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500 Low-Carb Recipes [Hardcover]

Dana Carpender
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Fair Winds (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739429736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739429730
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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230 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful low-carb resource! 3 Jan 2003
I have been reading about Dana putting this cookbook together in her Low-Carb E-zine for around 8 months, and after all that work this book is not a disappointment!
Although she has included quite a few of the recipes that she has already published in her lowcarbezine, this does not detract from the value of the book at all, as (at last!) the recipes that I love to cook are now in one easy to find place! :-)
She doesn't rely on "funky" ingredients, that you can only obtain in the US, to achieve excellent results (unlike some other US LC cookbooks) and even gives "conversion" notes for her international readers.
I highly recommend the Sunflower Parmesan Crackers, Hazelnut Shortbread, Helen's Chocolate Bread-pudding, Not-so-hard sauce, and for The Tia Maria Lovers out there, Mockahula!
I LOVE Dana's work, her style is friendly and very readable, and she comes over as a genuine and honest person.
10 out of 10! :-)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will entice me to keep to low carb 12 Feb 2004
I bought this book purely based on the reviews that had been left and I can see why they were so great. The book is written as if its a note to a friend and the recipes are written in a really easy to follow way.
It has a massive range of recipes from quick and easy to those that take longer. The carb count is broken down for each recipe too so you can count your carbs easily.
This has some delicious recipes included and this is definitely one for the shelf if you plan to eat low carb long term.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A really good cook book. 24 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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The biggest problem with this book is its American, which means not all the receipe ingredients are available in the UK.
The style of writing reminds me a little of Nigella Lawson, that chatty, I'm stood next to you in the kitchen holding a conversation type of prose, but without Nigella's sophistication.
However the book does hold lots of tips on low carb eating in general, and most of the receipes I've tried have worked well. I particular enjoyed "Sloppy Jose" and "Glazed Turnips". This is definitely a useful book for any low carber, especially with the present limited resources available in the UK.
Each receipe has a carbohydrate break down, showing total carbs and net carbs (i.e. minus the fibre). And there are useful receipes for party/snacks that can be kept in the fridge for those time you just want to nibble!
A good buy for low carbers/ those avoiding sugar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but VERY american 24 Jan 2013
By PeteMat
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Dana Carpender has written several low-carb recipe books, but this was one of her very first ones. She is American, and the book was clearly written with her local audience in mind (rather than an international one). Readers of this book need to be prepared for measurements in ounces and 'cups' and oven temperatures in Fahrenheit. Also, you need to be able to translate items like 'cilantro' (coriander, in the UK) as well as 'zucchini' (courgette) etc. Some ingredients will be unfamiliar, and others simply unavailable in UK-based shops.

Also, there are NO pictures in this book. That's not an issue for me, but it might be for some others. However it is already a *hefty* tome, and adding pictures would probably make it impractically thick! :-)

Despite all the comments I've made above, I still rate this as a four-star book. There is something in here for everybody trying to cook low carb - so even if there might be 100 recipes you couldn't easily make in the UK, there are still hundreds which you can still manage with ingredients easily sourced over here.

I still often refer to this book, but for those that would struggle with the convertions then instead I'd recommend her (internationalised) follow-up book - the imaginatively titled "500 More Low-Carb Recipes". That book includes metric measurements and much more 'international' food... but still no pictures... :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars American bias disappointing 20 Jan 2013
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Far too many ingredients we can't access in the UK to be really useful. Also, devoid of pictures, which renders it a rather dull book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but 26 Jun 2014
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Nice recipes but I am not going to splash out 20 for a tin of whey powder. Other odd ingredients crop up. It's aimed at an American readership.
I would have liked plain and simple everyday recipes with everyday ingredients.
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