cover image Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook

Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook

Peter H. Gott, . . Grand Central/Wellness Central, $23.99 (257pp) ISBN 978-0-446-58250-6

This companion to Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet has more than 200 recipes. A recap of Gott's program explains why readers should eliminate flour and sugar from their diets, identifying the high-calorie, nutrient-deficient foods that are made from them as major factors in the escalating weights of adults and children in the U.S. To avoid obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses, Gott shows readers how to replace “empty calories” with tempting alternatives for meals, snacks and desserts. Gott acknowledges that stress and limited time lead many to choose unhealthy fast foods, but the difficulty of finding no-flour, no-sugar prepared foods in many locations means followers must cook at home. Fortunately, these recipes (some contributed by readers of his book and nationally syndicated newspaper column) are quickly prepared. For example, a simple syrup made of dates and figs turns hot cereal into a special treat; crepes made with arrowroot powder are a delicious alternative to wraps; and meat, cheese and nuts, often reduced or eliminated on diets, are permitted. (A casserole based on an English meat pie contains ground pork; an adaptation of the Philly Cheese Steak calls for provolone; and Gott's “sweet-and-sour nuts” blends pecans, cashews and almonds.) Frequently, Gott's recipes include artificial sweeteners, which he says are safe and effective. (Jan.)