I guess one might not think of the Protein Power Life Plan Counter as a cookbook exactly. In fact, I certainly didn't buy it as a cookbook, I bought it for its intended purpose, to figure out what amounts of protein are in what foods. Since protein content is in some ways counter intuitive, especially when you're talking about non meat based foods, I needed some simple as well as moderately comprehensiveThe Protein Power Life Plan Counter, of course, does have the function of providing protein counts for common as well as not so common foods, organized by categories including beverages (their weakest section), breads cereals and grains, dairy products, fats and oils, fruit and fruit juices, meat (meaning non poultry meat), poultry, poultry and vegetables. The book includes information not just on protein, but also what they call “effective carbohydrate content” which is a fancy way of saying total number of grams of carbs minus the grams of fiber. Also included is information on the amount of saturated fat, the amount of monounsaturated fat and the presence of different types of omega fatty acids.
None of this makes the book a cookbook; it's the introduction that does that. It contains suggestions for working with your protein and carb goals for the day to design meals that are satisfying and palatable. Whether you consider a high protein low carb diet a healthful idea or not, you have to admit that after a while it gets both gross and weird. How much salami on a plate can you eat for lunch, really? This book has ideas that will help you think beyond the meat, meat, meat options of low carb diets.