THE CARBOHYDRATE CRAVER'S DIET COOKBOOK by Judith J. & Margaret Leibenstein Wurtman

THE CARBOHYDRATE CRAVER'S DIET COOKBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A companion volume to Wurtman's Carbohydrate Craver's Diet (K. 1982, p. 1334), this sets out highly specific menus that eliminate the considerable planning and application needed to follow the original. As Wurtman (M.I.T.) briefly recapitulates at the beginning, the diet is for those who crave sweet and starchy foods: research indicates that such foods release a chemical in the brain that gives a physical and mental lift. Since other types of foods don't have such an effect, carbohydrate cravings can only be satisfied by carbohydrate intake. And in Wurtman's view, a satisfied dieter will stick to a low-calorie regimen--which is basically what this is--longer than one whose cravings go unsated. So each menu plan consists of a carbohydrate-based diet that allows 900 calories a day at meals, plus a 200-calorie snack. Readers can choose among daily regimens based on pasta, rice, grains, potatoes, or peas and beans; the dishes themselves are varied and relatively easy to prepare, if not exciting. (Tacos, stuffed tomatoes, ""Halibut a la Russe"" are sample fare.) Step-by-step instructions for those who get results with a low-calorie approach--and hate planning menus, or experimenting.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1983
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin