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The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic Hardcover – January, 1996

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This new edition of The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic is a treasure for people with diabetes, and their families. In the last few years, diabetes management and dietary recommendations have changed, and this book reflects those changes. First published in 1978, this third edition has been completely updated, and nearly 300 of its 374 recipes are new. A handy list of "what's out" and "what's in" helps you make sense of the guideline changes--you'll see that the recommendations have been liberalized and individualized, making them much easier and more pleasant to stick to than in the past.

The first 100 pages explain the current thinking on diet and diabetes management: what, how much, and when to eat; the food exchange system; and what you need to know about carbohydrates, fats, and eating out. Hess makes portion control easier by giving "visual guides": a medium potato is the size of a computer mouse; one ounce of cheese is the size of a domino, for example.

The recipes are diverse and tasty, and include familiar favorites and ethnic-inspired dishes for variety. Each includes serving size, nutritional breakdown (calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, cholesterol, fiber, sodium), food exchanges, and appropriateness for a low-sodium diet. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mary Abbott Hess, L.H.D., M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., is president of Hess & Hunt, Inc., a nutrition and counseling firm, and a director of the American Dietetic Association.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 549 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; 3 edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809233932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809233939
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book provides such a wealth of information to anyone who is new to the world of a diabetic. It answered so many questions that I had and didn't know where to go for the answers.
With all the new products on the market, this updated version takes the pain out of grocery shopping in the supermarket skills section.
I bought three copies....One for my mom, one for a friend and one for myself and we all agree...Bon Appetit!
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By A Customer on April 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The dietician gave me strict instructions about what to eat -- something like two starches and three proteins and one fat for breakfast and on through the day in a similar vein - with little help as to how to translate that code into real-life eating.
This is where The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic came in. This book provided me with straightforward, easy-to-follow advice not only about food exchanges, but also exercise (important for pregnant women) and eating out (very helpful for the working mom).
And the recipes! I found I could still eat pancakes (Leningrad Special Buckwheat Pancakes) and pizza (sausage mini pizzas) and pasta (pasta with tomatoes and chicken) and, of course, dessert (raspberry mousse). My non-diabetic husband did not feel the least bit diet-deprived. In fact, even though my gestational diabetes has now disappeared, we still refer to Cooking for the Diabetic for some favorite dishes.
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By A Customer on January 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was just diagnosed with type II Diabetes. My first stop was Amazon.com and I am so glad I came here. This book has shown me that there is culinary pleasure AFTER diabetes. THANK YOU!
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By A Customer on April 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought the first edition of this book in the early eighties to use the recipe exchanges along with "Eat and Stay Slim" by Better Homes and Gardens. I still use it to this day and whenever I serve meatloaf or chicken a la king from it I get compliments and folks want the recipes! Many of the recipes are easy to make and the kids love them.
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Format: Paperback
I tried recipes from this book and they are awefull. Funky combinations that do not work. Some of the recipes are very basic and may appeal to people who do not like exotic or fancy food. For better recipes and recipes that offer more variety, flavor and flair, I like the American Diabetes Association Diabets Cookbook and Joslin's Diabetic Gourmet Cookbook.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for my diabetic mother, who doesn't quite know what to fix for my salty-meat-and-fatty-gravy-loving diabetic father. My mother has informed herself very thoroughly about diabetes over the years, so this book definitely earns a high rating in that my mother tells me even she has learned some new things about diabetes from this book. I had this book in mind originally because it features recipes involving meat, and I thought my father might be inclined to try some of these dishes. We'll see how that turns out; for now, my mother's enthusiasm for this book prompts the four-star rating.
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Format: Paperback
this is one of my favorite books for diabetes (aside from the current exchange booklet from the ADA). i like it best for all the information in the front. it has the very good exchange lists. It also has alcohol exchanges which most books don't deal with. Once in a while one might want a drink at their birthday or christmas w/o ruing their meal plan. I also liked it best when i bought it because it listed very lean meat exchanges and no other books i could find did. Even though i have the current ADA exchange booklet, I still refer to this one sometimes. i like to do my exchanges in terms of lean meat + fat (instead of lean, med., or high fat meat) and my milk as skim milk + fat (instead of no, low and full fat) because it makes remembering the stuff easier. This book is perfect for that. I have had type 2 diabetes for years and this is my second favorite. The only reason the new ada exchange book tops it is because they show many food serving sizes in ounces now. i mean a small apple to you might be different than my small apple; ounces leaves no guesswork. i also still use it because i like to break down my recipe nutrition myself, rather than use all those combo foods guesses in the ada booklet. they are helpful on the road but, if you make a recipe at home it can be less carby than their examples and some commercial ones are more carby than their examples. I also like it over carb choices because it is 12-15 g carbs as a serving period and if i was doing the carb choices thing i would always be wanting to eat up to the max. grams of my carb choice. 20 or so which is practically 1 1/2 carbs. that's not good if you are dieting (more calories) or your sugars tend to swing up and down too much (too much leeway per choice). As to the person who wanted less regular people meals and more gourmet.Read more ›
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