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George Stella's Livin' Low Carb: Family Recipes Stella Style Paperback – January 1, 2005
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George Stella (along with pastry chef-wife Rachel) have developed a wide range of recipes designed to compliment Atkins and other low-carb diet regimens. Rather than relying on packaged convenience foods that meet these dietary standards, they focus on home-cooked meals that satisfy the demands of low carb life without tasting like they were baked up in a factory. Flavors include Chinese (Szechuan stir-fry), Italian-American (clams casino), Southern (fried chicken), and American sweets (chocolate chip muffins and no-bake Key lime cheesecake). Snacks, salads, entrees, and desserts all see equal amounts of attention.
There's a heavy reliance on the sugar substitute Splenda, but in general this is real food for daily life. The condiment chapter contains homemade versions of ketchup, mustard sauce, barbecue sauce and even Thousand Island dressing, and makes a simple place to get started even if the only kitchen appliance you're comfortable with is a can opener. Each recipe clearly notes "special equipment" (like 8-inch square pans) as well as the yield, net carbs per serving, and separate times needed for prepping and cooking.
Because of the sugar substitute and number of recipes that alter classics in ways that compromise traditional textures in favor of lowering carbs (such as noodle-free lasagna), the book is most likely to be used by dieters, rather than all home cooks. Still, if you're looking for easy ways to tinker with your food intake that doesn't involve packaged mixes from the diet industry, Stella offers plenty of tasty options. --Jill Lightner
From Publishers Weekly
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Why one of the best? How about a family of four losing a combined total of 560 pounds on it? How about a gourmet chef who gives us what worked with them to achieve this? How about unique approach and recipes which apply this?
I was attracted to this after watching George on his FoodNetwork program. He is very humble, yet reliable credentialed chef who has experiemnted with many twists and combos of good cooking yet with low carb.
It avoids lots of the scientific stuff but emphasizes what must happen in pantry and cooking to achieve a healthier diet habit. Sugar and carbs are of course the focus. His approach is doable and the taste is exceptional. I especially like his approach with heavy cream, butter and low-carb foods.
What I find especially attractive is his breakfast section, one of the toughest meals of the day for most of us to habitually maintain healthy and yet one of the most important. So there is such variety and ease of prep here, with great muffin and omelet and blinis and quiche. Great advice to make them up in advance, freeze and then micro each morning with coffee. Try: "Ham and Cheddar Morning Muffins" or "George's Gorgeous Macadamia Banana Muffins" or "On-Hand Omelet."
The other menu sections are equally creative, filling and easy to prep: Grilled Country-Style Pork Ribs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce; Ham and Mock Potato Soup; Chocolate Pecan Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting; Jicama Matchstick Fries; Minute Steak Salad; Tequilla Chicken;
There are some 125 recipes in this collection, with easy to follow instructions and advice as well as some color photos. I appreciate the choice of paperback and resultant price for this. Great addition to one's collection or as only low carb source. Highly recommended.
The recipes are solid and I haven't hit a turkey yet as I go through and try out various things. I do wish there was less reliance on soy in the baking section, but that's a fairly personal preference. I've heard some grousing about his enthusiastic use of and endorsement of Splenda. Frankly I have no problems with that. Change to a different sweetner if you don't like or want to use Splenda. Cooking is something of an art, and (at least in MY mind) recipes are meant as a "starting point", after which you can embellish, embroider and alter to your personal taste. This cookbook gives lots of good "starting points".
This is a great beginners low carb cookbook or one for someone who can't afford many on their shelves. Solid recipes, good gamut of choices, written by someone who isn't just jumping on the bandwagon, but actually LIVES a low-carb lifestyle.
The Stella family story was just what my family needed to get MOTIVATED to start eating healthier! My 15 year old Daughter read it when I left it on the table, and said she wanted to eat low carb with me! And then my hubby jumped on board after I made him George's Anaheim Shrimp Scampi, He said; "if that's low carb, count me in"!
We now know we can do it, thanks to the Stella's amazing MOTIVATIONAL story and recipes!
We also ALL now watch his show on Food Network, as George keeps us from ever being bored again!
Thanks George and Family, you're just what we needed and could never find! (*If your looking for recipes, great, but this book cannot be described, it is invaluable if you need to be motivated!)
Your fans forever,
Valerie and crew!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good recipes but I've found the six ingredients or less low carb is easier to prepare.Published 20 days ago by loves to shop
George Stella's books are a "must" for the low-carb dieter. He has developed and tried all the recipes and is very creative in finding substitutes for carbs to make... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 4bonbon
Another good recipe book to add to the collection. It offers a variety of low carb recipes and opens the door to many possibilities in substituting ingredients that adapt existing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer