Jennifer Eloff’s collection of low-carb cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS is of course my Bible when it comes to great low-carb recipes.  Chef George Stella of internet and Food Network fame, shares his recipes there frequently and I know you love those!  DJfoodie, another chef of immeasurable talent, shares his kitchen talents in these wonderful books, too.  Other talented cooks share their tasty creations therein as well:  Lisa Marshall of 24/7 Low Carb Diner fame, Kent Altena of Atkins Diet Geek videos, Ginny Larson, Stacey Crawford of Beauty and the Foodie, and yours truly, Peggy Hardaway.  If you want your own copy of their wonderful recipes order you set (or order them individually) today!  They are available at Amazon and some volumes are on sale right now at their direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

George Stella

This book is filled with delightful recipes by famed Chef George Stella.  It contains lots of  color photos and you will simply love these delicious low-carb dishes.  I’ve made several of them already and they were all delicious!  This book is available at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Low-Carb-Cookbook-Best-Presents/dp/1934193968.  Get yours today!


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THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg is my very favorite cooking treatise.  I highly recommend it. It is not really a cookbook with recipes, but it has proven to be the single most useful book I reach for again and again.  It is a compilation, in dictionary format, of professional chefs’ input on flavor affinities. It is the skill, or perhaps I should say God-given-gift used to create their marvelous dishes. It tells you what herbs, spices, sauces, flavors go well with which meats, vegetables or fruits. It breaks complex flavor layers down to the very basics of those layers. We all learn over time which ingredients we like together, but having that succinctly put together by sophisticated palates into a single tome is just amazingly useful!

My brother, once an Executive Chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco, found this book beautifully gathered the knowledge he personally gained over a lifetime of professional cooking. He likes is so much he often gives this book as a gift to his closest friends. You WON’T be sorry you invested in this wonderful treatise. I stumbled upon it at Barnes and Noble one day and sure am glad I did!  Amazon also carries this title.  DISCLAIMER:  I am not affiliated with this book nor do I receive money for promoting it.


A TASTE OF BALTISTAN by Sabiha KhoKhar                                                 A TASTE OF BALTISTAN  by Sabiha Khokhar

This is another favorite cooking tool for me.  I stumbled on this little cookbook years ago in Houston and it has proven to be one I rely on often when I want ideas for Indian or Pakistani foods.  It’s never too late to try a new curry or exotic side dish!  The recipes are simple and the seasonings/spices used are right to my taste.  We just love food from that part of the world and cook it often.  This book is a little pricey now if new, but it is available “used” for a reasonable price on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1853915009/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&sr=&qid=


THE WAY TO COOK by Julia Child

by Julia Child

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a good foundation in cooking, no matter what nutritional program you follow.  Julia Child, in this complete cook book, teaches you how to make all the classic French sauces and many French (and American) dishes she was famous for whipping up in her kitchen.  I often refer to it for sauce ingredients and recipe variation ideas.  It is the “Britannica” of my cookbook shelf.  Couldn’t be without it.  It’s not low-carb, but many of her original recipes can be converted to low-carb with a little ingenuity.  🙂


My brother, once an Executive Chef, gave this book to me some years back.  He thought it was one of the best Italian cookbooks out there.  It does not have photographs, but the recipe collection and the extensive nature of Marcella Hazan’s discussions of pasta shapes and how to make pasta alone are worth the investment.  This text has proven to be invaluable to me.  I hope you will give this cookbook a look-see.  I think you’ll be impressed.  🙂


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