This is my
"Best Sellers List" based on reader reviews, personal
opinion and/or prices. Don't miss out on my FULL LISTING
of Low Carb Diet Books and Cookbooks
if you don't see anything here that catches your eye.
I just picked this book up the other
day and it's a wonderfully simple and easy to understand cookbook and
menu plan. It contains a mini carb counter guide, a brief section with
low carb tips and pointers including advice on vitamins, exercise, caffeine, alcohol, water, fiber, dining out, snacks and more. Then it
presents a two week meal/menu plan utilizing many common low carb
foods and their own recipes (also included in the book). The bulk of
the book though is a listing of 200 recipes in the following categories:
sauces, stocks, salads, salad dressings, mayonnaise, omelets,
frittatas, quiches, entrees, side-dishes, desserts and beverages. They
are very easy to follow short concise directions. Each one contains
the servings and carb counts per serving. The Brennans are owners of the
world-famous Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans. Here are some reader
reviews to help you decide:
BEST DIET EVER,
August 13, 2003
Reviewer: A reader from Brookline, MA
This is the BEST DIET EVER! It is
better than Atkins and the "new" South Beach Diet. Play Your
Carbs Right!...With The Brennans is so easy to follow. I lost 20
pounds in only 9 weeks by eating delicious food and following
delicious recipes. Plus, even when I cheated, the diet wasn't ruined -
I just had to account for it. Truly, this is a realistic way to lose
weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle!
Dieting Made Easy and Delicious!!!, January 26, 2003
Reviewer: A reader from Brookline, MA
My wife and I are avid fans of
the Brennans' other diet cookbooks, Sugar Bust For Life! Parts I. and
II. However, I, with little self-restraint, found myself eating
Sugarbuster friendly, but eating too much. I was ecstatic to hear
about the Brennans' new book, Play Your Carbs Right! The concept was
exactly what I was looking for. A diet that helps big eaters, like
myself, enjoy good food, using a simple and realistic daily carb
intake formula. I had no doubt that the recipes the Brennans offered
would be as delicious as those in their previous books - and to top it
all off - for each recipe, the Brennans have done all of the carb
counting for you!
Finally an easy-to-follow diet that works!, January 14, 2003
Reviewer: A reader from New York, NY United States
After months of struggling with
Atkins, a friend suggested I try Play Your Carbs Right! Now, I can eat
sensibly and smartly and stop feeling horrible about myself after one
slip! The Brennans offer delicious and easy to prepare recipes, as
well as a realistic approach to losing weight. Suddenly that New
Year's Resolution doesn't seem so far-fetched after all!
Consumer text presents unique and easy cooking tips for more than 300 low-carb
recipes for foods that help keep weight down and fulfill cravings. Recipes for everything from bread and baked goods, breakfasts and
light meals, to soups, lunches, seafood, poultry, game, pasta, pizza, tortillas, sauces, side dishes, and desserts.
The revolutionary cookbook that satisfies all your comfort food cravings–from the New York Times
best selling authors of Protein
When you think about low-carb diets, do you picture complicated meal plans and bland foods
that leave you with cravings? Do the words comfort food make you long for scrumptious delights like pancakes, ice cream, chocolate chip
cookies, or fettucine alfredo–foods you thought you could never have on a low-carb diet?
If your answers to the above were yes and yes, you’re in for a huge surprise! You can have
these foods and many more, thanks to The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook. Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades and chef Ursula Solom give
you unique, easy cooking tips and more than 300 yummy low-carb recipes for foods that help you keep your weight down and fulfill your
cravings. In no time at all, you’ll be on an easy-to-follow low-carb plan that will allow you to stay thin and healthy–and feel great!
Southern fried chicken with pan gravy • Elegant biscuits Melt-in-your-mouth pancakes •
Deluxe low-carb macaroni and cheese • Beef and mushroom crepes • Spicy corn chips Soft crust pizza • Low-carb beef stroganoff •
Raisin rolls Breaded sole • Fettucine alfredo • Low-carb lasagna • Super banana bread • Low-carb tacos • Bean and cheese burritos
• Best garlic bread • Eggplant parmigiana • Rich low-carb pound cake • Scrumptious low-carb cheesecake • Apple brown betty •
Cheddar cheese waffles • Chocolate ice cream • Key lime pie • Sublime truffles
Dana Carpender comes to the rescue with 500 Low-Carb recipes. Covering everything from
soup to nuts, this comprehensive compendium of recipes offers choices like…Heroin Wings (they’re so good they’re addictive), Mockahlua
Cheesecake, Meatza (pizza without the crust), …plus dozens of ways to spice up staple dishes such as burgers, omelets, steaks and chicken.
