Cookbooks and Nutrition Books

There are many books about food and nutrition for people with diabetes. Many focus on the dietary needs of adults with Type 2 diabetes who also need to lose weight. These books tend to have recipes low in fat, but often high in carbohydrates. As always, choose meals carefully.

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[New!] [RECOMMENDED!] 1,001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes, edited by Sue Spitler, Linda Eugene, RD, CDE, with Linda Yoakam, RD, MS. Published by the Surrey Books, 2001, 2007. ISBN 1-57284-086-2. 694 pages. Paperback. $19.95.

Sue Spitler, Linda Eugene and Linda Yoakam have put together an excellent cookbook in 1,001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes. Their recipes include complete nutrition information, including carbohydrate amounts and exchanges. New to this edition is a separate chapter on Vegetarian Entrees, including codes indicating if the recipes are V (Vegan), LO (lacto-ovo vegetarian), L (lacto vegetarian), and O (ovo vegetarian). Personally, I think they should have included such coding in the other chapters because many other recipes are also vegetarian. Furthermore, they could have added coding for those recipes that are GF (gluten free). Nevertheless, the recipes are delicious sounding. We tried and enjoyed Chicken in Wine Sauce, Shrimp De Jonghe, Banana Bread, Coffee-Frosted Cocoa Cake, and Chocolate Crinkles. Our taste testers gave all tried recipes a "thumbs up." Highly Recommended.

Review by Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] 101 Tips on Nutrition for People with Diabetes, Second Edition, by Patti B. Geil, MS, RD, FADA, CDE and Lea Ann Holzmeister, RD, CDE. Published by the ADA, 2006. ISBN 1580402542. 151 pages. Paperback. $14.95.

101 Tips on Nutrition for People with Diabetes is a bit of a misnomer -- it's actually 109 tips, each on its own page, addressing one question about food and nutrition for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Some questions relate only to type 1 or type 2 diabetes and they are so noted on the top of the page. Most, as would be expected, apply to people with both types of diabetes. There's even a section devoted specifically to kids. You'll find lots of helpful tidbits in this book and it will make a nice addition to anyone diabetes library.

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[RECOMMENDED!] 200 Healthy Recipes in 30 Minutes--or Less! by Robyn Webb, MS. Published by Small Step Press, 2006. ISBN 1580402267. 268 pages. Paperback. $16.95.

Recipes, nutrition information, menu suggestions and other miscellaneous tips are included in Robyn Webb's 200 Healthy Recipes in 30 Minutes--or Less! If you don't know what to fix for dinner and have only 30 minutes, you'll find several options in this book. Each recipe indicates the amount of time it should take to prepare it, gives you a serving size and tells you how many it should serve. The yummy recipes often call for low-fat and or low-sodium ingredients.

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[RECOMMENDED!] The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook by Nancy S. Hughes. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2007. ISBN 158040278X. 199 pages. Paperback. $16.95.

Author Nancy S. Hughes come up with a cookbook for those who want simple, easy-to-follow recipes. In The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook, you will find many tasty recipes. I prepared Dijon'd Chicken with Rosemary and Parmesan Potato Bake (without the onions since one of us doesn't eat onions!). Both were quite good.

I recommend this book for those who want simple recipes. By the way, when you look at the book, don't be surprised to see more than four items listed. Nancy doesn't count water, salt, pepper and cooking spray as ingredients and fruit plus is juice and/or zest count as one ingredient.

Review by Brenda Hitchcock
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[RECOMMENDED!] The All New Diabetic Cookbook by Kitty Maynard, R.N., Lucian Maynard, R.N., and Theodore Duncan, M.D.. Published by Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, TN, 1998. ISBN 1-55853-675-2. 304 Pages. Softcover with lay-flat binding.

The All New Diabetic Cookbook includes a wide variety of recipes using either low-fat or low-sodium ingredients. Some recipes do include small amounts of sugar, and others, particularly desserts, use artificial sweeteners. Each recipe includes complete nutritional information and exchanges, including percentage of calories from fat. The focus is meals for families and adults. A brief section at the end includes recipes for kids, such as "Banana-Grape Supreme" and "Nacho Pizzas."

