Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook reviews

After its release just a week ago, the new Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook is receiving rave reviews from readers. Here is a sample:

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From a Kindle customer:

Quick, Easy and Healthy Recipes.

The cookbook is true to it’s word and the recipes take less than 30 minutes. The don’t have too many ingredients and are not only wheat free but are low in carbs. The photo sections offers a lovely presentation of many of the recipes. I especially liked the recipes for the all purpose baking mix and the many sauces. There are 200 recipes including entire menus for special occasions. Because the recipes are short and simple, it will definitely help me stick to my wheat free lifestyle. With this cookbook cravings can be easily satisfied without turning to wheat.”

From Rousee83:

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

Back in March of this year I lost 22 lbs. in 4 weeks from only cooking out of the wheat belly cookbook. I still have about 12 lbs to go, but don’t have the time to make the recipes. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this 30-minute or less cookbook to come out. Finally it arrived Christmas Eve and then I fell in love. The only time consuming thing about this cookbook for a beginner is going to be getting familiar with the ingredients and where to locate them. So far today I made the Beef stroganoff, crab stuffed mushrooms and the spicy chicken. All were excellent and only took 15 to 30 minutes which is life changing compared to the other recipe book.”

From Elaine Jackson:

Great Cookbook — Will Not Disappoint

My husband is the cook in our house. When we decided to eat wheat-free, I ordered The Wheat Belly Cook Book. It was awesome. My husband made almost every recipe and it was AWESOME. Then when I ordered the Wheat Belly 30-minute, I was wondering if there would be many duplicate recipes. Only a couple duplicate main dishes. Like the previous book, the recipes are MARVELOUS. They taste so good. Yes, they take 30 Minutes. It is so easy to be wheat-free since the food is so good, you don’t miss the foods/dishes with wheat. This book will not disappoint.”

From Dennis Vukosav:

Much more than a cookbook — enables to learn a lot of things to live better and healthier and reduce your weight

“Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook” written by cardiologist William Davis and beautifully illustrated with photographs made by Linda Pugliese is a book that combines scientific facts with beautifully presented recipes, therefore much more than just another cookbook that talks about preparing wheat-free meals.

At the beginning of the book the author provides an excellent introduction that gives background to the reasons why this book is released; he encourages readers to change the thinking that giving up wheat is too time-consuming, too inconvenient or involves too many hard-to-find ingredients. He emphasizes that it’s normal that it will take some time for people to adjust their diet because today 20 – 50% of all calories we eat is wheat due to convenience, portability, ubiquity and addiction.

The author offers a variety of recipes for all kinds of meals, starting from breakfasts, mains dishes, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and some special occasion menus, all of them accompanied by beautiful photographs that will immediately attract your attention being one of the reasons why you’ll immediately want to try to prepare these dishes.

Therefore, this book that is much more than a cookbook, though it contains 200 recipes, can fully be recommended; besides that it’ll show you that it is not expensive and time-consuming to prepare wheat-free dishes, using it you’ll certainly learn a lot of things that will allow you to live better and healthier and reduce your weight.”

From K. Hart:

Say you want a REVOLUTION?

Everyone everywhere, this IS the revolution. Please look into this for yourselves — the “powers that be” who want to keep the masses massively fat and miserably battling virtually every disease known to mankind are in this fight already. All of us need to be, too. Yes, I lost 60+#s in a year and I could list another dozen benefits I’ve gained from going grain & sugar free but those stories are proliferating in the world & on the Web & I recommend reading them & Dr. Davis’ 3 books. All that info is the ammunition we need to regain our health, strength, stamina — to de-fog our amazing brains and, yes, to get back down to our fighting weight because THIS is what I want most to say — with hope that all of you realize it’s no smoke and mirrors, no joke — & that David Bowie will not mind my paraphrasing from Diamond Dogs/Future Legend because, friends…

This ain’t bread and rolls–This is GENOCIDE!”

From Fruit Smoothie:

Great recipes!

