The name of this book says it all - you get 500 wonderful recipes, all of them low carb, and every one we've tried is quite delicious!
The book is a soft cover and flops easily open, which is GREAT when we are using this to work with. Many of our other low carb recipe books are paperback or hard cover, which are nearly impossible to work with The recipes are well organized and all quite easy to read and follow.
But the key here is the VARIETY. A lot of people, raised on the Western "tons of french fries and sugary foods" diet, panic when they think about eating low carb food. Really, all low carb means is that you eat lots of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh meat! And this is a hardship? Dana's book helps you realize that your menu is now far *tastier* than it ever has been.
There are of course the staples - lots of tasty omelet recipes, lots of advice for salads and grilled meats. But then you get into dishes that seem pure paradise. The spicy peanut chicken. The New England boiled dinner. The Eggplant Parmesan. There are pizza crust recipes, shrimp and andouille jambalaya, jerk pork, curried lamb. You could feed someone recipes from this book for 2 years straight, a different dish every night, and they would have no IDEA that this was a "healthy diet". This stuff is simply *delicious*.
And of course there are tons of desserts too, from pumpkin pie to lemon sherbert to peanut butter bars. Sure, some aren't good for the beginning induction stages of an Atkins diet. But a low carb lifestyle can keep you healthy for years and years - and these treats will help keep some variety in your menu. When you've hit your ideal weight, that 10g serving of blackbottomed mockahlua cheesecake might be the perfect way to celebrate!
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to eat more healthily - no matter WHAT diet you choose to follow.
500 Low Carb Recipes
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