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3.0 out of 5 stars very basic but good, January 22, 2004
This review is from: 500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love (Paperback)
The book didn't deliver as much as it, at first, appeared to. 470 pages of recipes and no photography sounds like a lot of recipes. Many of the recipes are so basic you wonder who wouldn't know that boiled shrimp means boiling shrimp in a pan of water with some seasoning. But "Unbelievably Easy Shrimp" gets half a page for this 3-ingredient recipe (2 qts. water, a pound shrimp, salt). The balance of the page is a recipe for cooking fish: 1 piece of fish, 1 tbs. butter, with parsley and lemon wedge for garnish.
How to broil a steak (olive oil, steak) gets a page, then variations of steak go on for pages and pages. "Southwestern Steak" is steak served with guacamole. "Cajun Steak" is steak sprinkled with Cajun seasoning. "Garlic Butter Steak" is steak with garlic butter spread on it. There are about 2 of these recipes per page.
It's the same with the egg and omlet recipes. The same basic recipe idea is repeated over and over with a flavor variation.
The most major flaw with the book, however, is the index. My pet peeve with cookbooks is to use cute recipe titles and then index them alphadetically according to those titles. Under "sauces," to pick an example, there is "Dana's No-sugar Ketchup" listed in the "D"s. Why not list it "Ketchup, no-sugar" so you can find it if you go looking for "ketchup?" Also under "sauces" there is "Low-carb Steak sauce" in the "L"s and "Reduced-carb Spicy Barbecue Sause" in the "R"s. It makes it very hard to find a recipe. The back cover of the book touts "Chocolate Mousse to DIE For" and I have yet to be able to find that recipe. It's not in the index under "chocolate," under "mousse," or under "desserts."
Less annoying but still detracting was the font that was used. It made the recipes somewhat difficult to read.
Even with these flaws, it is still a low-carbohydrate cookbook worth having, especially if you don't have one yet and are new to low-carb cooking. I liked the author's personality as it came through in her introduction and ingredients sections. She comes across as an ordinary, regular person. She is not dogmatic or preachy or pushy or "know-it-all."
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2011 3:11:52 PM PST
P. whitmire says:
it is on page 433 sugar free chocolate mousse to die for took about 2 seconds to find!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 5:58:57 PM PST
Ooh dummy me! Why didn't I think to look in the "s"s for "chocolate mousse to die for?!! Thanks for making my point about the index for me.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 11:29:43 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2013 1:27:41 AM PDT
KatyKatIL says:
Sounds like this cookbook needed to double-reference their recipes.
Looking just by the title would indeed be annoying, but they should indeed also
have recipes cross-referenced by what they really are (example being your mousse recipe). I don't have this book yet, but can totally relate to the annoyance of recipes being indexed only by the author's name for the recipe.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 2:32:25 PM PST
Jane Gray says:
Thank you immensely for the great review! You saved me from buying a worthless cookbook. I know how to cook well and ketchup isn't even in my cooking repertoire - not to mention that the recipes are so basic! Sounds like Betty Crocker 101. Ick!

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 3:51:48 PM PST
K...bReady says:
Appreciate your honest and insightful review. Almost bought this book for my aunt and an additional copy for myself as we begin (again) our weight loss journey. We already know our way around a kitchen and aren't shy with seasonings so we would have been quite disappointed I'm sure.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 8:26:42 AM PST
Thank you, I was "looking inside" her 300 low-carb recipe book, and noticed the same thing. I'm 44 years old, and have been cooking for most of my life, so I already know you can mix scrambled eggs with just about anything and get a great quick meal. Ditto meats. I was hoping this would be different. Thanks for saving me $16.
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