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BA­CON & BUT­TER BY CELBY RICHOUX (Rock­ridge Press) ‘Ba­con for break­fast, ham-and­cheese rollups for lunch, but­tered as­para­gus and steak for din­ner. You’re not dream­ing – this is a snap­shot of a day in the life of a keto di­eter.’ So be­gins Celby Richoux’s ex­pla­na­tion of the prin­ci­ples of the ke­to­genic diet, which she ex­plains sim­ply and – to our re­lief – briefly. Here’s a taste of what to ex­pect from the recipes: di­vided into chap­ters such as Meaty Mains, De­light­ful Desserts, Per­fect Poul­try, Fishy Favourites, and Sneaky Keto Clas­sics you’ll find recipes rang­ing from av­o­cado co­conut smooth­ies to green-chilli chicken en­chi­lada casse­role, rose­mary bal­samic pork medal­lions and beef brisket with cau­li­flower salad.

One re­viewer says: ‘I love this cook­book! I have pur­chased sev­eral cook­books with the low-carb, high-fat recipes that sup­port a ke­to­genic diet and this is by far my favourite. The recipes are very ac­ces­si­ble and don’t in­clude a lot of spe­cialty in­gre­di­ents.’ So there you have it.

DI­A­BETES UN­PACKED BY VAR­I­OUS AU­THORS (Colum­bus Pub­lish­ing) Here it is, in black and white: the so­lu­tion to di­a­betes is contained in this book. It’s ‘just sci­ence and sense, no sugar coat­ing’, ac­cord­ing to the tagline, and is ded­i­cated to ‘di­a­bet­ics, to ev­ery­one who knows a di­a­betic, and any­one who could be­come a di­a­betic’. It’s manda­tory read­ing for most of us in South Africa, then, con­sid­er­ing that the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion put our preva­lence at 2.28 mil­lion (and ris­ing rapidly) in 2015. One of the con­trib­u­tors, Dr Ja­son Fung, de­scribes di­a­betes as the rot­ting of ev­ery part of the body – eyes, kid­neys, heart, brain, legs. He says seven multi­na­tional, ran­domised con­trolled tri­als of tight blood­glu­cose con­trol with med­i­ca­tions have failed to show re­duc­tions in heart dis­ease, which is one of the big­gest causes of death in di­a­bet­ics. His point is that drugs don’t cure a di­etary dis­ease. His an­swer? No sugar in the first place.

CRAVEABLE KETO COOK­BOOK BY KYNDRA D. HOL­LEY (Vic­tory Belt Pub­lish­ing) Kyndra weighs in on her bat­tle with her weight in Craveable Keto. She not only gets real about her per­sonal jour­ney but also shares 145 of her most mouth­wa­ter­ing recipes, rang­ing from Asian chicken salad to steak fa­jita bowls and dillpickle-brined fish and chips. Kyndra says, ‘I have learned a lot along the way and my hope is that If I can share my story and help even one per­son feel less alone in their weight strug­gles, then this book will al­ready be a smash­ing suc­cess in my eyes.’

THE KETO RE­SET DIET BY MARK SIS­SON (Har­mony) Yes, this is the guy from the popular blog Mark’s Daily Ap­ple and the book The Pri­mal Blueprint. The Keto Re­set Diet is so hot off the press that we haven’t seen it yet but it makes a prom­ise that has us pay­ing at­ten­tion: ‘re­boot your metabolism in 21 days and burn fat for­ever’. Sis­son says the se­cret is to be­come fat adapted be­fore go­ing fully into nu­tri­tional ke­to­sis. Once you’ve ad­justed your metabolism, he ad­vo­cates in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing then a round of keto eat­ing. He gives you the meal plans to keep you on track and there are over 100 recipes. Look out for it.

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