Review by Brenda Hitchcock

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The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic by Mary Abbot Hess and Katherine Middleton. Published by Contemporary Books, 1995. ISBN 0-8092-4653-8. (large format paperback)

More than just a cookbook for diabetics, The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic contains a thorough description of the ADA's food exchange system and a listing of all the kinds of sugars contained in food (ever wonder what high fructose corn syrup was?), including the sugar alcohols (sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol). There is even a short chapter entitled The Child with Diabetes. This is an excellent cookbook for parents with children with diabetes. Everyone of the hundreds of recipes contains complete nutritional information and exchange values.

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[RECOMMENDED!] America's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes by Colleen Bartley. Published by Robert Rose, 2005. US ISBN 0778801160, Candadian ISBN 0778801071. 191 pages. Paperback. US$18/95 / CDN$19.95.


Looking for a few recipes for child friendly foods? Check out Colleen Bartley's America's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes. Most of the recipes do not use artificial sweeteners. Ms. Bartley does recommend lower fat or fat-free ingredients. Each recipe comes with a nutritional analysis, including both carb counts and ADA exchanges in the US edition and CDA choices in the Canadian edition. There's a great variety of recipes, from main courses to treats. Several photographs are included to give you an idea of what the foods look like. All recipes include both imperial and metric measurements.

Although some of the recipes do not contain wheat gluten, this is not the best book for those with celiac disease, as gluten-free recipes are not identified.

-- Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts by Jackie Mills, MS, RD. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2007. ISBN 1-58-040274-7. 234 pages. Paperback. US$18.95 / CDN$21.95.


"Budgeting for Brownies," a chapter heading in the introduction, captures the spirit and goal for The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts -- you're going to learn how to make delicious desserts and integrate them into your meal planning. That is of course the goal for most people with diabetes, and this cookbook offers a grand assortment of recipes that use less fat and sugar than traditional recipes but still result in delicious desserts. As expected, each recipe offers complete nutritional information to help you decide which food works best for you -- and how much insulin you'll need. We tried the Chocolate Crackles and they are indeed highly recommended.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Carbohydrate Counting: A Primer for Insulin Pump Users to Zero in on Good Control by Karmeen Kulkarni, RD, MS, CDE; Linda Fredrickson, MA, RN, CDE; and Marilyn R. Graff, RN, BSN, CDE. Published by MiniMed. Call 1-818-362-5958 to order.


MiniMed's Carbohydrate Counting book is an excellent source of information for pumpers as well as non-pumpers. It's small and can easily fit into a purse or other carrying case when travelling. The booklet is full of colorful pictures and drawings to help the reader learn about carbohydrate counting. It seems to be aimed at the needs of adults more than kids, based on portion size guidance and some of the food choices (e.g., beer), but the concepts apply equally well to anyone. Lots of examples give readers a chance to practice what they've learned.

The Carbohydrate Counting Cookbook by Tami Ross, RD, CDE and Patti Geil, RD, CDE. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998. 201 pages. Paperback. US$14.95.

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The Carbohydrate Counting Cookbook is a good source of recipes for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Each recipe includes basic nutritional information, as well as carbohydrates and dietary exchanges. To help with carb counting, each recipe has a large "carb choice" value that equates to the number of carbohydrate exchanges. Most recipes contain low-fat or reduced fat ingredients, and a few use artificial sweeteners, which some people may find unsuitable.

An introductory discussion includes a caution about reading the food label for portion size information. The Carbohydrate Counting Cookbook correctly points out that the nutritional information on many food items appear to have a lower amount of carbohydrates per serving due to an unrealistically small portion size.

In addition, the sample menus section includes meal plans for an 1800-calorie diet.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Carbohydrate Counting Made Easy by the Diabetes Support Group at Knoxville Area Community Hospital. Spiral bound, 412 pages, $12.50 plus $3.00 S/H.


Carbohydrate Counting Made Easy is a 412-page, spiral bound book filled with hundreds of recipes and nutritional advice. Each section covers a particular kind of food (e.g., Appetizers, Dips, and Beverages), starting with hints for the section (e.g., try a teaspoon of nonfat dry milk in coffee or tea instead of nondairy creamers to reduce saturated fat). Each recipe contains full nutritional information. You'll find an amazing variety of recipes. There's even a section called "Fun to Do" with instructions on how to make face paint, play dough, giant bubble soap, and paper mache (sorry, no carb counts for these recipes, even though kids do sometimes eat them). This is a great addition to anyone's cookbook collection, and it's a bargain at $15.50 (book plus shipping).

To order, send $12.50 plus $3.00 for postage to Knoxville Area Community Hospital, Diabetics Program Coordinator, 1002 S. Lincoln, Knoxville, IA 50138.

