and the table of contents only has categories (beef, dairy, etc.). Really inconvenient. It takes so long to find anything that it's really frustrating. What a waste of money.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2004
I just bought this book and am very disappointed in it. The lists for canned fruits and other fruits is almost non-existent. As is the list on frozen vegetables. I am having troubles locating things as I go. This is not a counter for the everyday person. It has a lot of brands and meals I have never heard of. If I had looked at this book in a book store I would not have bought it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2004
This booklet is quite helpful once you find what you are looking for. I just wish it was laid out with items listed alphabetically. The system used is confusing with MILK as the first item mentioned....and other foods lumped together under similar headings....ending with COCKTAILS AND LIQUEURS. It would be nice to just thumb thru it to find an item, without always having to go back to the index. The first part of the book is VERY much appreciated. Written in the authors`chummy and informative style, it is like a conversation with an old friend. The back of the book as well has expanded info for the carb conscious. Except for the way it is laid out I highly recommend this book over Dr Atkins little carb counter, as I am often annoyed at the obvious way that ATKINS products are pushed in his booklet...and wish hers had been available first for me to buy. Shes` got another winner here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
By reading other reveiws I thought I was getting a complete carb counter book. What I ended up with was a fast food counter. I am very dissappointed and will be looking for the Atkins carb counter that was at least 10 X as thick as this book but still something you can carry with you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2006
This is one of the best carb counters on the market. It is so easy to use, and lists every single food I have ever eaten, even the most popular restaurant foods. It is very well organized, making finding foods very quick. I just love the alphabetical listings instead of all those categories. I also found the foods to be listed in the serving size most commonly consumed. Plus there are additional serving size listings for items like flour and sugar that you would use in cooking/baking. I disagree with the bad reviews. For instance "potato" is right there, easy to find, in baked, boiled, etc. It lists the size of the potato in inches instead of saying 3 oz. Well how many of you have a scale with you to weigh your potato when you eat out? I would rather see the size, like 3 inch long by 2 inch round. Awesome book!
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Although this is a handy book, it's not as helpful as I would have liked. It's a little hard to find items. I t would be better if items were grouped together a little differently. But I have used it a couple of times. If I could've looked through it before, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

Donna Blackburn

Lincolnton NC
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