The Bottom Line
- Delicious recipes
- Easy-to-follow instructions
- Excellent introductory section on low carb cooking
- Very few hard-to-find or specialty ingredients
- Warmth and humor of author comes through
- Uses soy flour more than I would like, but this is a personal taste issue
- Caveat: I haven't tried any of the breads or many of the desserts
- 500 recipes of all kinds
- 496 pages
- Introductory section on low carb cooking and ingredients
- Excellent index, with recipes listed by ingredient and type of cooking as well as name
- Carbohydrate, protein, and fiber counts on all recipes (but not calories)
Guide Review - Book Review: 500 Low Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender
The first low carb cookbook that I actually went out and bought was Dana Carpenders 500 Low Carb Recipes. Almost every one of the recipes Ive tried is a hit for me and my family (in fact, Carpenders tastes are so similar to mine that I found a few recipes that were almost exactly the same as my own). For the most part, these are simple, non-fussy recipes without an overabundance of ingredients, and very few hard-to-find or specialty ingredients. A caveat is that for the most part I have used her main dishes and side dishes I havent tried many desserts or breads.
One feature I especially appreciate is the index you can look up types of dishes (e.g. salads), cuisines (e.g. Italian), ingredients (e.g. almonds), or the name of the recipe. Some of our favorites are: Pasticchio (a casserole thats a favorite of my husband using spaghetti squash instead of pasta), Nutty Brussels Sprouts, and Spicy Peanut Chicken. I highly recommend this book.