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BUDGETMAW Posts: 2,071
5/12/14 9:09 A

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Be sure to check out the reviews in our teams Books and Research Papers Forum. That's the third forum down on our team's home page, or here's the link.
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We decided that there were so many great books and research papers out there, and we were getting so many great reviews and great comments about books and such, that it would be easier to have a separate thread for each one. Thanks for adding your comments!


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5/6/14 9:25 A

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I'm reading Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis, and it is really good. I knew that wheat affected me, but I didn't know really how bad it is for everyone. He has a blog at http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/ with some really good info.

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3/26/14 9:57 A

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I have made great recipes from a book, Fat to Skinny, by author & Chef, Doug Varrieur. I have his Weightloss & recipe hard cover book, his bakery cookbook eBook and more. All recipes are tested before they put in the books & eBooks. If your budget is tight like mine, you can join the forum and get free eBooks for every 50 posts. There are lots & lots of low carb recipes on the forum too!

Here are his books-
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3/25/14 6:42 P

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I have just ordered "Secrets of a Former Fat Girl" by Lisa Delaney and Dana Carpenders "How I gave up my Low Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds-and you can too" on my Kindle. Looking forward to extra motivation and inspiration. =)

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2/18/14 9:44 P

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The Taubes book is already in the reviews, I think. I will check.
I haven't read the Dukan book or the Smarter Science one.
I've got a stack of things I'm supposed to be working on, but I get drawn away more often than I should! I'm going to try to amend that shortly. Please bear with me!

And anyone else is welcome and encouraged to write a few reviews themselves!
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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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2/18/14 10:21 A

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Check out the book reviews forum on this team. That's where we've moved the book reviews and also the reviews of scientific articles.

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2/18/14 9:55 A

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Thanks for all the great reviews everyone! I am newly committed to the low carb lifestyle and I'm having good success so far. I just ordered THE DUKAN DIET and WHY WE GET FAT AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT from Amazon. I can't wait to get them, anyone read these?

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

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I was just reading the review of The Smarter Science of Slim - has anyone here read it?

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hi i am new just ststted reading the new atkins advantage 12 week book

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9/11/13 5:26 P

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Grateful today to find this thread. I appreciate all I am learning and plan to live low-carb "just for today," x about 150 days. I am allergic to wheat, barley, and rye. I'm only on day 3, but I feel better already being off all grains. I do not test positive for gluten sensitivity, so it is another protein in the mix that is the issue for me, I guess.

At any rate--glad to be able to save money on books that won't be worthwhile!


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Can't Lose Weight? Unlock the Secrets that Keep you Fat!

Sandra Cabot, MD - 1st edition 2002

I got this from my library, which is Mid-Continent Library. It is another book about Insulin Resistance. The author is on board with lower carb for losing weight, but for those of us who have been unable to lose as much as they would like by eating lowcarb, she explains the other possibilities that could hinder weight loss - such as hormones and fatty liver from previous poor diet. She also suggests supplements that could be of help, one being chromium picolinate (spelling?). She suggests for the stubborn to lose people a 1,200 calorie intake with a 6 to 18% carb intake, with the rest being divided in half for the fat and the protein. So, for example, 6% carb, 47% fat and 47% protein.

She has her own website with products for sale that she mentions in her book. I think I will try some. They could replace some of the supplements that I purchase from Vitamin Shoppe anyway. She also has her own protein power sweetened with Stevia, and it has added supplements for weight loss.

I enjoyed reading it.

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8/11/13 9:23 A

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The book on coconut flour is posted here in this thread -
Cooking With Coconut Flour, by Bruce Fife.
It's about halfway down (I think the post date is 12/11)

It's really good. See if you can find it in a resale shop. Maybe even some online bookseller would have one at a reasonable price. It's not a big volume, and it's a "niche-y" sort of topic, so it shouldn't be very expensive even brand new.



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Exotech - the book about cooking with coconut flour sounds like one that I need to add to my collection. Thanks for letting me know about it! I am going to be living lowcarb from now on, and I am slowly replacing my old cookbooks with low carb cookbooks.

Joy

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8/10/13 9:37 P

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Thank you for suggesting those cookbooks! They truly are wonderful resources. Anybody else looking for tasty and reasonable recipes needs to AT LEAST *look* at the offerings there. Delectable!

If you haven't seen the book on cooking with coconut flour, I recommend that one highly, too.

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EXOTEC - I was the team member who had posted about these cookbooks (Lowcarbing Among Friends). I'm glad you feel the same way I do about these particular cookbooks.

