These recipes transform the typical diabetic diet from bland and blah to “Mmmmmm!” and “Ahhhhh!” Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, 2nd Editionis extensively updated with more than 100 new recipes from great restaurants and great chefs. You’ll discover taste-tempting dishes like Blueberry Almond Pancakes, BBQ Chicken Potato Hash, Beer Braised Pork, Sweet Potato Biscuits, and Chocolate Almond Biscotti. There’s loads of new information about diabetes and the role of diet in managing it, plus:
- Tips on how to fare well with restaurant or fast food fare
- Coverage of ethnic foods, including African-American, Chinese, Italian, French, Indian, Thai, and Mexican
- Info on popular diets, including South Beach, Atkins, Ornish, and others
- Nutrition information and diabetic exchanges for each recipe
- A “visual” guide to portion sizes with comparisons you’ll remember, such as a medium potato is the size of a computer mouse
- The scoop on new artificial sweeteners, including Splenda
- Tips for food shopping, including how to decipher confusing food labels and calculate exchanges
- A Restaurant Travel Guide for 14 cities, including New York, Boston, Chocago, Dallas, Denver, and Nashville
Alan Rubin, M.D. is one of the nation’s leading authorities on diabetes. He wrote the bestselling Diabetes For Dummies, 1st and 2nd editions, and the 1st edition of Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies.While the cooking tips and great recipes will make you think he’s a food guru, the doctor in him comes through. The book includes:
- Updated recommendations for elderly diabetics
- Info especially for pregnant or postmenopausal diabetics
- Ways to promote healthy eating in children
- Exercise advice—just 30 minutes a day protects against the complications of diabetes
With all this information and these recipes, you’ll manage to eat very well while you manage your diabetes!If you or a family member has diabetes, food preparation may seem like a chore or a deprivation. What can you cook that tastes good and fits the diabetes guidelines? The authors of Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies, diabetes expert Alan Rubin (who also wrote Diabetes for Dummies) and registered dietician Fran Stach, have come up with dishes that will please not just the person with diabetes but the whole family. The diabetes diet is healthy for all of us, and if we can make it taste good, we all benefit.
That’s where this book shines. The 112 recipes are as creative and tasty as they are healthy, yet most take a half hour or less of preparation (plus cooking time). Recipes include Soy Waffles, Crispy Corn French Toast, Portobello Paté, Carrot Soup with Leek and Blood Orange, Mango Tortilla Salad, Oriental Beef and Noodle Salad, and Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Basil, plus a variety of fish, meat, and poultry entrées. Some of the recipes were created by chef Denise Sharf; others were contributed by gourmet restaurants. All recipes include nutritional information: calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber, sodium, and exchanges.
Diabetes Cookbook for Dummiesis more than a compilation of recipes. The book also gives guidelines for “what, when, and how much” to eat, including tips for visualizing portions (an ounce of meat is the size of a matchbox; an ounce of cheese is the size of a domino; a medium potato is the size of a computer mouse). You’ll get shopping and cooking tips and illustrated food-preparation steps to help novice cooks.
Like the whole For Dummies line, the style is simple, friendly, clever, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, such as, “Don’t go to a paint store and expect to get thinner there.” — Joan Price