[RECOMMENDED!] Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 2nd Edition by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE and Karmeen Kilkarni, MS, RD, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2004. 251 pages. Paperback. US$16.95. ISBN 1-58040-203-8.

Carbohydrate counting is an essential skill for intensive diabetes management. Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 2nd Edition offers an introduction to carbohydrate counting using several model patient examples. Through these examples, you'll learn the hows and whys of carbohydrate counting and how to make it part of your everyday diabetes care. There are even tips for dealing with sugar substitutes, the impact of fat and protein in meals, and restaurant eating. Included are carbohydrate counts for many common foods and record keeping forms that can help beginners succeed at carbohydrate counting. The 2nd Edition includes information about glycemic index and "net carbs," a new term used by food manufacturers.
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The Complete Quick & Hearty Diabetic Cookbook, Second Edition, published by the American Diabetes Association, 2007. 280 pages. Paperback. US$15.95. ISBN 1-58-040285-2.

The American Diabetes Association's Complete Quick & Hearth Diabetic Cookbook (Second Edition) is full of many tasty recipes using lower fat ingredients. Among the recipes we tested and enjoyed were Baked Lemon Chicken, Chicken with Cream Sauce and Carrot Cake. Although moist and tasty, the cake seemed to be lacking in spice and sweetness. I added a regular cream cheese frosting, which improved the overall taste of the cake. Of our "test tasters," one felt the cake left an aftertaste and all others concluded the cake would not have been as good had the frosting not been added. The cake contained Splenda while the frosting included regular powdered sugar. Nutrition information is included for all recipes.
-- Brenda Hitchcock   
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Convenience Food Facts (Fourth Edition) by Arlene Monk, RD, LD, CDE, and Nancy Cooper, RD, LD, CDE. Published by IDC Publishing, 1997. ISBN 1-885115-36-9. 430 pages. Paperback.

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Convenience Food Facts contains complete nutritional information for more than 3,000 brand-name convenience foods so you can make informed decisions about the foods you eat. You'll find nine pages of information about frozen pizzas, for example, and carbohydrate amounts to help you if you count carbs. Parents will find everything they need to help pack kids' lunches too, including nutrition information for the new "lunchable" products.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Cooking Up Fun For Kids With Diabetes by Patti Geil and Tami Ross. Published by the ADA, 2003. ISBN 1580401341. 192 pages. Paperback. $14.95.

Looking for child friendly recipes? Hoping to get your child to help prepare foods? If so, Cooking up Fun for Kids with Diabetes is a book that will help you. Not only do authors Patti Beil and Tami Ross give you the standard ingredients list and directions, they include a handy guide to show the difficulty of the recipe. They also provide a list of equipment, helpful hints and Nutrition Information. So, if you would like to try Fun Fruit Kabobs, Stuffed Green Eggs with Ham, or Monkey's Uncle Pancakes, this is the book to buy.

-- Brenda Hitchcock   

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Cooking with the Diabetic Chef by Chris Smith. Published by the ADA, 2000. ISBN 158040043. 169 pages. Paperback. $19.95.

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While attending cooking school, Chef Chris Smith was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Keeping this in mind, he has gathered a collection of delicious recipes in his book, "Cooking with the Diabetic Chef." In some of the recipes, he does suggest the use of reduced-calorie margarine, but usually does not recommend ingredients containing artificial sweeteners. With each recipe, nutritional information is provided.

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Creative Cooking for Renal Diabetic Diets by P. Ellis, R.D. (The Cleveland Clinic, 1985).

There are 187 recipes that add flavor and variety for people with diabetes and kidney disease. Diabetic Exchanges are given along with sodium and potassium values.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Department of Nutrition Services
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

[RECOMMENDED!] The Diabetes Carbohydrate & Fat Gram Guide, Third Edition, by Lea Ann Holzmeister, RD, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association, 2005. 604 pages. Paperback. US$14.95. ISBN 1-58040-247-X.

The American Diabetes Association, in conjunction with the American Dietitic Association, has published the Third Edition of The Diabetes Carbohydrate & Fat Gram Guide. Lea Ann Holzmeister has put together a very comprehensive list of brand name foods, even Girl Scout cookies, Fast Food restaurant, and ethnic food nutritional information to allow easier carbohydrate counting.