I got them out again today, and I noticed on the front that the recipes are also gluten free. A bonus for us because wheat or vital wheat gluten can be in so many of the low carb recipes. Even Atkins baking mix they sell has vital wheat gluten in it. I heard that Dana Carpendar is going to redo all of her recipes to exclude vital wheat gluten.

Today, I noticed that there is a low carb baking mix in the cookbooks. It has almond flour or almond meal in it. I'm going to mix up a big batch to replace in my flour cannister.

I found out about these by watching a video by a guy who had a lot of success doing Atkins. He has lots of videos on Youtube, and on one video he was talking about how he and some friends got together and contributed recipes for these cookbooks. And most of them are Induction Friendly. He goes by the name Bowulf on Youtube.


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8/10/13 9:10 A

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I purchased both those books at half Price Books. I love shopping there, and I sell back books all the time to keep my book supply under control. But those two I'll be keeping!

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8/8/13 7:53 P

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I've read Dana Carpenter's book too - and I agree, it's pretty informative, things we never think about since we've been drilled to eat NO fat, lots of carbs and all that stuff... I had belonged to WW off and on for many years and always swore by it (and swore at it sometimes) I could never keep any weight off and was never satisfied. This was all several years ago.. But on point, I enjoyed her book immensly!

Haven't read the other one, if I see it at the Thrift store, I'll pick it up.

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8/8/13 8:14 A

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There's two books that I found very motivational and fun to read, too.
First I read "Secrets of a Former Fat Girl" by Lisa Delaney.
It's an easy read, well written, and informative as well as motivational. She's written for several health magazines and is a former exec editor of Health magazine. It's an inspiring story of her life before, during and after weight loss through exercise, eating and lifestyle habits.
Second, is Dana Carpenders "How I gave up my Low Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds-and you can too". That's the one that helped me realize that eating Low-Fat is when I began to gain weight steadily. Low carb was my normal lifestyle prior to weight gain, so it is the easiest and most satisfying way for me to eat and I no longer have those awful cravings for crap foods.

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6/24/13 1:20 P

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I really liked the 1001 low carb recipes. It has recipes for all kinds of eggs, bread, sweats, and sauces. The section on sauces is really good because you can't find ketchup, bbq sauce, or other sauces that don't have sugar in the stores.

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I have a *really* nice set of books I acquired recently from "Low-Carbing Among Friends." It's a series of 3 spiral-bound cookbooks with some tips and tricks, notations, and nutritional info interspersed (unobtrusively). I'm absolutely LOVING the recipes.

I want mostly good basic food, with classic, familiar flavors. While I'll venture out into spicier things now and then, I don't want the majority of a cookbook to be specialty items like this. I want the stuff I can come home home to and not be challenged by unusual tastes. These recipes fit "my bill" very well. A nice adjunct is that several listings are for making your own basics: mayo, rubs, preserved fruit, etc.

These books can be ordered via their website:
www.AmongFriends.us
I checked it after seeing another Sparker recommend it, and it's well worth it!

Another book I really like is Nourishing Traditions. It has a little more nutritional background, but is similar in scope. A nice niche cookbook is one called "Cooking With Coconut Flour." I believe I've posted a review on our Book Reviews thread here. The recipes there are developed FOR coconut flour - not adapted to it.

I've got a couple other cookbooks I like, but I don't have them handy at the moment. When I get my hands on them, I'll amend this or repost.

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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6/21/13 6:30 P

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I've like Dana Carpender's books as well. She has some recipes posted on line too. I got several of her books out of the library first and then ordered some.

I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb....in the home strech!
You have no control over what you weigh...only what you do.
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6/21/13 1:22 A

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There are some duplicates, of course, but lots of different recipes, too.

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Thank you- I looked at the 1001 Recipe's but was hesitant. I have a Chinese Cookbook called 1001 Chinese recipes and it has Stir Fried Noodle 5 ways- emoticon

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6/20/13 7:46 A

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The best source for quick, easy, tasty, mostly fairly inexpensive low carb meals that use stuff you probably have on hand is Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes at www.genaw.com/lowcarb/recipes.html .

If you want a printed on paper cookbook, try Dana Carpender's 1001 Low Carb Recipes, which is mostly a combination of recipes from her earlier cookbooks. She also has 15 Minute Low Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More!, though I haven't found many recipes I use in it. Several of them sound good, I just haven't made them.

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Can anyone reccomend some of the better cookbooks (after having read several) for LC recipes? I see a couple mentioned here and if you go to the web, everyone thinks their cook book is the greatest. I want more bang for my buck- I hate spending money on a book I'll only get a couple things out of.

I love to cook so it can be technical, but also simple preparations come in handy if I haven't made anything ahead of time. Normally by the end of the week I have a hard time coming up with anything even though I have a pile of ingredients.

Thanks!

