I love America's Test Kitchen on PBS. And, I love their Family Handbook cookbook the best. Simple recipes, as well as all the "rules" - temps for meat, ingredient substitutes, etc. I refer to it all the time.
"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them." -- Orison Swett Marden
Thanks for the explanation of what a CDE is - I had no idea. I love books that are authored by nurses and doctors who come down with insulin resistance or diabetes, and they clearly see that only low carb of some sort is going to work for them.
George S. Patton-You're never beaten until you admit it.
I am currently fighting insulin resistance, so I went to the library to check out some books on the subject. I'm a speed reader since I was a kid so I have already gone through 3 of the books. One that really made an impression on me is The Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress, RD, CDE. 2009 Edition (I'm guessing that RD stands for Registered Dietician - have no idea what CDE stands for.
Anyway, it's written by someone who developed insulin resistance herself. She knows how hard it is to get any weight off. It's a lowcarb plan with 3 steps. All lowcarbs are similar to Atkins. But this one really basically tells you how to eat, what to eat and has some 5 carb recipes in the back. 3 meals, 2 snacks and 5 carbs (net) at each feeding when you are in step one. Easy, simple knowledge.
Step two ups it between 10 - 20 net carbs at each feeding.
Haven't tried it yet, but will attempt it tomorrow. I really like the way it is written - kind of like a Carbs for Dummies book. (Is there a book out there with that name?)
Anyway, you can check it out at the library (my library name is Mid-Continent) for free or it is available on Amazon and eBay. Of course, she has another later book for Diabetics and Prediabetics and she has a Cookbook.
Just thought I would throw it out there - maybe someone here already knows about it and can offer some insights to us.
George S. Patton-You're never beaten until you admit it.
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I have a science background and am very skeptical about anything I read unless it has data behind it so my favorite books is "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. This book can intimidate a lot of people, so another version called "Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it" is better for people who just want the basic info. Both of these books were at my local library, so I would check there first.
I also like is "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" and "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" both by Drs. Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney.
With as much reading and podcast listening as I do, it seems that these books are almost a right of passage to read for serious low carbers out there. Neither of these books break down a diet plan (they both refer to Dr. Westman's book "The New Atkins for a New You" that was co-written with Volek and Phinney). The purpose of these books is to explain the science (or lack thereof) for current recommendations and why a HFLC moderate protein diet will work for many people. There are tons of reviews on Amazon for all of them. You can also search for YouTube videos featuring these people, but I know you wanted non-online resources.
Lastly, I started to subscribe to the CarbSmart online magazine (which used to be published as a physical magazine, so I'm including it in this post even though it's now digital). They have success stories, articles on ketosis, recipes, etc. I haven't decided if I like it yet because many of the articles are written by the same people, but I applaud them for getting another magazine going. I heard an interview where Dana Carpenter stated they are looking for other writers.
Edited by: SHELTIEFUZZ at: 6/27/2013 (17:47)
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Trish579 and FITKRIS, thanks for the tips- I wanted books that were simple and you two had suggestions for that- I checked out Goerge Stella's cookbooks from the library and just got 6 Ingredients or Less today, and both are awesome! 6 Ingredients is more helpful right now since I'm in induction and some recipes are so simple it's almost silly (but in a good way since it's ideas I hadn't thought of)... Can't wait to try some!
For those who don't mind those pesky "hard to find" ingredients The Low-Carb Gourmet by Karen Barnaby is my favorite. Mostly because sometimes you need something else. I made my own birthday cake from this book. I'm still haven't broken into the shellfish, but I make the mousaka regularly as a OAMC meal. I often make a few batches of low carb almond breads when I'm feeling sassy or some almond pancakes with lots of fresh whipped cream and a few berries. I found though that the thoughtful discussion she has on WHY a particular artificial sweetener, brand of powdered chocolate (like Boyajian Citrus flavorings or dutch high fat cocoa I will keep with me forever), etc was as beneficial to learning to live low carb and experiment with the "good stuff." This book is harder and sometimes the shopping takes a week ahead of prep ordering off amazon, but the recipes are not something I could have created successfully without. I find when I'm getting bored this is a blessing.
Kick some butt today.
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I also read "The End of Overeating" . It's a great book. I was never a fan of nationwide chain restaurants, but after reading this book, I now understand why, and avoid them like the plague. All the additives, additional sugars and starches, super-sized portions aren't good for anybody, except for the corporations behind them.
I just saw 2 Paleo cookbooks in Costco today if anyone is interested. An article about David Kessler the former FDA chief who talks about the food industry and what it does to make food addictive. He wrote the book The End of Overeating. Very good book.
Six Ingredients or Less Low-Carb Cooking by Carlean Johnson. I found it at Barnes and Noble a few years ago and it's great for simple meals. Has appetizers, desserts, beverages, breakfast, sauces, slow cooker recipes and of course, main dishes. Beware of the pasta recipes though, they call for Dreamfield's which I have since learned has the same effect on blood sugar as regular pasta. I don't think there is really a good pasta substitute unless you use something like spaghetti squash. I have found many good recipes in this book and six ingredients or less means I spend less time in the kitchen.
“One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don't feel like doing it.” - Unknown
My favorite cookbooks now are George Stella's : "Livin' Low Carb" and "Low Carb Recipes for Healthy Living".
It is simplicity, not requiring the kind of obscure items some of the other Cookbooks have in their ingredients; Atkins is bad for that.
The recipes are great, simple and good for the whole family and company. What is exceptional, however are the Introductions, complete with before and after photos of the entire family, Dad, Mom and teenage-ish sons. They are inspiring.
Makes you think: Heck if they can do it, so can we!
Do you have any favorite cookbooks or other books? Ones that relate to the low carb life style, that is! If so, tell us about them here. Brief reviews would be nice, or mention specific recipes or sections that you thought were especially good.
Let's limit this to offline resources, since there's a section above for online resources.
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