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Low Carb 1-2-3: The Low-Calorie, Low-Carbohydrate Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Rozanne Gold , Helen Kimmel
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Book Description

As a professional chef for 25 years, Rozanne Gold is a big believer in using only the best and freshest ingredients—and treating them simply to achieve fabulously flavorful results. That's what her award-winning "1-2-3" series of three-ingredient cookbooks are all about. Now Gold works her 1-2-3 magic on low-carb cooking, creating an invaluable collection of amazingly simple and satisfying recipes that meet the guidelines of all the low-carb and good-carb plans out there today, including Atkins, South Beach, Sugar Busters, and Glycemic Index diets.

What's more, every recipe is also low in calories and saturated fat, so the dishes are easy to incorporate into any weight-loss program and are great for anyone who just wants to eat healthy.

Here are 225 delightfully easy and delicious recipes that sound (and taste) more complicated than just three ingredients—from fortifying breakfasts like Baked Eggs Ranchero, to fabulous party food like Wasabi-Stuffed Shrimp, to savory main dishes like Chicken Rollatini with Salami and Roasted Peppers, to luscious desserts like Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Each recipe is placed in one of three basic categories, from very low carb to indulgent low carb, and the "Carbs That Count" feature gives readers a quick tally of actual carbs consumed. Additional features include tips for stocking the 1-2-3 kitchen, a selection of 50 low-carb snacks, a collection of 50 low-carb menus, and a reference list ranking carb-smart (and not-so-smart) foods.

Whether you're looking for recipes to help you stick to a low-carb diet or just want to improve the quality of your family meals, you will be delighted to discover that satisfying, low-carb meals are as easy as 1-2-3.

Editorial Reviews


For Gold's 1-2-3 Cookbook series:
"Rozanne Gold is the leader of a minimalist sect, one that uses the fewest possible ingredients to produce dishes that are not just credible but delicious," -- Mark Bittman in The New York Times

About the Author

ROZANNE GOLD is the author of eight acclaimed cookbooks and is the "Entertaining Made Easy" columnist for Bon Appétit magazine. She is a three-time winner of the James Beard Award and received the prestigious IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award for Healthy 1-2-3. She lives in New York City.

HELEN KIMMEL, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, certified nutritionist, and the founder of Foodworks, Inc., a culinary and nutrition consulting firm. She currently resides in Linwood, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (January 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054S2C7C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Delicious and Healthy March 21, 2005
If you're thinking that cooking healthy is hard, be sure to check out this cookbook! Each dish has 3 ingredients, is tasty and is very good for you.

First, the variety. People who complain that low carbing is boring haven't taken a look at this cookbook. You get Pan Seared Rib-eye with Agurula. There's pot-roasted turkey with smokey onions. How about broccoli smothered in wine and olive oil?

These dishes are NOT hard. As I said, they all involve just three main ingredients. Some might open your horizons a bit - for example I *love* snow peas, but I know people who have never tried them. I also love pine nuts! They are quite good for you and tasty too. All of these things can be found at your average supermarket, and once you realize the wealth of healthy foods that you like, your menu planning gets more and more interesting.

Each recipe comes with the total carbs, the fiber, fat, saturated fat, protein, calories, and more - so even if you're not low carbing, you can see just how healthy in ALL ways these dishes are. The author feels strongly that eating healthy is about watching all of the problem areas and finding dishes that are fresh, healthy, nutritious and low in harmful items.

My one complaint with this book is that there are no photos of dishes. I LOVE photos to help me get an idea of what a dish is all about.

Even so, I highly recommend this cookbook. It covers everything from breakfasts to desserts, from drinks to appetizers for parties and main dishes. You can easily eat this way every day for years and never get bored - and amaze your friends and family with delicious, healthy dishes.