Readers will also learn: How to make low-carb casseroles that are delicious – without noodles or rice! What
to serve instead of mashed potatoes The secret to low-carb stuffing The way to satisfy sugar cravings – decadently – and still stay low-carb
The lowdown on low-carb ingredients. Recipes have been tested and proven delicious. They are guaranteed to please even the most reluctant
This is straight forward what it's title suggests-- lots of recipes, 500 of them, for low-carb eaters. It doesn't'
give much of the background to low-carb eating, there are other books for that. What it does provide is a nice beginning chapter on
ingredients and shopping tips for label reading, brands to look for, etc.
Then, recipes. Lots of them in all categories, appetizers to desserts. This is where the book is a benefit.
There are simply put an outstanding array of good, simple to fix, delight to eat recipes for family or couples or singles. From a neat
"English Muffin" recipe to make from scratch that is outstanding to a great pizza crust, this book has it. She has compiled
this collection from many sources, including her own research as well as from other's research and cookbooks.
Try the likes of: Stewed Chicken With Moroccan Seasonings; Mexicali Meat Loaf; Mu Shu Pork with low carb
tortillas; Asian Chicken Salad; Kathy's Peanut Butter Butter Protein Bars; Maria's Flan.
Good resource for low-carb cook who wants to plan and prepare some new thing for a menu.
New Diet Revolution:
For over twenty years Dr. Atkins' dieters have been successful at losing weight while eating luxuriously and feeling completely satisfied. This
is why the Atkins diet is the only major diet on which high rates of long-term diet failures are virtually unknown. This book shows readers
how easy it is to lose weight without ever feeling hungry by cutting down on high-carbohydrate foods.
Dr. Atkins' revised edition also includes:
Recent scientific developments that clarify the controversy over which diet is really best for you.
Frequently asked questions by readers.
Clarification on misconceptions about the diet.
How you can interact with the Atkins Center to facilitate your weight loss, health restoration, and dietary enjoyment.
New Diet Cookbook:
Dr. Atkins' New Diet Cookbook contains 250 of the most asked-for recipes at the Atkins Center. People dieting the Atkins way are able to
forget about counting calories, and feast on steak au poivre, creamy mushroom soup, roast turkey, New England clam chowder, veal scallopini
and any number of other succulent entrees. For dessert, there's chocolate mousse, almond cookies, rasberry sorbet, and chunky chocolate
ice cream, to name a few. When you follow the Atkins diet faithfully, you will never feel hungry. What's more, it will melt pounds away
quickly and provide you with the will to stay at your ideal weight, without ever feeling deprived.
This book also provides:
Scientific and clinical data demonstrating the health benefits of low-carbohydrate eating
Evidence that the Atkins diet controls diabetes and cholesterol, reverses hypertension, ends fatigue, corrects many eating and digestive
disorders, reduces allergic reactions, offers relief to asthmatics, and stops arthritic and headache pain
Detailed menu plans
A guide to nutritional supplementation
New Carbohydrate Gram Counter:
The easiest way to count your carbs, no matter what diet you're on, is with Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter. And it's handy
enough to take everywhere.
Is guaranteed to work for all low-carbohydrate diets
Has over 1200 listings
Includes brand-name products
Lists grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat
Can be used for weight loss and maintenance Worldwide, this valuable supplement to the Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution has sold 1,600,000
The Zone, the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Protein Power - today's hottest diets depend
on one thing: cutting carbohydrates. But it's tough to do so when you're eating on the go.
Low-Carb Meals in Minutes gives the millions of people trying to eat healthier and lose
weight exactly what they need: six weeks of complete low-carb meals that go from the cutting board to the table in no time.
The book includes 126 menus divided into three sections, including:
Quick Start: For the introductory period, when carbohydrates are reduced to
jump-start weight loss and eliminate food cravings
Which Carbs: For the transition period, when carbohydrates are reintroduced
Right Carbs: For a permanent regimen, with a healthy balance of 30 percent protein,
30 percent fat, and 40 percent carbohydrate.
In each section, recipes are provided for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. All are
nutritionally well-balanced and low in saturated fat.
Also included are easy-to-follow instructions, cooking tips, convenient shopping lists,
and timesaving suggestions.
