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Got this for a friend, newly diagnosed. She doesn't cook much Thought this would be a good day to day reference for easy meals. Had a lot of helpful information, but wouldn't recommend it as an easy cookbook, unless you're already into cooking a d was t to make the healthy changes needed
Many of the recipes in this diabetic cookbook require sugar. Way too many for my taste. I was hoping for something tasty either without sugar or with using stevia measurements as a substitute. Stevia will not spike blood sugar.
As a newly diagnosed diabetic and someone relatively at ease around the kitchen, I hoped this book would be a useful tool for managing my blood sugar levels while providing me with good general recipes for basic foods. Unfortunately, this is not the book I needed.
Firstly, there is no index of recipes on the Kindle edition. Even with the occasional recipe that might entice my palette, I have to "thumb" through the book's containing chapter (assuming I remember the chapter in which the recipe can be found), until I find what I am looking for. This makes the edition essentially worthless.
Secondly the large majority of recipes have a Mexican, Thai, or Greek basis. If you don't like cilantro, chipolata, hot peppers, peanut sauce, etc., you might not find the recipes too tasty. In fact, even the pictures do not look "great tasting." There are exceptions, of course, but these are few and far between. As someone who has lived all over the world, I don't even think this book represent a selection of world class cuisine let alone one geared to ordinary American tastes. For example burger recipes are "Greek Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce," and "Asian Turkey Burgers." Fish recipes include such family favorites as "Grilled Fish with Jicama Salsa," and "Chorizo Mexican Breakfast Pizzas."
The recipes themselves, as other reviewers have noted, contain ingredients that are difficult to find in some locations. I'm sure that cotija cheese is available somewhere, but not in my supermarket.
The discussions about diabetes are good, but rather basic. Far better information is available from other professional web sites, and these are free. The recommendations regarding how many carbs I should consume per meal are at least easy to understand and can be used with or without the cookbook. (I could never understand the "exchange" system.)
disappointed with this book. very few, if any recipes use sugar substitutes. most of the recipes are just what you'd find in any cookbook, but the serving are TINY. That's where the calorie saving comes in. not very helpful
Cookbooks are not working out for me on the Kindle. This one has a terrible table of contents. It only goes to the beginning of the chapter, it does not display the recipes within the chapter. Once you get to the chapter beginning, say Poultry, then you have to swipe through every page just to see what the recipes are. A hard cover book is better for this particular cookbook. Not recommended.