Highly recommended!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I have always been skeptical of Rozanne Gold's 1-2-3 approach, thinking three ingredients couldn't possibly yield the kind of results I expect. Boy, was I wrong. The recipes in this book are terrific and jam-packed full of flavor. Among those I have tried are: the Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breasts (intensely flavored and incredibly good - hot or cold), the Miso-Glazed Chicken Breasts (yummy), the Salmon Steaks with Cornichon Vinaigrette (lovely), the Green Beans with Pesto and Walnuts (great), "Creamed" Spinach (my husband repeatedly asks for it), the Sauteed Grape Tomeatoes with Shallots (delish), and Smokey Joe Burgers (nice twist for burgers). I use this book at least once a week.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amy Berkowitz RN says, 3 cheers for 3 ingredients February 8, 2005
I am a chemotherapy nurse & a lifetime member of Weight Watchers.I am the proud owner of all of Golds 123 COOKBOOKS because I love to cook & eat ,but I am pressed for time. With these recipes..I have minimal shopping &prep time but I am guaranteed a HEALTHY Low carb scrumptious meal or snack for ANY meal of the day.My favorites are CreamyCarrot-ginger soup,Strawberry-cheese brulee &Pesto-pistachio

Chilean Sea Bass.This is a wonderful cookbook for entertaining since everyone seems to be "watching" their carbs!!!!!!Rozannes" helpful comments & carb counts accompany each recipe.This Cookbook is pure

" GOLD!"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gustatory Delight January 24, 2005
The astonishment here is that these splendidly simple-to-make dishes are not only healthful but good to look at when served and quite a number of them have gourmet quality taste. We've tried about a half dozen dishes and they were all keepers. I'm sure we'll find some that are less than first class dining experiences, but so far the author is batting 1000.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I ordered several low carb cookbooks when I decided to start preparing more food at home, and this is the only one I use. I don't have a lot of time to spend preparing or even shopping for my food, and the 3-ingredient recipes really keep things simple. No more going to the store to buy all those exotic ingredients you will never use again.

There is also a handy shopping list of ingredients to have in your cupboard each week - I didn't even have garlic in mine - that make shopping without a meal plan do-able.

The other thing I like about this cookbook, is that everything I make tastes great. And for me, that's saying something. My sister was astonished that I am cooking at all, and when I prepared the fantastic asparagus with fried capers at her house - from memory, with ingredients she had on hand - she immediately bought her own copy.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to control the carbs in their diet by cooking tasty food at home, but who doesn't have the time, skill or inclination to learn more complex cooking methods.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Ideas November 24, 2005
I love the tastes and textures used in the recipes. The only drawback is how complicated (as in time consuming) some of the recipes are. With three ingredients each, I expected recipes I could quickly whip up. Some are, but some aren't.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas!! January 28, 2005
Who knew that so many great LOW CARB dishes could be done so simply with just three ingredients! I can see that this book will become my bible for low carb cooking. Whenever I have something in the refrigerator and wonder how to cook it low carb, it is easy to find the right recipe here. Thank you, Ms. Gold!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presents 225 low-calorie, low-carbohydrate recipes February 12, 2005
Low Carb 1-2-3 presents 225 low-calorie, low-carbohydrate recipes that utilize only three ingredients apiece. Simplicity is the key to this light and healthy food preparation guide, written by award-winning professional chef Rozanne Gold. A simple rundown of total carbs, fiber, total fat, saturated fat, protein, and calories accompanies the delicious recipes such as Homemade Turkey Sausage, Wasabi Salmon, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, Iced Cucumber-Yogurt Soup, and much more. Especially recommended for health-conscious cooks short on grocery shopping time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for low-carb foods
Still using this cookbook, years later.
Published 3 months ago by Sarah.Jane
1.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty terrible in my opinion and I'm mad that I ...
I was excited for this book. It was appealing because of the simplicity of the meals as well as being low carb. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some wonderful recipes here!
Published 4 months ago by DeeDee50
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipe idea book!
Excellent. Simple and easy. For experienced cooks, this book serves as an excellent idea book. You don't even have to read the recipe, just reading the ingredients will give enough... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Misha Lupisha
1.0 out of 5 stars Some recipes contain wheat and sugar
Some of these recipes contain wheat and sugar, if that's of concern to anyone reading the reviews. I can't use this cookbook.
Published 9 months ago by Loanne C. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect cookbook!
I love this book! It's fun to read and fun to cook from. It's amazing what you can do with 3 ingredients! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ali Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Every recipe is a winner
With only three ingredients, every recipe we tried was delicious. And my husband lost 50 lbs without feeling deprived in the least!
Published 21 months ago by Lark Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad and edible recipes!
I am really picky when it comes to cook books. No. 1 - I am a PICKY eater. So I don't like WEIRD food. Read more
Published 23 months ago by colo_chic
2.0 out of 5 stars nice idea, but...
The concept of easy 3-ingredient meals is good, but....