Belinda is a low carb success story herself, losing 40 pounds in six months and maintaining that weight loss
since 1998! In addition to being a recipe developer, Belinda ran a restaurant for six years and served her delectable culinary creations to
packed houses every day. She knows the importance of FAST, EASY and GREAT tasting meals.
Belinda was a pioneer in developing low carb cookbooks back in 1999. She was "low carb, when low carb
In February of 2003, Belinda released her third edition of "Low Carb Recipes...Fast and Easy" adding
much, MUCH more than just mouthwatering, fast and easy low carb recipes.
"Low Carb Recipes...Fast and Easy" is a delightful addition to my low carb cookbook collection.
Although, I must admit, in the two weeks I've been testing recipes for this review, I've been marking up my copy. Yes marking, big RED smiley
faces, each time my non low carb family would tell me "That's a KEEPER!".
It's very important to me as a busy career mom, to not only have just FAST, SIMPLE, scrumptious meals. But
to NOT be a short order cook. What I eat in my low carb lifestyle, I need my family to eat and love also. Belinda's recipes MORE than fill
the bill for my family and me!
"Low Carb Recipes..Fast and Easy" is packed with over 120 recipes in categories like
appetizers, snacks, breads, breakfast dishes, desserts, entrees, salads, sauces, soups, and vegetables. The front and back covers are laminated
for an easy wipe off.
That's not ALL! Belinda's new revision also includes 16 pages of RESOURCES! Resource questions, answered in her
cookbook, include things like what brand names are low carb friendly and carb counts on these products, carb counts for assorted flours, spices
She doesn't stop there! She added five pages of frequently asked QUESTIONS. Loads of "what is" and
"how do I do this" questions and answers at your fingertips.
I access this cookbook when I'm NOT cooking!
Whether you're a busy career person, single, cooking challenged, not into cooking long complicated recipes,
or wanting scrumptious low carb options for your non low carb family, this cookbook will be an ASSET to YOU! There is no reason to substitute
less than gratifying food for time or ease in preparation any more!
The Low-Carb Cookbook presents
a colorful approach to the low-carb, high-protein diet so
many people swear by. The author, Fran McCullough, has
herself lost 60 pounds by following a low-carbohydrate
diet, so you know you're in good hands. With more than 250
recipes, including appetizers, sauces, sides, main dishes,
and delectable desserts, it'll keep you cookin'.
She's definitely taken a gourmet approach to the
recipes. While they're all tempting, notables include
Three-Grain Pancakes with Raspberry-Orange Sauce,
Nut-Crusted Swordfish with Romesco Sauce, and Crème Fraîche
Ice Cream. Unlike the many other low-carb cookbooks out
there, McCullough gives advice for tracking down the best
prepared food products and additional tips for healthy
food preparation (for example, she recommends organic meat
and dairy products whenever possible and cautions that
"free-range" chickens are allowed to stick their
heads out of their cages--not necessarily given the chance
to frolic freely on the farm). There's also an interesting
comparison of low-carb books, including Protein Power, Dr.
Atkins' New Diet Revolution, The Carbohydrate Addict's
Diet, and The Zone, which boils down to this: they all
emulate many aspects of the Overeater's Anonymous
recommended diet. But where the diet books that started
the low-carb craze may not be all that original, The
Low-Carb Cookbook certainly is, with its wonderfully
creative and classy recipes. The perfect choice if you
want to rise from a food-boredom rut or entertain for
friends--and not let on that you're counting carbs.
Low-Carb Cookbook is a self-published effort that provides
almost 200 recipes for a wide range of foods with fewer
than 10 grams of carbohydrates per serving. The book's
popularity may have to do with its pitch-perfect appeal;
it offers everyday recipes for the dishes many Americans
love to eat--barbecued ribs, jerk chicken, and chocolate
mousse among them. If these recipes adapt food traditions
with a very free hand (Lauri's béarnaise sauce calls for
sour cream), and require chemical food substitutes
(artificial sweeteners, which can appear in recipes that
are usually sugar-free), they are also easy to do and
fully satisfying. The recipes range from breakfast, snack,
and salad items to the usual entrees, sauces, and
desserts; winners include the recipes for crab chowder and
salmon poached with ginger.
Over 230 delicious recipes and each are less than 10 grams
carbohydrates per serving! Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook
contains a large variety of cooking styles with both easy
recipes and those that cater to a gourmet. This wonderful collection of recipes will be your
constant companion in the kitchen to support your low-carb
diet. These recipes were designed specifically for the Dr.