Being wheatless and sugarless for a few years now, I’m always looking for new recipes. Of the recipes I’ve tried so far, they are VERY VERY good! The “bread” recipes are particularly good and are slightly different from what I’ve found online over the years. The chocolate/coconut pie is also to die for. Note: The recipes throughout often call for sweeteners and there is an explanation about this up front; I’ve become accustomed to not having things sweet and even the dessert recipes easily adapt to very minimal sweetener…this is a good thing!”

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  1. Deborah Slen

    I cannot eat almonds in any form due to a sensitivity to them in my lab work. What can be used instead of almond flour in everything?

    • > What can be used instead of almond flour in everything?

      Described on page 5 of the cook book, and that page is visible on Amazon, using the “Look Inside” feature.

  2. Janknitz

    Deborah Slen,

    If it’s almonds in particular I’ve recently purchased cashew meal from Trader Joes at a good price which would substitute nicely. Or you can grind any nut or seed of your choice in a coffee grinder, food processor, or blender yourself. The trick is “low and slow” to avoid making nut/seed butter instead. Try sunflower seeds or sesame seeds if you’re allergic to nuts.

  3. 10044

    Dr D,
    would you attribute the stalled weight loss (and even weight gain by being on wheat free diet) to a low FT3 and T3 numbers (in the lower half range)? I’ve been cutting down on dairy and salt lately with little or no result
    Ft3: 2.6 (2.3 – 4.2 pg/mL)
    T3: 60 (60-181 ng/dL)

    I really enjoy wheat free foods and like to continue your recopies/guidelines.
    Thank you and happy 2014!

  4. Ri

    is it ok to use a little honey in my tea? aren’t there any benefits to honey or is it best to avoid altogether? I don’t like artificial sweeteners

  5. wrotek

    Dr Davis many people experience reduced anxiety from wheat avoidance. Do You know the mechanism behind it or do You suspect something ?

    • > … reduced anxiety from wheat avoidance.

      Whilst we await input from Dr. Davis, I note that Dr. Perlmutter has published a specific opinion on this, in Grain Brain, page 154:
      “Depression and anxiety are often severe in patients with gluten sensitivity [footnotes 7,8]. This is primarily due to the cytokines that block production of critical brain neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is essential in regulating mood. …”

      • wrotek

        hmmm awesome, is there scientific paper i can read exactly how cytokines block those neurotransmitters ?

      • Elsa

        Anecdotally, our son, who was always depressive and got sick frequently after meals, was diagnosed with Aspergers in 2010. I started doing research on the autism diet and decided to put him on a gluten-and casein-free diet after reading about the high incidence of ‘leaky gut’ syndrome among autistic children. After about 6 weeks, we noticed that he seemed much happier and not depressed anymore. We have been able to add casein back into his diet with no ill effects, but gluten still makes him sick.

  6. Ri

    ok Dr Oz is claiming that his 2 week quick start diet to shed lbs fast means you must eliminate certain things-I agree with wheat, sugar and alcohol but he even says coffee because we add cream and sugar and also dairy because its inflammatory-what the heck? this is so confusing I thought dairy is acceptable fat and all as long as were staying low carb and I will never give up my coffee. Glad hes finally on board with the no wheat because he used to always recommend whole wheat this and whole wheat that but I think he read Wheat Belly so that’s good-but can someone tell me why dairy has to go. Dr Davis said its acceptable did he not? I love cheese and I love coffee with cream!!!

    • > … ok Dr Oz is claiming …

      Dr. Oz, alas, is not a reliable source of consistent messages.

      > … but he even says coffee because we add cream and sugar …

      That’s just silly. Dr. Davis recommends coffee as a weight loss aid. If you can’t restrain yourself from adding sugar or cream to your coffee, odds are you won’t be reducing it in the rest of your diet where it matters more.

      > … and also dairy because its inflammatory …

      That’s a new one. However, if prompt weight loss is the goal, dairy is worth ditching just as a precautionary measure. See:
      “3) Lose the dairy–The problem with dairy is not fat; it’s the whey fraction of protein. Some people are susceptible to the “insulinotrophic” action of whey–a tripling of insulin output by the pancreas, …”

  7. Ri

    thats a great article thanks Boundless and i dont add any sugar to my coffee just cream and i love it as well as dairy but perhaps i should consider ditching it to lose a few lbs and only temporarily -i was just surprised that he mentioned it as being inflammatory!

