Top positive review
212 people found this helpful
An amazingly good cookbook for people following a low carb lifestyle, packed with great recipes and ideas for side dishes.
on 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.