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The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook: 150 delicious recipes that will make you slim... for life! Hardcover – December 20, 2011

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About the Author

Ellen Kunes, is the Editor in Chief of Health magazine and the Editorial Director of, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, with an audience of nearly 19 million. She was the founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, former editor-in-chief of Redbook and is co-author of The CarbLovers Diet. Her editorial career also includes working with prestigious women's magazines including Mademoiselle and Cosmopolitan. She lives in New York City with her husband, David, and sons, Winston and Branch.

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, is the Foodand Nutrition Director at Health magazine. Shehas helped women across America lose weight and feel great with her healthy recipes and smart diet advice. Frances is co-author of The CarbLovers Diet and is also the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide. She was the former managing editor at and part of the editorial team at the Discovery Health Channel. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Jon; daughter, Willa; and son, Leo.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848734777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848734770
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book basically has it all to help with a carb lover's diet. It explains how it is the right carbs, which will make you happy, fill you up and in turn will help you with your weight. The idea of resistant carbs is explained and there is a chart with the foods and portions. Carbs 101 gives you an indication of what you can eat, equipment for your kitchen is listed- really what most kitchens already have if you cook a lot. What your pantry, refrigerator, freezer should have in them are provided. There are recipe icons used in the book such as; kid-friendly, make ahead, low-sodium, super-fast and vegetarian. Nutritional information for each serving is included with every recipe...calories,fats, etc.

The recipes themselves consist of: breakfast, soups and sandwiches, pasta and pizza, seafood, meat and poultry, appetizers and cocktails, desserts and recipes from star chefs. Party and holiday menus, the diet plan, the 7 day kick start and the 21 day immersion plan as well as a list of what you can `grab and go' are all included.
Almost all the recipes have big colour pictures. Prep, cooking and total times are given. Tips are included throughout, such as directions how to make ahead. A metric equivalents chart, recipe and subject indexes are also presented.
This is a book for you as an individual, your family and even company. The recipes seem very appealing. Our family has especially enjoyed the pasta with peas, ham and parmesan cheese and the penne with sausage and spinach.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By catcrazy on January 9, 2012
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This is a great cookbook! Everything is so easy to prepare. I lost 20 lbs. on this plan and now know I will keep it off with all the great recipes in this book. I recommend Carb Lovers to everyone who is trying to lose weight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Altair Rasco on May 23, 2013
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I've had great success with CarbLovers. As I said in my updated review of the original CarbLoverss book: I started CarbLovers on January 14th, 2013. By March 30th I'd lost 23.4 lbs. In April, an unexpected event occurred that caused me to need to take a break from CarbLovers for 3 weeks. I made healthful decisions, but did not follow CarbLovers, did not track my calories, and barely worked out. I restarted CarbLovers on May 13th with the 7-Day Slim Down and am now back on the 21-Day Immersion. When I weighed in on May 19th, I'd lost 4 more lbs, bringing me to 27.4 lbs lost since January 14th. If that's not proof that this diet works, I don't know what is!

I ordered this book when I was getting ready to restart the diet. It has a great variety of excellent, hearty recipes. Although you can totally construct your own recipes and meals with CarbLovers, one of the great things about having this book is you don't have to think about anything. They have meal plans just like in the first book. Most of the recipes are easy to scale down. I've even made recipes from this book for friends and they LOVE the food! I do make changes to some of the recipes (I have a degree in Culinary Arts, it's hard not to play), but for the most part the only changes I really make are in the seasonings. It doesn't hurt to add more spices and herbs. For the Shrimp Tacos for example (and btw, they are FABULOUS!), I added as much chili pepper and cumin as I felt it needed. There are also some fun additions that weren't in the first book like recipes submitted by celebrity chefs, menus for themes like a Summer BBQ or Game Day (I don't remember the exact titles, but they are along those lines), and refreshing cocktails!

My only complaint is that it's a hardcover book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Fan on March 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Part 1 of this book offers an introduction with how to make this type of cooking work in your kitchen. Part 2 covers the recipes. Below are the sections, how many recipes are included, and an example or two.

Breakfast: 18 (CarbLover Muffin Collection - one base with 4 types to make, Berry Kale Smoothie)
Soups & Sandwiches: 25 (Chicken Tortilla Soup, Roasted Corn and Black Bean Burritos).
Pasta & Pizza: 18 (Triple cheese Mac, Mini Mediterranean Pizzas)
Seafood, Meat & Poultry: 19 (Seared Scallops with Asian Slaw, Dressed Up Burger)
Sides & Salads: 19 (Salmon Waldorf Salad, Crispy Onion Rings)
Appetizers & Cocktails: 16 (Roasted Red Pepper and Zucchini Dip)
Desserts: 19 (Pecan Blondies, Coconut Cake with 7-Minute Frosting)
Star Chefs Cook Carbs!: 13 famous chefs prepare some of their favorite recipes
CarbLovers Party & Holiday Menu: 10 different party or holiday menus

Part 3 covers the Diet Plan with the book then rounded out with metric equivalents, recipe index, and a subject index. There are plenty of well thought out pictures throughout, but not all of the recipes have a picture (most do however). I like that there is a good amount of white space with one recipe per page. The pages are thick and the book stays open okay (not great, but that may get better with use). Each recipe has a nice sentence or two introduction so you can get a feel for the 'flavor' of the recipe and there are tips on the bottom of many of the pages. The serving size is included and nutritional information.

This just doesn't feel like a diet book to me. It's just a common sense approach to yummy food combined with a slightly gourmet flavor. All in all, a very handy cookbook.
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