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6/17/13 2:58 P

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@ TJANDJESS ~
You're right - that's a *great* book! Scroll down through the list of reviews I've posted here: it's down near the bottom of the list, maybe ten or a dozen from the end.

Anyone who hasn't read it, please check a copy! I think libraries should have it, but you can probably get one used on a book reseller's site online, or even in a local paperback exchange. It's very much worth the expenditure, and shouldn't be too expensive anyway.

Thanks for the "nod", TJANDJESS!
~vicki~

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I found a great book called Living low carb by Jonny Bowden. It has great information on why low carb works, why it's healthy, and synopsis and reviews of 23 different low carb diet plans. It's a great read. I also found a cookbook called 1001 low carb recipes.

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OMG - check out these 3 Atkins friendly LowCarb Cookbooks! I bought all three. They just came today. They are wonderful since I will have to be living this way from now on.

http://amongfriends.us/index.php

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1/9/13 12:49 A

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Life Without Bread How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life
Allan, C. B., PhD, and Lutz, W., MD
© 2000; McGraw Hill: NY/NY
240 pgs, softbound
ISBN 978-0-658-00170-3

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 3

This is a nice and sensible introduction to low-carbing. It gives good foundation of the history and metabolic points, and deals with various disease processes and syndromes the plan can assist with or alleviate.
This author converts carbohydrates into “bread units” (BU), which are equivalent to 12 carbs per 1 BU. I suppose this gives a lower number, or else is helpful to those who aren’t comfortable dealing with carbs directly (as grams). I find it a bit “fiddly;” I’d rather just use the grams. There is a 5-page listing of various foods, along with their serving sizes and BU values, at the end of the book.
It’s a good basic resource, and addresses the right issues for the lifestyle. It would be a good introduction for someone wondering about low-carbing, but it isn’t truly a “diet guide”, since it doesn’t contain a plan or menus, just general information which would apply to most any low-carb diet.
I rated it slightly lower than I usually rate books from my library because it doesn’t contain as organized a plan as some of the others I’ve reviewed here. A secondary notion is that it’s a bit older than the ones I’ve been posting. Even so, the information is still accurate and worthwhile. It might be possible to find it for less expense than the more current books. I picked mine up for really cheap online somewhere (I can’t remember where now). If you can find one, at least scan through it.


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We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion
Herbst, S. T., and Herbst, R.
© 2009, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.: Hauppage, NY
794 pgs., hardbound
ISBN 978-0-7641-6241-1

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

This is a classic cook’s bible, complete with gilt-edged pages! It is a reference arranged in encyclopedic format, with copious glossaries (20+) and cross-referenced for easy lookups. Insets include Fast Facts, Food For Thought, some quotes, and basics for various listings. Nearly every topic of interest can be found here: terms, kitchen tools and equipment, retail cuts of meat (with diagrams), and then come the glossaries.

These sections include wines, flavor affinities (herbs and spices), British-American variances in food naming, temperature charts, cheeses, cocktails and liqueurs, sauces and stocks…the list seems endless. Appendices include information on equivalents and substitutions, metric conversions, ingredient equivalents, pan size substitutions, a guide to reading food (nutrition) labels, and food additives and what they’re used for. You will find no recipes here. This is strictly a reference volume.

It is an excellent resource for cooks of any caliber. Whether you’re just beginning your exploration of the culinary arts or are seeking to expand your knowledge, there’s something new and useful in this fine volume for you. I recommend it highly for every kitchen.


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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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RATIO: The Simple Code Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
Ruhlman, M.
© 2009, Scribner: NY, NY
244 pgs., softbound
ISBN 978-1-4165-7172-8

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

What an amazing and essential little guidebook for any culinarian’s library! These basic ratios will provide you a solid foundation upon which to build your cooking arts. The category list is short, but contains all the necessary information to make great, dependable, and reproducible recipes. This short list covers doughs and batters, stocks, meats (“processed”, such as sausages), fat-based sauces, and custards.

A testimonial from Alton Brown of the FoodNetwork should give you some insight into the sort of information you will find in this book. The author, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, gives not only the ratios for each category, but background into the technique and science of why it works. You are then freed to create your own masterpieces from these foundations, whether something completely your own or simply modifications of recipes you’ve collected. It’s a marvelous resource for expanding or reducing recipe yields without sacrificing the quality of the original.

Recipes don’t overwhelm the text; most are variations and adornments to the basic category they’re in. Mayonnaise with additions. Vinaigrettes. Cream sauces. Variations on doughs for sweet, savory, or pasta dishes. Brining. It reminds me of a series of childrens’ books: the “Big Little Books,” because although it’s not large or unwieldy, the information in it could easily fill a typical encyclopedic volume of the sort many professional kitchens keep in their libraries.

