216 of 220 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2003
After a year of losing 40 pounds eating according to their earlier book, Protein Power, I began searching for ways to expand my menus. I have bought several other cookbooks looking for adequate alternatives to baked goods, but was never happy with the results: Often too delicate, or too bitter, or they'd fall...
Now along comes Drs. Eades and Ursula Solom with recipes that are exactly what they advertise: Comfort Foods. Tonight, we enjoyed delicious Chili Con Carne with Black Soy Beans and slices of Best Whole Wheat Bread and butter. All low-carb, satisfying and delicious. For breakfast, we added a slice of Super Banana Bread mini-loaf to our plate of ham and eggs. Hard to believe it was low-carb, it tasted (and rose) just like the real McCoy.
Most of the recipes freeze, so I can make a variety of baked goods on the weekend, freeze and have them handy for days to come.
I can hardly wait to try the Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Elegant Biscuits and so much more.
If you enjoy a low-carb lifestyle, this book belongs in your arsenal.
90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2004
If I only had one low carb cookbook, this would be the one (fortunately, I have many!) I've been cooking from a variety of low carb cookbooks, trying to find meals, snacks (especially snacks), desserts and other comfort foods that will please my family's palette while meeting my desire to eat fewer processed foods and fewer -- maybe no -- unhealthy foods (those I love and miss so much -- like donuts and white pasta, fresh baked breads and rolls -- I could go on and on!)
The intent of this book isn't necessarily to give you all the low carb recipes you'll ever need, but to provide you with tasty substitutes for those foods you really miss so you won't fall of the low carb wagon. These are comfort foods, sorely needed by me and most of my low carb friends!
A couple of the reviews I've read here seem to indicate the reviewers a) haven't used this cook book b) don't understand the logic behind low carb living or c) both.
The Magic Rolls are terrific -- yes, they call for flour, but not unprocessed white flour. No, it doesn't use sugar at all. For recipes needing sugar, they suggest a well-known sugar substitute. The rolls came out fabulously; we have used them as rolls, bagel substitutes, hamburger rolls etc. All of the ingredients were found in a large chain grocery store here in Ohio. The preparation didn't take too much hard work, I made a lot and froze what wasn't devoured (only takes a microwave moment to warm them up from frozen).
Why I love this book best -- I recognized many of their recipes, found (and used by me) scattered through other low carb books -- this one has all the ones I love tucked inside, plus more. And they have helpful low carb cooking information in the opening part of the book. They have info in every recipe showing how much carb and protein counts are in each serving.
The authors focus on comfort foods (rolls, meatloaf, gravy, apple brown betty, now there's a meal I no longer need to miss!) along with simplicity -- these are foods you can cook for the family that don't require a gourmet kitchen, training, budget or lifestyle. There are also a lot of Italian and Mexican recipes, two of my family's favorites.
I am suggesting this to all of my friends who are trying low carb, not no carb, eating because this has recipes that can help sustain a change to that lifestyle!
122 of 128 people found the following review helpful
There are thousands of delicious meals you can eat on a low carb diet, but sometimes you CRAVE those carbs. It might be pizza, or mashed potatoes, or other carb-rich foods. Here are ways to make low carb substitutions that are really tasty.
The book has 300 recipes, and in hardcover format is a bit hard to keep open and use. So I use this in conjunction with 500 Low Carb Recipes, which is my main cookbook
IMPORTANT NOTE: The introduction clearly states that all carb numbers in this book are for CARBS THAT COUNT so they explicitly state that the fiber numbers are ALREADY DEDUCTED. People on Atkins and other diets can rest assured that these numbers are the "real" carbs in each dish.
Comfort Foods fills in the gaps with the things you crave. There are lots of bread recipes, pancakes, crepes, mock mashed potatoes, eggplant parmigiana, low carb cheesecake, and much more. There are meals that fit the needs for those on the super-low-carb induction diet, as well as many meals that are great for those on a lifetime maintenance of their health and weight.
