Diabetic cook books

I have bought a few any diabetic cook books that you guys recommend for a family?

I actually would not suggest any “diabetic” cookbooks. The market is dominated by cookbooks developed by the ADA and ADtA that are not appropriate for type 2 diabetics. In fact, I question whether they are appropriate to anyone. My favorite cookbooks are low carb cookbooks. One of my favorite authors is Dana Carpender, she has several cookbooks. Other favorites are George Stella, Michael Eades. Also you can look for any Atkins books.

Before you go and buy anything, check out your local public library. Check out a few low carb books by these authors and then decide.

ps. Don’t forget, there are on-line resources for recipes. Perhaps Gerri will suggest some?

Great thanks! I hope Gerri will!

the primal blueprint cookbook (mark sisson) and the paleo diet cookbook (loren cordain) are both awesome. the primal blueprint one is better-written and is a bit easier to adapt to than strict paleo, and he’s coming out with a 30-minute meals version in a month or two. a basic cookbook like the joy of cooking is also indispensable for figuring out how to cook meat and vegetables. you don’t need a “family” cookbook or a “diabetic” cookbook; you just need good recipes that taste good, are not too difficult to make, and are healthy. diabetic-friendly cooking (as opposed to baking) is actually sort of a fun challenge and you learn to play around with all the intense/spicy/pungent/complex seasonings and flavor combinations that make food great. eat fresh food, don’t be afraid to use a bit of salt and a lot of pepper, and consider it an investment in your health.

I consider myself a great cook. So when I was dx’d a few years ago I was bummed. The first thing I did was go out and buy anything with the word diabetes in it. When going through the recipes I became very disappointed. Most of the recipes were kind of high carb with processed flour, pasta, rice and even white and brown sugar in them. The portion size of many of the recipes were very tiny to fool you into thinking they were low carb. They are now sitting on my shelf collecting dust. I have since switched to Low Carb Cookbooks. I think the best out there is Dana Carpenders’s books. I think she has 5 or 6 now. You can find them on Amazon. She has redone all your favoirte recipes , but only low carb. She has great desserts and comfort foods , too.

Well I have the Patti la-belle one, soul food cooking by the ADA and the ultimate diabetes cookbook which is great! The portions are nice and there is not refined stuff. I to am a great cook, but I have to reprogram myself, and my family especially my children whom I had gestational diabetes with. I do not want them to not know how to eat correctly. I am going to look into the ones you guys suggested as well. Thank you all for the great responses and happy cooking!

I gave up on “Diabetic” cookbooks very early on. I prefer to use calculators for my current recipes (check out the Calorie Count Recipe Analyzer: caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php?process=resubmit&count=3). Also, Cooking Light and Eating Well both have nutritional info for their recipes.

Eww did not know that! Thanks!

It looks like Gerri has been slacking. Here is the core of her classic list:

Here are some sites:

Linda’s Low Carb Menus & Recipes http://genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html
The Low Carb Cafe www.lowcarbcafe.com
Low Carb Luxury http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/index.html
Simply Recipes http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/low_carb/
Low Carb Eating http://lowcarbeating.com/