Wheat Belly Cookbook Reviews

Here are a sampling of reviews posted on Amazon about the new Wheat Belly Cookbook:

Holly:
Fabulous gluten free cookbook

Excellent gluten free cookbook. Every recipe I’ve tried has been a keeper and tastes so much like the gluten-ridden foods I have left behind. The rye bread recipe is so much like the original that I will be serving to family and friends without telling them it is gluten free and they will never know the difference. Toasts up great, too. The focaccia and biscotti are excellent, can’t wait to try many more. I have bought many gluten free cookbooks and most of them do not measure up when it comes to bread items…tastes like eating cardboard. This one has delicious recipes for all the bread-like items I have eliminated from my diet.

Freddy L
As good as the first…or better
What he proposed in the first book, he delivers now in this second. There is food and plenty if we decide to eliminate “wheat” from our diet. Again he hits the target with the logic behind his theory: Wheat has been modified genetically, altered to the point in which it’s impossible to go back to it’s original structure. Today what we call wheat is no longer healthy to eat, although certain entities advocate otherwise, and our health is at stake. Again, live prose, witty and funny, a joy to read, great book!

Susan:
Excellent book!!!

After reading Wheat Belly, I was finally able to understand how wheat has changed and why it causes so much damage to our bodies. It was alarming. But then I read the Wheat Belly Cookbook and Dr. Davis explains in greater detail how wheat and too many carbohydrates, especially junk carbohydrates damage our bodies. He also gives an enormous amount of information on what to eat that’s safe and where to get the ingredients. And, as a former gourmet cook, I can see just from reading his recipes that they’re delicious! Everyone should read this book. I know from my own experience that if people read this their health would improve drastically. . . Just so you know, I quit eating wheat before I read Wheat Belly and wasn’t trying to lose weight. I lost weight suddenly and couldn’t figure it out. After two weeks without wheat I lost the joint pain I was having. I lost the skin rashes and noticed other changes as well. So when I read his book it all made sense.

George:
Science, Good Taste, and Good Health

This excellent cookbook includes a summary of why these recipes are better for you. The tastes and flavors alone are enough to win you over, but the health benefits are the icing on the cake.

Sharon:
Was excitedly awaiting this cookbook

My husband lost 30 lbs on the few recipes in Dr. Davis’s previous book. I was shocked when I first prepared the items and my husband loved them…all. He’s diabetic, and finally his numbers are stable and his doctors are very pleased with his results. It is so nice to finally be able to prepare foods without wheat/gluten in everything. While I did not have the same dynamic weight loss my husband did, I found my IBS symptoms were much relieved. The recipes just taste great and we have not been disappointed. We appreciate all the work that went into developing the recipes and we’re excited to try the new ones. Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Davis!

Jason:
Not just a diet, a lifestyle

Buy this book. Read it. Learn from it. It will save your life. Very rare that I would recommend something that on the surface just seems like a fad diet, but this is an actual diet that people can follow, wean themselves off of wheat and get healty in the process.

The wheat we have today is not even remotely the same as the wheat our parents ate, or even the stuff our grandparents ate. The thing is, everyone points fingers at what makes us fat, yet they consistently overlook wheat. Why? Because it’s easy to ignore things that health professionals and the food industry are paid to use, endorse, and of course ignore the hazards of.

So, I’ve stopped eating wheat and lo and behold the weight has started to come off. I recommend this to everyone.

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105 Responses to Wheat Belly Cookbook Reviews

  1. Susan S. says:

    I am just finishing my 2nd week of my new lifestyle eating without wheat…I have experienced some headaches but on the whole am amazed that I don’t have the hunger or cravings for food! I am a diabetic and had the blessing of my physician when I told him this was my goal. I had gone to my optician to have my eyes checked and was told I had bleeding behind one eye caused by “sugar spikes”. I don’t think of it as a diet I think of it as my new way of keeping myself healthy. Thank you Dr. Davis!

  2. Maria says:

    I can hardly wait for the new cookbook to arrive in the snale mail.
    I have already cut out nearly all wheat and my allergic reactions are as good as gone, NO more hunger, no more dips after meals, and a loss of 18 lbs!!
    I have read that Basmati rice is okay to eat, but on the package it mentions 78 grams of carbs, can you please advice on that?
    I hope that my high cholesterol will get better too with time.
    I’m so looking forward to start making your recipes, as it is real hard to figure meals out on my own. Thanks D. Davis.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Going wheat-free is the BIG first step, Maria, that yields all the health effects.