I searched for simple basic information such as this for a long time. I am so happy to have found this one! I know of no other of its type. My only excuse for rating this less than 5 is that it isn’t a diet book, but rather a corollary or supporting read. I strongly encourage anyone with a love or desire for cooking to pick one up. You won’t regret it.


...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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PDR for Nutritional Supplements (2nd ed.)
Hendler, S. S., PhD, MD, FACP, FACN , FAIC, with Rornik, D., M., MS
© 2008, PDR, Inc.: Montvale, NJ
788 pgs., hardbound
ISBN 978-1-56363-710-0

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

Physicians’ Desk References are standards in the healthcare community. For anyone with a background in the field, this reference will be familiar. For those not already acquainted with these guides, you will find extensive information of both technical and practical nature.

The book is organized in a cross-referenced manner. It opens with a description of how to use its contents, then goes directly into a series of indices: by product name, by category (type), by indications (complaint or symptom), side effects, interactions, and companion (complementary) drugs. These listings are then followed by detailed descriptions of each product in alphanumeric sequence. Some examples of the types of entries you can find here include vitamins and minerals, fish oil, DHA, amino acids, and probiotics. Every entry has an overall description, its actions (pharmacology), indications for use with typical dosages, contraindications, precautions, and adverse reactions, interactions, overdosage, dosage and administration, and pertinent literature (including research). Several tables follow the body of individual entries, listing analyses of many combination products (some name brands).

This book’s format is geared toward medical professionals. If you’re looking simply for a guideline of recommendations for general nutrition and health, it may be more than you want – although you can certainly skim through the parts which don’t concern you and “cut to the chase.” The text is written for data, not especially for reading interest if you’re not on a seek-and-find mission. It is a wealth of information for that purpose. Keeping in mind that its orientation is toward the healthcare community, some of the nutritional myths and suggestions are still supported; you should be prepared to filter its research through what we currently “know” about nutrition, especially in light of whatever form of diet or lifestyle you embrace. That being said, I find no deficiency in its content. I encourage anyone interested in purchasing a copy to pick one up in a bookstore and page through it to be sure it’s what you’re looking for: it’s a hefty volume and the price tag will reflect it. Be sure it fits your needs.


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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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PDR for Herbal Medicines (4th ed.)
© 2007, Thomson Healthcare, Inc.: Montvale, NJ
1026 pgs., hardbound
ISBN 1-56363-978-6

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

This volume is another which will be familiar to anyone in the healthcare field. Its excellent information is accessible to non-medical sorts.

From the Contents page:
How to Use This Book; Alphabetical index; Therapeutic Category index; Indications index; Homeopathic Indications index; Asian Indications index; Side Effects index; Drug/Herb Interactions index; Safety guide; Common Herbal Terminology; Herb Identification Guide (color photo plates); Herbal Monographs; Nutritional Supplement Monographs.

Each entry (monograph) is arranged alphabetically in the body of the text. The common and scientific names are given, followed by its medicinal part(s), claimed effects, actions and pharmacology, dosage and administration, interactions, side effects, precautions, and discussion of any clinical trials (noting whether the effects are supported by these trials or are not). Reference literature is grouped at the end of each entry. There is a section for some of the most recognized nutritional supplements, although not so extensive as can be found in the sister volume, PDR for Nutritional Supplements.

As with the PDR for Nutritional Supplements, this book makes no recommendations; it simply lists the data for each item. It is a very balanced and thorough treatment of the herbs, which will go a long way for those who have an idea of what they want or what issues they’re trying to address.

I encourage anyone interested in acquiring a copy of either of these PDRs to find one in a bookstore or library that you can peruse. Even if it’s not the most current edition, the arrangement will be the same. The format may be just what you’re looking for, or it may be too detailed for your use. I find it an invaluable resource, but I’m a science nut, so I may be biased!


...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplements (4th ed.)
Skidmore-Roth, L., RN, MSN, NP
©2010; Mosby Elsevier: St. Louis, MO
746 pgs., softbound
ISBN 978-0-323-05741-7

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

What a great resource this is! Great information and a handy size: it’s reminiscent of a field guide, about 4” x 7” x 1”. Mosby-Elsevier is another respected publisher in healthcare, and this book lives up to their reputation of providing accurate and unbiased information. Its readability is excellent.

Each entry’s monograph, arranged alphabetically, includes the common name, the scientific name, and other names it might be called. Then the origin of the plant and its uses are covered. Details include actions, availability, dosage and administration (for various lifestages – pregnancy, lactation, children), contraindications, side effects or adverse reactions, interactions, pharmacology, client considerations (what you’d tell someone if recommending the herb), and icons to highlight special information. A nice notation is the effects each herb might have upon laboratory test results. A brief discussion of relevant clinical trials objectively indicates whether claims of effectiveness were supported or not, or whether further testing is needed.

