Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook Review

Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Over 100 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes that are Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Grain Free by Erica Kerwien.


Use these recipes to heal your gluten intolerance, celiac disease, IBD, IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, diabetes and food allergies

For decades, people with incurable digestive problems have been helped by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), a clinically tested way of eating that has gained increasing popularity in recent years. This book gives you easy-to-follow recipes that adhere strictly to the SCD while providing exceptionally tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert ideas.

Creating appealing recipes can be a challenge since the SCD restricts the types of carbohydrates and other ingredients that can be eaten, but the delectable dishes in this book are perfect substitutes for classic meals—you won’t even notice they’re made without sugar, gluten, grain or lactose!

A full, appetizing, and safe diet is possible with belly-friendly recipes like:

  • Mexican Meatball Soup
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Carrot Cake
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Apple Cider Donuts (yes, seriously apple cider donuts!)
  • Oatmeal Cookies

There is a great variety of savory and sweet foods, and the directions are clear and easy to understand. The book also includes over 50 color photos to illustrate these tasty meals, which makes me even hungrier while I’m cooking!

Substituting ingredients successfully can vary from recipe to recipe. Luckily, Erica includes detailed information on how and when to substitute out one ingredient for another, without affecting the overall taste and texture of a dish.

A more clinical and less restrictive approach to the recently popular paleo diet, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet recipes in this healthy cookbook go back to the basics, using natural foods that have always been eaten by humans rather than recently-developed complex sugars and chemical additives that are difficult to digest and can lead to a host of health issues.

Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet also serves up tips for eating smart, healthy, and even indulgently despite a sensitive stomach — all brought to you by popular Comfy Belly blogger Erica Kerwien. As a mom caring for a son with Crohn’s Disease, she has firsthand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t for both taste and digestion.

All of the recipes I have tried are tasty, simple, and best of all, good for you! I have found Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to be very helpful in introducing, and teaching me how to use alternative flours, such as almond flour and coconut flour.

Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet retail price is $15.95, but it is available on Amazon
for $10.63 ($9.99 for the kindle edition).


Disclaimer: I received this cookbook free of charge to review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.