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Not for me
on February 20, 2011
I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It isn't bad enough to require insulin or other medication, so the goal is to get it under control with diet and exercise. When I got the initial diagnosis, i received guidance from a nutritionist on how I had to change my eating habits; it didn't sound too bad. Then I got this book and found it very depressing. I am what you would call a "foodie". I love cooking, and really enjoy interesting food. The recipes in this book do not, in my opinion, qualify as good food. They fall under the "it will keep you alive" heading, and are not for people who love food. I can't stand sugar substitutes, and anything "fat free" might just as well be labeled "flavor free". This book relies too heavily on sugar substitutes, fat free items, fake eggs, etc. I have more recently purchased much more reasonable cook books with recipes entailing "real" ingredients that are diabetic-friendly, and very tasty. Perhaps if someone were significantly overweight, this book might be a godsend, but I'm only a bit overweight, and have been steadily losing weight over the past few weeks.
The general nutrition information is sound, but available from other sources. Bottom line, this book is a bummer, and other books with sound science behind are much more positive.
I'll amend this review in a couple months and report if my diet based on other books and exercise are effective.