  8. Steph

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if anyone has put their child (as young as 19months) on wheat-free diet? My daughter has had many issues since birth including but not limited to: milk allergy, reflux, IBS, asthma and recurrent pneumonia. Now, she has been tested for CF for her lung issues as well as having her immune system tested. It has come back that she has a immune deficiency but that doesn’t explain the tummy troubles (or at least not that I have found in my research). We were told that she has outgrown her milk allergy so have reintroduced only to have made problems worse. I hate that my daughter is being medicated out the wazoo, she’s just a wee thing at 20lbs. Have heard many people have success with the wheat-free diet (losing weight, reducing or completely eliminating reflux and IBS symptoms) but I am concerned if all this weight is being lost is that going to happen with my daughter? She most definitely does not have the weight to lose. If other parents have run into this issue if they could let me know and maybe what they did to avoid it that would be helpful. I just want to make my daughter as healthy as she can possibly be. Right now she gladly runs to you when she sees her medications come out. :(

    • Barbara in New Jersey

      Why don’t you research Dr. Andrew Keech and his work with colostrum and proline-rich-polypeptides?
      This is a discussion about resetting the immune system.

    • > … if anyone has put their child (as young as 19months) on wheat-free diet?

      The Inuit, up until the Twinkies arrived.
      I’m not being cute. I’ll bet Inuit children don’t have any of your daughter’s conditions on their traditional (low carb, probably ketogenic) diet.

      Humans do not need wheat, either as alleged heirloom, or modern mutant menace semi-dwarf hybrid goatgrass.

      This is a subset of: humans do not need carbs, at all.
      Of the three macronutriets (fat, protein, carb), carbs are the only one that is entirely optional. Might there be a problem with letting it dominate diet, as western civ has done for 10,000 years? Yep, and now spun out of control with novel grains, pandemic sugar (esp. HFCS), and a long list of lesser hazards dressed up as “food”.

    • Even though my grandson ingested wheat/gluten vicariously, both via the womb and breast milk (before his parents went WB), he is now 20 months old and has never eaten a bite of wheat/gluten, or processed food, or sugary fruit juices, nor cow’s milk and he is thriving……on a diet similiar to one eaten by children for the last 2.5 million years. Barring anything of a more serious nature, it sounds like your daughter’s doctors are not enlightened to the dangerous effects of the standard toxic diet, so the sooner you remove those toxins, the faster she may heal. Read Barbara’s recommended posts and also Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who has worked for many years specifically with children and healing the intestinal track. Don’t worry too much about the weight…..once she’s on a healing path, she may actually gain weight. My grand niece was diagnosed with celiac at around age 3 and that was her outcome. Good luck!

  9. Barb

    Dr. Davis, first of all I want to thank you so much for the absolutely wonderful recipes in your new 30 minute or less cookbook. We have followed your plan for 2 years and have done quite well. But doughnuts and eclairs were on our “we miss these” list. Not any more! Your cinnamon doughnuts with vanilla glaze and eclairs with chocolate glaze are both unbelievably easy to make and so delicious!

    Now, I have a question. I’ve just finished reading Maria Emmerich’s new book, Keto-Adapted. Since you wrote the forward to this book, can I assume you fully support her plan? Specifically I wonder about her recommendation to totally eliminate all sources of fructose including fruit. This seems so extreme . We eat a lot of berries, particularly cranberries and blueberries. We have reduced our fruit consumption. Should we stop consuming them? She says bananas and apples are particularly bad but I recently read that what matters is the ratio of sucrose to fructose. True? I realize we should strive for a healthy weight but the picture of Maria on the back cover of her book makes her look like she is skin and bones. Is that the healthiest condition for us humans?

    • > Specifically I wonder about her recommendation to totally eliminate
      > all sources of fructose including fruit.

      Is that actually possible?
      And is that in a very low carb context, or, as is the case with many paleos, is she still allowing too many carbs in the diet?

