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The Recipe Hacker Confidential: Break the Code to Cooking Mouthwatering & Good-For-You Meals without Grains, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, or Cane Sugar Paperback – December 27, 2016
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Diana’s first book, The Recipe Hacker, has been an inspiration as a chef and author. With her new book, The Recipe Hacker Confidential, she unveils even more secret dishes. On top of that, she also reveals HOW to hack recipes, so that you can break the code’ and impress your family and friends. . . . Diana really shows the world how easy it is to cook family dishes that are both delicious and super good for you.”
Chef Gui Alinat
"[Diana's] new cookbook contains more than 120 recipes that are free of the worst toxic offenders: gluten, grains, dairy, soy, and refined sugar. They are, however, full of flavor and nutrition and readily counter anyone's belief that healthy food can't be scrumptious."
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~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-sixty-four pages, this over-sized paperback targets those interested food recipes that are free of potentially unhealthy ingredients. With full-color up-close photographs, numbered instructions, and quick tips, there are over one-hundred-and-twenty creations. A conclusion and detailed alphabetical index along with the author’s biography complete the book.
After a dedication, introduction regarding why eat healthily, and six secrets getting started, the cookbook is divided into five sections: breakfast, appetizers, main dishes, sides, snacks, and pantry staples, and desserts.
Most recipes cover two opened pages, beginning with a photograph of the finished product with its title as well as preparation and cooking time with serving size. A paragraph is added regarding where or how the author created it. Ingredients are listed in used order on one side of the opposite page with the numbered steps in paragraph form across from it. A quick tip section follows, sometimes with alternative suggestions. Helpful caloric information is also given.
With twenty-three listings under breakfast, recipes include Eggs in Clouds, Quinoa Energy Bars, and Coconut Flour Crepes. Some of the twelve appetizers offer Fancy Cheese Balls, Eggplant Pesto Rolls, or Pickled Deviled Eggs. Main meals have thirty-one entrees ranging from French Onion Pizza, Stuffed Zucchini, Chinese Noodle Bowl, and Slow Cooker Lamb Dinner to Pecan-Crusted Sea Bass and Maple Bacon-Wrapped Salmon. The thirty-four side dishes complete any meal with Naan Bread, Balsamic Mushrooms, PLT Pasta Salad, and Green Beans and Eggs to name a few. Desserts number twenty-four such as Fig Cookies, Lemon Pars, Rustic Pumpkin Pie, and Vanilla Pudding.
~ Why ~
By exchanging the “bad” ingredients, Keuilian replaces them with coconut flour, milk, palm sugar, aminos, and oil as well as arrowroot starch, flaxseed meal, nutritional yeast, raw honey, pure maple syrup, stevia, dark chocolate, quinoa, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. The section on her six secrets at the beginning are detailed and informative. The recipes that intrigued me most are Three Ingredient Pancakes made with bananas, Glazed Meatballs containing turkey, Cauliflower Steaks with Pickle Pest0, Chocolate Kale Chips, Bacon Brussels Sprouts, Rose Apple Pastries, and the Kahlua Shake. I noticed the book does not duplicate any of the recipes contained in her prior book.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not have time to make healthy recipes so will avoid this book. Others may not be able to locate or find the unique ingredients required such as arrowroot starch, coconut palm sugar, or Zevia cola.
~ Who ~
A blogger who shares her creatively hacked food recipes, Keuilian lives in Southern California with her husband and children.
~ Wish ~
Having heard coconut oil is bad for high cholesterol and the heart as it is 92% saturated fat, I was surprised how it is one of the most widely-used ingredients in the recipes, so I would prefer using virgin olive oil instead.
~ Want ~
This is a comprehensive collection of healthier choices when making delicious meals. The recipes leave the reader wanting to make the next meal gluten, dairy, soy, grain, and cane sugar free, while you may want to hack the hacker by changing out the coconut oil.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
I'm always interested in ways to make recipes more nutritious, more sustainable, and just plain interesting. Which was why I thought this book would be great. Instead within the first 6 pages she managed to claim to not be perfect and then turn around and get painfully preachy. Her attitude just comes across as if there are only two ways people eat, bad and good. No inbetween. It's unrealistic and if you're someone who isn't already living a lifestyle that has no grain, gluten, dairy, soy, or sugar you may find it abrasive.
The recipes themselves look creative and delicious but each has a tip and an introduction that at times continues the preachy stuff.
I tried to make it through for the sake of finding some recipes to add to my rotation but just couldn't get past the author's black and white way of writing. Unless that kinda thing doesn't bug you (which clearly is the majority of reviewers) I'd say skip this one.
Notes: Review copy received through NetGalley.