You may be familiar with some of Tom Valenti’s cuisine or restaurants, but what you may not know is that Valenti is diabetic. And now, he has put his talent for cuisine into his new cookbook, “You Don’t Have to be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook”.
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Host: His restaurant West is a favorite of regulars like Andy Rooney, but what you may not know is that chef Tom Valenti is diabetic and now, he’s put his talent for cuisine into a new cookbook. It’s called, You Don’t Have To Be Diabetic To Love This Cookbook and we caught up with him at the restaurant where he whipped up a few of his tasty recipes that are easy enough to make at home. Tom: Hi, I’m Tom Valenti from West restaurant in New York City. We’re going to be preparing poached chicken breast today. So we’re going to start with a boneless skinless breast. The idea behind this specifically for the book really had to deal with finding a medium to cook the chicken in that didn’t incorporate fat by way of butter or oil or deep frying starting with a piece of chicken breast cut to about a half an inch thickness, we have the industrial variety here which I assumed you don’t have at home. Failing that, you could always use a double thickness of any good quality wrap. Now part of the consideration for this dish aside from the fat content is salt. Heart disease and diabetes go hand in hand. Just a little black pepper will suffice. You can have a little bit of everything. There is no hard and fast rules for most diabetics. Some really have to stick very strictly to a diet but that’s between the individuals. We’re going to splurge and have a little goat cheese. This could also be substituted with a low fat cream cheese if you so desire. We’re using roasted tomato which could be very easily sun dried tomato. Be mindful with preprepared tomato products. In many cases, they have sodium added and so you’ve got to be careful and it doesn’t have to be relegated to tomato and basically you could for example have sautéed mushrooms or roast mushrooms and some roast garlic cloves in there would be terrific. The recipes that were generated for the book really came pretty easily because it was kind of a way of how I adapted for myself. We’re going to use this plastic wrap as a way of rolling this as you can see into a perfect cylinder to form that using the side of your hand and then quite simply rolling and pulling on the ends as you go along. Now what we’re going to do is I’m holding that plastic wrap with my two end fingers and using my other three to create a cylinder. If you don’t have any string on hand, just simply tie the tag ends tight and there you go. It’s very simple. We’re putting that into a water bath that is at least 165 degrees. We don’t want it at a rapid boil because that might compromise the seal. After about 10 minutes, what you’ll have is the finished product and remove it from its casing and that’s it. In this breakneck schedule that we all have, we don’t have time to cook. We have to make time to cook. Consequently, the recipes have to be easy. Host: You Don’t Have To Be Diabetic To Love This Cookbook is available.

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