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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (January 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316089761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316089760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

As many enthusiasts have discovered, it's easy to lose weight on the low-carb diet. But keeping the weight off requires an ongoing commitment--not an easy feat when faced with dieting drudgery, dinners out, holiday gatherings, and demoralizing eating binges. While many low-carb diet books offer the initial thrill of weight loss, this book is a lifelong manual, offering tips and guidance to keep readers committed for the long haul.

Author Fran McCullough starts with "secret weapons" (such as blocking sugars, cleansing the liver, and keeping a food diary), must-haves in any long-term dieter's arsenal. She also offers a valuable "Troubleshooting" section that covers commons challenges, such as dinner invitations ("Come on over for Dinner") and binge eating ("Blowing It"). She addresses the persistent snacking problem with a list of low-carb delights (including shrimp with guacamole or prosciutto and melon). She even lists alternative foods for the times when you crave disaster foods. (For example, a craving for pizza can be satisfied with grilled eggplant, mozzarella cheese, and oregano.) The second half of the book is devoted to McCullough's specialty--tasty and satisfying low-carb recipes, such as Buffalo Boys Chili and Berry and Mango Compote. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cookbook editor and writer McCullough credits a low carbohydrate diet with saving her life. McCullough, who diagnosed her own blood clot, admits that she's not as thin as she likes and she's not a physician, but she fervently believes that there are many dieters, like herself, who simply cannot chemically process carbohydrates in a healthy way. Therefore, she argues, these people should limit their carbohydrate intake. McCullough presents her case in a logical and convincing way. She first gives an overview of the various popular low-carbohydrate diets and the medical principles behind them. Then she offers basic low-carb diet plans, along with personal anecdotes from people who have been following these plans. The final two-thirds of the book consists of recipes from main dishes to desserts. This is an excellent primer for anyone who has tried to make sense of the various low-carb diets. McCullough writes in a friendly and approachable style. Her tips on common dieting problems such as avoiding temptation, eating while traveling, finding acceptable bread substitutes, etc., are quite useful and the recipes are tasty and not terribly complicated. This volume makes a fine companion to the author's previous title, the bestselling Low-Carb Cookbook. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

All of this is presented in an extremely readable and straight forward style.
A. McManus
The final section is 240 pages of new recipes to add to the excellent ones in her first book.
Kate McMurry
The author starts the book out by giving some information/research about low-carb diets.
MK

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163 of 164 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I love to cook and entertain, and both needed to lose weight. We are now living low-carb, thanks to Fran. Her recipes for mashed potatoes (made from cauliflower) and fettucine (made from zucchini) are SO good, we make them and serve them at dinner parties, without even telling people we are on a low-carb diet. And EVERYONE asks for these recipes! I have given up low-fat eating, dropped weight, watched my cholesterol drop, and am amazed! My husband never thought he'd be able to give up pasta or potatoes, but he says he prefers Fran's recipes using substitutes! I have e-mailed Fran with questions and have gotten answers quickly. She is a writer who truly believes in what she is writing about, and like so many Americans, struggles with her weight. This is a wonderful book. And she is a wonderful writer and an even better cook!
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154 of 155 people found the following review helpful By A. McManus on June 7, 2000
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My book arrived yesterday & I was up half the night to finish it! I have quite a few Low carb books (including her previous cookbook) and this one is really great. There are tons of useful tips, stories of actual people succeeding with low carb, and a lot of interesting nutritional information. All of this is presented in an extremely readable and straight forward style. The recipes, for the most part, do not have huge ingredient lists which is really great and seem to be fairly simple to prepare! I can't wait to try them! McCullough's "this is not a one size fits all" approach is very refreshing when one finds each low carb diet book to be written in a "do it my way" sort of style. There is great info on stocking your kitchen, web resources and phone/mail sources for specialty products from foods to kitchen equipment. Great Book!
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186 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMurry TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading and frequently refer to Fran McCullough's previous low-carb book, The Low-Carb Cookbook. This second book on the subject is already proving just as useful to me. The excellent information in it is completely accessible because the author's writing style is smooth, down-to-earth and as pleasant an experience as a chat with a good friend. Another major plus is that the layout of the book itself as a whole is extremely well organized. There is a clear table of contents, an extensive list of sources for low-carb living (many conveniently on the Web), a bibliography and an index. The first four of the book's six segments deal with living the low-carb lifestyle:(1) Why are we doing this anyway? (benefits of low-carb living); (2) Secret weapons (for maintaining the low-carb lifestyle); (3) Troubleshooting (blowing it, planned indulgences, snacks, eating out, holidays, on the road, hitting a plateau, thyroid troubles, etc.); (4) Special situations (vegetarianism, diabetes, pregnancy and nursing). The fifth section contains extensive information about what to have in your kitchen (spices, food labels, bread, soy, fake sugar). The final section is 240 pages of new recipes to add to the excellent ones in her first book.
I agree with the other reviewers that one of the most refreshing things about Fran McCullough is that she is not posing as a diet guru. She is an "ordinary" person in that she is not a doctor or nutritionist who came up with a particular diet and is hawking it as the salvation of all. She has tried the diet herself over a long period of time and found it has conferred many benefits to her health. And as a writer and cookbook editor, she has read carefully and analyzed the latest books and studies on the subject of low-carb living.
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone trying to live a low-carb lifestyle and hoping to stay on it longterm. The tips, insights and secrets alone are more than worth the price of the book....and then there are all those great recipes! Yes, some of the ideas & ingredients are not found in your average store, but she makes sure you know how & where to find everything you need. And the recipes are not the same recipes that are in her previous book, The Low-Carb Cookbook...also a must have. I keep this book on hand, ALL the time!
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a low carb dieter who has only successfully lost weight with this type of plan (13 pounds/8.5" since June of this year), I'd like to congratulate Fran for an absolutely great book. The best parts in it are the hints she gives for handling cravings, emergency techniques and supplementation advice from one who has been through it, I could not believe all the helpful tidbits she offers fellow low carbers!! Also the receipes!!!!!! I am personally proud of Fran for her weight loss to date, and her courage to write and share of her personal experiences, especially since she is still on her journey. She is a REAL person, like most of us, and willing to share things that might work with the rest of us! I am so glad to have this book to help me as I continue eating low carb, it will certainly make the road a lot less bumpy!
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read the whole book in one go. Fran helped me stay on the plan in 1997 with her first lo-carb cookbook. Her new book's tips are sensational and anecdotes and information hit at the heart of the matter. I don't know how anyone could be long-term successful without her information (which is a lot more user friendly than the dr's. books). Only thing that would be a great improvement is to provide calorie info for those of us who can't eat unlimited fat and also need to know calorie counts for real success.
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