PW Annex Reviewed 2007-01-08
Eat Well, Feel Well: More Than 150 Delicious Specific Carbohydrate Diet-Compliant Recipes
Conrad, Kendall (Author)
Clarkson N Potter Publishers
Hardcover, $25.00 (240p)
Cooking | Health & Healing - General
Although this cookbook, based on nutritionist Gottschall's "Specific Carbohydrate Diet," is geared toward people with thorny digestive problems like celiac disease or colitis, these recipes are tasty, simple and healthy enough to make you forget you're cutting out such staples as wheat, flour, milk and sugar. Fresh Spring Rolls with Spicy Chile Dipping Sauce are colorful little bundles of shrimp and mango wrapped in thinly-sliced cucumber, a compelling alternative to the usual deep-fried take-out version. Chilled Pea Soup takes about 10 minutes to prepare, but is creamy and decadent enough for a celebration. Aromatic Roast Pork Loin with Stewed Fruits is luscious, although the portion sizes are perhaps over-generous; the four-serving recipe calls for two pounds of meat. The author includes not only a handful of compelling wheat-free desserts-Lemon-Coconut Macaroons are particularly addictive-but also a list of exotic beverages such as spicy Blood-Orange Ginger Fizz and sweetly smooth Mango Lassi. The only drawback to this thoughtful, health-conscious collection is the lack of photographs or illustrations-although most of these recipes are straightforward enough that they beg no illustrating, only eating.
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The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) January 3, 2007 Wednesday
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News
BYLINE: Dennis Fiely, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio--
Eat Well, Feel Well (Clarkson Potter, $25) by Kendall Conrad
The recipes employ the principles of a diet created by biochemist Elaine Gottschall to relieve digestive ailments, such as celiac disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and irritablebowel syndrome.
The meals eliminate starches and complex sugars in favor of simple carbohydrates, good fats and proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals.
The author credits the diet for ending her daughter's chronic infections and restoring her growth.
Quote: "When carbohydrates are not fully digested and absorbed, they remain in the gut and become nutrition for the microbes we host."
The Washington Post January 10, 2007 Wednesday
On The FridgeWhile perusing the new batch of health-conscious books with recipes, we noticed a welcome uptick in the number of dishes we would like to try and probably would make again.
These recipes were quick and good; each of these books had at least one or two more that beckoned:
* Cod With Peppers and Onions and Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes With Warm Hazelnut Dressing, from "The Wine and Food Lover's Diet" by Phillip Tirman (Chronicle, 2007, $24.95).
* Honey Nut Spread and Shaved Fennel With Oranges and Pomegranates, from "The Sonoma Diet Cookbook" by Connie Guttersen (Meredith Books, 2007, $24.95).
* Polenta With Spicy Eggplant and Warm Chicken and Apple Salad from "The Supermarket Diet Cookbook" by Janis Jibrin and Susan Westmoreland (Hearst/Sterling, 2007, $19.95).
* Cashew Bread and Peach Pocket Pies (kid-friendly) from "Eat Well Feel Well," by Kendall Conrad (Clarkson Potter, 2007, $25).
- Bonnie S. Benwick