The only information not listed is the number of transfats. However, it is now law in the U.S., that all "products entering interstate commerce on or after January 1, 2006 must be labeled with trans fat." Thus, be sure to look at those nutirition labels because studies have shown that transfats and unsaturated fats can raise LDL ("bad") cholesterol, something people with diabetes need to be careful to avoid.

Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, 3rd Edition by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2006. ISBN 1-58-040251-8. 301 pages. Softcover. US$14.95.

Diabetes Meal Planning Made easy: 3rd edition is a great resource for learning how to maintain a healthy diet. Author Hope Warshaw includes extensive information on which food to include in one's diet and which ones to avoid. She provides caloric guidelines based upon sex, age, and activity level. She also uses these same categories to show how many servings of each food group one should eat. Ms. Warshaw provides tables listing specific foods and their relevant nutrition information. For example, the meats list includes the amount of protein and the types and amounts of fat in addition to the number of calories per serving. There's even a chapter on how to interpret the information provided on a food label.

Although this a great resource, personally, I disagree with Ms. Warshaw's assertion that you need not wash poultry (page 17). And, I also believe that you can use olive oil for baking. In fact, I recently made a cake that specifically called for olive oil and it was quite tasty! Recommended.

-- Brenda Hitchcock    

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[RECOMMENDED!] Diabetes Type 2: Complete Food Management Program by Sherri Shafer, R.D., C.D.E. Published by Prima Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0761532528. 384 Pages. Trade paperback.

  For a good understanding of how to manage Type 2 diabetes, Sherri Shafer, R.D., C.D.E., has written Diabetes Type 2: Complete Food Management Program. The book includes a great deal of information written in a style that is very easy to comprehend. There is information on food planning, vitamins, exercise, pregnancy, children with Type 2, alternative therapies, and many more relevant issues. Chapters discuss carbohydrates, protein, and fat, and include concrete examples based on specific calorie goals. There's even a chapter on type 2 diabetes in kids. This is a good book for anyone new to type 2 diabetes.
-- Brenda Hitchcock
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[RECOMMENDED!] The Diabetic Gourmet by Francine Prince. Published by Diabetes Self-Management Books, 1994. ISBN 0-9631701-3-9. 307 Pages. Hardcover.

The Diabetic Gourmet is a beautifully-made, hardcover cookbook. It just happens to have recipes tailored to meet the nutritional needs of people with diabetes. Each recipe contains complete nutritional information for all food items. Roast Stuffed Turkey, for example, includes nutritional information for the turkey, the gravy, and the stuffing. You'll find everything from soup to salads to meat to desserts, and everything in between. Highly recommended.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Enlightened Kosher Cooking by Nechama Cohen. Published by Feldheim Publishers, 2006. ISBN 1-58330-888-1. 416 pages. Hardcover. US$39.95.


Nechama Cohen's Enlightened Kosher Cooking is among the most beautiful cookbooks available that focus on healthy recipes for people with diabetes. The book itself is very well made and is filled with great recipes, instructions on kosher cooking, and fabulous photographs of many completed foods. Cohen, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was already a mother, shares her years of experience in healthy eating in this book, and her passion shows. More information about the book including sample recipes, are online at the Jewish Diabetes website.

If you keep kosher and are looking to add to your collection of cookbooks, Enlightened Kosher Cooking is a must-have. And even if you don't keep kosher, you will surely find something in Enlightened Kosher Cooking to spice up your healthy cooking.

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Exchanges for All Occasions (Fourth Edition) by Marion Franz, R.D. Published by IDC Publishing, 1997. ISBN 1-885115-35-0. 318 Pages. Softcover.

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Based on the 1995 Exchange Lists for Meal Planning by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association, Exchanges for All Occasions is an invaluable addition to the library of everyone with diabetes. Though the focus of the book is on adults rather than kids, the book is filled with enough information to be of value to anyone. Adults (and college students) will appreciate guidance on how to incorporate alcohol into a meal plan (carefully), and campers will find help planning their meals and snacks.

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Express Lane Diabetic Cooking by Robyn Webb. Published by the American Diabetes Association. ISBN 1-58040-005-1. 200 pages. Paperback.

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With families busier than ever these days, it can be quite a challenge to find the time to prepare a healthy meal. Robyn Webb's Express Lane Diabetic Cooking can help. It's filled with healthy recipes that use foods you purchase at the deli and salad bar of your local grocery store. Many recipes take less than 20 minutes to prepare. If you're in a hurry and need some help, Express Lane Diabetic Cooking can help.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Fantastic Food with Splenda by Marlene Koch. Published by M. Evans and Company, 2004. ISBN 1590770218. 284 pages. Hardcover.

