21 thoughts on “Cookbooks

  1. Amy

    For meat and veg recipes, I have really good luck with Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Lots of butter and cream!

  2. Lori

    I like The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/Primal-Blueprint-Cookbook-Grain-Free-Gluten-Free/dp/0982207727/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294453944&sr=8-1

    It’s mostly (but not strictly) low carb (I ignore the recipes with fruit). It’s all grain-free. It has some unconventional recipes like salmon chowder with cauliflower, cucumber and seaweed salad, and sage water. It was recently rated as one of the five worst cookbooks by a vegan organization, so you know it’s good.

    I also like 500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender: http://www.amazon.com/500-Low-Carb-Recipes-Snacks-Dessert/dp/1931412065/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294454517&sr=1-1

    I’m always looking up salad dressing recipes there. This book has protein, fiber and net carb counts for each recipe.

    I still use my old cookbooks; I just substitute or cut down on carby ingredients like tomatoes, potatoes, onions and sugar and ignore anything involving a lot of fruit or grain.

  3. Ellen

    George Stella has some great low carb recipes in his books, and there’s one called Extreme Low Carb Cuisine that’s pretty good. Then of course, there’s the Atkins Diet Revolution cookbook and the Eades Protein Power cookbook.

  4. John

    I found a low carb cooking system called 24/7 Low Carb Diner. The cookbook comes with a shopping list you print out, a method to prep your menu for the week making meal preparation easier and many other ideas to make the low carb life style easier. It has over 100 recipes in different categories like crock pot dishes, freezer dishes you can eat now, and keep the leftovers in the freezer, multiple meals which let me cook a bunch of beef or chicken a certain way and make several recipes from the meat i cooked. Easy fox if i am in a hurry, but don’t want to sacrifice my low carb convictions, and even some recipes to get the entire family involved. I love the variations of recipes that meet what ever my daily situation might be, without compromising my low carb eating.

    http://www.247lowcarbdiner.com It’s $10.00 and you just download the PDF file and print what you need.

  5. mezzo

    “Cooking on the bone” and “Fat” by Jennifer McLagan are excellent cookery books and they are chocful of information. Not all low-carb but recipes are so easy to modify a bit.

  6. Jo

    I bought The Low Carb Gourmet by Karen Barnaby. Lovely recipes (and food porn pics!), although the sweet recipes use sweetener a lot which I try to avoid, but otherwise a good book.

  7. Chareva

    This one is not a “low-carb” book but it is filled with “real food” recipes. I have a reprint of Housekeeping in Old Virginia written in 1879. There is no mention of margarine, vegetable oil or skim milk. Recipes include everything from squirrel to calf’s head. Recipes call for lard or butter of course. Since beef was pasture raised at the time, the cooking methods are different. Fun stuff.

  8. Mommaofmany

    Chareva, thank for the title. I love old cookbooks. I found “Housekeeping in Old Virginia” available online : http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/books/oldvirginia/oldv.html

    I have several well-recommended low-carb recipe books, but they use such horrible amounts of soy and Splenda that they are almost useless to me. I am collecting recipes slowly but surely, that are REAL food and low or lower carb. I’ve been watching Kelly the Kitchen Kop with interest, especially this post, where folks are sharing their Real Food Low Carb Recipes: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2011/01/real-food-wednesday-1511.html

  9. Auntie M

    Even though she’s kinda weird, I really like Susanne Somer’s cookbooks. Back in 2004-2005, I lost 25 pounds using her “Somercise” system. I mostly ignored the “carbo” recipes, and just went with the “pro-fats” ones. There are several cookbooks, and I think some of the recipes are online.

  10. Jan

    I collect cookbooks and have well over 200. I have quite a few low carb cookbooks – George Stella’s, Fran McCullough’s, two Atkins cookbooks, Low Carb Comfort Food by Drs. Mike and Mary Dan Eades, several of Dana Carpenders and have used them all with good success. However, many low carb recipes are heavily dependent on soy and artificial sweeteners and industrial oils, so I’ve sort of drifted away from them.

    These days, I find myself culling recipes from more mainstream cookbooks – The Joy of Cooking, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Nourishing Traditions. I just steer clear of recipes containing grains and refined sugar.

    And as someone else pointed out, there are plenty of paleo/primal/low carb food blogs – Life As A Plate is a GREAT paleo food blog – AndreAnna is a marvelous cook. And I have an extensive collection of low carb/grain-free recipes, too at Jan’s Sushi Bar.

    Interesting that if you check out receipes in very old cookbooks, they’re often unintentionally low carb and of course use real-food ingredients.

  11. Steve Parker, M.D.

    2. Jennifer Eloff’s cookbooks.
    3. For my diabetic patients, Chef Barrae has many free online recipes. I hppe she puts them together in a book again. Her book from about 10 years ago is out of print.

  12. PHK

    mmm, i also have a really old cook book (probably was Lord Hubby’s grandmother).

    there are still offal recipies which all seem to disappear in contemporary sanitized (boring) cookbooks.

    it still uses for tons of “politically incorrect” fats (lard/tallow/butter). XD
    should check it out.


  13. Art

    I second the recommendation for the Primal Blueprint cookbook. Also, if you go to http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ and subscribe (right side), you get free access to download a free recipe e-book, which is a collection of low-carb recipes compiled by Mark Sisson’s followers. Good stuff.

    I should mention that I was vegan before coming across this stuff. When my wife presented me with Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, I was blown away, but couldn’t wrap my head around it. Still, I decided to try low-carb for a month, and came across the Primal Blueprint (and watched Fat Head, which we now own). I weighed 235 lbs. when I started. I ended at 210 lbs. (Took about 3 months, and I wasn’t entirely strict). Now I’m actually anti-vegan. I previously ate a lot of soy and a lot of carbs, and wondered why I couldn’t lose weight. Now I know. Anyway, after a too-long hiatus, I am going “primal” again on Monday, and my wife is joining me. Time to lose that next 25 lbs.!

    Keep going on the primal diet, and I’m sure that next 25 will follow.


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