      The last time Dr. Davis wrote an article here on fructose was over two years ago, at:
      I would also be curious to learn if he’s refined his position. In any event, that thread might be the place for further discussion of fructose.

      In thumbnail summaries I post here (and Dr. Davis hasn’t been correcting me), I usually say to
      – zero out ADDED fructose,
      – consume fruits in limited quantities, and
      – focus on low fructose fruits (such as those you listed).

      This means, of course, zero added: sucrose (50% fructose), HFCS, so-called agave nectar, alleged honey, maple syrup., etc.

      Metabolically, fructose is a disaster in moderate or large amounts, but in small amounts, I class it with alcohol. If ketosis is your goal, neither is your paleo pal.

      Trying (in the Jedi sense of failing) to completely eliminate fructose is of dubious net benefit, and would be needlessly difficult. We are fruit eaters, if only seasonally historically.

      • Barbara in New Jersey

        Good morning Boundless,

        I was wondering if you have used tagatose as a sweetener and what your impressions were of this product? I’ve found it for sale at herb.com. Specifically, I am looking for a sweetener for my coffee as stevia, the sugar alcohols and Splenda
        just don’t taste good to me. I would also use it for homemade ice cream and ice tea.

          • Barbara in New Jersey

            Sorry for the typo, my mac keeps changing this. Tagatose is available at IHERB.COM. The cost is about the same as xylitol and Swerve.

            Yes, it would be enlightening to have Dr. Davis’s opinion on this new kind of sweetener!

  10. Katie Ulichney

    Dr. Davis,
    I just received your new cookbook and LOVE it. I have a question about my breakfast choice on my hectic work mornings. I make a Garden of Life raw meal smoothie mixed with almond milk, and drinking it at 630am holds me over to my next break at 10:15. So I enjoy drinking it. But is it safe to drink on the wheatbelly way of eating? I do not have celiac disease—I just had that checked. But I am having problems with inflammation in my elbow joints.
    Thank you

    • > … Garden of Life raw meal smoothie …

      If the net carb claims are credible, the Original flavor looks mostly harmless.

      The other flavors are loaded with sugars and high-gylcemic grains. One serving hits your 15 grams net carbs quite easily, leaving no room for anything else in the meal.

  11. Culinary Adventurer

    Dr. Davis,
    Isn’t it kind of a nice feeling to know that all of us in the big wide world who purchased your cookbooks are busy in our kitchens trying out all your recipes? Thanks to you for your groundbreaking efforts, we are becoming more and more comfortable with our wheatless lifestyle and we are servin’ it up in to family and friends!
    Thanks for all you have done and are doing!
    Culinary Adventurer

      • MsG

        Hey Pam! I tweaked the cookies this week. Instead of the coconut flakes I grated 2 carrots and about 1/4 of an apple. I added “carrot cake” spices like nutmeg and used pecans. Voila! Carrot cake breakfast cookies. Yum! I am a RN at a surgical center so I leave my house at 530 most mornings. Anything I can prepack and grab is a better alternative to the doughnuts that are always in the lounge.

  12. Pam

    Thank you, Dr. Davis for this new wheat Belly Cookbook with recipes that can be made quickly. I am thoroughly enjoying trying the new recipes and I have a question about the Apple Streusel Muffin recipe which I made this morning. The topping called for 1/2 cup of butter, but I’m wondering if it should be 1/2 stick (or less). When I was cutting in the butter the mixture didn’t get crumbly, it was more like a dough. My butter was cold. The topping melted over the top of the pan and there was melted butter under each muffin cup in the muffin pan. I used aluminum cupcake liners so I was able to get them out of the pan. The muffins were very moist and delicious, it was just the issue with the topping which melted away instead of being crumbly. I will try this again but with less butter. Has anyone tried this recipe yet?

  13. Loekie

    Dr. Davis, this is maybe an interesting development, what do you think?

    Ketogenic Diet – a possible therapeutic approach for MS

    The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, extremely low-carbohydrate therapeutic diet. Neurologists are investigating its use in treating multiple sclerosis. In this diet the brain no longer obtains its energy from glucose, a sugar, but from so-called ketone bodies produced in the liver.