Useful appendices include resources to obtain herbs, herb-and-drug interactions, pediatric use, and abbreviations used in the text. There is a good index.

I use this book frequently. I haven’t looked yet (but intend to!) to see if a similar volume for nutritional supplements is available. I expect that to be so. I recommend anyone contemplating using herbal supplements in their diet to examine this book. It’s a very good one.


...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes
McLagan, J.
© 2008, Ten Speed Press: NY
232 pgs., hardbound
On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 3

This is a very nice book for a favorite ingredient! It is truly a paean to fat in all its glory. It opens with a general discussion of fat and a dismissal of myths surrounding it, although it isn’t a technical detailing such as you would find in low-carb, primal/paleo, or other specialty diet references. It does, however, contain good information on our current understanding of fat (current to the date of publication, naturally).

The body of the book is arranged by type of fat: butter, pork fat, poultry fat, and other tallows (beef and lamb). Every page is sprinkled with interesting little commentaries, whether they be quotes or some expanded concepts or simply commonly heard sayings or phrases about fat. A few recipes are included in each section which use that particular fat. They all look delicious! Plenty of “foodie” type photographs embellish the text.

My reason for rating this a 3 is that it is very focused in its scope. For anyone who loves to collect specialty food books, this will be a welcome addition to their library. Others may prefer to peruse it in a public library (if it can be found) or bookstore. I like it a lot, and I intend to keep mine near to hand!


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NAMP Meat Buyer’s Guide
© 2007, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ
298 pages, plastic / spiral bound
ISBN 978-0-471-74721-5
On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

This is the official foodservice reference. My copy is an older one; I have the impression that it is produced annually or at least periodically. Other editions will contain the currently accepted information for the year they’re copyrighted in.

The book is replete with copious and excellent photographs of meat for primal cuts, portion cuts, and examples of marbling (grading). This information is the official USDA standard for all meatcutters. It appears to be a resource text for students in the field as well. There are guidelines for food safety, bacterial growth and control, definitions of butchers’ terms, trim levels, a glossary, and several pages of USDA-approved nutrition information listed by the NAMP number for the cut and its common name. The main body of the book is arranged by animal type and includes primal cuts, skeletal charts, and portion weights. There is a special explanation of the numbering system applied to poultry, and a section (including good pictures) of cured meats, along with a definition of terms for these products. A much-appreciated glossary precedes the index, both of which contain the ID (NAMP) number and common name.
This is not a pocket guide. It’s a full size book, if not slightly larger, and comes with tabbed dividers to enable quick look-ups. I find it very useful for its marvelous and detailed photographs and clear definitions. As with the other review I’ve posted recently on meat, this is not a diet guide nor a recipe book. It is pure reference. Well worthwhile for its intent. Whatever copy or edition you may find will serve you well, while keeping in mind that any changes in nomenclature or cutting will be reflected; but these differences are more pertinent to those in the foodservice industry than they are to those of us in receipt of their products. For us, this is a welcome clarifying resource.


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Field Guide to Meat
Aliza Green
© 2005, Quirk Books: Philadelphia, PA
311 pgs., softbound
ISBN 978-1-59474-017-6
On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

This handy volume lives up to its subtitle, “How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Meat, Poultry, and Game Cut.” When the author says “every,” she really means it – right down to alligator, rattlesnake, opossum, and more typical game meats. The bulk of the book covers typical meats, such as beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, and processed or cured forms. The format is one which will be familiar to anyone who has used field guides: its dimensions are 6” x 4.5” x 1”, making it a nice size to carry along to butcheries or custom cutters, or even to refer to in unfamiliar groceries. I’ve found it helps me speak to butchers (especially non-professionals who simply happen to work in the meat departments) who aren’t quite clear on specifications I request.

Chapters are arranged by animal, and then by cut. Each entry includes the official NAMP cut number and its common name. A short overview, perhaps a couple of pages, opens each section, and is followed in each case by the most recognized name for the cut, other names you might encounter for it, a general description, the part of the animal it comes from, its characteristics, how to choose the cut, the amount to buy per person or serving, how to store it, how to prepare it (in general – this isn’t a recipe book), and its flavor affinities. There is a large section of excellent color plates (photos) in the center of the book, along with roasting (temperature) charts. A diagram of primal cuts precedes the main body of the text. Closing information includes sources and a nice index.

