Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Keto for Vegetarians: Lose Weight and Improve Health on a Plant-Based Ketogenic Diet

Keto for Vegetarians is a tutorial guide and recipe collection for ketogenic weight loss using plant based recipes. Due out 17th March 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 250 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The book has a logical and easy to follow format. Chapters 1-2 cover the background of weight loss planning (including a pantry staples lists and tools and supplies) as well as a very general layman-accessible discussion of the mechanics of ketogenesis itself. Chapters 3 includes a 14 day meal plan for a quick start. There is a lot of good advice in these chapters which are applicable to any meal prep and planning sessions, not just for weight loss. The author also includes some logical pointers about containers, ingredients, and supplies. The recipe chapters are arranged thematically: breakfast & smoothies, salads soups & sandwiches, snacks appetizers & savory fat bombs, mains, desserts, staples & recipe ingredients.

The meal plan chapters include a surprisingly varied selection of multiple day to weekly meal plans with different tastes and representing different world cuisines: Italian, American, Asian, and more.

The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. The book also includes a short author bio, and a metric conversion chart, but lacks any index or general ingredients index.

My one small quibble with the book is that the recipes are mostly not photographed. There are some photos, and they're clear and attractive, but they only represent about 5% of the recipes.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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