Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You never notice how many things have sugar in it until you’re trying to avoid sugar. Luckily, there are some great sweet alternatives that make the loss of sugar more bearable. Many of these ingredients are even low-carb, which is healthier for you and can even aide in weight loss. With all of this in mind, I’m always on the lookout for more recipes that are already adapted to avoid sugar, whether it’s something sweet or savory. Enter Elviira Krebber’s Low Sugar, So Simple, which claims to offer “100 delicious low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free recipes for eating clean and living healthy.”
The first few chapters are dedicated to explaining why it’s important to reduce the sugar in your diet. You learn about what sugar does physically and mentally and the benefits you’ll experience if you cut back or avoid it altogether. You also get a really handy look at all of the different names for sugar, what each kind does to you, and the harm or value that it offers if you’re eating low-carb. Next up you discover the sugar substitutes and alternative sugars that are available to be used. After you get past this information, you’ll hit the recipes.
The first section is dedicated to sauces, dressings, and breads. You’ll get everything from your own mayonnaise and ketchup to mug bread and tortillas. While I can see myself making many of the sauces that are available, I probably won’t do many of the bread options. Still, if you’re looking for some bread, these are all suitable options.
The other sections are broken up into courses, such as Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. My issue here is with recipe selection. I don’t feel like there is a decent amount of variety. For example, the majority of lunch options are either sandwiches, wraps, or something similar that is basically meat and/or vegetables encased or surrounded by some type of bread, which is also a recipe in the book.
Other recipes are good but can leave you scratching your head at the ingredients in some of the recipes. I was struck with this issue when looking at a recipe for “Taco Casserole.” Oddly, this contains green beans, which might taste fine, but is hardly representative of what you’d expect to find in your average taco. Desserts and drinks are also given a chapter a piece.
Of the 100 recipes that are here I find myself either loving or not caring about them with little room in between. I instantly knew what I would try and what I would never bother with. Unfortunately, I think I probably won’t bother with most of the things here, either, because the recipe wasn’t new to me or because I’m not looking for what was being offered. I will undoubtedly ignore the lunch section altogether as I have no need for sandwich ideas. Also, the dessert section uses almond flour a lot, so if you’re in the mood for something sweet and you hate almond flour, you’ll need to adjust to use other flours instead. While this can be done, newer low-carb cooks may have difficulties as all of these alternative flours work a little differently.
Is Low Sugar, So Simple Recommended?
It depends. If you’re new to low carb eating you’re probably going to find a few gems here. If you’re not new you could still find a few things to enjoy, but the questions becomes whether or not five or ten recipes out of a book of 100 is worth the full price you’ll pay for this book. I recommend checking out Krebber’s website, Low Carb So Simple to see if the recipes she offers are for you.