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Product Details

  • Series: Healthy Living Cookbooks
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159233282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592332823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My secret to happily staying on the SCD is to keep it interesting. Raman Prasad's wonderful recipes will make that easier for all of us on this exciting journey of health through diet." -- Lucy Rossett, Founder and Owner of Lucy's Kitchen Shop and author of Lucy's Specific Carbohydrate Diet(TM) Cookbook


"This clever book is not just a great supplement to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, making dieting into a pleasure, but will also ensure the whole family enjoys a healthy, varied, and yummy diet. I feel lucky to have it in my kitchen."
--Mik Aidt, Founder and co-webmaster, www.scdiet.org


"Raman Prasad's book is for those who've understood the value of the SCD and want some excitement and variety in their diet. While Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet can be as simple or complicated as one would choose, Raman's contribution brings new life and continuance to Elaine's lifelong pursuit of restored health for those who continue to struggle with inflammatory bowel disease."
--Rachel Turet, Founder, Long Island SCD Listserv


"Raman Prasad shares his personal experience in this comprehensive cookbook. It is a wonderful contribution and tribute to Elaine Gottschall and it will be an invaluable resource for those suffering with gastrointestinal issues. He provides a comprehensive overview of the science behind the diet, menus, holiday traditions, and gourmet recipes. This book will give families the confidence they need to heal."
--Pam Ferro, R.N., Founder of The Gottschall Autism Center


"People following a restrictive diet often lament the loss of foods and flavors they love. Raman Prasad's subtle modifications of delicious recipes from around the globe bring international flavor and zest to your home's SCD kitchen. There is no passport required for this delicious quest for a healthy gut!"
--Mike Simons, Co-webmaster, www.scdiet.org

About the Author

Raman Prasad was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of seventeen. His health steadily deteriorated in the years that followed, resulting in several hospital stays and various health complications. It was during this time that he came across Elaine Gottschall's book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, which outlined the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and the science behind it for putting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and diverticulitis in remission. Raman has followed the SCD successfully for more than ten years, which has resulted in a happy return to good health and a normal life. Inspired by his recovery, he established www.scdrecipe.com in 1998, which includes over 500 SCD recipes and other relevant information about the diet. Prasad is also the author of the self-published memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery and the SCD cookbook Adventures in the Family Kitchen, which combines traditional Italian-American and Indian family recipes.

More About the Author

Raman Prasad has followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet successfully for more than fifteen years, which has resulted in a happy return to good health and a normal life. Inspired by his recovery, Prasad established www.scdrecipe.com in 1998, which includes hundreds of SCD recipes, news items, and other relevant information about this dietary protocol.

Prasad is the author of the non-fiction memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery (2003) that chronicles his life with crippling UC from ages 17 to 24, and how he ultimately was able to restore health through the SCD. Additionally, he has written two cookbooks: Adventures in the Family Kitchen (2005) which combines traditional Italian-American and Indian family recipes, and Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (Fair Winds Press, 2008) which contains a global repertoire of grain-free and dairy-free SCD-inspired culinary delights.

Prasad is also a regular blogger to blog.scdrecipe.com, where he continues to inform others following this restrictive diet on the latest news and research. He has been a speaker at SCD events nationally, and is currently at work on his fourth book, releasing later this year.

