As one who is seriously considering the ketogenic diet to treat my daughter's epilepsy, I've been eagerly devouring any books even remotely related toAs one who is seriously considering the ketogenic diet to treat my daughter's epilepsy, I've been eagerly devouring any books even remotely related to the ketogenic diet. As the possibility of implementing the diet begins to loom, I finally ordered this book.
To say it's disappointing is an understatement. I'm giving two stars only because, I suppose, if you *started* with this book, you might find it helpful. But I would not suggest starting here, nor would I suggest buying it at all.
From the outset, I found it to be strangely organized. The first chapter is on holidays. Don't get me wrong: holidays are important and absolutely should be included in the book. But as the first chapter, before "Coping with the Diet"? No. I also found it to be badly edited.
In addition, it was highly repetitive. I would read something and think, "Didn't she just say this a few pages ago?" It's a short book, with at least half devoted to recipes, so the repetition is especially odd and noticeable.
With regards to her recipes, I didn't find them to be particularly helpful. She gives you a recipe, but doesn't *tell* you anything helpful about it--like the ratio--because she wants you to do the math yourself. I do not deny that learning to do the math on your own is important, but how are these recipes meant to be useful if you have to recalculate them all on your own?
Finally, her suggested notes for caretakers, while basically helpful, are strange written. For instance, in the proposed note--which the author actually used--, "Grandma's instruction for a parents' weekend away," Grandma is instructed thusly: remove foil from frozen dinner, replace with plastic wrap, heat in microwave until warm. And: put a straw cut to 2/3 its original size into the cup of cream. I'm sorry, but is Grandma brain dead? If Grandma needs to be instructed how to use a microwave and toaster, then I would suggest she is not capable of caring for ANY child, let alone one on a special diet.
I cannot recommend that anyone buy this book. I highly recommend "Fighting back with Fat" and "The Keto Cookbook." These books contain all the info that is to be found in "Keto Kid" (plus more!) they're arranged better, written better, and are FAR more helpful. ...more
I can't remember the last time a book made me shout out loud.
WHAT THE FUCK was the epilogue?!
The ending was bad enough. It was as if the author, muchI can't remember the last time a book made me shout out loud.
WHAT THE FUCK was the epilogue?!
The ending was bad enough. It was as if the author, much like the terrorists, simply had not considered how this all might end. It was abrupt and slap-dash, as if after 250 pages (250 pages in which NOTHING HAPPENED!), the author thought, "Well, crap. I ought to wrap this up, huh?"
I could have suffered a bad ending. But the EPILOGUE?! Ridiculous. Completely unbelievable (which is saying something, since the whole book requires a suspension of disbelief) and was inconsistent with the rest of the story.
I made myself finish this. I am so pissed that I did. ...more
Did not finish. A real disappointment. I guess I was expecting something more like the "Knit Lit" books. This just didn't do it for me. I read just ovDid not finish. A real disappointment. I guess I was expecting something more like the "Knit Lit" books. This just didn't do it for me. I read just over half the book and most of the essays I read were written by non-knitters or people who had abandoned knitting. Just not what I was hoping for....more
Another book that leaves me uncertain of how to review it.
I like Ron Paul, I agree with much of what he says in this book. But he's...well...Ron Paul.Another book that leaves me uncertain of how to review it.
I like Ron Paul, I agree with much of what he says in this book. But he's...well...Ron Paul. Much like Glenn Beck, he's so "out there" in some ways that it makes it really hard for people to see past that.
Specific issues I had with the book:
1) His footnotes/citations were entirely web links. How useful is this going to be in even a year? Links change and become obsolete all the time. I would have preferred citations to original sources, and I would have liked more citations. He makes a lot of statements that I agree with, but without actual proof/citation/study to back it up, it's gonna be hard to convince non-believers.
2) He insists that the University of Phoenix is a completely legit means of getting a college degree (really?) and that Wikipedia is a completely legit source of information (again...really?).
3) What really rubbed me wrong was that this book, particularly the last half, appears to be little more than an advertisement for his curriculum. What made this even more irksome is that his curriculum isn't even ready, yet. And frankly, when you go to the curriculum's website, he's pretty snarky about it. He says, "In life, there is always a trade-off between time and money. This portion of the site is free. Therefore, you must pay in the other currency: time. You must wait until September. For some grade levels, you must wait for years. This is the cost of 'free.'" Maybe I'm just too sensitive, but I read this and thought, "Damn. You're pretty bitchy for someone who wants me to turn around and pay for your shit."
My ultimate issue with this book is that he is preaching to the choir. The only people who are going to read and enjoy this are people who already like and agree with Ron Paul....more
How is it possible that I made it this long in life without reading this book? It was amazing.
I started out hating Per Hansa. He just struck me as kinHow is it possible that I made it this long in life without reading this book? It was amazing.
I started out hating Per Hansa. He just struck me as kind of a jackass, dragging his wife across the prairie, without a whole lot of concern about whether she wanted to go or not. HE got to go off to town or the neighboring community and see and talk to people, while she got to stay home with the kids and the cows.
Then she went off the deep end. Not that I totally blame her, but still. Then I had a new-found sympathy for Per Hansa. (view spoiler)[When she was coaching Hans Olson that he needed to see a minister before he died, I wanted to leap through the book and slap her. It was pretty clear where the story was going at that point and I was pissed. I look forward to reading the next book. My only hope is that she drowns or dies is some other horrible fashion. (hide spoiler)]...more