This book won’t direct you in what to eat, how to cook, or provide any structure to a particular diet of any sort (other than it’s not vegetarian or vegan!). It will define and clarify pretty much any aspect of meat that you would otherwise care or need to know. Very much worth a look.


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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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And here come some more!
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I have a few books here I’m going to review and post; these are not diet books. They do relate to nutrition for corollary or supplemental information, and I find them useful.

If this sort of thing appeals to the rest of you, please let me know (one way or the other) so that I have an idea whether to continue in this vein or not!

You all know that I’m not the only one “permitted” to post reviews, don’cha? LOL



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Enjoyed your book reviews!!! You do them so well and thorough!!

Thanks for doing them, I know I do appreciate them and I'm sure the others do too.

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Wheat Belly
William Davis, MD
© 2011, Rodale: NY/NY
292 pgs, hardbound
ISBN 973-1-60961-154-5

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

Dr. Davis is a cardiologist who has drawn from his years in practice to expose the detrimental effects of wheat in our diets. In a nicely conversational style he explains the differences between what we (mentally) recognize as “wheat” and the wheat our ancestors probably ate. Discussions are amply technical, yet not overwhelming. He addresses the effects of wheat upon various systems and functions not only for those with gluten sensitivity, but also celiac sufferers, IBD, wheat’s effects upon pH, aging, insulin resistance (and other hormonal disruptions), and skin health. There’s a good explanation of cholesterol for those (like me) who still find themselves in a bit of a fog regarding HDL, LDL, and particle size.

There are many sidebars containing case studies, special points, and a few charts and graphs. References are grouped at the end of the book by chapter numbers, and there is an index. A brief week’s menu is listed, followed by 28 pages of recipes to assist you in adopting a wheat-free diet. There are several pages of products where you might be surprised to find wheat lurking. Practical appendices include commercial sources and resources and further reading suggestions.

I believe this book may be a godsend and lifesaver for those who have struggled with wheat/gluten sensitivity all their lives, and for those who are similarly affected but don’t show digestive symptoms of it – yet are nevertheless affected in its other forms. Since wheat is a form of carbohydrate (albeit given its unique and distinct differences), the concepts presented here will be welcome reference for anyone on a low-carb, whole-food dietary plan. The fact that most libraries have a waiting list for it should give testimony to its value. I recommend it highly.


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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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Primal Body / Primal Mind
Gedgaudas, N. T., CNS, CNT
© 2011, Healing Arts Press: Rochester, VT
391 pgs., softbound
ISBN 978-1-59477-413-3

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

I love this book at least as much for its historical and scientific aspects as for its practical and intelligent discussion of how we, as a species, have survived and thrived in the face of many challenges (ancient and modern). The author describes errors in nutritional research and how those flaws have contributed, if not caused, most of our so-called “diseases of civilization.” Favored hypotheses and poor research is exposed in light of current truths. Myths and derailments are described in sensible and non-inflammatory language; if the realities of how we’ve been duped inflame you – it’s just the facts!

Most, if not all, of the controversial and new nutritional data are addressed here: fats, fatty acids, cholesterol, nutrient assimilation, immune response in the gut, the dangers of soy, gluten, hormonal regulation, adrenal exhaustion, and food allergies and sensitivities, all delivered with good graphic illustrations (charts, tables, pictures). A short discussion of supplementation is included. She offers a simple list of things you can do to adopt the principles outlined in this text into your dietary plan.

I found the appendices of great value, science geek that I am! She gives websites and brief descriptions for organizations and laboratories (nutritional testing!), sources for products and foods, other related websites related to a “real food” diet and some of the diseases and syndrome support groups, and 34 pages of recommended additional reading grouped by topic – books, articles, and research. The bibliography / reference section contains sources she used in producing this book.

This is a frequent go-to resource for me, both for my own information and in response to others who would argue points of the Standard American Diet without sufficient foundation. The scientific basis appeals to me, but don’t think this is simply a scientific text. It’s a very readable volume for anyone interested in nutrition, how we got here, and where we can go from here, with accurate information in our arsenal. Highly recommended for personal libraries!


...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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Eat Fat Lose Fat
Enig, M., PhD, and Fallon, S.
© 2005: PLUME (Penguin Group), NY / Ny
295 pgs., softbound
ISBN 978-0-452-28566-8

On a scale of 1-5, I rate this a 4

This is a nicely balanced book containing excellent first-hand background into our present nutritional fiasco, followed by recipes and menu guides for three goals readers might choose.
The authors’ credentials are highly respected: Dr Enig is a researcher in nutritional science (25+ years), and is published in peer reviewed journals such as Clinical Nutrition and The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. She co-authored Nourishing Traditions (hopefully I’ve reviewed and posted this here somewhere!) with Sally Fallon, who is founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Both are sought-after lecturers in nutritional circles.