Atkins' diet, yet they are great for any type of low-carb
diet including, Protein Power, Sugar Busters, the
Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, etc.
More than 50 new recipes have been added including a
section of Vegetarian Main Dishes. The "Helpful
Hints" section has also been expanded, responding to
frequently asked questions to the author from dieters new
to the low-carb program. A section on Menu Planning &
Shopping List has also been added.
Each recipe now includes a per serving analysis of
calories, fat and protein, in addition to the grams of
carbohydrates. Although this supplementary nutritional
information is not necessary for those on the Dr. Atkins'
Diet, it could be useful for those on the many other
variations of a low-carb diet. The calculations for the
nutritional analysis are based on United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) publications with some additional
information obtained from food manufacturers.
It is bread and not butter
that is the enemy in Dr. Atkins's popular and
controversial low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet. In In Atkins
for Life, he continues his decades-long crusade against
low-fat eating. Atkins argues that low-fat meals are
high-carbohydrate missiles, causing the body to produce
excess insulin, which then produces fat, slows down
metabolism, and tips the scale. Instead, he urges readers
to stop counting calories and fat grams and start counting
carbs to rev up their metabolism and burn fat as an energy
source. The question of whether "ketosis," the
fat meltdown he advocates, is healthy or harmful is a
central question of this sequel to the best selling Dr.
Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. Packed with recipes,
menus, carbohydrate counters, and strategies for staying
with the plan, this book is less clear than its
predecessor. It veers back and forth between how to begin
and how to maintain "a controlled carbohydrate
lifestyle." It is also more promotional, with photos
of satisfied slim folks and pitches for the branded Atkins
products. Still, with its pages of testimonials and
studies about weight loss, lowered cholesterol, and
increased energy, it is hard to argue with Atkins’s
results. He puts his proof in the pudding. --Barbara
Whether you've lost weight doing Atkins and want to make
your success permanent or you're new to Atkins and are
concerned about your health and weight control, Atkins for
Life is for you. Filled with advice and tips on navigating
the everyday challenges that come with eating low carb in
a high carb world, the book provides a simple and
straightforward lifetime program that anyone can follow.
With Atkins for Life, finding your ideal weight and
staying there has never been so easy or so good!
Dig in and discover: 200 menu plans (that adds up to over six months of menus!)
with controlled carbohydrate counts of 45, 60, 80, and 100
grams, anyone can succeed on the plan. 125 recipes, including tasty breakfasts, fabulous
lunches, delicious dinners, and smart snacks. How to create special holiday meals and fantastic ethnic
cuisines ... the low carb way! Before and after photos and success stories
time-tested tips from those who've been there and won
their battle with weight. Self-tests and quizzes to help you meet and stay with
Dana Carpender is the author
of 500 Low Carb Recipes (Fairwinds 2002) and How I Gave Up
My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds. She writes a weekly
internet newsletter called Lowcarbezine! that goes out to
12000 subscribers. She lives in Bloomington IN.
Recent studies prove that low-carbohydrate dieting works
to take weight off and improve cholesterol. As more and
more people switch to the Atkins diet or variations of it,
they will need recipes! 15 Minute Low-Carb Recipes offers
over 200 recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less.
This book offers all-new quick and easy recipes that will
be a godsend to low-carbers everywhere.
Now the low carbohydrate diet is
easier than ever! Never before has there been such a
delicious array of low-carb dishes in one treasure chest
of a book. With this new cookbook, you can enjoy such
tempting dishes as Lasagna, Baked Buffalo Wings with
Roquefort Dressing, Country Fried Okra, Baked Broccoli
& Cheese, Creamy Chocolate Pie and Peanut Butter
This cookbook has a collection of over 160 recipes,
each under ten carbohydrates per serving and all with a
complete nutritional breakdown. The portions are generous
and the choices are great. Best of all, these dishes are
prepared with everyday food items that are easily found at
your local grocery.
Living (and loving) the Low-Carb Life is an excellent
source of recipes for those on the Atkins diet, Sugar
Busters, Protein Power, The Zone, or any low carbohydrate
A complete guide and cookbook
to selecting and using the best carbohydrates to lose
weight, maintain blood sugar levels, and improve overall
Not all carbs are created equal. In fact, the latest
dietary research shows that different carbohydrates have
varying effects on the body, depending on the rate at
which they raise blood sugar levels-also known as a food's
glycemic index (GI). Choosing a balance of foods that are
low on the GI will speed weight loss and control diabetes,
insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease.
