Thursday, March 19, 2020

Low-Carb Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes and a Kick-Start Meal Plan

Low-Carb Vegetarian Cookbook is a new low carb (but not no-carb) plant based cooking and recipe collection by Amy Lawrence and Justin Fox Burks. Released 17th March 2020 by Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 180 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. 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 follows a logical and easy format. Chapters 1-2 cover the background of ingredient selection and meal planning (including a pantry staples lists of protein rich vegetables, fats, and tips) as well as a very general beginner-accessible discussion of the time-saving and streamlining techniques. The author also includes some logical pointers ingredients, and supplies along with a 14 day interactive meal plans with linked recipes. The recipe chapters are arranged thematically: breakfasts, salads, snacks and appetizers, soups and sides, mains, and desserts. Nutritional information is included in the footer at the end of the recipes and includes calories, fat (incl. saturated fats), carbs, fiber, protein, and sodium. Special dietary information is not specifically included (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy, etc).

The recipe chapters include a surprisingly varied selection of different world cuisines: Eastern European, American, Asian, Southwestern, 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, but not all, of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store (monk fruit sweetener, Bragg liquid aminos, etc?). The book also includes short author bios, and a metric conversion chart, but lacks any index or general ingredients index.

My one 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 included in the book.

Four stars.

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

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