Review: The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook

Last week I featured a recipe for Cold Melon Soup with Ginger from Dr. Karin Hehenberger’s new The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook (affiliate link). Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about the book itself and give you the chance to WIN YOUR OWN COPY.

The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook

What’s in the Book

The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook is much more than a cookbook.
Karin was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 16. In the first 60 pages of the book, she talks about living with diabetes.

She covers the following topics while sprinkling in stories from her own journey:

  • Being diagnosed.
  • Who should be on your diabetes care team.
  • Handling low blood glucose (BG) episodes.
  • How to eat.
  • The impact of exercise on diabetes management.
  • Travel implications.
  • How diabetes might affect relationships.
  • Leaving home (if you were diagnosed as a child).
  • Related health concerns, such as taking care of your skin and feet.

I enjoyed reading Karin’s story – anyone who has undergone both kidney and pancreas transplants has my utmost respect. However, I think the book would be even more powerful if it included some stories from other folks, especially those with T2D, LADA, and gestational diabetes.

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta clocks in at 338 calories and 9.7g carb

The Recipes

The second half of The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook is crammed full of recipes, resources (grouped by country), and a glossary.

Recipes are grouped by course. To give you a feel for the types of recipes included in the book, I’ve listed two dishes from each section: the one with the least amount of carbs and the one with the most. In general, the recipes fall into the 10g to 30g carb range. There are some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

  • Breakfasts – Egg Muffins (< 1g carb) and Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal (45g carb)
  • Light Meals/Salads – Salmon Ceviche* (2g carb) and Tuna Melt Tartines (41g carb)
  • Main Meals – Mushroom Frittata (< 1g carb) and Ramen Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Peppers (65g carb)
  • Sides/Dips – Simple Mayo (< 1g carb) and Radish-Spiked Yogurt Dip (20g carb)
  • Desserts/Treats – Lemon-Coconut Bliss Balls and Coconut Macaroons (both 0.9g carb) plus Banana Oat Bars (37g carb)

There’s also a three-course menu from New York City Chef Antoine Camin featuring Salmon Tartare with Trout Caviar, Dorade with Sun-Dried Tomato Salsa, and Honey and Fruit Panna Cottas if you need something fancy. Although, in all honesty, I’m not sure how the Dorade dish at 75g carb is diabetic-friendly! Typo?

* Good luck finding sushi-grade salmon at your grocery store!

Measurements

  • Amounts of ingredients are given in both U.S. and metric measures.
  • Calories are listed as “kcals.” If the book says a recipe has 298 kcals, it means 298 calories to those of us in the U.S.
  • The sodium count for each recipe is listed in grams of salt. We usually see sodium listed in milligrams (mg). So, if a recipe says it has 0.1g salt, beware it’s really 100mg (multiply by 1,000).

The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook giveaway

Win Your Own Copy of The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook

Want a copy of The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook? Good, I’m giving one away!

To enter, like the photo of the book cover on my Instagram feed or make a comment on the photo.

The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, August 10, 2017. You must be at least 18 years of age with a U.S. mailing address to win. No purchase is necessary; void where prohibited. The winner will be notified via Instagram and must respond within 24 hours or another winner may be selected.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of The Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes Cookbook plus a second copy to give away. All opinions are my own.

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