The Low-Carb Gourmet: 250 Delicious and Satisfying Recipes
Rodale, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ave you decided to go on a low-carb diet? Or are you trying to stay on one? Not sure what to eat and what not to eat? I just discovered
The Low-Carb Cookbook
by Karen Barnaby. She herself has lost seventy pounds through low-carb eating. She's the proof that it can work. But you need to change your eating habits. All the things you thought you couldn't live without are the same things Chef Barnaby thought she couldn't live without - and found that she could. Potatoes, breads, pastries - name it. These foods are now on the
list. But there are good, healthy and tasteful substitutes that you'll more than likely prefer.
on't skip over the introduction to this marvelous cookbook. What a low-carb diet is, and how it is good for you, are laid out in easy to understand words. Why it works and how it works are discussed as well as how to change your lifestyle deliciously. Chef Barnaby has collected such an array of wonderful low-carb dishes that you won't even miss the
. She explodes the myth that breakfast has to be cereal or eggs and bacon. How about
Donald's Deep-Dish Pizza Quiche
Turkey Snackin' Cakes
? Her recipes run the gamut from breakfast dishes to hors d'oeuvres, soups, meats and fish. Vegetables are well represented and there is an abundance of lovely desserts.
ive-Spice Sesame Walnuts
look wonderful (did I mention Maren Caruso's enticing photography?) I choose
Parmesan-Stuffed Eggs with Toasted Almonds
to go with the walnuts for a cocktail party.
Cream of Broccoli Soup
wouldn't be on most diets, but this one is low-carb.
Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad with Capers
will enhance any table as will
. I'm not too sure about
Basic Cauli-Flied 'Rice'
, but I'm game to give it a try. Chef Barnaby has suggestions for using tofu. Don't groan! It's good. And with these recipes, you will quickly develop a taste for it.
(a favorite dish of mine) with
Soy Wasabi Glaze
is on my
list. Who could resist
Shepherd's Pie with Mushrooms, Smoked Cheddar, Bacon and Sour Cream
? Not me. Nor can I pass up
section on sugars and substitutes should not be glossed over. If you're going to lose that weight and get healthier, you need to understand why you're eating low-carb and how to avoid backsliding. Now we've gotten to the DESSERTS. Wow! They are beautiful. I'll opt for
Frozen Bourbon, Chocolate and Burnt Almond Cheesecake
. Heaven. And I must try
New York Cheesecake
using almond meal in the crust. Not only does it replace the flour, but it must impart a delicate flavor to the dessert.
Strawberry Shortcakes with Marscapone Basalmic Cream
also incorporate the almond meal. Since I'm not fond of traditional shortcakes, this should perk up the dish for me and, best of all, I won't be going off my diet.
he last few pages of the book have the heading '
Recipe Nutrients at a Glance
', and each recipe has been tallied as to percentage of carbs, fiber and so on. Make today the beginning of your new lifestyle. Acquire a copy of
The Low-Carb Gourmet
, use the suggestions and recipes, and watch the pounds slide off. Feel and look healthier while eating like royalty.
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