Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Carrots 'N' Cake (Book Review)

Carrots n Cake book cover
Last month I shared with you a recipe for Lemon Chicken Skewers from the book Carrots 'N' Cake by Tina Haupert.  Since then I've read the book, so I'm here to tell you more about it.

The main idea behind Carrots 'N' Cake is balance:  no food is absolutely forbidden, and what's important is making intelligent food choices overall.  For example, the author says that if she knows she will be going to a party and wants to splurge, she "saves up" by eating lightly during the day.

The tone of the book is conversational.  Not surprisingly, since the author is a blogger, it often reminded me of reading a blog.  If you read a few posts on Carrots 'N' Cake, you'll have a good idea of how this book is written--except that the blog has many more photos than the book does.

Carrots 'N' Cake contains 18 chapters with titles such as Out of Sight, Out of Mind; Becoming Accountable; Cravings and the Dreaded Binge; and The Most Important Meal of the Day.  Each chapter ends with about three to five recipes, more than fifty overall.  Some are "healthified" versions of familiar foods; some are small-batch versions of baked treats; and some are simply healthy dishes.

The recipes look good to me, but these recipes for baked goods would probably not fly in my family.  A batch of 12 cookies, for example, would disappear in about three seconds.  If I included prune puree in brownie batter, my husband and son would likely turn up their noses at it.

I do like Tina's philosophy of finding balance rather than banning "bad" foods.  I also like that she encourages readers not to give up after a food binge, but to get over it, move forward, and try to compensate.  I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that Tina writes about fitness--how to "find" time to exercise, for example.

For more information please visit http://carrotsncake.com/ and Amazon, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.


  1. This looks so neat, Melissa. I just checked out the blog, too.

  2. Thank-you for the great link to her blog! I agree to not ban yourself from bad foods I think you can have a treat every now and again but in moderation.

  3. Thanks for the link--I like her real-life approach. I struggle with denial and then binging on my favorite foods too and find that balance makes all the different. (That, and giving myself a little extra forgiveness after I fall off the wagon.)

    Now if only I could learn to LOVE exercise as much as I love my chips and salsa...


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