      But we don’t want to partly give back these gains by overconsuming non-wheat carbohydrates, such as the rice. Rice is the most benign of all grains, but it can do things like send blood sugar way up. Keep portion sizes small, e.g., 1/4 cup at most per serving.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I have just received the Wheat Belly book so haven’t gotten too far in my reading as yet, not quite to the 1/2 way mark. I am type 2 diabetic, have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Along with this am hypothyroid and have insulin resistant….so two of my friends recommended the book! I think NOW I need the cookbook as well to enable me to have a better variety of meals etc.
    One thing I’m doing as well is I have a Nutri-Bullet so have begun putting veggies (spinach, tomato, carrots, celery) along with blueberries and about 1/2 C. of non-sweetened pomegranate juice with my rice protein powder and flaxseed. I was hoping as well as wondering “IF” this will coincide with the wheat belly concept of changing “diet”. This is not a juicer, but an extractor. The outcome is a thick smoothie type concoction.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      You are off to a great start, Elizabeth, with great hopes of transforming your health!

      I would, however, cut WAY back on the pomegranate juice. Yes, it’s got good things in it (anthocyanins) but at the cost of too much sugar. I would advice no more than 2 ounces (1/4 cup) per serving. If you desire more sweetness, some liquid stevia or other safe sweetener would help without screwing up blood sugars.

  4. Mia says:

    Wow, looks like I need to head on over to Amazon and leave reviews for Dr. Davis’s wonderful books myself. I have been profoundly blessed by Dr. Davis’s wheat-free message, and it has changed my life.

    I continue to try to spread the wheat-free message to friends and family, and it is heartbreaking and disappointing when they scoff and brush off the evils of wheat, saying that it’s just another fad diet, or just refuse to believe that something supposedly so “healthy” could really be bad for you. Although they scoff, I keep trying to convince them! A message this powerful, with real life-changing benefits, cannot be ignored. When I see my friends and family suffering from various health ailments and diseases that I KNOW are caused by wheat, I just can’t give up on them.

    Dr. Davis, I just can’t say enough how grateful I am for what you have done. Thousands of lives have been changed! Thank you for sharing the message that has been entrusted with you–you are making an incredible difference in the lives of so many!

    • Angela says:

      I understand completely!!! I am in the same situation with my friends and family too!… Most of my family has some sort of health condition and cancer runs in my family and one of my family members was just recently diagnosed. I get so frustrated and I want to cry when I try and try to convince them and they just can’t believe it. They too, think it’s just a new fad and here in a few years, it will be something else. It is truly heartbreaking and I can’t bear to see the suffering so I keep trying but nothing seems to get through to them—so I feel like I am just left to watch them suffer which makes me stressed and sad.

      Angela

      • Boundless says:

        > … cancer runs in my family and one of my family members
        > was just recently diagnosed.
        Google: “cancer ketogenic diet”
        For example:
        http://www.cavemandoctor.com/2013/01/01/an-introduction-a-ketogenic-diet-for-cancer/
        The Wheat Belly recommendations, if carb targets are met, constitute a keto diet. It may turn out that most cancers are completely optional ailments, which are fed, if not caused, by officially recommended diets (featuring “healthy” whole grains).

        • Tony says:

          Dear Mia and Angela,

          I know exactly what you are takling about, 13 years ago i went to a course in the Art of Living where i learnt breathing technics, yoga, yogic diet and meditation to eliminate stress, depression and poor health. Afterwards i was so full of entusiasme and i wanted everyone i knew to take the course because it had such a big impact on me, so i tried everything to convince them and the more i tried the more they would avoid me. Since then i have become a teacher and i learnt alot from my teachers training and what i have learnt is this. Stop convincing people because most of the time they think there’s something behind what you are saying or they would say something like ” this Dr. Davis is just claiming this to sell his book. My Doctor is saying its not true”. So stop convincing people. Instead say something like you should read this book its very interesting, many people get rid of their health issues and get more energy in their day to day lives or watch this documentary on youtube with Dr. Davis and afterwards ask them what do you think should we do it together just for 1 week just to see how it works out, if they say i dont want to, then tell them i will start with it on this date and i will let you know how it is after the first week. If they still are not interested, then let go of the idea of helping them. Our life is made up of the choices we make.
          My favorite is to just be an inspiration to others ” Walk the talk” follow the WB lifestyle sooner or later some will notice how you look different and when they ask you what have you done, you just tell them i read this book and i started to follow what it said. Thats it no more. If they ask what book just say ” i dont think its something for you ” and wait a few seconds ( so the ego button gets pushed ) and then tell them what the book is called. Its best to keep it a little secret, then its more interesting, let them feel they have to drag it out of you.
          I hope this can help you as it has helped me. I went from having 5 – 10 participants on a week course to hundreds using these approaches.

