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The ketogenic diet, which is very high in fats and low in carbohydrates, was first developed almost 80 years ago. It makes the body burn fat for energy instead of glucose. When carefully monitored by a medical team familiar with its use, the diet helps two out of three children who are tried on it and may prevent seizures completely in one out of three. It is a strict diet, and takes a strong commitment from the whole family. The ketogenic diet is not a do-it-yourself diet. It is a serious form of treatment that, like other therapies for epilepsy, has some side effects that have to be watched for.
The Keto Cookbook is a cookbook for those using the diet to treat epilepsy and other neurologic conditions. The book contains 96 recipes grouped by breakfast and brunch, appetizers & snacks, lunch, dinner, and sweets and treats. The book includes a 16-page color insert illustrating each recipe. Since many children start the Keto Diet before they speak, the pictures of the meal and snack options allow children to choose what they want, helping overcome food refusal due to lack of variety of foods and/or child's loss of control over food options. This book provides parents and children with options that have been tested and are kid- and Registered Dietitian- approved.
Features of The Keto Cookbook include:

96 kid and dietitian tested and approved recipes for the keto diet presented in full color
Recipes are coded by symbol to indicate personality type and cooking times
Allergy information for the eight most common allergens
Practical suggestions to help people "keto-proof" their life, from the kitchen, to the car, to the classroom.
Four sample shopping lists and vacation guidelines will help families prepare for the unexpected
Sample forms for the Transportation Safety Agency, School/Daycare Center, and Emergency Room/Primary Physician
;1. A Short History of the Ketogenic Diet; 2. Charlotte's story; 3. Community and Household Hazards; 4. Recipes: a. Breakfast and Brunch, b. Appetizers & Snacks, c. Lunch, d. Dinner; e. Sweets and Treats; 5. Resources: a. Sample letter for visiting the ER or outside hospital, b. Sample letter for travelling (TSA), c. List of stores/products, d. How to compile simple meals (protein + fat + carb)

Topics: Diets, Informative, Tips & Tricks, Cookbooks, Disease, Guides, and Parenting