If you're a picky eater like me, forget about it. I don't like onions, tomatoes, peppers, salmon.... Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by ADK
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, but low-fat, not low-carb
I love the recipes in Gold's books, and the books' format and beautiful photos, but this isn't a low carb book. Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by hazel
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More About the Author

Rozanne Gold, renowned chef, author and international food and restaurant consultant, began her career at age 23 as first chef to New York Mayor Ed Koch. Considered one of the most prominent women in the food world, she is a four-time winner of the prestigious James Beard Award and winner of the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award.

As Chef-Director of the restaurant consulting group, the Joseph Baum & Michael Whiteman Co., she helped re-create New York's magical Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center (where she was co-owner and consulting chef for 15 years), the legendary Windows on the World, and three of New York's three-star restaurants.

The author of 12 acclaimed cookbooks, Ms. Gold has been the entertaining columnist for Bon Appetit magazine where her "Entertaining Made Easy" column was read by five million fans. She has written and produced stories for The New York Times (her work can be found on the Op-Ed page, the Dining Section, and Sunday Magazine), and has written for Oprah, Gourmet, Cooking Light, More, FoodArts, Modern Maturity and The Montessori Magazine.

As Chef to Mayor Koch, Ms. Gold cooked for President Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister Menachem Begin and dignitaries from all walks of life. Business Week named her a "Mover and Shaker"; Cooking Light magazine named her one of "America's Top 5 Enlightened Chefs"; Chef magazine nominated her "Innovator of the Year"; the Food & Beverage Association of America honored her as 'Hospitality Professional of the Year" and Drexel University deemed her Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Known as the "diva of simplicity", she has set the Gold Standard for a style of cooking that has inspired professional chefs and home cooks alike to "keep it simple" with: Little Meals: A Great New Way to Eat and Cook (1994), Recipes 1-2-3: Fabulous Food Using Only Three Ingredients (1996), published in four languages; Recipes 1-2-3 Menu Cookbook (1998), Entertaining 1-2-3 (1999) and Healthy 1-2-3 (2001). Desserts 1-2-3 (2002) landed on the L.A. Times "Hot List" and was chosen one of the year's best cookbooks by Food & Wine Magazine. Cooking 1-2-3 (2003) was chosen as one of the year's best 10 books on NBC's Today Show.

Gold's books have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and chosen as Editor's Selections in the New York Times Book Review. Her seminal book, Healthy 1-2-3 won the coveted IACP award, was nominated for a James Beard award, and chosen as "one of the year's best books" by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Known as a food-trends pundit, Ms. Gold invents concepts that give restaurants and food companies their competitive edge. An early proponent of American regional cooking, she helped create American Spoon Foods, the first specialty food company to focus on regional ingredients. She invented Hudson River Cuisine, turning the idea into a three-star restaurant, the Hudson River Club; and was responsible for developing New York's first pan-Mediterranean restaurant (Café Greco), featuring "Med-Rim Cuisine".

Ms. Gold is a frequent guest on national television, including four recent appearances on the Today Show and is a regular guest on National Public Radio. A recent appearance on WNYC's "Leonard Lopate Show" won her a fourth James Beard Award.

A graduate of Tufts University with honors in psychology and education, Ms. Gold studied cooking in Italy and France. She is past President of Les Dames d'Escoffier, New York, and is a trustee of Arts Horizons, a nonprofit organization that brings the arts to city schools. She is a major proponent of the movement to help teens eat more healthfully and has just published her 11th book -- "Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs" (Bloomsbury USA, October 2009.) Gold lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her son Jeremy Whiteman lives in Silicon Valley.

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