          May blessings be upon you all.
          Love Tony

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Thank you, Mia!

      Yes, we’ve got lots of work ahead, trying to educate everyone around us. It WILL happen–it IS happening, thanks to the contribution of nice people like you who have the power, over time, to influence those around you. Keep up your good work!

    • Deb says:

      “when they scoff and brush off the evils of wheat, saying that it’s just another fad diet, or just refuse to believe that something supposedly so “healthy” could really be bad for you.” That is part of the addiction, the denial of the harm the chosen substance is causing. The fact that they feel supported and vindicated by all the powers that be, doesn’t help.

  5. Judy says:

    I just wanted to thank you for making all those great recipes available through your Wheat Belly Cookbook. For years I have tried to adapt recipes to keep my wheat intake down not realizing completely why I felt the need to do that except that I knew my blood sugars were better than they were.

    Everyday I try a new one of your recipes and everyday I am totally thrilled by their flavor and texture. Life wheat free is so much easier now and my health improves daily. Today I made the pumpkin pie. YUM.

    I’ve been writing a public journal since I started talking about how I feel, recipes I try and how they were and lots of pictures of the food. I was one of the lucky ones, I had a slight headache the first night and that was the extent of my withdrawal. I posted the link for the journal for you if you would like to check it out and be sure that I am no stepping on your feet by publishing. I know I had 47 people look at it just in the past 5 days so people are interested.

    Thank you again,
    Judy

  6. Steve says:

    I really like these recipes, but almond flour is so darned expensive and my Cuisinart doesn’t seem to make flour out of whole almonds (bought in bulk at Costo) into flour very well.

    But I must say — my wife and kids (who still eat wheat, but not as much) really loved the almond flour-based chocolate chip cookies, about as much as “regular” ones.

    Thanks for this great primer on GF cooking that’s actually healthy!

    -s

    • William Fleck says:

      To make “flour” from nuts, use an electric coffee grinder (mill). works great! Yes, the book is wonderful!

    • Grace says:

      You can buy it MUCH more cheaply in bulk online. Just do a search for almond flour. I have found it for as little as $3.50/lb in bulk.

      • Marv says:

        I bought three 5-pound bags of way-cheaper-than-grocery almond flour from a place with flat rate shipping and occasional coupons and kept all in refrigerator. Stayed very fresh over the 6-8 months I had it.

        Please don’t let the cost of materials stop you – this is SO worth it Steve. Nothing has had a bigger impact on my life. Do this.

        –Marv

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Shop around for the ground almonds, Steve. In Milwaukee where I live, the prices range from $3 per pound to $18 per pound–an extremely wide price spread.

      Alternatively, you can order pre-ground almond meal/flour from nuts.com; see the left sidebar of this blog.

  7. Kelly says:

    Hi Dr. Davis, I too am profoundly changed and blessed to have had my eyes opened and my healing journey to actually begin when I went wheat free last July. So thank you for your book and your new cookbook. I am so grateful to you but at the same time I have to share my review of the book. In a nutshell, disappointment. I had expected the same recipes from this blog but they are quite abit different using ingredients that I’m not interested in using such as ‘whey powder’ (pg 272 Foc Bread). There is only one recipee for crackers, why didn’t you include the Chili Sesame Cracker recipee from this blog for instance? Some of my favorite goto’s aren’t even in the book like flax cereal. I feel like you sold out to Rodale and sacrificed quality by doing so.

    When I write my cookbook your cookbook will not be listed in the recommended reading list. Sorry.

    Love, Kelly.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Dr. Davis,
    I love your new cookbook, I received it from my dh for Christmas and its a keeper! II have lost aprox 8lbs on WB and I’m very happy :). However, since I need to lose 20 more pounds about how many carbs should I eat a day so I keep on losing weight?

    Thanks again,
    Cheryl

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Great! Thanks, Cheryl.

      Most people who are aiming for weight loss and optimal health do best with 15 grams “net” carbs (total carbs – fiber) per meal (or per 6-hour time window).

  9. Jeri Sullivan says:

    Dr. Davis,

    I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the cookbook. I finished reading your WB book about a week before I started the WB way of living. Having a companion cookbook has made the transition to a wheat-free lifestyle SIGNIFICANTLY easier. I have made the Herbed Focaccia twice now and after getting used to the dense texture, I actually prefer it to what I now refer to as “junk food” (whole grain bread)!

