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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a compilation, not new recipes, December 8, 2010
This review is from: 1,001 Low-Carb Recipes: Hundreds of Delicious Recipes from Dinner to Dessert That Let You Live Your Low-Carb Lifestyle and Never Look Back (Paperback)
I was pleased to see Dana Carpender had a "new" book but less than pleased to discover it is a compilation of recipes from her previous low-carb books--not a single new recipe in it. Now, she apparently chose the "best" from her previous books--and I am fine with that--but this should have been noted on the cover.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that Dana is an absolute genius at creating delicious low-carb recipes that pass as the "real thing" (her chocolate chip cookie recipe and German Chocolate Pie comes to mind; both are unbelievably wonderful) she is notorious (at least in my opinion as a former editor) for the typos in her books. On her website she does have a list of corrections for previous books but . . . and this is the thing I absolutely cannot understand, why didn't she make those corrections before publishing this one?

Because this level of low-carb cooking requires some very expensive ingredients (nut flours, etc.) it's not a happy experience to be led down a wrong path that results in having to throw out something that doesn't work because the recipe called for the wrong amount of something or left out a critical bit of instruction.

Nevertheless, as I browsed the pages of this title, I encountered some of the exact same typos that had bugged me in the previous ones. And . . . when you see all the mistakes it raises another little worry: Could her carb counts be off? I haven't tested any for myself, but if recipes don't get proofread much, how about nutritional information?

Another quibble: She sometimes recommends products that later go off the market. Okay, that could happen to anyone writing a cookbook as you cannot guarantee the continuation of any specialty product. However, why would she put out this book without changing those recipes? The most obvious one that comes to mind is her use in a number of recipes for the potato-like mix called Ketatoes. The manufacturer has not sold this for a long time, yet this new book has recipes calling for the stuff.

If you are new to Dana's recipes, you'll be thrilled to get 1001 of them. If you are a long-term buyer of her cookbooks you might not be half as pleased to discover this is a retread--and not even an updated one at that. I'd rate the recipes in this book (the ones without typos, I mean) with five stars, but the overall rating came down because of the carelessness of the editing.
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Initial post: Mar 9, 2011 10:46:42 PM PST
J. Diana says:
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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 5:56:42 PM PDT
Retta Brown says:
This reviewer has some valid criticisms. But... she is blaming the wrong person. I've been to Dana's website, and she has explained thoroughly that the publisher didn't consult her BEFORE this project was underway! She never had a chance to review what was going into the book, didn't have an opportunity to update the ingredients (if an ingredient was no longer available, for instance). And she also would have made it clear on the cover it was a compilation. By the time she was consulted, it was too late. For a better explanation (since this is just my understanding) visit her blog or website... and maybe cut her a little slack before being so harsh. :-)

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 11:53:56 PM PST
Kimberly says:
Okay, the explanations from the other comments shed a little light on things. But really? You write a book and then your publisher has the power to just publish another one without consulting you? What kind of deal did she make with the devil (if you get what I mean)? If your name is going to be on something, you should make sure that the deal you signed makes it impossible NOT to consult you about these things. Or is this just the way things normally go in the publishing world?

I don't think the initial reviewer's comments were harsh at all. I mean, who wants to go in search of ingredients that no longer exist, waste money on a ruined recipe, or be unable to trust the carb counts in these recipes? Makes me waver about buying this book. The quality of the editing definitely reflects badly on the author, so a new editor should have been chosen for subsequent books or at least the typos corrected that have previously been brought to her attention. Most people aren't going to go to her website to find her explanation of how all this happened. Hopefully, she's renegotiated her agreement with this publisher so that this never happens again.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 8:11:08 AM PST
K. Flannery says:
Sounds like someone just did a lot of copy and paste to get this book done. No research at all. I won't be purchasing this book for that reason. I usually buy Dana's books and they do have a lot of typos and errors in them but I won't pay for them twice if the book has all the same recipes.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 10:55:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2013 7:52:15 PM PDT
Helen A says:
Thank you so much for your review. Regardless of who made the typos and why they are still in the newer published, the fact remains that the typos are present affect the usability of the book. I for one appreciating knowing this information when trying to decide which books to buy.

Also thank you for mentioning that this book contained the same recipies as those in the author's previous books. I was about to buy all of them in one go, and would have been very upset when I received them!


Edited to fix a typo :-)

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 7:27:17 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 4, 2013 7:40:47 AM PDT
Peachy says:
I just bought the 1001 Low-Carb Recipe book, and the corrections have been made. Looking forward to some good meals!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 7:46:29 AM PDT
Hoorah! Glad they fixed it. I'm a great fan of Dana Carpender, so I'm glad the publisher is doing better by her.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 1:09:34 PM PDT
Penny Duff says:
Your comment was wonderfully helpful. Since I only have one of her books, based on your comments, this is exactly what I need! I love her recipes!

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 7:21:56 PM PDT
S. Tickle says:
Thks for the review and letting us know of the "just recipes from previous books". And yes, we certainly love her recipes but whether or not the "publisher" did or didn't do their job, she chose the publisher. If she had put on the front cover that this was only a compilation of previous books, then this book would sell as well. Money does speak to most. But I highly recommend her recipes, great stuff.
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