Among the diabetic cookbooks that place emphasis on a healthy diet is The Whole Foods Diabetic Cookbook– a vegetarian, diabetic cookbook by Michael Cook and Patricia Stevenson. The book makes the case for plant-based diets as the ideal choice for diabetics to follow.

Fortunately for those diabetics who are already vegetarian, or who are intent on becoming vegetarian, it offers an array of wholesome dishes. There is nothing as discouraging to adherents of new diets as monotonous meals, day-in, day-out. Unfortunately, in the West, vegetarian diets are often stereotyped as being bland, tasteless, repetitive, and unsatisfying.   Cookbooks such as this one help to overturn such stereotypes by showing what flavorful, imaginative vegetarian meals can look like.

Some of the delicious dishes described in this diabetic cookbook include “Sweet Potato Rice,” “Mushroom Pilaf,” “Blueberry Smoothie Delight,” and “Five Fruit Salad.” They all sound appetizing: not remotely like the descriptor “rabbit food” that is all too often attached to vegetarian dishes. Furthermore, when eaten as instructed in the Whole Foods Diabetic Cookbook, they meet the nutritional guidelines that diabetics are advised to follow. Hence, they help to keep blood sugar levels even and within the normal range.


The Non-Vegetarian Diabetic Cookbook


For those looking for a fancier omnivorous menu, The Diabetic Gourmet Cookbook, by the editors of Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, is one diabetic cookbook of choice. This diabetic cookbook offers a variety of tasty dishes, all of which would likely be served at one specialty or high-end restaurant or another. They include such choice dishes as “Brazilian Smoked Black Bean Soup,” “Chicken Francese,” “Cranberry Apple Muffins,” “Baked Onion Rings,” “Spicy Thai Chicken,” and “Shrimp Scampi over Linguine.”

Note, however, that just because a cookbook is targeted at the diabetic market, it doesn’t follow that the food choices listed within are suitable for all diabetics. Some diabetics might find one or more of the recipes in the above cookbooks unsuitable for managing their specific variety of diabetes. If, indeed, this is the case, then they are well advised to follow the guidelines about calories, fats and carbohydrates set by their own doctors and nutritionists.

The above recommendation applies equally to The Diabetic Dessert Cookbook, which is a cookbook devoted to sweet-toothed diabetics who want to take a turn in the kitchen. The recipes within may be sugar free or may contain low levels of fructose. They include such classics as “Bread Pudding,” “Fruit and Nut Treats,” “Citrus Candy,” “Carrot Cake,” and “Chocolate Soufflé.”


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