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Apr 13, 2013 05:26 PM

Favorite "special diet" cookbook?

I love the way I feel when I eat healthy, but, like everyone else here (LOL) I really like good food. Do you have any favorite diet/healthy cookbooks that are so good that you just dont miss the foodie cookbooks?

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  1. Rarely use a cookbook these days, but learned a lot from Nourishing Traditions.

    1. Very rarely use them, after 15 years of low carbing, I adapt things I find anywhere. But I keep Fran McCullough's original low carb cookbook for a variety of recipes that I know will work, from an acclaimed food writer.

      1. *Which* special diet? Low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo,/primal, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, low-glycemic, low-fat...?

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I lean more primal than anything, but really lots pf veggies, moderate animal protein and low grains...

          1. re: TigerLLO

            "Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat" by Melissa Joulwan might be a good one for you.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              a friend just loaned this to me, and it looks great so far.

        2. I don't follow any special "diet" but when I am looking to lighten things up I get some good inspiration from flipping through cooking light mags, Kafka's "Microwave Healthstyle Gourmet" cookbook and doing online searches.

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          1. re: foodieX2

            Too bad about Barbara Kafka's bad health, though, dontcha think? ;-)

            1. re: mcf

              I am confused. What does her health have to do with one of her cookbooks?

              1. re: foodieX2

                Her emphasis was always on high carb, restricted fats, IIRC... but she emphasized the alleged health benefits while her weight got out of her control, and she bought into the need for statins for her rising cholesterol...

                1. re: mcf

                  No idea- this is just a microwave cook book, not a diet book. IIRC there is no diet advice but if there is it had no lasting impact on me, LOL. It is really just lighter versions of her other microwave recipes-less fat, cream, butter etc to reduce the calories. Kinds of what Cooking Light does in there "Lighten this up" column.

                  The other cook book of hers own I own is is "Roasting" and there is nothing diet specific in that one either. I know she recently wrote a gluten/lactose free cookbook. I haven't read it though.

                  Do you know the name of her diet book? Be interesting to check it out. Unlike Paula Dean who has been all over the news with her drug endorsement I can't find anything on web about Kafka. I searched Barbara Kafka diet, Barbara Kafka diet cook book, Barbara Kafka cholesterol, Barbara Kafka weight issues and came up with zilch but I am not a great searcher so I am sure I missed it.

                  1. re: foodieX2

                    Wow, I can't find it either, but I'm pretty sure she's the one I'm thinking of... It's Jane Brody, my mistake, sorry!

                    1. re: mcf

                      No worries! Now I have google Jane Brody and I have never heard of her.

                    2. re: foodieX2

                      Barbara Kafka wrote a Microwave cookbook and then a diet Microwave cookbook.

                      Microwave Gourmet, and
                      Microwave Gourmet Healthstyle Cookbook

                      I am not sure if the latter title is in print, but of course can by purchased used online with ease.

                    3. re: mcf

                      I don't think this was her agenda specifically. Everyone in the 80's was preaching this.

                      1. re: Aimee

                        Her zeal, despite her own failure at health and weight maintenance was unmatched and addlepated, completely even in the face of its failure personally and publicly.

                        And her insistence on promoting bad advice proven to be faulty over the years.

              2. The problem with the word "healthy" is that is, by definition, different for everyone. Every Body. Every metabolism. Every stomach.

                Consider this. I am a ~50 yer old woman who needs to maintain/gain weight and avoid super high-fiber.

                I am also a life-long vegetarian, learning to add some fish/ protein to my diet.

                I tend to like Mark Bittman and Mollie Katzen and Alice Waters as far as cookbook authors go.

                Good luck and best wishes!

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                1. re: pedalfaster

                  "The problem with the word "healthy" is that is, by definition, different for everyone. Every Body. Every metabolism. Every stomach."

                  This is true. The other problem is that folks who use the term have been brainwashed to mean as long as there's no fat, it's healty, and that starch should be most of one's "healthy" diet.

                  Mark Bittman's food depresses me. He makes me miss Molly O'Neill so much every week when the NYT comes to my door.

                  I had to give up the vegetarian, high carb, low fat thing and learn to eat animal proteins and fat again, too. It was hard at first, and took years of experimentation to find out what was optimal for me, individually.