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Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook: Rapid Weight Loss with Satisfying Meals! (2nd Edition) Paperback – August 30, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Enterprises Inc; 2 Revised edition (August 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966796314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966796315
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Low-carbohydrate cookbooks are everywhere. Among the favorites is Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook, a self-published effort that provides almost 200 recipes for a wide range of foods with fewer than 10 grams of carbohydrates per serving. The book's popularity may have to do with its pitch-perfect appeal; it offers everyday recipes for the dishes many Americans love to eat--barbecued ribs, jerk chicken, and chocolate mousse among them. If these recipes adapt food traditions with a very free hand (Lauri's béarnaise sauce calls for sour cream), and require chemical food substitutes (artificial sweeteners, which can appear in recipes that are usually sugar-free), they are also easy to do and fully satisfying. The recipes range from breakfast, snack, and salad items to the usual entrees, sauces, and desserts; winners include the recipes for crab chowder and salmon poached with ginger. Readers should be aware, however, that the recipes have not received editorial scrutiny. As a result, there are errors that range from the embarrassing but not dire (Lauri neglects to tell readers to cook the bacon before using it in her eggs benedict) to the frustrating (Baked Artichoke Savories neglects to mention to bake the savories and for how long). Still, all but novice cooks should be able to fill in the blanks where necessary, and everyone should be pleased with the book's easy low-carbohydrate dishes. --Arthur Boehm

From the Author

I've had great success losing weight on the Dr. Atkins' diet. Eating the low-carb way to maintain my weight is easy and enjoyable. This just may be the best diet and eating lifestyle for you too.

A low-carb diet is not for everyone, however. Certain body types tend to do better than others. Some will do better on a low fat diet. You can get scientific and determine the best foods for your body type, if you like. But I think which diet to choose initially, depends primarily on what types of foods you prefer to eat, because if you are not satisfied with your meals then you will not be motivated to stay on any type of diet.

Contrary to popular belief, eating fatty foods does not make you fat. Also eating a high carbohydrate diet does not make you fat. It's the combination of eating fatty foods with lots of carbohydrates that makes most people gain weight - and fast!

On a low-carb diet you really don't have to worry about your fat intake. I know this seems to go against current thinking and advertising, but it's true. A low-carb diet may be best for you if you prefer to eat meats, poultry, fish, creamy sauces, cheese, fried eggs with bacon, and butter on your vegetables. You can eat as much as you want of the zero carb foods, so you never feel hungry! Just keep your carbohydrate in-take as low as you can.

However, a low-fat diet would be better for you if you are a vegetarian or prefer to eats breads, pasta, potatoes and lots of vegetables, grains, and fruit. You can eat large quantities of these items, but if you want to lose weight, you must eliminate almost all sources of fat, including cooking oils, butter, cream, cheese, meats, most sauces, nuts, avocados, bananas and many other sources of fat. There are a lot of low-fat cookbooks available to help you out, if you choose a low-fat diet.

If you choose a low-carb diet, one trick is keeping variety in your diet so that you don't get bored with your meals. Unfortunately, there are only a few low-carb cookbooks on the market today. I suggest getting them all and find as many recipes that you can that will satisfy your tastes and cooking style. Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook contains a large variety of cooking styles, with both easy recipes and those that cater to a gourmet.

Good luck on your diet!


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Customer Reviews

Thank you Lauri, for some simple and tasty recipes.
Rick
So far everything has been even yummier than I expected, and she gives you the carb count and the serving size for every dish.
Jennifer Cody
I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone eating the low carb way.
Ashley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

