While working on my grocery list yesterday, I decided to look through some cookbooks to find a salmon recipe to try. That’s when I noticed that I don’t own any low carb cookbooks other than my paleo cookbook. How can that be?
I’ve got grilling, baking (lots of baking), soups, and low-fat recipes via my collection of Weight Watchers cookbooks. But when it comes to low carb cooking, not so much. It was time for a purge before my run to Barnes & Noble.
I’m not tossing out my baking, grilling or Pillsbury cookbooks. I love to bake especially around the holidays and those books are usually lying out on the kitchen counter all winter. My Pillsbury general cookbook has lots of good recipes that I use for special occasions. And it’s fun to try to convert some of my favorites into low-carb dishes.
But it was time to retire my Weight Watchers cookbooks. They’re dated and focus too much on low-fat cooking. Depending on their condition, I may give them to my local used bookstore or library. I hate to just toss them in the trash.
New Low-Carb Recipes
Normally I buy books on Amazon. But with cookbooks I like to take my time going through the through the recipes. It’s the only way to know if the book is worth it. I do my research online, select the titles I’m interested in and then visit my local bookstore.
The problem I ran into with Barnes & Noble was the lack of low-carb cookbooks – it was slim pickings. It seems like gluten-free is the new “it” diet. Gluten-free made up about 70% of the “diet” section. Sorry, but not that many people are gluten intolerant. Heck, most people who claim to be gluten intolerant don’t even know what it is. It’s a diet fad that’s fast approaching its 15 minutes.
Don’t get me wrong, for those who truly are gluten-intolerant I’m glad there are cookbooks for you. But for the rest of the 99% of us (yes, only 1% are truly gluten-intolerant), it’s a bit much.
Sure there were lots of paleo cookbooks, but many paleo recipes ranged from 14-30g of carbs. To maximize my weight loss, my meals range from 2-8g. Crap!
It did make my trek to the bookstore go quickly since I only had 6 books to choose from. One of the 6 – 500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender – was on my list. The second book I got – Low Carb 1-2-3 by Rozanne Gold – included some tasty looking recipes that looked easy to whip up. Both books included the nutritional breakdown (calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber) of each recipe, something that far too few cookbooks give. So that was a bonus.
I’m plowing through Dana Carpender’s book and picked 3 recipes to make this week – Baked Orange Roughy and Chicken Paprikash with Cauliflower Puree. I’ll post a review of the recipes along with photos later this week.