Are the recipes complicated? I am busy and kitchen-impaired!!
Not really. A couple of the recipes are (intentionally) more involved, with extended instructions to teach new cooking techniques. Those lead you step-by-step, with full explanations. But most of what you get are normal, everyday recipes. The kind of stuff you’d be making for dinner, with a few fancier, "company's coming" options. It’s a very practical cookbook, for people with all levels of cooking expertise.
Are the books keto-friendly? I'm a macro-calculating fool!
Absolutely, DJ's books are Keto-friendly, although not Keto-specific (using particular ratios of macros). DJ’s recommended target in CARBAGE is 30 net carbs a day, so the vast majority of recipes are under 10 net carbs per serving, some by a lot. FAKERY is similar and many of those recipes are already in keto macro ranges without adjustment. While there’s a stray option here or there that are are a smidge higher, the dedicated Keto-er will still find lots of options. Bonus points: Nutritional information in DJ's books is also broken down–not just by recipe, but by ingredient–so it’s extremely convenient for figuring macros.
Are the books Paleo-friendly? I eat like a cave person!
More or less. DJ’s orientation is “Low Primal,” so natural food is always the star. Some recipes include dairy. Honey is not recommended as a sweetener (although information about honey and substituting honey in place of other sweeteners is included in the very extensive sweetener section of TAKING OUT THE CARBAGE).
Are the recipes gluten-free? Because, gluten!
Yes! There are no wheat products or anything that should contain gluten in the ingredients. But if you need to be completely gluten-free, please be sure to check the brands you use because as you know, gluten mysteriously shows up in lots of places we wouldn’t expect to see it. Sneaky gluten!
Will the books work for a dairy-free diet?
Neither of DJ's books were written to be dairy-free. That being said, DJ defaults to almond milk in recipes and many common dairy subs, like ghee for butter or coconut cream for heavy cream, are easy enough and shouldn't negatively impact the finished recipes. Cheese subs can be a little trickier depending on what dairy-free cheese options you have readily available and your comfort level with putzing around in that regard. So there may be specific recipes you choose to pass on because of those factors but in general, someone who is dairy free should be able to get solid use out of DJ's books.
I'm vegetarian: would I be able to use these books, too?
The "big book of bacon" subtitle is a joke. Nonetheless, CARBAGE was not written to be vegetarian, but it IS a full-range cookbook, including sections on drinks, sides, salads, main courses, sauces and desserts. So there are many recipes that would work as-is or with minor adjustments for a vegetarian diet. Some, especially many of the main courses, would not be easily adaptable. FAKERY is focused on baking, so there are fewer meat-related ingredients included, but there are some.
Both books also have a strong educational component. A vegetarian would certainly be able to get some use of the recipes, although not every recipe will be practical for a vegetarian approach.
Can I get paper books outside the US? I want old school cookbooks and I want them now!!!
Sort of. You can get the PDF version. We DO love our international folks, but TAKING OUT THE CARBAGE is extremely heavy–weighing in at almost 6 1/2 pounds–and in general, books cost a small fortune to ship internationally. There is no timeline for when the print versions may be available worldwide. Some of our paper-book-loving international friends have shipped to friends, family, or a mailing service in the states for forwarding, but we understand that's a lot of extra fuss. We'd love to be able to offer it everywhere and hope to, someday. But in the meantime, everyone can get the PDF versions.
When do I get the download links?!? I expect instant gratification.
You should get an email within a couple of minutes from your order. There are also download links on the order confirmation page. However, if you can't find the links, have checked your spam filter, or are just having trouble for any reason, no worries. Just give a holler for an alternate link and all the help you need getting it sorted.
My PDF download is a big mess of garbled gobbledygook. What gives?!?
We're talking very large PDF files – hundreds of full-color pages – sometimes a download will go awry, especially on iPads. Those iPads are fussy as well as shiny. Give me a holler and I'll get you fixed right up.
Help! The cart says my email address is invalid, but it's not! Lying cart!!!
Sorry you're having issues! On a very small number of specific mobile devices, the cart denies that your perfectly good email address is perfectly good. Totally annoying! Please retry on a different phone or on your desktop computer if you can, as that pretty much always clears it up. But if this is not easily done or you otherwise continue to have issues, please give me a holler for help. And thanks for your understanding.
When will I get paper books? I'm in a hurry, dang it!!
Books in stock ship out the next business day and normally arrive within 2-9 days. So not too long. In the meantime, you've got the PDF download to entertain you, right?
Why is CARBAGE selling for hundreds of dollars on Amazon?!? That's crazy talk!
Wait! I still have the questions!!
No problem. Questions, feedback, or other whatnot? Give me a holler!