Splenda is a sugar substitute that is made from sugar, tastes like sugar, bakes like sugar, but has no calories. In Fantastic Food with Splenda, author Marlene Koch has collected 160 new recipes that use Splenda, from jams to applesauce to drinks to main courses. With more and more people on reduced carbohydrate diets, and with carbohydrate counting an essential in diabetes care, anyone looking to reduce the amount of sugar in a recipe will find this book helpful. Splenda bakes great and tastes just like sugar (in our personal experience). If you're looking for just dessert recipes, see Koch's Unbelievable Desserts with Splenda.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Fast Food Facts (Fifth Edition) by Marion Franz, MS, RD, LD, CDE. Published by IDC Publishing, 1998. ISBN 1-885115-42-3. 243 pages. Softcover.

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More complete and up-to-date than any other guide on fast-foods, this best-selling book is revised to include nutrition information on over 2,000 menu offerings from the 40 largest fast-food chains, complete with carbohydrate values. All the top chains are included, as well as newer companies such as Boston Market (lots of excellent food choices). The next time you're on the road trying to decide on where to eat, Fast Food Facts will help you make a healthy choice -- or at least help you determine how much insulin to take!

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[RECOMMENDED!] Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good with the American Diabetes Association. Published by Good Books, 2005. ISBN 1-56148-459-8. 282 pages. Paperback. $15.95.

In "Fix-It and Forget-It," Phyllis Pellman Good has put together a collection of healthy slow cooker recipes from cooks throughout the United States. Recipes include Basic Nutritional Information, serving size and information on the recommended slow cooker size. While mostly main courses, there is a large collection of soups and even 18 pages of dessers. Our kids found the Pizza Fondue to be quite tasty.
-- Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] Food and Diabetes - For Kids, Teens, Families and Caregivers by Doreen Yasui, RDN, CDE and Doreen Hatton, RN, MSN. Published by the Children's and Women's Health Centre of Britsh Columbia, BC, Canada. 109 pages, softcover.

When your child is first diagnosed with diabetes, you probably thought "insulin." But equally as important is food, and Food and Diabetes - For Kids, Teens, Families and Caregivers focuses on the nutritional side of diabetes care. Authors Yasui and Hatton both work at the Endocrinology & Diabetes Unit at the British Columbia's Children's Hospital in BC, Canada. Their book, while it has a Canadian flavor, is suitable for families everywhere. They provide excellent, real-world advice on how to take care of food issues, for toddlers on up. There's sections on managing snacks at schools, foods that help minimize the risk of nighttime lows and lows after sports, birthdays and other special events, and many other topics. There's even tips for using stevia as a sugar substitute. If you're struggling with food issues, this book is for you.

Canadians can order the book for CDN$17.12 (includes 7% GST, check payable to "BCCH Family Resource Library") from:

Family Resource Library
British Columbia's Children's Hospital
4480 Oak Street, Room 3D23
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4
(604) 875-2345 ext. 7644 e-mail

Include CDN$1.50 postage for one book, CDN$5.00 for 2-10 books.

Families outside Canada should write or e-mail for ordering information.

The Free & Equal Cookbook by Carole Kruppa. Published by Surrey Books, 1992. ISBN 0-940625-82-2. 132 pages. Softcover.

Book Cover The Free & Equal Cookbook has over 160 recipes for sugar-free meals, from appetizers to entrees. There's even instructions on making sugar-free jams and jellies and sugar-free salad dressings. Each recipe is made without added sugar and shows the diebetic exchanges per serving. If you need to prepare a sugar-free meal, look no further than this book for a recipe that's sure to please.
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The Free & Equal Dessert Cookbook by Carole Kruppa. Published by Surrey Books, 1992. ISBN 0-940625-46-6. 162 pages. Softcover.

Book Cover The Free & Equal Dessert Cookbook has 160 recipes for sugar-free desserts, from cakes and cookies to puddings and soufflés. Each delicious recipe is made without added sugar and shows the diebetic exchanges per serving. If you need to prepare a sugar-free dessert, look no further than this book for a recipe that's sure to please.
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[RECOMMENDED!] Great Temptations: Recipes for People with Celiac Disease and Diabetes by Kathryn Manraj.