Eat Fat Lose Fat is another tool in the workbox for low-carb and whole food diets. The difference in this case is that Mary Enig has first-hand experience with those who overlooked or disregarded appropriate research in the development of our Standard American Diet, and can speak to those issues from a personal standpoint. Some of the detail may be startling to you…or, perhaps not. In the course of this book, strong support and recommendation is given to the healing and healthful benefits of coconut oil (most of the recipes contain this ingredient). Sidebars give additional detail to special topics, and case studies illustrate points. Sally Fallon references the Weston A. Price Foundation for its significant contribution to healthy nutrition, and quotes or paraphrases many of his pioneering observations which are as true today as they were in his journeys. Truths are exchanged for myths and sensible guidelines offered for more healthful living. Sources and resources for products mentioned in the recipes or text are in an appendix preceding a nice index.

I love the open dialogue of how we were “raised” to this nutritional apex. Most current dietary books can describe to you that it has happened, and the errors in its development, but this is the first instance I have encountered in which the details were actually laid out plainly by someone who was there.

I like the recipes and the practical guidelines offered to those who are trying to lose weight, trying to recover health already in peril, or for those just trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Each aspect has sample menus, planners, and shopping lists. In terms of scientific background, this book is less extensive than others I’ve reviewed recently; but this will be a welcome change to those not so heavily dependent upon research (which is not to say there isn’t any sound base for the information presented! one of the authors is a researcher, after all). I think it’s a solid candidate for your personal library.


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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods (2nd ed.)
Webb, G. P.
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing: West Sussex, UK
316 pages, softbound
ISBN 978-1-4443-3240-7

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 3

The rating for this text suffers only insofar that it isn’t a “diet” book. It is a valuable correlative and supportive volume for anyone wanting better understanding of the many “other” foods which impact our macro diets.

The author is a senior lecturer at the University of East London’s School of Health and Bioscience, and his abilities in this genre are evident throughout the book. It accomplishes the author’s goal of giving order and structure to its topic. As a lecturer by profession, he has arranged the book as if it were a syllabus for undergrads. As added value, at least as far as I’m concerned, this second edition is very up-to-date (2011), and thus contains current material. It is a scientific (read: “technical”) discourse on the subject. You must decide for yourself whether deeper understanding of the science or a lighter coverage of basic principles are most appealing and useful to you.

The first chapter is an overview of supplements and functional foods, including the rationales for their use. He addresses current/common thought as well as the scientific basis, citing reports when applicable. Comparisons are offered between the UK and the American standards and recommendations. Legal issues and health claims, quality of products available, and a vital section on how we can assess the validity of different types of investigational studies are included. This sets the stage for a thorough discussion of different classes of supplements, which follows.

Micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, free radicals, antioxidants, fats, and some of the most-recognized nonessential supplements are each dealt with in depth and individually. A section is devoted to natural herbal supplements which are common across many nutritional platforms. Some descriptions include graphics of chemical structure, the nature and actions of each entry, and differences for use between subgroups (children, adults, lactating or pregnant women, the elderly). In most cases, recommended daily values accompany each entry, both from the UK and American standpoints. Most chapters conclude with a summary.

I find this book a fine reference to which I return frequently. It should not be mistaken as light reading, because although it is a good read (meaning readable and not overwhelming to those not immersed in nutritional science), it certainly won’t be a book you’ll curl up with on a slow afternoon. You will find very valuable answers and explanations for the whys and wherefores of nearly any supplement and nutritional remedy. I reserve nothing in my recommendation of its content for those with a scientific drift.


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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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My absolute favorite lowcarb cookbooks are "Lowcarb Gourmet", by Karen Barnaby, unfortunately out of print; ''Paleo Comfort Foods" by Julie & Charles Mayfield; and 'The Food Lovers Make it Paleo' by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason. I have posted brief reviews on the amazon.com site where I purchased them (if you'd care to look further).
The newest theory books about low carb living I have recently read and liked are "Wheat Belly"
(as others have written about) Gary Taubes' "Why We Get Fat" and Volek & Phinney's "New Atkins for a New You" and their detailed "Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living", which might be better to hand off to your physicians, nutritionists, and nay-sayers, because in spite of the vast source material, its a bit tough to slog through all the details, laughing.
Any suggestions other folks have made and I have missed???

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I would also be interested in reading your review of Wheat Belly too. I'll look forward to your review of it, I always enjoyed your reviews in the past.

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@MUNCHNIT ~

yes, I've read Wheat Belly and it's very good. I think I've posted a review of it here in SP (WheatBelly).

