Low Carbing Among Friends, Vol. 3

Low Carbing Among Friends
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I am pleased to tell you that the third in our series of low carb cookbooks is available for pre-order now, and will be shipping in early January.  I have 60 low carb, gluten-free recipes in this one. Well, 59 actually, as one decided to go missing on my computer and we actually had so many recipes as it was, we decided not to include it.  But I wasn’t just a contributor this time; I actually played the role of co-editor with Jennifer Eloff to get all of the authors’ recipes into the same format and in tip-top shape.  So, lucky me, I got a sneak preview of everyone’s recipes and there are some mouth-watering goodies in there!

Once again, this was a combined effort with many great recipes from your favourite low-carb cooks, as well as a section devoted to recipes from other low carb contributors.  Plus forwards from nutrition and fitness experts such as Dr. Parker, Dr. Su and Tom Nikkola.  This is truly a book to guide you on your journey to health and fitness.  This time, my co-authors include Kent Altena of Atkins Diet Geek, Judy Barnes Baker of Carb Wars, Vanessa Romero of Healthy Living How To, Kyndra Holley of Peace, Love and Low Carb, and of course, Jennifer Eloff of Splendid Low Carbing.  It’s a great team, if I do say so myself.

Have I sold you yet?  Still on the fence?  Well then…let me give you a few preview pictures of my recipes to tempt your tummies.

Bon Appetit...low carb, gluten-free style.

Maple-Glazed Donuts
Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup
Ginger Pear Muffins
Ginger Pear Muffins
Rosemary Lemon Scones
Almond Joy Tart
Ginger Lemon Chicken Thighs
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  1. Katharine says

    Congrats! I have no idea how you have the time and creative energy to do all that you do!! Impressive! I will definitely purchase this book. I have the second volume and use it to make your turtle/shortbread bars at least monthly. Even if I never cook another recipe, that one makes the cookbook a treasure in my kitchen! I need to explore the other items, too. Quick question – would you say this 3rd volume has “evolved” or changed in any direction? i.e. are more folks using swerve instead of splenda, etc. or are the ingredients almost identical to the last one? Hope it’s ok to ask on this forum… (and a related question – if a recipe calls for splenda can you just sub swerve equally?). THANKS AND CONGRATS!

    • Carolyn says

      Thanks, Katharine! I don’t know that it’s evolved, as each author has their own preferences when it comes to sweeteners. Some of us don’t like Splenda…I think Judy, Vanessa, Kyndra and I stuck mostly with erythritol and stevia products. But you do get some new voices and insight on things. For most recipes that call for granulated splenda, yes, you could most likely sub Swerve. For liquid sucralose, it’s trickier because it has no volume or bulk and Swerve does. If you spy a recipe you really want to try, point it out to me and I will see if I can think of a good way to use different sweeteners.

  2. Melanie E. says

    I think you deserve your own cookbook, Carolyn! I’d prefer having a collection of just your recipes–and photography! I think it would end up looking really classy!

    • Carolyn says

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Melanie. That’s definitely a possibility in the future. :) Let me get through the holidays first!

  3. says

    Ooooh Christmas gift idea for my low carbing friends!!
    But, I’m with Melanie E.! I can’t believe you still don’t have a cookbook of your own!
    Recently I spoke to a friend of mine and she said her hubs was diagnosed with diabetes and she was diagnosed with gluten allergies… I immediately directed her to your site…she’s hooked. :)

  4. Sarah says

    This is so exciting to me, like part 3 in a trilogy!!! I’m already asking for Book 2 for Christmas, now I have a birthday gift to ask for after that!

  5. Alice B. says

    Yes, but I already pre-ordered with the first Facebook notice I saw of it weekend before last (I think! Recently, anyway!) Can’t wait for each and every installment of the series to arrive and your being back in this one makes it that much more special!

    I’m so grateful to you and all the other wonderful ladies and gentlemen who are so creative and share so generously. It’s so thrilling that some of you all get to be part of this awesome treasure in the low carb/gluten-free world! I’m so happy for each of you and for all of us!


  6. Kemi says

    I didn’t realize there were two more. I do have the first one but my concern was that there were a lot of recipes using Splenda and some flours (not coconut or almond) and so I couldn’t use a lot of the recipes. I am a diabetic and I do not use any sugars, starches or grains (per Dr. Davis). Can you tell me if this book uses those ingredients?

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Kemi…each author has there own way of being low carb and gluten-free, although I can say that Judy, Kyndra, Vanessa and I all lean toward being mostly artificial-sweetener and grain-free too. So a lot of the recipes are made that way in Vol 3. But keep in mind that almost any recipe can be adapted for other sweeteners and if you want, I can help you find ways to make the ones you like grain-free as well.

  7. says

    Just pre-ordered my copy and ordered a copy of No. 2 as well — somehow I missed that! I LOVE Vol. 1 and that’s actually how I became an ADIDAF devotee, LOL! Thanks, Carolyn.

  8. JennM says

    Congratulations, Carolyn! I wish you and the rest of the team much success!