My son Chad was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. In my struggle to grasp his new "diet" I came across a book written by a mom/dietary technologist from Alberta Canada. Kathryn Manraj has a child with both diabetes and celiac and knows the challenge I was facing. Her book, Great Temptations, helped me to "make friends" with my baking pantry instead of fearing its contents, which after Chad's diagnosis quadrupled in variety of flours and other ingredients. Now do I not only know what I need to have in my cupboard, but I also know what to do with it. A BIG plus for Great Temptations is the inclusion of food values (carbs, fibre, protein, fat and calories) as well as exchanges (number of starches, fats, sugars, etc). The biggest challenge with the celiac diet is making palatable baked goods. There is a wide variety of cookie, muffin, bread, cake and squares recipes, along with the basic meat and veg dishes. Most recipes have the basic things from my pantry while others provide substitutions for the few "odd" things. The book is available directly from the author:

Kathryn Manraj
39 Parkwood Drive
St. Albert, AB T8N5G6

The price of the book Cost is CDN$11.95 plus CDN$3.00 shipping and handling for Canadian addresses, US$13.50 total for US addresses. For two sample recipes, see Banana Muffins and Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies.

-- Heather Kyllo

[RECOMMENDED!] Guide to Healthy Fast-Food Eating by Hope S. Warshaw, MMsc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM. (American Diabetes Association, 2006). 279 pages. Softcover, $9.95. ISBN 1580402704.

While "healthy" and "fast-food" are not often used together, busy people on-the-go are the target audience for Hope Warshaw's Guide to Healthy Fast-Food Eating. Ms. Warshaw provides nutrition information for many fast-food establishments and advises how to choose the healthier options. The book is small enough to fit in a purse or a car's glove box, so you can keep it with you as you are out and about. If you eat out a lot, you'll find this book to be quite helpful. Recommended.

Note -- if you have a teenager with diabetes, this will make a nice gift. Whether they read it or not is another issue.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating, Third Edition, by Hope S. Warshaw, MMsc, RD, CDE. (American Diabetes Association, 2005). 732 pages. Softcover, $17.95. ISBN 1580402461.

The third edition of Hope Warshaw's Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating has over 5,000 menu items (up from 3,500 in the second edition) from more than 60 restaurant chains (up from 55). With this book, eating out doesn't have to be a guessing game. Like donuts for breakfast? The full menu from Dunkin' Donuts is here (jelly filled donuts have 32 grams of carbs and 11 grams of fat). You'll find all the hamburger, chicken, seafood, submarine sandwich, pizza, and Mexican food chains, as well as family style sit-down restaurants like Bennigan's, Denny's, and Ruby Tuesday. If you eat out a lot, this book will help you make informed food choices. While the book is small in size, it weighs 1 1/4 pounds, so you may want to plan before you go out to eat.
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[RECOMMENDED!] The Healthy Lunchbox: How to Plan, Prepare & Pack Stress-Free Meals Kids Will Love by Marie McClendon, MEd, and Cristy Shauck. (Small Steps Press, 2005). 148 pages. Softcover. ISBN 1-58040-240-2.

The Healthy Lunchbox: How to Plan, Prepare & Pack Stress-Free Meals Kids Will Love is an excellent guide to preparing healthy foods for school-aged children. The authors, Marie McClendon and Cristy Shauck, offer suggestions on how to pack those foods to encourage kids to eat them, including ways to shape the foods into different shapes to make them more appealing. There are approximately 60 recipes to help pack those lunches. Many of the recipes include natural and lower-fat/lower sodium ingredients. In addition, the recipes are labeled with icons to identify those that are Quick Fix, Overnighter (requires a little more time and planning), Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free.

-- Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] The "I Can't Believe This Has No Sugar" Cookbook by Deborah E. Buhr. (St. Martin's Griffon, 1997). 216 pages. Softcover. ISBN 0-312-15551-4.

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The "I Can't Believe This Has No Sugar" Cookbook is a must for cooks who prefer recipes that do not contain artificial sweetners. Each of the more than 150 recipies is free of cane sugar and dairy products, and many are gluten free for people with celiac. Buhr includes helpful advice on cooking withoug sugar, including the best ingredients to use and how to use them (don't thaw frozen juices, for example). Complete nutritional analysis included for each recipe.

-- Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] I Made It Myself! by Sandra Nissenberg, R.D. and Heather Nissenber. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998). 129 pages. Softcover. US$13.95.

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I Made It Myself! is a delightful, child-oriented cookbook that includes recipes prepared by children. Many of them do contain refined sugar, but substitutions can be made in some recipes. For example, you can use sugar-free pudding when a recipe calls for pudding, unsweetened applesauce instead of sweetened, and spreadable fruit in place of jelly or jam.

