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500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love Paperback – October, 2002
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About the Author
Best-selling author Dana Carpender was startled to discover that limiting her carbohydrate intake not only helped her control her weight, but produced the health and vitality a low fat diet had promised but never delivered. Fifteen years later, she laughs at people who say "You can't eat that way long-term." Her eight cookbooks are the result of her realization that the key to permanent dietary change is the answer to the age-old question, "What's for supper?" To date they have sold over a million copies worldwide. Dana blogs about low carb nutrition at www.HoldtheToast.com; her weekly blog digest goes out to over 20,000 readers. She is also Managing Editor of CarbSmart magazine at www.CarbSmart.com, as well as a featured staff writer. Dana lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and a menagerie of pets, all of whom are well and healthily fed.
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The Ingredients You Need to Know About section was the absolute best--necessary and unique information about eggs, fats/oils, flour substitutes (what the heck are guar and xanthan gums, anyway--she answers that, too!), sweeteners (wow, I can have molasses!), vegetables (and I can have carrots, too!), and oh so much more. Her first recipe is addictive enough to eat every day (Heroin Wings)! I wish I could say that I've made all the recipes, but I'm so busy trying out the recipes from the first chapter, I haven't even looked at the other chapters yet, but believe me, I know they'll be outstanding.
This author is down-to-earth, funny and charming. I can relate to her so well. She stresses over and over again to listen to your body and let that be your guide regardless of whether the food is low-carb. This works so well for me. The BEST book you will ever purchase on low-carbing and low-carb recipes. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
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."