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May 5, 2011 07:48 PM

Diabetes Cookbook

I'm looking to buy my newly diagnosed diabetic dad a few cookbooks for his birthday, as he is also a budding chef, and I was wondering if there were new titles anyone could suggest. He has specified that he likes those with detailed nutritional information for each recipe.
Suggestions for all types of cuisine, skill level, etc. are very much welcomed! Thank you in advance.

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  1. I was looking at this category for a gift. After searching the assortment at several stores I settled on one by Prevention magazine. The recipes looked the most interesting, using real food as opposed to
    a lot of artificial stuff. Explanations and nutritional breakdowns seemed clear and thorough.

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    1. re: meatn3

      Heh heh, using real food is definitely a plus in my book! I will check it out.

    2. In addition to the cookbooks, I suggest you consider a subscription to Diabetic Forecast magazine. It is a high quality periodical with recipes and much other significant and interesting information. (At least, it used to be!) My diabetic father and I subscribed for many years and learned a lot. `

      If I remember right, it is the magazine of diabetic educators.

      For us, what has worked the best is adapting "regular" recipes to fit his requirements, but cookbooks would be a good starting place.

      Good luck.

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      1. re: laredo

        I didn't know there was such a periodical. Seems like something my dad would be interested in. Thanks for the recommendation!

        1. re: soytoy

          Diabetes Forecast is the magazine of the American Diabetes Association. Go to and you will find it.

      2. Apologies, this is a link, not a cookbook, but it's a near-daily reference for me:

        USDA Nutrient Database

        Just input ingredient and quantity, get very detailed nutritional info. Great for when he makes his own combos, or needs to assess a recipe.

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        1. Duchess, the USDA link is a great idea. I have used it dozens and dozens of times, especially for potassium content, which doesn't have to be included on product nutrition information.

          1. Did you settle on a cookbook that he likes? My 23 year old, also a bidding chef, was recently diagnosed with Type 1, and a good cookbook would be a great boost for him (or Mom).

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            1. re: Ms.M

              I went with meatn3's suggestion of the Prevention magazine cookbook ( My dad is happy with it.
              Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions.

              1. re: Ms.M

                You may want to consider Sam Talbot's cookbook, The Sweet Life (he is a NYC chef and previous Top Chef contestant. He's also Type 1). Lots of healthy recipes (some maybe a little too healthy, IMHO) but also a lot of tips for good diabetes management and his diabetes story. Here's a link:


                1. re: lynnlato

                  Thanks to both of you for your suggestions. I looked at them on line, and am going to order both. Our young guy will be inspired by the Sam Talbot story and advice, and he'll also appreciate the solid information in the Prevention book. As he completes the first month of his new reality just in time for the holidays, these will become invaluable references. Thanks again.

                  1. re: Ms.M

                    I wish him well. The holidays is a difficult time for Type 1's. You picked 2 good choices. Please have him check out It is a social network/message boards for diabetics and there is a wealth of info from other diabetics. I've made friends and been given some great advice.