One of the interesting features of the book is the "Kitchen Rules" section in the introduction. It includes a list of important rules, such as "Before you start, wash your hands with soap and water." Getting your kids to read and follow the rules is another matter. Also inclued is a final chapter of meal-related ideas, such as decorate-it-yourself placemats and instructions about how to decorate napkin rings. Kids will also like the jokes on the bottom of most pages (e.g., "How do you keep milk from going sour? Keep it in the cow.").

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[RECOMMENDED!] The Joslin Diabetes Great Chefs Cook Healthy Cookbook by Frances Towner Giedt and Bonnie Sanders Polin, Ph.D. ISBN 0743215885. 308 pages. Paperback. $15 US.


With the publication of The Joslin Diabetes Great Chefs Cook Healthy Cookbook, Frances Towner Giedt and Bonnie Sanders Polin offer healthy recipes from chefs around the U.S. Some of the recipes include lesser known ingredients, such as nori (dried seaweed), fish sauce, witloof (white leaf Belgian endive), fresh octopus, and spelt grain. Using these and other ingredients, the book contains menu suggestions, such as "Fish in Its Own Glass, Insalata di Finocchio con Rucola (Fennel Salad with Arugula), and Fresh Raspberries." Nutrition information is included with the recipes.

This book is recommended for those who like to prepare gourmet meals and for those who are interested in preparing more than the every day meatloaf.

Note: You can find more recipes by authors Frances Towner Giedt and Bonnie Sanders Polin, Ph.D at

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The Joy of Snacks by Nancy Cooper, R.D. ISBN 0-937721-82-4. 285 pages. Paperback.

Book Cover Snacking is not only good for you, it can actually help you lose weight. The Joy of Snacks dispels the myths--and guilt--of snacking and explains its importance in helping you maintain a balanced diet. Offers more than 200 recipes for pies, cakes, dips, spreads, popcorn treats and many others.
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[RECOMMENDED!] The Kid's Choice Cookbook By Colleen Bartley & John Pateman. ISBN 0968003702. Spiral-bound, 144 pages. Published by PicNic Publishing.

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The Kid's Choice Cookbook is a cookbook for kids with diabetes. It contains recipes for the kinds of food that kids love to eat, such as pizzas, tacos, burgers, milkshakes, cakes, cookies and more. The ingredients and instructions are simple enough that kids can even begin to do their own cooking. Each recipe has complete nutritional information. The book is attractively illustrated and includes helpful tips (I especially liked the ones about the properties of sugar substitutes), conversion charts and definitions of cooking terms and techniques, all designed to encourage the novice chef.

Kids, as well as moms and dads, will enjoy the many recipes found in the Kid's Choice Cookbook. Recipes are broken down into eight categories: Breakfasts, Beverages; Snacks; Baking; Salads and Side Dishes; Hamburgers, Sandwiches and Pizza; Dinners; and Desserts. (There's even a great recipe for sugar free chocolate sauce for ice cream.) Highly recommended.

There are two versions of the Kid's Choice Cookbook: one with Food Choice Values of the Canadian Diabetes Association and one with Exchanges from the American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association.

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Magic Menus for People with Diabetes, 2nd edition. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2003. ISBN 1-58040-173-2. 244 pages. Paperback. $16.95.

The ADA's Magic Menus for People with Diabetes contains a good selection of lower fat recipes. The book provides meal suggestions, such as 1 serving Kung Pao Chicken (recipe included) topped with 6 cashews, chopped; 2/3 c. cooked rice; 1 c. cooked Chinese kale; 1 t. margarine; and 1 c. melon balls. This meal is 59g carbohydrates per 1/4 of the chicken recipe plus the other items. All meal entries are written up in this manner. The recipes do not include other nutritional information, such as grams of fat/protein/sodium or number of calories, but it does provide average amounts for the meal groups. Snack suggestions are provided at the end of the book. Based on the recipes, this book appears to be aimed at adults with type 2 diabetes who want to manage their weight.

-- Review by Brenda Hitchcock

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[New!] [RECOMMENDED!] 16 Myths of a Diabetic Diet, Second Edition by Karen Hanson Chalmers, MS, RD, LDN, CDE and Amy Peterson Campbell, MS, RD, LDN, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2007. ISBN 1-58-040287-9. 257 pages. Paperback. US$14.95 / CDN$17.95.


