Editor’s picks: Cookbooks

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Latin American Paleo Cooking: Over 80 Traditional Recipes Made Grain and Gluten Free by Amanda Torres, Milagros Torres, Page Street Publishing, US $21.99, Pp 192, August 2017, ISBN 978-1624143922

Keto Restaurant Favorites by Maria Emmerich,  Victory Belt Publishing,  US $34.95,  Pp 384,  July 2017, ISBN 978-1628602586

Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories by Fany Gerson,  Ten Speed Press,  US $22.00,  Pp 174, June 2017 ISBN 978-1607747772

Many of us cannot eat grain, dairy, and sugar for health and/or medical reasons. That should not mean that we should also sacrifice our favorite dishes and cuisines. If Paleo eating is your life style for health or any other reasons and if you want to eat Latin American, Latin American Paleo Cooking is the best next cookbook for you. If this is going to be the first time you try Paleo food or Latin American food, Latin American Paleo Cooking is the best book to start with. These recipes include everything from empanadas to Peruvian chicken to Papas rellenas to chicharrones to pupas as. Amanda Torres is the founder of the food and health website The Curious Coconut and a Paleo diet expert. She has been featured in Redbook, The Huffington Post, First for Women, Mark’s Daily Apple and others. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee. If you think you cannot recreate Latin American recipes without grains, dairy, and legumes, you only need to read Latin American Paleo Cooking to change your opinion. They are also gluten- and refined sugar-free. The amazing thing is they are more delicious, scrumptious, and flavorful. This is why this should be your next Latin American cookbook whether you need or care for Paleo or you don’t.

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Do you ever dream of indulging in the same dishes you used to crave before you decided to eat healthily? Yes, it is possible with Keto Restaurant Favorites, a few smart adjustments, and substitutions. Moreover, Maria Emmerich says, it is a lot less costly to eat Keto recipes. She says that fried rice can be made from cauliflower or even eggs. Tortillas and sandwich bread can be made low-carb or even no carb. In a lot of cases, it is all about the sauce and Maria has packed this book with to-die-for sauces, from Alfredo to enchilada to stir-fry sauce. Saving money is not the real benefit of eating Keto, it is healthy eating. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low carb way of eating that helps the body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy with amazing health benefits. Along with essential basics, you find breakfasts, appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts from five categories: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean like cream cheese wontons; Italian like stuffed mushrooms; Mexican and Latin American like cheesy chile rellenos; Indian, Thai and other Southeast Asian like chicken korma; and American fast-casual like bacon cheeseburger. To say that the recipes are delicious, scrumptious and mouth-watering is understating the benefits of Keto diet. The ketogenic diet is a healthier way of eating because it shifts your body from being a sugar burner to fat burner. It supports better health and improves everything from epilepsy to obesity to autoimmune disease and more.

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Mexico has a rich history and tradition of making ice cream. Mexico is also the birthplace of vanilla and chocolate. In Mexico, ice cream making is handed down from generation to generation and the recipes and formulae are also passed to the next generation along with the business. Sorbets are also equally popular as ice cream. They are particularly great because most commercial types are not made with artificial flavors, as fruit and other ingredients are abundant. Mexican weather and soil are ideal for many tropical fruits, chiles, and nuts used in ice cream such as avocado, cinnamon, lime, mangoes. The flavors of Mexican ice creams and sorbets are typically pure and simple – they highlight the main ingredients, whether it’s orange, pecan, pink pine nut, requeson cheese, or cinnamon. But it is not uncommon to see flavor combinations with very colorful names, such as seda denovia (bride’s silk) and beso de angel (kiss of an angel). Fany Gerson has given a great gift to ice cream lovers. If Mexico offers some of the best ice creams in the world, Mexican Ice Cream offers some of the best ice cream recipes from Mexico.