Book Review: The Recipe Hacker Confidential

Too abrasive for me. (2 stars)

I wasn't going to review this book... and then I saw how many people were giving it 5 star reviews and decided someone should be the bad guy. Because holy Cuisinart did this author's "voice" rub me the wrong way.

I'm always interested in ways to make recipes more nutritious, more sustainable, and just plain interesting. Which was why I thought this book would be great. Instead within the first 6 pages she managed to claim to not be perfect and then turn around and get painfully preachy. Her attitude just comes across as if there are only two ways people eat, bad and good. No inbetween. It's unrealistic and if you're someone who isn't already living a lifestyle that has no grain, gluten, dairy, soy, or sugar you may find it abrasive.

The recipes themselves look creative and delicious but each has a tip and an introduction that at times continues the preachy stuff.

I tried to make it through for the sake of finding some recipes to add to my rotation but just couldn't get past the author's black and white way of writing. Unless that kinda thing doesn't bug you (which clearly is the majority of reviewers) I'd say skip this one.

Notes: Review copy received through NetGalley.

The Recipe Hacker Confidential: Break the Code to Cooking Mouthwatering & Good-For-You Meals without Grains, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, or Cane Sugar by Diana Keuilian

Health, Cookbook, Gluten-Free
Digital/Print (264 pages, BENBELLA)
Unlock the secret to cooking mouthwatering and nutritious meals—without giving up your favorite dishes!
In today’s era of rampant food allergies, gluten-free popularity, and the rise of paleo eating, putting together a meal that will satisfy everyone at your table is easier said than done. With Diana Keuilian’s unique approach for “hacking” recipes, however, you’ll learn how to easily recreate beloved, traditional comfort foods without the grains, gluten, dairy, soy, or cane sugar.
The long-awaited follow-up to The Recipe Hacker, The Recipe Hacker Confidential is bursting with more than 100 new recipes and stunning photos that will tantalize your taste buds while trimming your waist, with lighter versions of your favorite recipes such as:
- Breakfast Pizza, Sweet Potato Mini Muffins
- Butternut Squash Spaghetti
- Easy Teriyaki Chicken, Maple Bacon-Wrapped Salmon
- Real Healthy Snickers Bars
- Cookie Dough Bonbons
Keuilian spills all her secrets on how to hack these recipes—and many more—while preserving the flavor, presentation, and enjoyability of each sumptuous dish. She also shares stories and musings throughout the book that will inspire, encourage, motivate, and propel you toward weight loss, better health, and culinary happiness.

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