Jane Reply to on 12 July 2018
|I really enjoyed reading this book, and it offers tons of great ideas for someone following a low carb or ketogenic lifestyle. A previous reviewer complained that there were too many 'low carb' recipes in it, but I think it is great that both the authors have given their different perspectives on what works as a diet for them, which gives the reader much more flexibility when choosing what to follow.
Both these ladies have been through cancer, and bravely share their stories which offer hope and encouragement to someone facing a diagnosis. They offer both stand alone recipes and more formal meal plans if wanting to follow with some greater guidance about food choices. They specify very precise amounts of each ingredient which needs to be adhered to (especially with the keto) as every gram really does count towards your totals, and offer a recipe breakdown after each recipe of net carbs, fibre, protein and fat which is really helpful if you use fit day or similar to track your macros.
The home made turmeric mayo recipe is fabulous, and the tip on how to make it is just genius! I have always shied away from making it before as it seemed time consuming and tedious, but not any more.
The only 2 niggles I had with the book (and hence the loss of a star) is that they say that soy is a 'safe' food, although stress it should be organic and non GM - well sorry, soy is not safe, especially not for cancer patients - or indeed anyone (check out the Weston Price Foundation for more information on this), and I feel that Patricia, as a Nutritionist really should know better.
Also, it is a well known fact that eating charred or blackened food is a carcinogenic, but the picture of bacon which goes with the 'breakfast buns' is horribly blackened around the edges! I noticed this in other places in the book too. A small detail but one that should have been picked up by the Editor.
Having said that, I think the book is an excellent resource, beautifully written and well worth a read.