Book Review

Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking by Maria Emmerich

I really wanted to like Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking because the author is so well-respected in the keto community.  Maria Emmerich has written a number of keto guides and cookbooks, including Keto-Adapted, Easy Dairy-Free Ketogenic RecipesThe 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse, Keto Comfort Foods, Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet, Keto Restaurant Favorites, and, with Jimmy Moore, The Ketogenic Cookbook.  With so many successful books on the market, I’m sure one of them will suit me but this one isn’t it.

My main issue with this book is serving sizes.   Several of the recipes call for 4 chicken thighs and the number of servings for the recipe is 4.  I just don’t think that 1 chicken thigh is going to cut it for most people for a meal.  In my house, the whole recipe would be eaten by my 16 year old son.  I suppose I could double the recipe, but I’d be doubling every recipe in the book, tripling if I want leftovers for lunches the next day.

Another issue I have with this book, and I can say the same about a lot of cookbooks out there,  is the trend in cookbooks towards food snobbery.  Recipes that call for grass-fed meat, organic fruit and vegetables or free run eggs.  Yeah I get it, in a perfect world we’d all live on this stuff but the reality is that most of us can’t afford it.   Another trend that ticks me off is recipes that call for some very strange, not the kind of stuff the average person has in their kitchen cupboards, ingredients.  For example, grass-fed gelatin? Yacon syrup?

On the positive side, this book is well laid out and the directions are clear.  One of my pet peeves is cookbooks that don’t have nice pictures and nutritional information for every recipe and this book has both.  The pictures in this book are beautiful.

I’m going to be honest and say that, I haven’t actually tried any of the recipes yet. I have no doubt that some of the recipes are going to taste very good.  There are a few that I plan to try and when I do, I’ll post the results.

I borrowed this book from the library and I’m glad that I didn’t  buy it.   I just know that it’s not something I’ll go back to again and again.  I plan to look into some of Maria’s other books though as I suspect that this one just didn’t grab me.  What I really want, and can’t find, is a ketogenic version of The Joy of Cooking with all the baking, pasta and dessert recipes converted to keto versions. Maybe I’ll write it myself someday!


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