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Sep 19, 2005 07:50 PM

best diabetic cookbook?

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any recommendations for a diabetic cookbook? i went to the bookstore today and was overwhelmed with the choices. i'm comfortable with pretty much any level recipe and want to ensure that the food is *interesting* and flavorful. ethnic, perhaps leaning toward vegetarian would be a plus. i fear that some of the books i thumbed through seemed a little betty crocker for our taste.

note: i did search the boards and just came up with a few options (good housekeeping, mayo clinic and american diabetes association).


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  1. My chowish sister developed type I diabetes a few years ago.

    I think what you need to do is realize this is something you're going to have to deal with for the rest of your life and invest some time in really learning about food and nutrition. Once you have an indepth understanding of the basics of what you should and shouldn't eat (or what you should eat less of) and when and how to eat it, then you'll be able to apply it to any situation, whether it be choosing or adapting a recipe, ordering in a restaurant or eating with friends.

    You don't want to spend the rest of your life eating "diabetic" food, so you need to learn how to eat real food and still manage your diabetes, which you absolutely can do.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      wow i'm a dog

      yes, agreed. i understand this; i'm really just looking for an addition to my library on this particular subject. thanks for your insight!

    2. I recently purchased Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine cookbook and The New Soul Food cookbook for People with Diabetes by Fabiola Demps Gaines and Roniece Weaver and I love them both. They both give you the diabetic exchanges which is the most important thing. Once you learn those exchanges, you can use just about any cookbook. The American Diabetic Assoc. offers a selection of cookbooks if you want to go that route. There is even a "Fix It and Forget It" crockpot cookbook focusing on the diabetic exchanges and it makes for easy cooking, especially if you work. However, nothing fancy or gourmet obviously.

      1. Anthony Worrall-Thompson published a cookbook a little while back called "GI Diet", focusing on Low-GI food. It wasn't only for diabetics -it's for anyone who wants to maintain a steady blood sugar and the benefits that it brings. Might be a little less 'betty crocker'! I don't actually own this book, but I generally enjoy his recipes; he's a man who loves food, and isn't going to suggest loads of recipes made with splenda-laced whipped cream from a can.

        1. This is a great diabetic cookbook for those with a sweet tooth, The Diabetic Goodie Book by Kathy Kochan, Faith Winchester (Editor), Linda Hachfeld (Editor). They give you tips on how to adapt other recipes, as well as exchange servings. I have used several recipes from this book. I have also taken items I baked from here, never advertised them as being diabetic and seen them gobbled up by friends and co-workers none the worse for eating healthy sweets!