    This afternoon I had the opportunity to make the chocolate-frosted yellow cake and mine looked just like the photograph in the book. The kids were not so hip on the frosting but really liked the cake itself. The one thing I did notice is that due to how filling the cake is, a small piece was sufficient and I didn’t feel the urge to eat multiple slices every hour. In less than two weeks I have lost nearly 10lbs and I feel great!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      You can see why people initially balk at the increased cost of the ingredients, but spend no more in total because they eat so much less!

      Thanks for the great feedback, Jeri!

  10. Bernadette says:

    I am just getting started trying the recipes. Made the basic biscuit and have a question, why does the recipe say to flatten the biscuits? Can they be left taller for the breakfast sandwich recipe? Thank you

  11. Cate says:

    Hi – I just got home from the grocery store and have to share a new discovery – organic flax crackers (onion & garlic is the flavor I purchased) from Foods Alive: http://www.foodsalive.com/
    Ingredients: golden flaxseed, tomato powder, garlic granules, minced onion, Himalayan mineral salt.
    Very yummy!

    Every time I come to this site I am inspired and uplifted by people’s stories. Thanks Dr. Davis! And thanks to all you folks who take the time to write! This change in eating is a life-changer.

  12. Jasmine says:

    Hi, Dr. Davis! After buying your book a couple days ago, I made the decision to start living wheat-free in hopes of solving my chronic sinus problems. I’m only three days in, but I’m excited to keep going! I’m a graduate student on a typical graduate student budget, though, and I can’t really afford to buy all of the fancy flours and extracts and various nut-derived milks right now or even a lot of meat. Is there any way you might be able to suggest some budget or student-friendly wheat belly recipes in a future blog post? I had hoped to just replace the wheat products I ate with inexpensive foods like rice and beans, but since your recommended carb intake is so low, I’m kind of at a loss of how to eat the right diet without breaking the bank! Thank you so much for your help!

    • Tony says:

      Dear Jasmin,

      Try this paleo bread, its easy to make and cheap and with a nice crust.

      100 g. Sunflower seeds

      100 g. Pumpkin seeds

      100 g. Sesame seeds

      100 g. Linseeds

      100 g. Almonds

      100 g. Walnuts

      4 – 5 eeg’s

      0.211 cup coldpressed olive oil

      2 teaspoons salt

      Heat the oven to 320* F
      Grind the almonds in a blender and crush the walnuts.
      Then blend everything in a bowl.
      Then put it in a baking form
      And bake it for 1 hour.

  13. Alene says:

    Making the chocolate chip cookies tonight. I think the cooking time of 25 minutes is a typo or too long?
    Mine were done nicely in 15 min. I did not have 1/2 tsp liquid sweetener and used 2 packets of stevia instead.
    Not very sweet but with the Ghiradelli 60% bittersweet chips they are very nice! Also loved the meat loaf and pork tenderloin recipes and hooked on flax seed wraps for sandwiches.

    • John says:

      I had the same experience Alene. The first batch I cooked for 25 mins & they were very dry. I tried again & pulled them out at 15 mins & they were perfect!

    • Brad says:

      I find that the liquid Stevia is never sweet enough either. I’m going to sub Truvia or xylitol on the next batch. Also, keep them out of the refrigerator. Mine were a perfect texture and crunch but turned into a chewy sponge-like object upon refrigeration.

  14. Katherine says:

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    Both of your books are absolutely brilliant. I have a quick question regarding the actual gluten content of wheat. I read an ariticle in Natural News which said that compared to 50-60 years ago the gluten content of wheat has increased from about 5% to 50%. I was wondering whether there is any specific evidence behind this claim.
    Thanking you so much in advance and looking forward to hearing from you.
    Katherine

    • Dr. Davis says:

      There are indeed “cultivars” (genetic strains) of wheat that are higher in gluten content than traditional cultivars.

      But I believe that the problems go MUCH deeper than just an increase in the relative proportion of gluten.

  15. Dani says:

    Hello from sunny Melbourne, Australia,

    I have been following the diet for the past two weeks. Within days my IBS symptoms simply disappeared. My tummy is no longer bloated, heavy and “irritable”. In 4 days I lost 1.5kgs but by the end of two weeks I was down only 0.5kg.
    I have eliminated grains and sugar from my diet and I was hoping for a more significant weight change but perhaps it is too early.
    I am wondering, how often can I have the almond flour baked goodies? I have been having something small but nearly everyday – the scones are my favourite. Perhaps I should have them every second day??

