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The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook Paperback – November 12, 2013
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"Not only is Homaro Cantu a creative genius, but his technical process in the kitchen is unrivaled. Now, with "The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook" he has focused his prodigious talents on helping Americans in finally finding a way to eat healthier - without sacrificing any taste."
--Charlie Trotter, Restaurateur
About the Author
Homaro Cantu is the chef/owner of Chicago’s renowned restaurant Moto and the host of the Discovery Channel’s Future Food, which aired in 2010.
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That being said, this would be an awesome cookbook for someone trying to cut back on calories (each recipe tells the calories saved per serving) or sugar intake. The recopies themselves are good solid recipes that are still a little adventurous for most people, but not more than you would expect from another high end chef's cookbook.
Overall, it wasn't what I was hoping for, but will definitely get used enough to make it worth having!
I was disappointed with the book because most of the dessert recipes include sweeteners, like honey or agave. And it is well know those spike blood sugar levels just like white sugar. So while I believed I would be able to prepare healthy desserts with the aid of the miracle berry the reality is I'll have to come up with my own recipes to make it work. I made a cheesecake, with an almond meal crust and put in about 1/4 cup of lemon juice and no sweetener and then enjoyed it with the miracle berries and fresh strawberries. So, the book will give you some direction to understand how the berry works but to make it really healthy the recipes need tweaking.
I got the cookbook and as some other reviewers have noted, I was very disappointed to see that in a lot of the recipes, the calorie count is reduced by only 24-28 calories per serving. And the recipes use a LOT of cream, butter, eggs, agave sweetener and white flour. So don't buy this book thinking it's a diet cookbook. It's really not. I also find it interesting that he gives how many calories are saved by using his recipes and mberries, but he does NOT give the nutritional details on any recipe. That's surprising for a "diet cookbook". My guess is that the calorie and fat counts are still so high, he doesn't want to shock you.
If I had it to do over again, I would not have bought this book. I feel like I was foolish to fall for another "fad" diet idea when my common sense was telling me it was too good to be true. I should have listened to my common sense.