CookBook Reviews

Here are some of the books I use and what I think about them. I believe that paper is best when used sparingly but nothing beats a hold-it-in-your-hand cookbook. Notating, adjusting recipes to personal taste and that elusive “I can find that recipe based on my memory of the page orientation” kind of spatial quality you just cannot achieve with the internets.

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Current House Favorite:

“The New Spanish Table” by Anya von Bremzen  – This book contains moderate to challenging recipes with a good mix of history and insight from the author.  Even with challenging dishes the instructions are thorough and the photos are intriguing. I have found many that fit a healthy diet and the tastes of Spain make us remember our honeymoon.  For about 15$ this book is a good buy with continual return on investment and gets an A+!

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“200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes” by Dana Carpender.  This book has it’s pro’s and con’s like anything. Pro’s: at about 10$, it’s cheap. It also lives up to the low-carb title. I liked that the serving/nutrient info was included for each recipe. For those looking for the combo of utilizing your slow-cooker and having low-carb recipes this book may be OK for you.  For me though, 10$ was too steep a price for the 2 or 3 recipes that I made and actually liked. The fat content of the recipes here are ridiculous. An average adult should eat between 40-75g/fat per day, depending on who you ask. If trying to watch your waist, eating closer to the low-end of that is better. This book contains about 40 recipes (out of 200 mind you) that are 10g/fat or under. Only a few of those recipes caught my eye and even fewer were actually good.  The majority of these recipes have between 20 and 40 grams of fat PER SERVING. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to blow half or more of my daily fat intake on one serving of one meal. This book gets a D+ and will probably be the first to get thrown out when my cook-book shelf gets too full.

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