In The Ketogenic Cookbook, written by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich, readers are introduced to the ketogenic diet – a low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet. (It’s commonly referred to as a keto diet.) While this may seem counter-intuitive to what modern-day science is trying to tell us, many are finding success losing weight and becoming healthier by following a ketogenic diet. By consuming little to no carbs, the body goes into a state of ketosis – it burns its own fat as a primary source of fuel.
In the book we learn what prompted the two to collaborate on the book, the history of the ketogenic diet, why it can heal the body, the nutrition behind the diet, and the correlation between a keto diet and Paleo diet. And being that it is a cookbook, there are sections on cooking keto and specialty ingredients (many of which you can find at stores such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Earth Fare) . Along the way, we read of testimonials of how the two have helped others through sharing the keto/low-carb diet.
I tried the diet for a couple of weeks. During that time, my stomach felt pretty good – no bloating or indigestion and my elimination patterns became more regular. I think that there can be a lot of positive things to be said about this diet. On the negative side, it can be difficult to follow if you are the only one in your household doing so.
I like the book and think that it is a good primer for the ketogenic diet. Plus, there are a lot of recipes good for those on the diet and even those who are not. Below are some of the items that I made from The Ketogenic Cookbook:
Believe it or not, there is a recipe for Keto Bread. It is made using eggs and egg white protein powder. I think it’s quite revolutionary. (Tip: Don’t use vanilla flavored egg white protein powder or it may taste a little too much like angel food cake.)
My own breakfast sandwich using slices of keto bread.
The recipe for zucchini tots has been my favorite so far. The tots are baked in a mini-muffin pan. (I was unable to find my pan, so I used the next best thing – a doughnut hole pan.) And lucky for us, Maria has permitted me to share her recipe for zucchini tots with you. Try it – you will like it. It is also a delicious way to get your kids to try zucchini, even if they are not on a keto diet.
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- 2 cups shredded zucchini about 1 medium zucchini
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheese about 4 ounces (or nutritional yeast if dairy-sensitive)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
Place the shredded zucchini in a medium-sized bowl and toss with the salt. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze out any moisture and discard the liquid.
Sprinkle the coconut flour onto the zucchini and toss well to coat. Add the eggs, cheddar cheese, onion, and paprika and mix well to combine.
Fill each muffin cup with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the zucchini mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Run a knife around the tots to loosen as soon as you get them out of the oven. Let cool for a minute to allow them to set up, then remove them from the muffin pan.
Recipe NotesRecipe from The Ketogenic Cookbook, copyright 2015. Reprinted with permission from the author.
Recipes In the Book
The Ketogenic Cookbook is a beautiful, full-color cookbook. There are recipes for making basic condiments such as dairy-free hollandaise, homemade mustards, tartar sauce, ranch dressing, tomato sauce, nacho cheese sauce, enchilada sauce, and more. There are recipes for:
- Breakfast (French Scrambled Eggs, Dairy-Free Breakfast Pizza, and Creamy Zucchini Hash Browns are a few of the starters),
- Appetizers (how does Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Curds sound to you?),
- Beef and Lamb (Asian Meatballs, Meaty Spaghetti, and Swedish Meatballs to name a few),
- Pork (Asian Lettuce Wraps and Stromboli are a couple of examples),
- Poultry (Lasagna Roll-Ups, Zesty Chicken Pizza, Chicken Enchiladas, Gumbo, and many more),
- Fish and Seafood (Shrimp Po’ Boys, Seafood Salad, and Shrimp Scampi are a few that I want to make),
- Vegetarian Dishes (Fried Parmesan Tomatoes, Brie and Tomato Sandwich, Pizza Margherita, Mini Egg Salad Sandwiches)
- Sides (Keto Bread, Keto Naan, Braised Cabbage, Slow Cooker Cabbage “Pasta,” Spinach Dip), and
- Treats (tempting keto desserts such as Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Easy Mocha Fudge Truffles, and Cookie Dough Brownies are a few included in the book).
The Ketogenic Cookbook includes a sample 7-Day Meal Plans and lists resources to help those who want to begin a keto diet.
Who Might Benefit From the Keto Diet?
According to Chris Kesser, a low carb diet is beneficial for the following conditions (but aren’t limited to):
- Overweight and obesity
- High blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, diabetes (both type 1 & type 2)
- Traumatic brain injury
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Other neurological conditions
About the Authors
In 2004, Jimmy Moore lost 180 pounds thanks to a radical (low carb) lifestyle change. Since that time, he went on to create the successful blog, Livin’ La Vida Low Carb.
Maria Emmerich suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux. While searching for a solution, she recalled how her veterinarian inquired about her pet’s diet when her dog was losing her hair in patches. Maria questioned why her physicians didn’t ask about her diet. After digging deeper, she ended up cutting out most carbs and all grains and saw immediate improvement in her health. She has gone on to publish books and has taken on clients as a nutritionist. Maria’s blog is Maria Mind Body Health.