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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 12 January 2017
I have been looking forward to this book coming out as it shares celebrity chef Tom Kerridge's approach to weight loss.

Tom was 30 stone and has dropped 11 stone in 3 years.

He has done this while eating protein and cutting carbs, an approach that is gaining popularity.

I have been following the same diet, advocated by Michael Mosley in The Eight Week Blood Sugar Diet. However this advocates using strange new ingredients, like coconut flour - an ingredient I have never come across before.

Well, this cookbook has recipes from Tom Kerridge to make flatbreads or biscuits for cheese, but with these low carb ingredients. That alone makes this a must read book for me.

A new twist from this cookbook is Tom wiring about Dopamine, the feel good hormone, and how he now eats foods that release this to make you feel good.

The introductory pages are filled with Tom Kerridge explaining his approach to weight loss, how he has cut alcohol out of his life, along with plans to do this and beat any cravings.

As someone who has been following this approach to dieting for a year (and has lost 10 stone) I was getting tired of the same things over and over again, this cookbook is a total revelation, for example the idea of using blitzed dried mushroom to make mushroom powder to use as a seasoning is inspired.

Just for tips like this the cookbook gets five stars from me.

Even better every section of this cookbooks has similar ideas for side dishes etc, blitzed pork scratchings to go on soup, or add crunch to a salad anyone?

The recipes are organised in sections, which again start with an introduction covering the basic concepts.

As some of the recipes use ingredients such as honey, it is useful to see the carb count per person at the start of each recipe.

The sections are:

Soups and Broths
Hot and Cold Salads
Omelettes and Pancakes
Minced Meat Dishes
Braises and Stews
Pan Frying and Roasts
Sweet Things and Baking

Some of the recipes that have caught my eye are:

Curried cauliflower soup
Fiery Squid soup.
A salad of crispy kale with anchovies and lemon
Padron peppers, anchovy and onion crunch
Boil in the bag cheese omelette (yes really)
Pepperoni Pizza Omelette

The Sweet Things and Baking section has old favourites like cheesecake but made with low carb ingredients, there are also recipes for flax seed biscuits, almond soda bread and flatbreads.

This is an AMAZING book as it has restaurant quality recipes but low calorie and low carb. There are some "cheffy" ingredients but these are not to hard to find in specialist supermarkets and online, and like trying new things.

I could not be more pleased with this book.
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on 13 January 2017
This is a great book. There are early pages which explain how and why Tom changed his diet. The recipes do use lots of different ingredients to bring lots of flavour into the dishes. I liked the curried Cauliflower Soup and I'm looking forward to the Sausage, Sage and Onion Omelette. There are lots of recipes for egg and also minced meat recipes, both are quick to cook.
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on 12 January 2017
At last a recognised chef has 'woken up' and realised about carbs and sugar, look forward to trying some of these recipes. Well done Tom!
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on 18 January 2017
I got the book yesterday and made Pork Kebabs with Spicy Cauliflower Cous, which was delicious and a huge portion for two people. I would have given it four stars, but the lists of ingredients are quite long if you aren't a keen cook. Personally I think these recipes make low carb cooking more interesting.
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on 14 January 2017
What a fab book I loved every recipe you are in just my mind way of what a healthy eating plan should be . Can't wait to try them out
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on 12 January 2017
Food looks great very easy to follow the recepies, his weight loss is very inspiring.
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on 13 January 2017
Don't be put off by the reviews stating that there are too many unusual ingredients needed. Admittedly if you aren't much of a home cook you probably won't have a varied spice cupboard but if cooking from scratch is your style then you'd probably have 90% of what's required already. Great choice of dishes and something for everyone.
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on 14 January 2017
Amazing number of recipes and different to all the others. Pork scratching are in! Going to try them all but with alcohol!
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on 12 January 2017
Fab book, arrived this morning & have been busy flicking through it, ignore the comment about it being to high in carbs, its not a Ketogenic cook book but low carb, low carb is defined by a daily allowance of under 150gms of carbs per day, that does vary from diet to diet, a ketogenic diet is under 50, I followed a ketogenic diet for 7 years & now follow a low carb diet of approx. 60gms of carbs a day, if you have just started looking into a low carb way of eating then this is a good book especially as its UK based, all the ingredients are easily available, some from high street health food shops others online directly from amazon, do your body a favour & give it a whirl
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on 20 January 2017
This is the best low carb book I have bought. At last a British cook has written one so that we don't have to work out weights and look up ingredients in the dictionary. I've been on low carb now for four years and am surprised at how many new things there are for me in this book. My copy in full of bits of paper marking recipes.

I would really recommend this book even if you do not follow a low carb lifestyle as the recipes stand on their flavour and gorgeousness.. Who knows - perhaps you will be converted.
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