Authors Chalmers and Campbell use sixteen "diabetes myths" as the basis of teaching about good nutrition. While these myths are mostly related to overweight adults with type 2 diabetes, the nutritional education is excellent and very easy to understand. For example, if you're not quite sure why our bodies need protein, fat, and carbohydrates, the first several chapters provide a great explanation. Though later chapters are much more focused on type 2 issues (e.g., losing weight to control blood sugar levels), you'll still get excellent, easy to understand guidance on eating healthy -- and that's what everyone should do.

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Quick & Easy Diabetic Recipes for ONE, Second Edition, by Kathleen Stanley, CDE, RD, LD, MSEd, BC-ADM and Connie C. Crawley, MS, RD, LD. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2007. ISBN 1-58-040264-X. 152 pages. Paperback. $14.95.

If you are struggling to find recipes for one person, the ADA has put together just the book for you. In Quick & Easy Diabetic Recipes for ONE, you will find over 100 recipes for all kinds of tasty meals. In addition to the standard nutrition information, the authors have noted which recipes are high in sodium. Some recipes do contain nuts or nut products. The introductory pages offer good advise on portion control and how to make a meal for one worth while.

-- Review by Brenda Hitchcock

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[RECOMMENDED!] Snack Attack by Ruth Glick. Published by the Small Steps Press, 2006. (Small Steps Press is an imprint of the American Diabetes Association.) ISBN 1-58-040228-3. 232 pages. Softcover. US$14.95.

Guacamole, Salmon Spread, Pizza Puffs, and Peach Cobbler are among the 150 Guilt-free Treats in Ruth Glick's Snack Attack. Through her recipes, author Glick has attempted to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables, to reduce their fat consumption, and use less sugar in cooking. Some of the recipes are "makeovers" of less healthy versions, while others are those she has devised herself. Ms. Glick has included preparation time and nutrition information for all recipes. Recommended.

-- Brenda Hitchcock    

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[RECOMMENDED!] Sugar-Free Toddlers by Susan Watson. Published by Williamson Publishing Co., 1991. ISBN 0-9135-8957-8.

Here's a book with 125 recipes that do not use sucrose. Some use fruit juice as a sweetener. Though not aimed at children with diabetes, this book has some neat recipes that do appeal to children. It also has ratings for many store-bought foods. For example, did you know that Flintstones vitamins contain 55.9% sucrose by weight? (See page 123). Since Sugar-Free Toddlers is not written for children with diabetes, it does not contain exchange information. Recommended.

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Suzi Castle's Deliciously Healthy Favorite Foods Cookbook by Suzi Castle. Published by Health Cookbooks, 1996. ISBN 0-9647423-2-2. 137 pages. Paperback.

Book Cover Suzi Castle has put together over 250 recipes, ranging from baked potato skins to banana-orange smoothie, all with complete nutritional information and exchange values. With a focus on low-fat, sugar-free foods, plus helpful hints and cooking tips, Suzi Castle has created an excellent cook book for everyone interested in healthy eating.

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[RECOMMENDED!] The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE. Published by Marlowe & Company, 2006. ISBN 1569242747. 240 pages. Softcover. $9.95.

When it comes to understanding carbohydrate counting, Gary Scheiner's The Ultimate Guide To Accurate Carb Counting is a great resource. In addition to easy to understand explanations of how to count sugar, sugar alcohols and fiber, Mr. Scheiner provides extensive tables of Exchange Lists, Carbohydrate Factors, Glycemic Index Values, and Carbohydrate and Fiber Listings for Popular Foods. You'll find pages of simple exercises to help you learn how to carb count, including many photos to help you make sense of portion sizes. And for $9.95, it's a bargain. Highly Recommended.

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[RECOMMENDED!] Unbelievable Desserts with Splenda by Marlene Koch. Published by M. Evans and Company, 2001. ISBN 0871319640. 142 pages. Hardcover.

Splenda is a sugar substitute that is made from sugar, tastes like sugar, bakes like sugar, but has no calories. In Unbelievable Desserts with Splenda, author Marlene Koch has collected dozens of dessert recipes that use Splenda to reduce the carbohydrate content without reducing the taste. Introductory material include ten secrets to successful low sugar baking, as well as other nutrition advice. Recipes cover everything from hot chocolate (16 grams of carbs per cup) to pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to puddings. There's something here for every sweet tooth looking for a treat with reduced carbs.

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