I will gather up what cooking resources I have after I've waded through the basic nutritional and low-carb diet books. Hopefully will be amending my posts with all of that shortly.

ADDENDUM:
I'm sorry, MUNCHNIT, I only *thought* I'd posted a review of Wheat Belly. I have it here, and I liked it. Evidently I didn't follow through, but I will do it alongside the other couple-or-three I've got in the works, and you should see it here in due course.
chastisement solicited! LOL

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Has anyone read the book called Wheat Belly? I was wondering what people thought about it.

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Yes, review any and all books relivant to Low Carb Living..You have a gift for helping me decide if I want or need information...

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Cooking With Coconut Flour
Fife, Bruce, ND
© 2005 Piccadilly Books, Ltd., Colorado Springs CO
160 pages, softbound
ISBN 978-0941599-63-4

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 3

This is a great little book for those “desperately seeking” an alternative to typical flours. These recipes are developed for, not adapted for, coconut flour. The author describes his difficulties in attempting other published recipes – all of which contained at least some amount of “regular” (or even alternate) flours. Because none of them produced the desired result, he embarked on his own discovery mission.

Each of the recipes in this little volume is free of: wheat, gluten, soy, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and yeast. Most have sugar-free or low-carb versions. The most valuable information in this book though is the tips and techniques for the unique properties of coconut flour, and how to create a final product that you don’t have to convince yourself (or others!) of. I can’t wait to try them out.

I don’t plan to make recipe books a regular offering in these reviews. Occasionally I happen across something like this which I believe to be especially useful to those of us in a wheat-free or low carb lifestyle, and so may occasionally post other things of this nature. So far as the rating I gave this, it rates the middle-road only because it isn’t a diet or nutrition guide.

I would be interested to know if others on this forum either do or don’t want reviews on topics such as this one and the previous one. I have several other general books on nutrition and foods which I will review and post if you want them.


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Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (revised 2nd ed.).
Fallon, S., with Enig, M. G., PhD
© 2001 New Trends Publishing, Inc., Washington DC
676 pages, softbound
ISBN 0-96708973-5

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this a 4

This book provides a very nice combination of information and practical use. I don’t plan to make recipe collections or cookbooks a typical part of my reviews, but this one is more than that, and for that reason I include it here.

The introduction of about 70 pages covers the politics and development of the Standard American Diet. The author doesn’t pull any punches; her insight will open doors for anyone reluctant to let go of the “healthy nutritional” information we’ve been fed. Also in this section you will find discussions of macronutrients, micronutrients (vitamins, minerals), enzymes, spices, special diets, and more practical tips on food selection, equipment, and hints for cooking.

Thereafter, the book consists of a collection of nice recipes that won’t require a chef’s certificate to accomplish. They all look tasty, and the processes are clearly described. Each section is divided by category, beginning with a short page or so of concepts and hints specific to each.

The interesting part for me is that every page is filled with sidebar information. Some is from research, some from observation, some from chefs, there are “Know Your Ingredient” lists which encourage you to guess what the final product might be (with answers in the index), and pertinent facts to enhance your understanding of nutrition and our history surrounding it. Some suggested sample menus are included as well.

There are two indices: one a subject index, and the other a recipe index. I found this a nice feature, since you don’t have to wade through a lot of irrelevant listings if you’re searching for one thing or another. A short page of conversions is included.

The author promotes the Weston A. Price Foundation, with good cause, and many sidebar notations include observations from his studies. A descriptive page and mail-in cards to the Foundation are at the end of the book.

For anyone attempting to gently introduce friends or family to a healthier lifestyle, this would make a wonderful Christmas present. They will have a nice cookbook, and might be tempted to peruse the “meat” of information surrounding our current nutritional crisis while they’re preparing the recipes. It’s worth a look, if you can find it. I’m glad to have my copy, and even if your “gift” is to yourself, I think it will be well received!


...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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We tried to do something like that, but couldn't make it work within the limitations of SparkPeople.

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Dixie- that is a really good suggestion.. I also would like to know if that is possible :)

I am starting a list myself to get started on...so far from this thread (I haven't gone back all the way) but I got three books so far: Living Low Carb, Protein Power Life Plan, Art * Science of Low Carb Living... thank to everyone for putting book reviews out there.. love this thread!

At the end of day it's not about what you "CAN" do or "PLANNED" to do- it's about what you DID.

Fat is choice - it's time I stopped making bad choices!!!


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Just want to say to exotec....your book reviews are hands down the best. I'm on nutritional ketoisis eating plan w/o my doctor's approval. It has been the only success I've had in years (and I am disciplined) so not going back.
Wish we could get this thread cleaned up so each book review is in one place. I'm wondering if that can be done via cut/paste into one message post?

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