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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 641.56383
EAN: 9780743269971
ISBN: 0743269977
Label: Simon & Schuster
Manufacturer: Simon & Schuster
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2004-12-28
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Studio: Simon & Schuster

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Editorial Reviews:

George Stella's Livin' Low Carb has little in common with diet books: In fact, it's got more in common with a cookbook you might have bought for yourself when you first moved out on your own. The style is casual and approachable, with no tense lists of diet-related details or overly-complex recipes, and cooking techniques require little more than a working stove and a frying pan.

George Stella (along with pastry chef-wife Rachel) have developed a wide range of recipes designed to compliment Atkins and other low-carb diet regimens. Rather than relying on packaged convenience foods that meet these dietary standards, they focus on home-cooked meals that satisfy the demands of low carb life without tasting like they were baked up in a factory. Flavors include Chinese (Szechuan stir-fry), Italian-American (clams casino), Southern (fried chicken), and American sweets (chocolate chip muffins and no-bake Key lime cheesecake). Snacks, salads, entrees, and desserts all see equal amounts of attention.

There's a heavy reliance on the sugar substitute Splenda, but in general this is real food for daily life. The condiment chapter contains homemade versions of ketchup, mustard sauce, barbecue sauce and even Thousand Island dressing, and makes a simple place to get started even if the only kitchen appliance you're comfortable with is a can opener. Each recipe clearly notes "special equipment" (like 8-inch square pans) as well as the yield, net carbs per serving, and separate times needed for prepping and cooking.

Because of the sugar substitute and number of recipes that alter classics in ways that compromise traditional textures in favor of lowering carbs (such as noodle-free lasagna), the book is most likely to be used by dieters, rather than all home cooks. Still, if you're looking for easy ways to tinker with your food intake that doesn't involve packaged mixes from the diet industry, Stella offers plenty of tasty options. --Jill Lightner


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Summary: Great Addition to Your Low Carb Cookbook Library
Comment: The first of this book tells how George Stella became a chef. It also chronicles how and why he became obese. He tells the reader how he came across the low carb style of living and how it changed his and his family's life. Him and his family lost over 500 pds. I really enjoyed reading his account of his weight struggle and final triumph.

The remainder of the book is recipes. Given is a little background and advice at the beginning of each section and each recipe.

Stella style is eating food you like and not worrying about how much you eat. And as George says in the book, you want your recipes to come from a chef, not a doctor.

As for the recipes, there are a few that have always been low-carb but most are remakes of recipes substituting items for their high-carb counterparts. WARNING: Stella relies heavily on soyflour and Splenda so if you live in an area where you cannot get soyflour or do not want to use Splenda then most of the recipes are not going to be for you. This is also not for those watching your fat or calories.

I like the make-over recipes, its nice to be able to enjoy things again like fried chicken, pizza and lasagna.

Overall, it is a good addition to your low-carb cookbook library.

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Summary: George Stells's Livin Low Car;: Family Recipes
Comment: The book is excellent
However the "shape" that the book came is not. The pages are falling out!
The back of the book was broken

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Summary: Delicious!
Comment: This is a wonderful cookbook that just happens to be low-carb. The Tequila Chicken recipe alone is worth the price of the book. Hmm...I think I'll make it tonight!

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Summary: George Stella is the best!
Comment: You can't go wrong with George Stella's cookbooks. Every recipe is amazingly good. When I first started on low-carb, my husband got out his own frying pan and was going to cook his own food, certain that I was going to be making things that would taste like sawdust. From the very first recipe, he was hooked and now we both happily gobble up this food. We've lost weight, we feel great and best of all, we're eating like kings! Thank you, George, and keep 'em coming!

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Both his books are GREAT!
Comment: I bought both his books and I am still amazed by how good the recipes are. My hubby and I cook to his books every weekend. You won't regret getting these if you are doing low carb!!


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