Book Review: The EVERYTHING Diabetes Cookbook 2nd Edition

The EVERYTHING® Diabetes Cookbook 2nd Edition trade paperback is part of the Everything® book series published by Adams Media. Although the book was written for diabetics it includes 300 delicious recipes that will be enjoyed by family members or anyone who wants to eat a healthier diet. I am the daughter and granddaughter of diabetics and I can’t help but think how much this book would have helped my father and grandmother.

The table of contents includes: * Foreword * Introduction * Managing Your Diabetes – Where to Start – What Can I eat? – About Fiber and Whole Grains – Reading and Understanding Food Labels – The Glycemic Index – Your Grocery Shopping List – Making Recipe Adjustments – What about Alcohol? * Appetizers * Soups * Breakfast and Brunch * Meats * Poultry * Fish and Seafood * Casseroles and Stews * Pasta, Rice, Grains and Beans * Vegetables * Salads * Salad Dressings, Salsas, Sauces and Spices * Yeast Breads, Quick Breads and Muffins * Desserts * Snacks and Beverages * Appendix A: Resources * Appendix B: Exchange List * Appendix C: Herbal and Other Seasoning Mixtures * Index

I am convinced that the quality of life is enhanced by the quality of food that people eat and enjoy. This book proves that even a person with a chronic and incurable disease can still cook and eat a delicious diet that can be shared with family members and guests. I’m not much of a cook but my favorite recipes are the Garlic and Feta Cheese Dip, Chicken Corn Chowder, Chicken and Green Bean Stovetop Casserole and Peach Bread Pudding. At the back of the book I found an excellent resource list of websites and organizations every diabetic should have bookmarked in their favorite web browser. There is also an exchange list that covers starches and bread, vegetables, fruits, milk, meats, fats, free foods, combination foods, food for special treats and tips for measuring foods. My favorite appendix is the instructions on creating herbal and other seasoning mixtures. You have the choice of using fresh or dried herbs to create mixes such as a Cajun blend, a Mediterranean blend, a stuffing blend and more. These blends have no fillers and are all taste.

The EVERYTHING® Diabetes Cookbook 2nd Edition makes a fabulous gift both for a diabetic and those who suffer with metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and hypoglycemia. It is important to remember that this book does not offer medical advice and readers should consult with their physician before starting a new eating regimen. The author, Gretchen Scalpi, is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator. She is also a Certified LEAP Therapist (Lifestyle Eating and Performance), specializing in the clinical management of food sensitivities and related conditions. Gretchen opened her private nutrition practice in 2002 and has expanded to two office locations in New Windsor and Beacon, NY. Gretchen offers lectures and workshops on a variety of nutrition topics to corporate, educational, and community groups. The book can be purchased by visiting .

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