A review of The Complete Low Carb Cookbook by George Stella
The first wave of low-carb dieting struck in the 1970’s with the Atkins diet. The furor subsided for a few decades, partly because many health professionals and nutritionists did not believe that a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carb diet was healthy. In the beginning of the 21st-century, groundbreaking research into ketogenics, the caveman diet and other low-carb nutrition approaches began to show significant weight loss and both mental and physical health gains.
It was about that time that husband and wife George and Rachel Stella discovered the Atkins diet. A family friend had “accidentally” left the book in their kitchen. Seeing their own weight and that of their sons growing out of control, the Stellas learned …
… they could become healthy and lose weight by “eating as much as we wanted” with a low-carb, moderate protein, high healthy-fat diet.
They actually thought this was a joke their friend had played on them. But at 470 pounds, George Stella felt he had little options. As the couple began to create ways of eating all of their favorite foods without rice, potatoes, sugar and white flour, the weight began to literally melt away. Getting their children onto this healthy path has meant more than 570 pounds lost by the 4 family members which were no doubt headed to multiple health problems and early graves if they had not made the change.
George and Rachel Stella began sharing what they felt was revolutionary information with anyone and everyone who would listen. George’s low-carb celebrity led to jobs as chef at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Hotel and several elite restaurants. Once the story of the Stella family’s success began to spread, it was not long before George was interviewed by all the major television stations around the world. He now appears on a Food Network TV show, appropriately titled Low Carb and Lovin’ It, and has 5 bestselling low-carb cookbooks under his svelte belt.
When you weigh 470 pounds, unless you are a skinny elephant, you have a problem. More to the point, you probably have several problems; you are tired all the time, you feel poorly, you do not sleep properly, you suffer low self-esteem and you embrace a laundry list of mental and physical health issues. That is where George Stella found himself at the age of 40.
With his popular Food Network television show preaching the low-carb lifestyle, George is completing his self-described mission to make everyone aware of this life-saving approach to eating. That desire to help others led to the release of The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook, an installment in the Best of the Best Presents Perfect Paperback series in May of 2014.
At 224 pages, with 60 full color photographs and presenting more than 130 recipes, The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook by George Stella is chock-full of healthy information. The book has been presented as a collection of the popular Food Network TV star’s favorite recipes. And it is that. But it is also “his definitive word on low-carb eating.“
The book is laid out in typical fashion, with an Introduction about the author and his miraculous transformation from 470 pounds to 205 pounds while improving all his health numbers across the board. Mister Stella details how he started out in the food industry as a dishwasher at the age of 13. As a young man he found himself frequently working at some of the top restaurants in Florida.
He obtained the position of Executive Chef for the Phillips Petroleum Company’s famous Windows on the Green Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. He opened Café Max in Pompano Beach, Florida with famous Mark’s restaurant owner Chef Mark Militelo. He even created a new food product line called “Cooking Magic”.
He worked alongside chef celebrities such as Julia Child and Paul Prudhomme, but routinely found it difficult to keep a job because his weight was ballooning out of control. All his years in the restaurant industry had led to a very unhealthy diet. He eventually ended up on Social Security disability thanks to the congestive heart failure that was a reward of his poor eating habits.
The author discusses all of this information to show that even with all his culinary abilities, he still did not know how to eat healthily. He turned his kitchen ingenuity and hands-on success as a chef into skills that would mesh with a low-carb lifestyle to create life-saving diet changes for himself, his wife and his 2 sons.
In The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook, you learn many of the popular recipes that Mister Stella has shown on his Food Network TV show. Aside from simply following the popular and controversial Atkins diet, Stella takes what were his favorite recipes from his days as an unhealthy and obese individual and transforms them. He shows you a way to make “bad” recipes “good”, by removing unhealthy components like refined sugar, wheat and gluten.
Throughout the book helpful tips are included. These are ways to make your food purchasing, preparing and consuming easy on any budget, and even for the most time-starved individual. Special attention is paid to those suffering from diabetes. A low-carb, high healthy fat and moderate protein diet can be enjoyed with marvelous health benefits to reduce diabetic symptoms, according to the author.
What are some of the mouthwatering recipes you can create which are just as scrumptious as they are healthy?
- Garlic Knot Chicken Wings
- Sausage Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Chimichurri Chicken Breasts
- Chocolate Pecan Cake
- Macaroon Crust New York Style Ricotta Cheesecake
Those are just a few of the more than 130 recipes in this book, which refute the long-held belief that eating healthy has to taste bad.
One force driven home throughout this healthy cookbook is that these are “normal foods” that anyone can get their hands on. The recipes are laid out simply, in a very uncomplicated manner. You do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive specialty foods or ingredients.
The section on dessert recipes will probably become an instant favorite. It really is possible to make mouthwatering dishes that are also low in carbohydrates and other unhealthy ingredients. Complete sections are devoted to main dishes, side dishes and even comfort food.
You learn how to replace wheat, gluten, and processed white flour with healthy almond flour, and the full color pictures on each page give you an idea of how visually attractive these recipes turn out. As several online purchasers of The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook have noted, you can serve these low-carb, healthy recipes to your friends and family and they will not be able to tell the difference between their food and an unhealthy alternative.
Who Benefits from The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook (Best of the Best Presents)?
Stella sons Christian and Anthony lost a combined 235 pounds enjoying a nutritious and delicious low-carb approach to eating. Author and father George and wife Rachel lost a combined 335 pounds and are healthier and happier than ever.
If you long to lose weight, look and feel great and begin living a much fuller, healthier life, The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook from George Stella of the food network TV show reveals how to do exactly that.