In The Good Carb Cookbook, Sandra Woodruff demystifies the
carbohydrate confusion by explaining the real differences
among carbohydrates (baked potatoes are high on the index,
while sweet potatoes are low), and shares her secrets for
eating low on the index. The book includes an invaluable
table with hundreds of common foods and their glycemic
index rating; more than two hundred recipes to get people
cooking and eating low on the index; and tips to modify
high-glycemic family favorites with low-glycemic
ingredients, lose weight, maintain blood sugar, and
achieve optimal health.
Weight loss, weight
maintenance, good health and disease prevention through the
Atkins nutritional approach.
Dr. Atkins' original Diet
Revolution helped millions lose weight and maintain their
weight loss for life. His sensational follow-up, Dr Atkins'
New Diet Revolution, concentrated on total wellness in
addition to weight loss -- and spent more than four years on
the New York Times bestseller list. Now the world's #1 diet
and complementary medicine expert has updated his proven
program for a new century-offering essential new information
based on scientifically supported controlled carbohydrate
principles that helps people re-energize their life by
re-balancing their nutrition so that they look good, feel
good, lose weight and keep it off.
The new updated diet
All you need to know to
jump-start your weight loss and lifetime of well-being
carbohydrate recipes for delicious breakfasts, lunches,
dinners and desserts
Brand-new case studies
Detailed information in the
Atkins Nutritional Principles and the solid foundation of
medical and scientific research to support them
With Dr Atkins' New Diet
Revolution, you can eat the delicious meals you love-from
cheeseburgers to mouth-watering gourmet entrees (recipes
included)-- and kick-start your metabolism so that you burn
fat for energy. You can reduce the risk factors associated
with certain major health problems, including chronic
fatigue, diabetes and high blood pressure. And, you can
increase your energy level, improve your overall health and
well-being and apply the knowledge and tools you need to
truly achieve and sustain permanent weight loss.
The companion cookbook to the bestselling Dr. Atkins'
New Diet Revolution -- with mouthwatering recipes that go
from stovetop to tabletop in 30 minutes or less.
Forget about salad without dressing, dried-out skinless
chicken breasts, and tasteless steamed vegetables. Forget
about tiny portions, no fat/no flavor foods, and no second
helpings. Forget about spending hours in the kitchen. With
the delicious recipes in Dr. Atkins' Quick and Easy New
Diet Cookbook, you'll feast on juicy steaks, succulent
chops, and savory egg and cheese dishes, and indulge in
creamy sauces and desserts.
Based on the best selling
Dr. Atkins' New Diet
Revolution, the recipes in the Quick and Easy New Diet
Cookbook will let you eat the Atkins way, whether you're
just beginning the diet, shedding pounds, or maintaining
your ideal weight. Each recipe has a carbohydrate-gram
count per serving, and there's even a guide to converting
your own recipes to the Atkins standard. Designed for
healthy eating, this cookbook will help you produce
delectable meals every day that will be the key, to a
whole new you.
The verdict is in: those simple carbs we've been living
on are killing us. For good health, we've got to get our
blood sugar under control and stop the incessant cravings.
Or so says Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach
The first half of the book details the science
behind the diet. Most of the explanations revolve around
why things you thought were healthy—-orange juice, wheat
toast, carrots—-are actually evil. To avoid blood sugar
surges, Agatston created a modified carbohydrate plan,
recommending plenty of high-fiber foods, lean proteins,
and healthy fats, while cutting bread, rice, pastas, and
fruits. Major differences from other diets include a lack
of concern over portion size and a serious indifference to
exercise. Feeling full while on a diet is a beautiful
thing, but it seems odd that a cardiologist buries his
exercise recommendations in a solitary sentence.
half of the book covers his three-stage plan; daily diets
are mixed with recipes, some of which are from South Beach
restaurant chefs. The most restrictive period lasts just
two weeks, enough time to stabilize your urges and lose a
few pounds; stage two adds fruits and a handful of other
carbs, while stage three is meant to last the remainder of
your life, with occasional lapses for white bread or
While the diet is sound, the book could be
better organized. The first half mixes scientific study
with anecdote in a seemingly random way, while the mix of
meal plans and recipes can be confusing. Still, the
recipes are varied and tasty, and you'll never feel
deprived, unless you currently happen to live by bread
alone. --Jill Lightner
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