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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Imagine! Publishing, An Imprint of Charlesbridge; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936140276
  • ASIN: B0071UHHSA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Healthy gourmet food isn't an oxymoron," says Dr. Rani Polak, a Hadassah medical doctor and cordon bleu chef. Nor should you have to go out of your way to make special dishes to be eaten only by a diabetic child or adult, Dr. Polak insists. The entire family will ask for seconds when you serve the nutritious foods featured in his first cookbook, Delicious Diabetic Recipes: The Gourmet Cookbook for a Healthy Life, (Imagine 2009) published recently in the US.

Dr. Chef Polak, hangs his chef's hat, both at Hadassah Medical Center where he treats patients and at Hadassah College where he teaches future chefs how to cook healthy foods in general, and specifically how to create recipes that take into consideration the do's and don'ts for those suffering from Crohn's disease, diabetes and celiac disease.

Dr. Polak, 37, was born in Rishon LeZion, and after service in the IDF enrolled in the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine. Midway through the six-year medical school program, he took a one-year break to visit Australia. There he led locals and tourists on out back hiking treks and indulged his passion for cooking at the down under Le Cordon Bleu. When he returned to Israel, the disparate ingredients of his education fermented. Polak became interested treating Crohn's Disease, the severe gastrointestinal illness which requires a very strict diet. When his patients complained about the food restrictions, he starting coming to the hospital with his stethoscope and a spatula. He developed a cooking workshop that included a grand dinner. Soon, he was recruited to Hadassah College's Culinary Arts where chefs for restaurants, hotels and catering companies learn their profession. He continues to teach wellness cooking classes at Hadassah's Center for Healthy Living. "I'm not just interested in treating diseases," says Dr. Polak. "I want to improve the quality of everyday life for patients '. --Dr. Rani Polak, Hadassah medical doctor and cordon bleu chef

About the Author

RANI POLAK, MD, is the founder and director of Israel s first Center for Healthy Cooking at the world-famous Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. A Le Cordon Bleu-educated chef, Dr. Polak received the 2005 Hebrew University Kaye Innovation Award for the healthy cooking workshops he designed for people with special dietary needs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Forum for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, has worked with the Israel Institute for Integrated Medicine, and is currently a lecturer at both the Hebrew University s School of Nutritional Sciences and the School of Culinary Arts, Hadassah College.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Delillo on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've been a diabetic for a couple of years, and the food I have to eat is really not all that great. The cookbooks out there have recipes that are safe medically, but I am usually the only one eating those meals because everybody else gets something that tastes so much better. Just got this book and have made several of the recipes and they are just great - really good for the whole family. The author knows what he is talking about - he's a doctor who specializes in special needs cooking, but he is also a graduate master chef of Le Cordon Bleu, the famous cooking school. So you get safe recipes, but so good everybody will want to eat them. My family considers the cookbook just healthy cooking that tastes great. I think of it as finally being able to eat great food and not worry I've broken the diabetic rules.
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Format: Hardcover
The medical diagnosis of diabetes is a life changer. Among those fundamental changes are a person's diet. But those dietary changes do not have to mean an end to the gourmet pleasures of the table. Not when there is Dr. Rani Polak's "Delicious Diabetic Recipes: The Gourmet Cookbook For A Health Life" to draw upon for recipes that will please any palate, satisfy any appetite, while adhering to the necessary conditions imposed by diabetes with respect to what can be consumed, what must be avoided, and the physical necessities of nourishing the body while dealing with its special needs. An impressive compilation of dishes that range from Stuffed Peppers with Brown Rice in Tomato Sauce; Beef Should in Fresh Oregano and Root Vegetable Sauce; Mango Sorbet and Fruit Salad with Maple Tahini; and Baby Salad Greens with Stir-Fried Shrimp and Avocado; to Sea Bass Ceviche with Bermuda Onion and Sumac; Beef and Eggplant Hamburgers with Homemade Ketchup; Gazpacho with Raw Beets; and Thai Beef Salad with Onion and Lemongrass, "Delicious Diabetic Recipes" truly lives up to its title. Of special note is that each cited recipe includes an accompanying 'info block' with respect to its calories, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, and other pertinent data. Profusely illustrated throughout, superbly organized and presented with the inclusion of informed and pertinent commentaries about basic ingredients and cooking techniques, "Delicious Diabetic Recipes" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, family, and community library specialty cookbook collections.
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Format: Paperback
One of the problems with the disease of diabetes is the fact that this condition does not effect just one person, but rather most of those around him or her to one extent or another. Diabetes is a life changing experience and can to one way or another change the way entire families live...and by living, I mean eating, which if you think about it, is a pretty important part of living.

So often, such as in my case (there is a 50/50 shot here in most cases) the person receiving the diagnoses of diabetes is not the primary preparer of the food. While I cook, I must admit that my wife is much, much better than I am and certainly does the lion's share of food preparation in our household. My being diagnosed with this disease has caused her to change not only cooking habits, but to a great extent, her eating habits also. This is not fare by any means, far from it, but it is what it is. It caused quite a delema for both of us at first, but we have adjusted and due to books such as this, adjusted quite well...thank you very much!

Not all diabetic dietary requirements taste good. That is a fact that must be acknowledged...again, not fare, but is a simple fact. But fortunately for us there have been a plethora of books published over the past ten or fifteen years that have helped change this dismal fact around a great deal. While there are still some things you simply cannot have; no way, now how, but there is at least some great alternatives being made available and one need not suffer too much.

This book is great. It is not only packed with extremely tasty and healthy recipes, but it is also loaded with very important data such as serving portions, calories, sugar contents, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Foxworth on March 1, 2013
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I've tried to find recipes in this book that will satisfy my whole family - I'm the diabetic one - and find it very difficult. The recipes themselves are ok, but are easily found elsewhere. I wouldn't buy the book again.
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