Quick Cooking for Diabetes: 70 recipes in 30 minutes or less (Pyramids) Paperback – 3 Nov 2008
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Over 60 specially-selected mouthwatering recipes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less
About the Author
Louise Blair is a home economist and food stylist, specializing in healthy recipes. She is a consultant for Diabetes UK and is the author of a number of books including Delicious Cooking for Diabetes, Low GI Cookbook and Great Gluten-free Baking, all published by Hamlyn. Norma McGough is a state registered dietician who was the nutritionist for Diabetes UK for a number of years before moving into freelance work. Location: Aylesbury, Bucks.
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So I know, as a certainty, that I have to eat very few carbohydrates in order to maintain my BG in the normal range 4 - 7 mmol/L. Every time I eat even small amounts of pasta, bread, porridge, rice, potatoes, etc. my BG's shoot up after the meal. Wholemeal or not.
So, am I unusual? No. In fact I would say that at least 50% of other diabetics who actively manage their BG would agree that they have to very carefully control their carb intake and keep it on the low side.
Let me get to this recipe book.. which does contain some very nice sounding meals I acknowledge. The opening introduction states "Eat regularly throughout the day and base your meals on starchy carbohydrate foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and cereals."!! There is a whole chapter called "Eat more potatoes"!!!
Folks.. this is not just bad advice .. it could actively harm many Diabetics who follow it. You should only eat these kinds of meals if you are completely on top of your blood glucose and have tested your reaction to high-carb foods like potatoes and rice individually in moderate amounts.
I acknowledge that I am not an expert, Dietitian or a Doctor. But I do know my body and that if I ate these recipes regularly it would very probably reduce my life-expectancy. I will add that I am not a "fan" of low-carb eating or Atkins. It's just that my diabetes insists on it!
when I get home from work I want something quick and easy! Salad again.
The book is good as it gives nutritional information for each recipe.
Yes I would recommend it for couple with time and money.
The reports that came back were OK, but nothing gushing. Plenty of recipe ideas, but nothing you can't get from the hospital it seems.
There seems to be some confusion about the advice to eat bread, pasta and potatoes too, as some agencies tell diabetics to steer clear of too many carbohydrates.
There are sufficient recipes for it to be considered a OK book, but a little too much confusion around this carbohydrates thing to make it a real winner.
It wastes the first 20% telling you about diabetes, what foods are good and bad, but doesn't seem to realise that a user of this book will already have had that education.
Nowhere does it tell you how many people the recipes are for. My estimation is that each recipe is for 5 or 6 people.
The proofreader, if there was one, was plain negligent : Some recipes list ingredients that aren't used in the preparation instructions and sometimes has items that are in the preparation instructions but not in the ingredients list. e..g. The ingredients list of the roast vegetable couscous lists a lemon in its ingredients and uses an unlisted lime in the preparations.
The actual preparation times are evidently based on a professional chef's speed, rather than an ordinary person. If you have all the ingredients, assume that the average recipe in this book will take around 45 minutes to make, not the 30 minutes on the cover.
From the title, this book has so much unfulfilled potential.
Gives reassurance to those recently diagnosed with the condition.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, helps the individual to not get "bored" with meal ideas. Lots to choose from.
Good illustrations, straight forward in the preparation.
Value for money