Review: “The Low Carb High Fat Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Great”

Who doesn’t love cookbooks?  I seem to collect them.  I can still remember making a mess at the kitchen counter pouring over the fantastic Betty Crocker cookbook.  When my grandmother died, I inherited her orange-covered copy.  I also love my Cook’s Illustrated cookbook, and reference it frequently when trying to figure out the best method to tackle an intricate dish since they try out dozens of cooking variations to find the best one.

The one thing my cupboard was really lacking, though, was a really good low carb cookbook.  I have a few low carb cookbooks, but none of them have pictures (wow, does that make me seem like a little kid) and I really like home-y dishes.  I don’t need to know how to make a lemon meringue pie without sugar (although that does sound interesting), I want a solid cookbook that isn’t afraid of fat, isn’t using vegetables that I am trying to avoid (like potatoes), and isn’t too complicated.  I was hopeful when I ordered “The Low Carb High Fat Cookbook” that it would fit that bill.

The author, Sten Sture Skaldeman, also writes for LCHF magazine in Sweden and has written several books regarding the LCHF diet.  I have not read his other books nor read his magazine (I know no Swedish, sadly, the Muppets are lying jerks) so I cannot speak for his other works, nor am I very aware of his other accomplishments.  What I gather from his Google-translated website is that he’s lost and kept off 70 kgs (about 150 lbs) for 13 years!  Pretty impressive!

Now, onto my thoughts on the cookbook.

The good:

Helloooo delicious.   This book is filled with exactly what I was looking for… glossy food porn pictures, great meat recipes, and all the recipes are properly unafraid of fat (it is the low carb HIGH FAT cookbook, after all).  I loved the different uses of vegetables as well… I feel like i’m always cooking vegetables the same way over and over again but can never find a recipe book that can guide me to cook veggies the LCHF way.  It even had me looking at old dishes that I never realized where LCHF, like moussaka.     I am hoping I can get my hands on some deer meat after dear season to try out the game meat stew!

The bad:

Some of the ingredients mentioned, good luck finding them in the States.  For instance, I’ve never seen Ox meat in any grocery store, and my favorite grocery store is known for having a vast variety of items.  I’ve also never seen juniper berries.  I wouldn’t call that a major issue, though, as most of the dishes have very common items that you can find in any grocery store.

The only other bad thing is that the units of measurement is a little odd due to being converted from grams to cups.  The recipe will give you things like “4/5 cup cream”, but, our measuring cups go by 1/4s, not 1/5s.  This is not a big deal either.  This is cooking, not baking.  There is no specific chemical reaction going on here, so you can either 1)eyeball it, or 2) Enter the measurements into this recipe converter, telling it that you want to scale it to a factor of “1” (meaning, you’re not changing the amount at all), and it’ll tell you what it means in real measurements.  So, 2/5 cup turns into “1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons + 1 1/4 teaspoons “.  I’m an eyeballer, but if you feel better making it to the letter of the recipe, there you go.

Conclusion:  I’d buy it again!  It’s not just because I collect cookbooks, it’s because I’ve gotten some fantastic cooking ideas from it.  If you feel like you’re in a slump for ideas, I think it’s worth the purchase.  You can always go to Amazon and download the free Kindle preview of the cookbook.

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6 thoughts on “Review: “The Low Carb High Fat Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Great”

  1. susanklement says:

    Sounds like a great cookbook! For the juniper berries, I’d get capers–those are pickled juniper berries, which I am guessing is what he is going for. I love them in so many things!

    • Hmm, never tried capers! Seems there are always so many pickled things hanging around Wisconsin get-togethers, there are probably capers and I didn’t even know about them. I’ll have to find me some!

  2. Henrik says:

    Hi Ellie,

    Stumbled on your blog while searching for recipies for LCHF and saw your comment about the Swedish cookbook.
    I think that the author means beef but from a mature animal, like described in this article:

    I haven’t seen the recipe but Ox is often used in stews in Sweden and I think that beef is what you can replace it with.
    Did a search of the full Swedish name too: Oxkött and it translates to beef in English.

    Thanks for a nice blog and keep up the good job!

    BR Henrik -30kg, Sweden

    • Hey, thanks for stopping by! Interesting on the oxmeat, I’m going to have to try the recipe with beef. (I suppose it’d work out either way, can’t go wrong with beef stew! 🙂 ) And thanks for expanding my Swedish vocabulary to, hmm, 3 words now! 😀

  3. Maria says:

    Hello I’m from Sweden and we say ox but mean beef:
    Beef is meat from bull, cow or calf. But also a little wrongly called ox meat, which then usually relate to meat from adult animals as opposed to veal. Ox in a broad sense, including beef meat from animals such as bison and in the narrow sense is an ox an older neutered bull.

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