Customer Reviews

Many thanks and blessings to Raman Prasad!
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This is my first review but I had to write one because this book is fantastic!
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The recipes in this book are easy to follow.
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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful By G. Swett on February 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is my first review but I had to write one because this book is fantastic! I have made five recipes in the past five days and my 5 year old son (with severe ulcerative colitis) has loved every single one (the rest of the family has loved the food too)! I own every SCD cookbook and this one seems to have the most recipes that are winners. So far, we have made: a chinese chicken dish (actually tastes like chinese chicken but without soy sauce- amazing); vietnamese pork (same); almond puff (tastes like cake!); chili-lime crackers (tastes like mild cheez-its!); and shortbread (buttery and tasty). We are going to keep trying recipes but love this cookbook and wanted to post this review while ordering another copy for my son's grandmom. Well worth adding to your library.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amy McKenna on February 28, 2008
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I have a new favorite cookbook! It's "Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet" by Raman Prasad. Although the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) includes lots of great food choices, it doesn't allow for dining at my favorite Asian and Indian restaurants. Raman's culturally diverse recipes are bursting with the flavors of the ethnic cuisines I've been missing. One of my favorites so far is Kung Pao Chicken, which is wonderfully flavored with Raman's SCD Asian Sauce (hurray for a yummy soy sauce substitute!). And in my opinion the Beef Vindaloo rivals some of the best Indian restaurants in our town. I love, love, love this cookbook's mouthwatering photography; the compelling foreword and introduction to the diet; and the personal touch of Raman's stories about food, family, and friends. I highly recommend this great cookbook for anyone who wants to add some pizzaz to their SCD fare.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kitten Kisser VINE VOICE on December 4, 2008
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The recipies in this book are so divine! They sound so wonderful, my mouth waters! Beautiful full color photos & advice about certain ingredients depending on your stage of the diet. I would have given this book 5 stars if I could use it. I find that the recipes are far to advanced for my stage of the diet. I think it would be a year easy before being able to use this book.
This is not a newbie book! If you are a newbie to the SCDiet, this is a book to keep in mind for when you are further along. If you are advanced in the diet, then by all means get a copy!
Health through diet is a beautiful thing.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By synchrony on December 24, 2010
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First off, I must say this is a great cookbook. Excellent recipes meticulously laid out. I don't follow an SCD diet, but am grain-free, so I really enjoy some of Raman Prasad's grain-free variations. I was a but disappointed, though, to see how he pulls off the desserts and "breaded" fish and meats. He uses almond flour in lieu of conventional flour and honey in lieu of sugar.

Here's the thing with almond flour. It's loaded with omega-6 fatty acids, which need to be balanced with omega-3 for a healthy dietary balance.

Plus, baking with it leads to oxidisation of the Omega-6 fats in the nut.

Coconut flour or a combination of coconut and almond flours are better choices.

If you cook with almond flour or consume a lot of almonds, remember to take an Omega 3 (fish oil or flax oil) supplement.

That said, I would still highly recommend this book. The recipes are easy enough to whip up on a weeknight and absolutely delicious.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Natpaw on February 29, 2008
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I have to admit that I have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for over seven years. As has my husband who doesn't have any gastro-issues. And I also must admit that I've gotten pretty tired either 1) making the same foods or 2) trying to adapt mainstream recipes to fit my needs.

I've already used five of Raman's recipes (the ones that tended to have the pretty pictures...) - and they are fabulous! Even my husband got ecstatic over the rosemary-olive chicken... The recipes are generally easy to prepare, and don't require alot of exotic ingredients (and substitution is easy with these recipes.)

I would recommend this cookbook for anyone who has been on the SCD and needs inspiration. I also recommend this for anyone who has a suspicion that the over-processed, chemically-based stuff that we mistakenly call 'food' isn't serving you any longer.

Bravo, Raman and family!! Can't wait to see your next cookbook!!

PS Elaine would have been thrilled.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 26, 2012
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I like a lot of this book, though so far I've only tried one recipe. There are a few big problems that apparent up front though. He recommends olive oil for nearly all cooking applications. This is Huge issue to me because it indicates two things 1. he doesn't know how to use fats in a healthy way and 2. he never actually cooked some of these things - or if he did he used another oil!

For those who haven't done a lot of cooking, and/or aren't familiar with the ins and outs of fats, here's important health information (especially important if you have gut disbiosis and need the SCD or GAPS). Every oil has a different flash point- that's a term for how much heat will denature the oil. Denatured fats become Trans-fats and other nasties! a very, very bad thing for any gut, but especially insideous in the gut of someone needing this diet! Olive oil has one of the lowest flashpoints of any oil out there and is generally recommended Raw. This author would have you Fry with it!!! I Once ignored my own logic and followed a recipe that advised Medium heat for olive oil... the results? Acrid black wafts or oily fumes, that set fire! We had to vent the house for a week. The food was ruined... so when we could breath enough to get back in the house we tried the same thing with a higher heat oil- it cooked beautifully. Again, that was olive oil on medium... Frying is High... if you follow this author's recommendations for olive oil, at Best you'll have denatured an exspensive and previously very healthy fat (creating exspensive toxic cr@%), and you'll likely start a fire. You may not have the fumes and flames (some of an oil's flashpoint is determined by how it was processed) but whether you can see it or not, you'll have created a lot of nasty toxins.
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