Saturday, October 17, 2015



By DJ Foodie

By DJ Foodie

A review of DJ Foodie's cookbook
 by Jennifer Eloff

I had been chatting to DJ while he was writing his book during those two years prior to publication, and close to publication, I could tell DJ was very excited!  However, in order to get the book to print, he had to give up his life in Washington and move back down to Mexico, where he had a bachelor's condominium on the beach.  His trip back was hurried up due to a hurricane that damaged his building and the swimming pool and beach front greatly.  Once he had it all fixed up, turned out, he had to move and find new place to live.  He did find a nice place and from there he worked hard to get this book to publication.  It was at times like pulling teeth, but still I could hear DJ was excited and very proud of his new project.  Well, nothing could have prepared me for what arrived in the mail for me!!  This book, with a beautiful hard cover, beautifully wrapped in paper, weighs almost 7 lbs.  I kid you not!  This is like an encyclopedia or a coffee table book with beautiful glossy pages and large gorgeous, clear photos.  We are so proud of you, DJ Foodie!  This is a major accomplishment, no question about it.  I highly recommend you add this book to your low-carb cookbook library!  It sits next to my desk along with George Stella's latest cookbook and my own cookbooks!  Yes, highly recommended!

Here are some HIGHLIGHTS of the information in the cookbook, Taking Out the Carbage (clever title) which has color coded pages to help you hop, skip and jump around with ease from section to section.  There is also a gorgeous photo with each and every recipe!

1.  George Stella wrote the Foreword.  Pretty cool!

2.  DJ outlines his own success story, which is very interesting and enlightening, as he lost over 142 pounds!

3.  Paleo versus Low-Carb and no question DJ favors low-carb and he outlines some of the rules he followed in order to lose the weight.  This could be very useful for others wanting to do the same!

4.  Section for carb amounts for common foods and some snack ideas.

5.  BIG section on various sweeteners and several recipes to make your own sweetener combinations and baking blends and light and dark brown sugar copycats, which is probably a lot cheaper than the combo products on the market.

6.  How to read labels on foodstuffs.

7.  What to do about Cravings and Stalls.

8.  How to cook and once a month cooking and menu planning with sample menus for two weeks.

9.  Here’s a biggie….A shopping list – quite comprehensive too!

10.  Then comes the main act….THE RECIPES!! I will highlight a few in each category to whet your appetites!  What I like about DJ’s recipe writing is that he is very chatty upfront with each and every recipe and it is always very interesting. Almost every recipe has its own introductory story.  DJ could definitely be a writer as well as a chef, in my opinion.  It is clear he wants you to enjoy every recipe that you try and he wants you to make it successfully.  He gives tips and ideas (sometimes in great length!) and even the history of a recipe and how it came about is sometimes mentioned.  Highly entertaining and written in a completely real manner and often his sense of humor comes through, even in the recipe titles. You can definitely hear DJ talking through his writing!  Each recipe has a comprehensive nutritional breakdown and the back of the book gives one a detailed account of the nutritional analysis of each recipe.  I have never seen anything like that before.  DJ prides himself in being very accurate and upfront about the nutritional analysis for his low-carb recipes.

The INDEX is very professionally compiled. 

BEVERAGES…how about Watermelon Auga Fresca or Spiced Masala Chai Tea, or be still my foolish heart…Luxurious Eggnog OR Chocolate Shake with Chocolate Sauce!

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH…Grain-free Pancakes that look like the real deal, Torta Di Rotello (like a breakfast pie), Frittata, Bacon Pancake Wedgie, Orange Walnut Bread Pudding Strata (layered), Spiced Nut-N-Honey Granola, etc. and Eggy McFoo!! ;)

APPETIZERS AND SNACKS…Whole Artichoke (made easy!), Baked Coconut Shrimp, Sweet Thai Chili Wings, Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp (didn’t know it was possible!), more shrimps, chicken and ribs.

SOUPS AND STEWS…Albondigas (meatball soup), Thai Hot and Sour Shrimp, Mulligatawny, Smoked Salmon Chowder, Taco Soup, more chowder and more gourmet, very fancy soups with shrimp and seafood, including Jambalaya and some simpler, tasty soups for the more timid.

SALADS…Besides the Greatest Salad Ever?...Colorful Asian Slaw, Cucumber Mint Salad, Curried Chicken Salad, Mixed Greens with Blackberries, Bacon and Goat Cheese, Shrimp and Mango Stuffed Tomato including the Great Wedge!

LUNCH…Italian Turkey Club, Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Burger, Greasy Pork Sandwich,  Pizza Pucks, Chicken Nuggets (Yum!) and Sandwich Wraps, using All-purpose Crepes.

PASTA…Eight different directions that pasta can go under the low-primal umbrella.  Each of these ideas are fun, tasty, relatively easy to throw together, quite filling, and nutritious.  The Crepe Fettucine is what caught my eye and the Meat Lovers’ Lasagna also utilizing crepes for the pasta. Some vegetable “pastas” and tofu shiratki noodles, angel hair…Singapore-style Noodles!

MAIN DISHES…The heart of the cookbook as DJ says.  A delicious array of main dishes featuring beef, lamb, pork, chicken and seafood meets the eye!  The Jerk-Inspired Pork Chop is SO delicious! Try it – you won’t be disappointed!  This is an incredibly impressive chapter...this is worth the price of the book alone!

SIDES…From Simple Buttery Brussels Sprouts, and Creamed Spinach, Carrot-Squash Hash, to Fried “Rice” and recipes using Miracle Rice to Fancy Vegetable Casseroles – i.e. something for any dinner table from simple to downright fancy!

SAUCES, SPREADS & DIPPITY DO’S…This title put a big grin on my face.  This is a thoroughly impressive chapter.  His thick, goopy Alfredo Sauce is awesome not to mention his Pesto Cream Sauce that is one of DJ’s absolute favorite sauces.  Here is what DJ says: “The issue that I personally have with pesto cream is that I could drink it from a lavish goblet all day and never grow tired of it!” He recommends ¼ cup per serving or it will simply feel like a tease!

DESSERTS…Ah, here we find some of DJ’s famous One Minute Muffins! I sometimes jokingly refer to DJ as the One Minute Muffin King. Chocolate Pies, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Mock Danish, awesome-looking Strawberry-Kiwi Popsicles, Bread Pudding, Chocolate, Sorbets, Panna Cotta, Fat Bombs, a delicious-looking Strawberry and Whipped Sour Cream Trifle, Cookies and one that made me smile: Blueberry-Cream Cheese Eggy McFoo.

BAKERY…A nice-looking Paleo Bread catches the eye (using almond butter and coconut flour). Just spotted large jars of unsweetened Almond butter in PriceSmart (Costco) the other day! Yay! Guess what I will be making soon.  Crackers, Fauxcaccia, One- Minute Cheddar Buns and savory muffins … mmm, yummy!

EVERYTHING ELSE….and call it a WRAP!  The all-Purpose Riccotta Crepes have been very popular on the Low-Carbing Among Friends’ Team Facebook Page as well as the Cheddar Taco Shells in this chapter.