205 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Tom on February 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Without going into too many details, let me just say that THIS COOKBOOK is the only reason my wife and I are still on the Atkins diet. We bought four cookbooks (all highly recommended), only to find that, while providing tasty recipes, three of the cookbooks asked for all manner of "fancy" ingredients. Stuff not normally found in our "average" kitchen. Expensive stuff. And many of the recipes weren't quite as low-carb as we had hoped (20g for one serving?).
Lauri's cookbook took care of those problems. I think the only "fancy" ingredients we had problems with were Kitchen Bouquet (it was in the gravy section at the store) and shallots (never had one before). The rest is just plain, everyday ingredients. And low-carb? All of her recipes list the nutritional information right there. It's nice to eat a large, tasty dinner with only 2.3g per serving! Most of the recipes are below 10g, and many are below 5g. Serving size is very generous.
I consider this book to be the best diet/way-of-eating investment I've made so far. This cookbook is just too good to pass up.
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180 of 182 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite low carb cookbook! I started the Atkins diet in August and lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks! But then I stopped losing because I started cheating - the diet was just way too boring for me. I'm not a very imaginitive cook and found myself eating the same few things over and over again. Then I went out and bought every low carb cookbook that I could find. Lauri's Low-Carb Coookbook is my favorite by far! I use it the most because for the most part the recipes are easy and tasty. I've even come up with some of my own variations based on Lauri's recipes. I am now losing weight again. I have a lot of variation in my diet thanks to Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook and I know that variation is the key to success.
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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Rick on March 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Last year I watched a co-worker totally transform herself on the Atkins diet. So I went out and bought Dr. Atkins' book and cookbook, but didn't start the diet until the first of this year. The induction period (the first 2 weeks) were not too bad, I mostly lived on T-bone steaks, but the next 2 weeks were disasterous! To me, cooking is "throw it on the grill" or "pop it in the microwave". After the induction period, I was tired of steaks and so I gave my best shot at Dr. Atkins' recipes. Each night I sat down to what can not be called a meal. After a few bites, it usually got tossed into the trash and I would drive off to McDonald's or some other place not in keeping with the diet. Then the next morning I would vow to try again. I not only gained the 11 lbs I lost during the induction period I gained a few extra bonus pounds.
Not to be defeated, I talked to my co-worker and she told me about "Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook" and I bought it immediately. She was right, there are plenty of simple and yummy recipes! I'm now back on track. In February, I not only lost 16 lbs but I'm also learning how to cook! Just as the cover says, Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook is my constant companion in the kitchen. Thank you Lauri, for some simple and tasty recipes. Soon, I might even try some of the more challenging recipes.
If you too are "cooking-impaired" but want to lose weight on a low-carb diet, then this is the cookbook for you - I guarantee!
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Cindi on March 13, 2000
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I have 5 low carb cookbooks and this one I simply love and certainly use the most. If you have been low carbing for a while, then you know that the key to sticking with the diet in keeping variety in your meals. I'm an OK cook, but I totally lack imagination. I need recipes in order to not bore myself with the same few things. Lauri provides the imagination which I lack. I am so impressed with the variety, simplicity and abundance of flavor in every recipe I have tried! Lauri has provided a"~ wonderful collection of recipes from around the world: Italian, Mexican, French, Asian, American and stuff from who knows where! It's easy to stay on the diet with so many delicious choices. I know that this cookbook is fairly new but I hope that she writes another one soon."~ loved it too, so it will grace our table again in the not too distant future.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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I have found the recipes in Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook to be easy to prepare and very tasty! Plus, I love the fact that she includes desserts (the chocolate mousse is AWESOME) and that all the carb grams are already counted for you. My husband and I have enjoyed every meal I've prepared since buying this book, and look forward to being able to stay on our low-carb diet until we've lost all the weight we want to lose. This cookbook makes it possible to prepare a wide variety of excellent meals.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
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This excellent cookbook provided me with the means to suceeded on the Dr. Atkins' diet. I have lost 56 lbs and reached my ideal weight of 135 (my husband lost 65 lbs and he didn't even exercise)!! With the great food choices found in Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook we ate like royalty and we were never hungry! We have SO MANY favorite recipes including the Eggs Florentine, Cauliflower Cashew Loaf, Crab Chowder and the Thai Chicken Ginger Soup, just to name a few. If you are looking for great recipes to support your low-carb diet, I highly recommend Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook.
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