Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another great new low-carb book!

As I mentioned in my prior post, Maria Emmerich has another low-carb cookbook:  Nutritious and Delicious.  This is, in my opinion, superior to The Art of Eating Healthy:  Grain Free Low Carb Reinvented Sweets.  It does lack the luscious food-porn photography; however, what you do get is a lot more recipes, these covering not only desserts (although there are plenty of desserts in it), but the full gamut of food.

Additionally, while The Art of Eating Healthy is gorgeous and the recipes sound wonderful, it suffers slightly from the fact that the slender 122-page volume contains only 49 recipes, each with a glorious large color photo, due to the fact that every other page (literally, I'm not joking) is a little essay on some low-carb subject, such as sugar alcohols, prebiotics and what have you, and it costs $25.00.  Whereas Nutritious and Delicious, after 25 pages of introductory stuff (mostly very helpful introductory stuff), contains 266 pages of solid recipes with small black-and-white photos -- and costs only $16.66.  So in my humble opinion, Nutritious and Delicious is a better value, but honestly, I think they're both well worth the cost.

Here is where I unabashedly admit that I love to read cookbooks recreationally, and there's nothing I love more than "food porn" -- lushly color illustrated cookbooks depicting gloriously lovely and delicious-looking food.  While I still buy and love and use pictureless cookbooks, still, there's a special place in my heart for cookbooks with gorgeous illustrations.  So take my above recommendations with that in mind.

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