The best diabetes cookbook

Just because you have diabetes (or a family member does) doesn’t mean you have to eat bland foods. As this slideshow highlighting new cookbooks shows, it’s possible to prepare healthy and eat delicious meals that keep blood glucose levels in a safe range.

By Robin Ellis

The Mediterranean diet is considered to be among the healthiest on the planet, and the recipes in this book are based on that region’s cuisine. Recipes include Red Peppers Stuffed with Tomato and Goat Cheese, Chick Peas with Tomato Sauce, and Spinach and Lamb Tagine. The book was first published in England (Ellis is a well-known British actor who has type 2 diabetes) and was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

By Sam Talbot

The author is a professional chef who was featured on the popular “Top Chef” television show and owns two restaurants in New York. Talbot also happens to have lived with type 1 diabetes since age 12. The 75 recipes in his book focus on healthy eating (e.g. kale chips), cooking with fresh ingredients, and seafood—Talbot is an avid surfer and his love of all things ocean is evident in his recipes. Talbot’s philosophy: Life with diabetes isn’t about diabetes; it’s about living.

By Steve Patchett

Savory, satisfying foods prevail in this weight-loss themed cookbook. Think: roast chicken with gravy, stuffed turkey tenderloins, Italian-style baked fish, and herbed pork roast. The premise is that losing a modest amount of weight, just 10 or 15 pounds, lowers blood pressure and lowers blood sugar. Every recipe includes detailed information about calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbs, etc.

By Robin Webb, M.S.

From lasagna and mac-n-cheese to cheesecake, many foods that people with diabetes consider “no-no’s” are found in this comprehensive cookbook. The author promises “tweaks” to old favorites that make it possible to enjoy them without guilt.

By Jackie Mills, R.D.

Here is an encyclopedia of recipes tailored for people with diabetes. In addition to recipes for classics like chicken pot pie, pot roast, and strawberry pie, Mills includes 7-day menu-planning advice, carb exchanges, and other tips for diabetics. Mills is author of another popular diabetes cookbook The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts, which is full of recipes for sweet treats like Charming Chocolate Bundt Cake and Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Cake.

By Ellie Miller

Foods with a low glycemic index are foods that release energy slowly so you avoid spikes in blood sugar. They also tend to be filling so you don’t feel deprived. The 200+ recipes in this book—from Bean-Lovers Chili and Spiced Cauliflower Soup to Italian Pasta Salad and Golden Asparagus Potato Salad—are all vegetarian recipes.

By Michael Moore

Chef Moore (not the filmmaker) is a world-renowned chef who also happens to have diabetes. Recipes are deliciously outside the mainstream: think “Simple figs on toast,” “Smoked salmon and fresh herb mousse,” and “Lemon chicken schnitzel sandwich.”

All of these recipe books are a great addition to your kitchen library—particularly if you or a loved one has diabetes.
But if you’re looking for a diabetes-friendly recipe tonight, you may want to check out one of Healthline’s free diabetes recipes: