Graham Kerr's Minimax Cookbook Summary

Graham Kerr

Graham Kerr’s Minimax Cookbook

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Too often, people who need or want to cut down on cholesterol, fat, and sugar end up with diets that are boring. Kerr himself found this was a problem when he began being health-conscious and his family rejected his cooking as unenjoyable. Later, when Kerr’s wife Treena suffered a stroke and a heart attack, she had to change her eating habits. In an effort to present her with foods she would eat, Kerr worked harder on making healthful recipes more appealing.

People who need to follow specialized diets may want to try this cookbook, but the recipes will not become favorites of the general public. To cite examples, the “Blueberry, Banana, and Bran Muffins,” the “Chocolate Cherry and Almond Cake,” and the “Lemon Kiwi Custard Pie” taste as though they have been shortchanged. In addition, they alter for the worse in texture appeal on the second day. The “Brownies” (with 89 calories, compared to 274 calories in the classic form) were so lousy, this avowed chocoholic threw them away after consuming only one.

Both major and minor flaws exist in this book. One major flaw is that the filling for the “Chocolate Cherry and Almond Cake” remains chocolate milk instead of becoming pudding if the cooking instructions are followed as given in the book. (Directions to stir over heat until thickened were omitted.) A minor flaw is the lack of indexing to Kerr’s “Helpful Hints and Observations” that are included with each recipe; the reader must skim the entire cookbook to catch hints that apply to more than one recipe.