    I hope you don’t mind if I provide a little constructive criticism (since I hope there will be a volume 4!). I bought volume 2 several months ago. I’ve been a fan of your blog and wonderful recipes for a while, and I kept seeing all of these lovely promotional pictures from recipes in the book. But imagine my surprise when the cookbook didn’t actually have any photos! I was immediately disappointed and felt a little misled. I understand that color printing adds considerably to the cost of producing a book, and I know that can be limiting. I could get over not having photos (though I use my cookbooks with photos more often than others–I’m a visual learner). But I almost never cook from this book for one simple reason, and it has nothing to do with the recipes (which I’m sure are all lovely). It is difficult to find recipes due to the content organization. In order to find anything I have to either know the exact name of the dish or the name of the author. In other cookbooks I’m able to turn to “entrees” and flip through that section until I find what I’d like to cook for dinner. Here, I have to search for and flip through multiple different “entree” sections scattered throughout the book in order to find anything. So, I find that this great collection of recipes goes unused because it isn’t very user-friendly. I’m guessing this format was chosen to highlight each author separately, but I have little interest in memorizing the authors for every recipe I like–though when I find a great recipe, I will look up the author and visit their web site for more! I would love to see volume 4 organized like a traditional cookbook, with single sections for entrees, desserts, appetizers, etc. and the author listed with the recipe. I know I would reach for that book so much more often!

  9. Viki says

    Carolyn, I follow your blog religously – truly love the way you write! I have the first two volumes (spiral bound) and have pre-ordered #3. I do agree with Jennm that searching for recipes by category would be so much easier if they were organized for the end user. I follow several of the authors’ blogs and recognize them by name but sometimes I need a recipe quickly and would really like to go to the category and get all the available recipes. Thanks for all you do to help us with our low carb life style!

  10. says

    Carolyn, congratulations! Your cookbook is fantastic! I wanted to hop up from my desk to make several of your recipes! It was very tempting while editing. Thanks so much for your assistance. You are a wonderful editor, writer, photographer and cookbook author. I am very happy our paths crossed. You share the same desire to help others on their special diets as what I do. You also take great delight in food chemistry and the thrill of converting old favorite, less healthy recipes to healthier, gluten-free, low-carb, sugar-free recipes. I am so happy to be in a position to be able to encourage younger talent.

    JennM and Vicki, we (the publishers) have actually been considering doing volume 4 exactly the way you are dreaming about – by categories and just putting the author’s name below each recipe. :) At the moment the easiest way to find entrees, etc. in vol. 1, 2 and now 3 is to use the comprehensive, though easy-to-navigate index.

    Up until now, we’ve had substantial books (60 recipes) within the cookbooks from some of the authors, but in volume 4 and subsequent volumes in the series, there will be a reunion of as many of the authors as possible – and each of their books will be only 35 recipes. One can see how that makes it important to go by category instead of by author. So, I’m happy to say we will oblige. :)

    As for photos, if you look at the top 20, low-carb cookbooks, none of them offer photos. However, all the people that buy our cookbooks have to own a computer as these books are bought online only. We have hundreds of photos available between the website, amongfriends.us and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/LowCarbingAmongFriends?ref=hl) and the individual author’s blogs.

    As for using your own sweeteners – we give sugar equivalents to make substitutions easy. We all tend to have our own favorite sweeteners, however, typically it’s a combination of stevia and erythritol or sucralose and erythritol. Using a stevia/erythritol blend instead of either is a no-brainer – two on the market: Steviva Blend and Truvia. Although some people suffer a bit of intestinal distress from the latter two options – have no idea why as Stevia on its own won’t do that and neither typically will erythritol. I think most people tolerate those products well, however, I am not one of them.

    • JennM says


      That is great news about the format changes for the next book! I’m looking forward to checking out volume 4 in the future! :)

      On the issue of pictures, I understand that photos are available online. However, it would be cumbersome for me to flip through a cookbook and also look up photos online as I’m making decisions. It just isn’t practical! If I’m using my laptop in the kitchen, I’m cooking directly from a blog or other web site…where I will have recipes and pictures together in one place (with no need to purchase a cookbook). I also hear your point about the top low-carb cookbooks not having photos, but I’d be willing to wager that the top cookbooks in general do. Perhaps I’m an anomaly among low-carb cookbook purchasers, but I don’t restrict myself strictly to “low-carb” cookbooks. I have many “regular” cookbooks because the recipes either work as-are or can be modified to fit my lifestyle. So authors are competing against general cookbooks for my money. :)

      All that said, I’m just one little person. :) I am more likely to purchase and use a cookbook that includes photos of the finished recipes, but others may not feel the same way. Thanks for taking the time to respond! I look forward to seeing what comes next.

  11. says

    Where the heck have I been?? Is this available for shipping now?
    Woohoo! Gotta get one :)

    I just shared a link to your chocolate layer cake recipe with a friend. And…I made it again this week for my husnand’s birthday. Thankful each day that I stumbled across your blog!!

  12. says

    Yes, however, not as a whole book … probably as separate books, starting with my recipes. It would not be fair to give such a huge book away as an e-book for pennies. All the authors have to be paid for their excellent work, don’t you think? 😉

  13. Barbara says

    Yes, I agree. And I don’t mind paying for a cookbook that is in a format I can use. I don’t tend to lose my iPad. I can also search easier and make fonts bigger for my old eyes. :)

  14. Crystal McCullough says

    Please notify me when the books become e-books. I’m highly interested in them as e-books.

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