    • Dr. Davis says:

      I don’t think you have to be so selective, Dani.

      The fact that you have already experienced marked improvements in gastrointestinal health suggests you are undergoing health transformations. I would just stay the course and be patient, as weight loss usually follows these early changes.

  16. Rosie says:

    I bought Wheat Belly and I am already seeing the benefits in just one week!! I’ve lost 5 lbs and my stomach is already smaller. My question is how do I lose weight on my thighs? That’s the one stubborn area where I seem to gain weight so easily and lose it practically never.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      I believe that the thigh weight should follow naturally, Rosie, with no specific effort beyond what you are already doing. It may be more stubborn and require longer, but I believe it will follow.

  17. Nixie Knox says:

    Hi! I really wanted to buy the cook book but at that price I just can’t afford it. I saw the rather long section up front that really isn’t even reciopes at all. Will a version of the book minus that first 90ish pages long section be available? I think it will make the book more affordable. Also, I have a question about the wheat. In the book you mention the einkorn wheat. Is the einkorn bad for us? Would you say yes or no to using einkorn instead of modern wheat? I can’t find any research that answers this question. I am considering buying some einkorn wheat online, but I was wondering if it would be just replacing one evil with another. Thanks!

    • Boundless says:

      > … cook book but at that price I just can’t afford it.

      It’s presently only $15.38 on Amazon ($9.46 as Kindle), and as low as $11 (hardcover) used on various sites. You can also check your local library.

      > Will a version of the book minus that first 90ish pages long section be available?

      I think Dr. Davis has lately said that there will be a paperback next year, but I’d expect the intro to remain.

      > Is the einkorn bad for us?

      See:
      http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/12/upper-crust/

      Basically, no.
      It still contains gluten.
      It’s still a high glycemic carb.
      It’s less toxic in other respects vs. the modern mutant menace.
      What you’re being sold may in fact not be a true heirloom wheat, if the sellers can’t provide genetic proof.

      Heirloom wheats are usually a brief, expensive, distraction on the path to low-carb grain free. We were there too.

    • Marv says:

      Nixie,

      Please find a discounted copy or try the library. If I offered you a magic pill that would do what this plan does you’d hand over 10 times the cost of the book. Making these recipes is great fun, as is eating guilt-free meals and goodies. (It really helps if you convince yourself how serious this “medicine” is with a dimestore glucose meter first.).

      The Doctor is really on to something here. I’d send you a copy if I could.

      –Marv

  18. Janet says:

    I am wondering if any one has thought to use the basic Focaccia bread (pg. 228) as a pizza crust. We did, last night ! It is the best pizza crust we have found yet! Hubby and I are both so excited about it. I rolled it out a little larger to make it thinner, baked it for 15 minutes. Then I took it out and put pizza sauce and all our toppings on it with cheese. Put it back in oven for 10 minutes and it was wonderful! This is now our go to recipe for pizza! It’s the closest recipe we have found to pizza crust. Try it.

    Janet

  19. T. Bremer says:

    I’ve lost 4 pounds on the wheat free diet within the first week. Can you tell me if grits are ok to eat? I dont have the book or the cookbook yet, but plan on getting them ASAP. THANK YOU!

    • Pamela Rhea says:

      Two problems. 1: they are high carb, with blood sugar spikes 2: corn is GMO. Sorry I didn’t have better news. I know lovers of grits. It will be a loss for sure. But on the bright side, after giving up things I loved, I have found a whole new world of foods I’ve come to love more. It’s a process. Good luck T. I am sure you will find the benifits outweigh the drawbacks a 1000 to 1. :) Maybe a million!!! P.

  20. david potack says:

    Dr. Davis, I know you don’t mention some vegetables in your recipes because of your ‘no label no foul’ rule. Just to be sure, are beets ok. Do they contain excessive sugar? Thanks. Made the parmesan/flaxseed chicken last night. Very good.

    • Grace says:

      Yes I would be interested to know about beets too. I make a delicious borscht (beet soup) and I don’t know if it’s considered “good” or not….

      • Pamela Rhea says:

        Just watch the carb count on all underground veggies. Dr. Davis recommends no more than 15carbs total per meal for adults.

    • Brad says:

      Yes! The Parmesan chicken was a hit at my house too. Paired with the cauliflower mashed potatoes it was like an old Southern stand-by from my youth.