The Keto Cookbook: Innovative Delicious Meals for Staying on the Ketogenic Diet

The Keto Cookbook: Innovative Delicious Meals for Staying on the Ketogenic Diet

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The Keto Cookbook is for those using the ketogenic diet to treat pediatric epilepsy and other neurologic conditions. Each of the 96 recipes for breakfast and brunch, appetizers and snacks, lunch, dinner, and sweets and treats, are compliant with the Keto Calculator and therefore ingredient portions are provided in grams.

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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617050930
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/17/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Dawn Martenz is the mother of a child on the Ketogenic diet. She ended up at the Children's National Medical Center in DC after she went through tireless trials of different combinations of Anti-Epileptic Drugs. Her child lives with Dravet's, a severe myoclonic epilepsy found in infancy.

Table of Contents

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)

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The Keto Cookbook: Innovative Delicious Meals for Staying on the Ketogenic Diet 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some adjustment needed in your ketocalculator account because the recipes use 40% cream, European butter and have a higher protein and carb content than most people...
Ezinwanyi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
nylne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
KETO COOKBOOK In addition to suffering from type one diabetes, I also suffer from diabetic ketoacidosis a condition that causes the deficient insulin hormone to prevent insulin from utilizing carbohydrates for fuel instead, the body uses fat for fuel resulting in the kidney retaining extra sugar that is dumped into the urine increasing urination and causing dehydration which results in several days to a few weeks hospitalization. I also suffer from gastro paresis a condition that prevents gastric emptying and abdominal distention and premature fullness after meals and as well as vomiting. When I received the cookbook, I did not understood, that the cookbook was meant to assist those who suffer from epileptic seizures. My diabetic condition requires me to eat 45 carbohydrates for each meal to avoid slipping into a diabetic coma.However, my sister does suffer from epileptic seizures so I will pass the cookbook on to her and ask her to share her opinion as to how well the Keto recipes work for her. After sampling the recipes I would like know if she believes following the recipes have reduced or stopped her seizures.The pictures displaying the egg salad and celery root chips, egg and red pepper breakfast cups, bacon and egg cream cups, and the white chicken chili appear very appetizing. Some of the recipes are very unique such as teriyaki salmon cakes and the chicken curry and tuna patties. There were also a few pictures of recipes that were unattractive and unappealing.
RShelton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
RedSable on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Editormum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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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