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Clever Interactive Online Cookbook

by Cherié Davidson*, January 2006

EzineArticles Expert Author Cherie Davidson

A good cookbook gets well used and eventually becomes filled with notes, papers, smudges and miscellaneous residue from family gatherings. It is repeatedly hauled on and off the bookshelf, and the better the recipes it contains, the more quickly it shows loving wear. However, I was recently introduced to a fresh, fun and innovative cookbook that I can't wear out, no matter how much I love it. And that's only the beginning of its advantages and delights...

As a low carber for many years I have found a great majority of terrific "low-carbed" recipes online through forums, e-mail groups, friends, and various low carb websites. I can't even begin to estimate the hours spent online gathering great recipes. I had always had an idea in the back of my mind that it would be great to have some way to organize online, some kind of online recipe book, and I am very pleased to tell you that someone has done exactly that - and in a fun, organized and very interactive way.

Low Carb Is Easy (www.lowcarbiseasy.com) is a clever meshing of an interactive cookbook and an information Website. The cookbook software contains a database of over 100 recipes tested and approved as low carb, and tasty - with most being only three carbohydrate grams or less. And these are recipes specifically meant for enjoyment and to offer instructions on foods that can be tricky to recreate in a low carb version. Chapters cover Biscuits, bread and cakes; Desserts and ices; Main courses - cheeses, eggs, fish and nuts; Main courses - meat and poultry; Salads, soups and vegetables; Sauces, snacks and sweets. All recipes come with complete nutritional information, including carb counts.

Once you subscribe to The Low Carb is Easy Cookbook, you receive full access to all the recipes and great customization tools for personalizing your cookbook:

  • Existing recipes can be edited to suit your family's needs, and the nutritional information will automatically update for you
  • New recipes can be imported and added directly to the cookbook
  • Carb calculator allows adjustments and updating for any ingredients or portion size changes you might want to make
  • Contents page can be personalized with your new recipes
  • You can print out individual recipes or the entire cookbook for real hands-on use

The folks at Low Carb is Easy put a lot of thought into this online cookbook, making it easy to use online and offline in print form. They have also provided a wealth of information for serious cooks as well as those who want low carb information, articles, measurement and reference tables, and related resources.

I was delighted to find so much helpful information at my fingertips, but even more than that, I love the idea of this easy and fun way to organize, update and tailor all my recipes. If you have ever wished for a better way to control your individual recipes, or keep your collection of favorites conveniently on your computer, then I recommend taking a look at the Low Carb is Easy interactive cookbook. I have found it to be a great solution - and no matter how well loved, there's no wear, tear, smudges or sticky spots to be found.

* Cherié Davidson is a web writer living in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. For over 20 years, her work has focused primarily on website content and copywriting, articles, press releases, reviews and e-books, with a great deal of experience writing research, business and technical articles, marketing materials, and essays. Cherié has been published in regional and national newspapers, magazines, and by hundreds of online websites. This review of the Cookbook originally appeared at EzineArticles.com


Product Spotlight: Low Carb is Easy

by Stacy Shanahan, CarbHealth magazine, December 2003

CarbHealth magazine, December 2003

Don't you hate it when you can never find your favorite low carb recipe when you need it? Can't remember what website it was on or what book it was in?

The "Low Carb is Easy Cookbook" is the solution to this problem. It is an interactive cookbook that allows you to customize and add recipes so that they are accessible in one convenient place. By purchasing the interactive cookbook, you will have access to 70 delicious, easy to prepare, low carb recipes [now - Low Carb is Easy.com]. Most of the recipes contain less than 3 carbs per serving. If you don't like one of the ingredients or if you just want to make some changes for variety, you can substitute one or more of the ingredients and it will re-calculate the carb count with your changes. There is a blank recipe template as well for you to add your favorite low carb recipes - ones that you have created, or from other sources. You can keep all your favorite recipes from CarbHealth magazine all in one place!

[The Cookbook isn't of course just designed to be viewed on screen or used interactively. If all you want is a conventional cookbook, hit the PrintAll button and the entire Cookbook will print out, ready for you to put into any standard A4 or letter size ring binder to keep on your kitchen shelf. - Low Carb is Easy.com]

Some of the recipes include:

  • Lasagna
  • Spinach & ricotta bake
  • Meatloaf
  • Christmas pudding
  • Marzipan biscuits
  • Chicken & mushroom
  • Quiche
  • Shortbread
  • Truffles
  • Waldorf salad

The cookbook provides tips on setting up your low carb kitchen and includes helpful notes on less common ingredients such as flax seed, tahini, soya flour, and thickeners. There is also a section on common ingredients and a convenient reference table of their carb counts. The cookbook was designed to be used internationally - providing measurement conversions in metric, imperial, and volume.

What I like best is that since there is no software to download or install, you can access and update your personal cookbook from any computer where you can access the internet. If you are at a friend's, at family's, or at work, you can log on and easily get the recipes you need. Great for the upcoming holidays!

Interested? I urge you to log on to http://www.lowcarbiseasy.com and take the free tour and demo. The website also provides a number of useful hints, ideas, and links. The cookbook is under 20 US dollars [£14.99 GBP] for an annual subscription, [subsequent annual renewal less than 8 US dollars / £4.99 GBP - Low Carb is Easy.com] which to me is a steal for the convenience of keeping all my recipes organized and easily accessible!


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