Published: Demos Health on Jun 17, 2011
ISBN: 9781936303236
List price: $29.95
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Admittedly, I never really heard of the ketogenic diet before reading this book. However, being insulin resistant, I found it to be extremely informative. I did agree with one of the other reviews about the proofreading errors, but aside from that it is a very well-written book. The recipes sound good, and the pictures included look even better. I can't wait to try some of these recipes out!read more
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I received this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and have yet to be able to actually cook anything from it. Since I am currently unable to be in the kitchen I am reviewing this book solely as a book.When I requested it I somehow missed that this was a specialized diet for helping those who suffer from epilepsy. The foreward is a short history on how the diet came to be, and is subsequently followed a short letter that makes it very clear that this cookbook and diet should not be used without medical supervision. The book begins with an overview that is very similar to other cookbooks in terms of giving you techniques, symbol guides, etc. But it also gives more medical advice that a physician should be consulted to make sure that your child has the correct amount of fats, etc. It discusses needed utensils, specifically stating that a digital gram scale is needed.The cookbook also has fill in the blank spots. One of these is on pg 23. where you have a chance to locate the 17 potential kitchen hazards, a conversion chart, and letters to potential caregivers, medical providers where you can fill out your child's specific needs, etc. The cookbook them has 16 pages of color foods whose recipes are contained within.The recipes are divided in to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Each recipe has the recipe name, the calories, carbs, etc underneath. To the right there are the symbols that were explained in the overview. The recipes themselves are divided into the ingredients, then a paragraph with the directions, followed by notes at the bottom.When I am able to get into the kitchen here is an example of the recipes I'm most excited to try.Breakfast: Bacon and Egg Cream Cups and Pumpkin Microwave PuddingLunch: Flax Crackers and Olive Tapenade and Rainbow Trout Roll-UpsDinner: Meatball cup and Chicken Curry PattieSnacks: Pumpkin Seed Muffins and No-Bake chocolate snacks.read more
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I would have loved to give this book five stars. I really would. But I'm a professional editor, and whoever copyedited this book needs to give the publishers their money back. For example, in every single place where the author refers to the aisle of a supermarket, it's an "isle." And that's not the only misspelling I noted. It's VERY distracting and seriously detracts from what would have been an otherwise remarkable and outstanding book. (It also makes me worry about their attention to detail in more crucial areas, like the recipe measurements...) Note to demosHealth: If you need a good editor, call me. Pet peeves aside, I LOVE this book. My family does not deal with the severe forms of epilepsy that the ketogenic diet is designed to treat, but my children and I all suffer from severe migraines and I have a glucose processing disorder, so we follow a higher fat, lower carbohydrate diet than most of the general population. I was curious to see what tips and tricks I could pick up from people for whom carbohydrate is, essentially, poison.I cannot wait to try some of these recipes, which sound delightful and have clearly been formulated to minimize carbohydrate content while maximizing flavour and visual appeal. The sample letters for various community contacts who may be responsible for a child's meals during time away from a regular caregiver will be an excellent resource for parents who need to communicate the severity of a seizure disorder to non-medical personnel. And the spaces for a family's dietician to write in measurements as they work together to tweak recipes to a child's individual needs will obviously be invaluable.The ONLY drawback I see to this cookbook for non-keto families is that the recipes generally make only one serving, and all the measurements are in grams. I understand the reasons why, but non-keto shoppers should be aware that you're going to have to do some math and some measurement conversions to make these recipes work for a family. That said, I highly recommend this cookbook as a resource for families struggling with epilepsy disorders, glucose disorders, and gluten intolerance, as these recipes will be a godsend to all of them.read more
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Admittedly, I never really heard of the ketogenic diet before reading this book. However, being insulin resistant, I found it to be extremely informative. I did agree with one of the other reviews about the proofreading errors, but aside from that it is a very well-written book. The recipes sound good, and the pictures included look even better. I can't wait to try some of these recipes out!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I received this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and have yet to be able to actually cook anything from it. Since I am currently unable to be in the kitchen I am reviewing this book solely as a book.When I requested it I somehow missed that this was a specialized diet for helping those who suffer from epilepsy. The foreward is a short history on how the diet came to be, and is subsequently followed a short letter that makes it very clear that this cookbook and diet should not be used without medical supervision. The book begins with an overview that is very similar to other cookbooks in terms of giving you techniques, symbol guides, etc. But it also gives more medical advice that a physician should be consulted to make sure that your child has the correct amount of fats, etc. It discusses needed utensils, specifically stating that a digital gram scale is needed.The cookbook also has fill in the blank spots. One of these is on pg 23. where you have a chance to locate the 17 potential kitchen hazards, a conversion chart, and letters to potential caregivers, medical providers where you can fill out your child's specific needs, etc. The cookbook them has 16 pages of color foods whose recipes are contained within.The recipes are divided in to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Each recipe has the recipe name, the calories, carbs, etc underneath. To the right there are the symbols that were explained in the overview. The recipes themselves are divided into the ingredients, then a paragraph with the directions, followed by notes at the bottom.When I am able to get into the kitchen here is an example of the recipes I'm most excited to try.Breakfast: Bacon and Egg Cream Cups and Pumpkin Microwave PuddingLunch: Flax Crackers and Olive Tapenade and Rainbow Trout Roll-UpsDinner: Meatball cup and Chicken Curry PattieSnacks: Pumpkin Seed Muffins and No-Bake chocolate snacks.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I would have loved to give this book five stars. I really would. But I'm a professional editor, and whoever copyedited this book needs to give the publishers their money back. For example, in every single place where the author refers to the aisle of a supermarket, it's an "isle." And that's not the only misspelling I noted. It's VERY distracting and seriously detracts from what would have been an otherwise remarkable and outstanding book. (It also makes me worry about their attention to detail in more crucial areas, like the recipe measurements...) Note to demosHealth: If you need a good editor, call me. Pet peeves aside, I LOVE this book. My family does not deal with the severe forms of epilepsy that the ketogenic diet is designed to treat, but my children and I all suffer from severe migraines and I have a glucose processing disorder, so we follow a higher fat, lower carbohydrate diet than most of the general population. I was curious to see what tips and tricks I could pick up from people for whom carbohydrate is, essentially, poison.I cannot wait to try some of these recipes, which sound delightful and have clearly been formulated to minimize carbohydrate content while maximizing flavour and visual appeal. The sample letters for various community contacts who may be responsible for a child's meals during time away from a regular caregiver will be an excellent resource for parents who need to communicate the severity of a seizure disorder to non-medical personnel. And the spaces for a family's dietician to write in measurements as they work together to tweak recipes to a child's individual needs will obviously be invaluable.The ONLY drawback I see to this cookbook for non-keto families is that the recipes generally make only one serving, and all the measurements are in grams. I understand the reasons why, but non-keto shoppers should be aware that you're going to have to do some math and some measurement conversions to make these recipes work for a family. That said, I highly recommend this cookbook as a resource for families struggling with epilepsy disorders, glucose disorders, and gluten intolerance, as these recipes will be a godsend to all of them.
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If you are on a ketogenic diet, or have a family member on a ketogenic diet, this book has all the fundmentals and recipes for a variety for family menus. A ketogenic diet is extremely high in fat and should only be followed by those under the care of medical doctors, such as a nutritionist, dietician, neurologist, or other medical doctor. This book isn't a low-carb diet book for those interested in low-carb recipes. It is specifically designed for ketogenic diets.Having said all that, it is a thoughtfully presented and researched cookbook. The authors, Dawn Marie Martenz and Laura Cramp, have created recipes that look and taste as delicious as possible for anyone on the diet. Martenz's story is inspirational. The choice of recipes ensures that if one family member is on the diet, then they can still eat the same menu item, just one portion specifically measured and cooked separately for one person. For example, there are recipes for pigs in a blanket, tacos, cupcakes, sushi, pizza, and crackers. So if the rest of the family is having a pizza for dinner, the person on the ketogenic diet may have a specially prepared pizza made for them, and the whole family can sit down together and eat the same menu item. Important if a child is on this diet because of siezures, so they can feel they are part of the dinner table.This book has color pictures and precise measurements for recipes ensuring a particular number of calories and ratio fat to carbs are met on specific diets that are already calculated.If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as epilepsy, and a medical doctor has advised you to go on a ketogenic diet, this would be a great cookbook to have in the kitchen.
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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.Since our daughter has some mild seizures I thought The Keto Cookbook might provide some additional useful information and recipes to help. After reading the book I felt the diet was too stringent to be feasible in our situation but I felt some of the recipes would work well for my diabetic low carbohydrate diet.
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I have to say, when I first looked through this book I was scared to try the recipes. The diet industries have drummed it into my head that fat is bad, carbs are bad too. So seeing recipes calling for heavy cream, butters etc elicited an automatic NO response.After I braved a few recipes, and saw the effects on my 2 kids, I became more of a believer.First, I want to thank the writer of the book for including pictures. It is so helpful to see what the food is supposed to look like for each thing. Thank you for breaking down the nutritional content as well.My picky eater daughter loves the chicken nuggets, so I make that at about 2-3 times a week. She also loves the tacos. So we have some weekly staples. She didn't like most of the pasta recipes. But I know it is because she is so picky.This book is well-written and easy to follow. Even if your child doesn't like it, at least you know you can make most of the dishes and you know what they should look like.
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