Since most of what we eat are fresh vegetables and meats, we don't usually need the comfort recipes in this book. But it is DEFINITELY good to have on the shelf, so that if we really decide we want to have pancakes or fresh bread or something "like" mashed potatoes to go with our turkey dinner, the solution is right there, easy to make and healthy too!
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2003
Well, it's been a month since I to got this for Xmas and I really love this cook book. It's my favorite of the 4 low-carb cookbooks I have. The pound cake is better than the real thing. The pancakes were good, but all the recipes I've made seem to be a bit bland (maybe lacking salt), nothing a nice pat of butter doesn't fix. The baking power biskets were quite good even if I messed up the hollandaise sauce for Eggs Benidict. I can't wait to try more of the recipes in this book.
The opening chapters do a great job of explaining the unfamiliar ingredients. I found all the flour replacements in a local health food store, Whole Foods (soy power, protein whey power, vital wheat gluten flour, whole wheat flour, etc.). I learned about the low-carb Black Soy Bean and made a wonderful chili (bean soup next?). This is a great book for us low-carb folks.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2002
I've been doing low-carb because I have insulin resistance issues. It's keeping my waistline down. But I thought I'd never be able to eat bread, pasta, and pizza again because of the potential health problems. Thank you, Eades and Solom! This book includes amazingly delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes that will keep my insulin in check and will keep me coming back for more. Yum!
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2003
The carb count listed for each recipe is known as the ECC or "effective carbohydrate count"--fiber grams have already been subtracted! This makes this book a very useful one for low carbers--even those following Atkins. (The poor confused woman below who titled her review "Atkins Dieters Beware" would KNOW that if she had bothered actually reading the intro and preface.)
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2002
Eating bread, 2.2 g of carbs, pasta at 6.2 g of carbs, cookies at 1.4 g of carbs. WOW!! Salsas, Pizza, I can't believe it is real. (And tasty!!).
With over 30 million american's on low-carb eating lifestyles this is the answer to their daily counts. Not only do they have simple receipes they tell you how many carbs for each item. No more guess work. I started doing the Drs. Protein Power Lifeplan about 3 weeks ago and have already lost 16 pounds. (Without trying to hard.) Now that I know that the results are there, and have added confidence I can do this. I am going for it. My next step, beyond cooking will be to dive into their other book, Slow Burn Fitness revolution. Now who can't do 30 minutes a day.
From someone who has always struggled with weight, this is an awesome answer. No pills, No "special foods," no eating what I hate. YEAH!!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2002
The recipes are so delicious. Plus, since I've been dieting, I haven't been able to eat my favorite meal - fried chicken! It's wonderful to now have a cookbook which offers so many great low-carb recipes to help satisfy my cravings, while helping me keep my weight down.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2003
This is by far the best of the low carb cookbooks I have seen.
From cake and cookies to barbecue sauce, homemade pasta and fried chicken. All the things people mistakenly assume they must do without when they eat low carb.
Kudos to the authors for limiting the use of health-damaging non-fermented soy products in their recipes and giving people a way to enjoy the recipes which do include soy (see notes and preface) who choose not to risk the ingestion of this highly toxic substance.
Small criticism: Do wish the authors had given a complete nutritional breakdown for each recipe.
60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2005
There were alot of hard to find/expensive ingredients. The foods sounded yummy, but when I would go to make the items I would always come up missing one of the harder to find flours or powders. I am also a stay at home mom on a budget and some items are just way to expensive to purchase and cook with on a regular basis!
The carb count is still offly high in a few items and i found it easier to purchase already made low carb pasta rather than spend all afternoon going from health store to store looking for the different glutons and powders. Being a sweet junky I also made the low carb chocolate chip cookies. Sure a cookie the size of a quarter is low carb. That one doesn't take rocket sience to figure out. It is frustrating to put all of that work into making cookies and find you can only have 2 miniature cookies. Many of the recipes are yummy but in very SMALL portions. I am all for portion control it's helped me lose 30 lbs, but there is a moment where portion control crosses the line...a chocolate chip cookie the size of a quarter is not worth my time...limited carbs or limited calories!!!