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Favorite "special diet" cookbook?

TigerLLO Apr 13, 2013 05:26 PM

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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    andrewtree RE: TigerLLO Apr 13, 2013 06:46 PM

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

    1. mcf RE: TigerLLO Apr 14, 2013 09:00 AM

      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. goodhealthgourmet RE: TigerLLO Apr 14, 2013 01:06 PM

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

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          TigerLLO RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 14, 2013 01:13 PM

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

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: TigerLLO Apr 14, 2013 01:46 PM

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

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              dinaofdoom RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2014 09:28 PM

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

        2. foodieX2 RE: TigerLLO Apr 14, 2013 01:11 PM

          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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            mcf RE: foodieX2 Apr 14, 2013 01:49 PM

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

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              foodieX2 RE: mcf Apr 14, 2013 02:05 PM

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

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                mcf RE: foodieX2 Apr 14, 2013 02:35 PM

                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...

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                  foodieX2 RE: mcf Apr 14, 2013 02:49 PM

                  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.

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                    mcf RE: foodieX2 Apr 14, 2013 04:12 PM

                    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!

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                      foodieX2 RE: mcf Apr 14, 2013 04:21 PM

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

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                      sueatmo RE: foodieX2 Mar 18, 2014 08:44 PM

                      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.

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                      Aimee RE: mcf Mar 16, 2014 04:03 PM

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

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                        mcf RE: Aimee Mar 16, 2014 05:26 PM

                        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.

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                pedalfaster RE: TigerLLO Apr 14, 2013 04:39 PM

                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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                  mcf RE: pedalfaster Apr 14, 2013 06:27 PM

                  "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.

                2. lynnlato RE: TigerLLO Apr 15, 2013 07:39 AM

                  You might want to check out The Sweet Life by Sam Talbot. He is a well-known NYC chef, former Top Chef contestant and a life long Type 1 Diabetic.

                  He is an extremely adventurous and active person and his recipes are chock-full of powerhouse vegetables, lean proteins and the occasional grains. The cookbook is also full of nutritional information and his story growing up with type 1 diabetes. Some great recipes are:

                  -Guacamole with Feta cheese and almonds
                  -Grilled scallops w/ chimichurri
                  -Grilled chicken thighs w/ Endive & Apple Sauté
                  Chickpea & Cherry Frittata (I haven't made this yet but want to)

                  The recipes aren't for every day fare but they are inspiring. Here's a link:


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