Delicious, Modern, Healthy Recipes for Diabetes by Leanne Katzenellenbogen (Book Review)

  • Title:  Delicious, Modern, Healthy Recipes for Diabetes
  • Author:  Leanne Katzenellenbogen
  • Publisher:  Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Date:  2017
  • Format:  Paperback
  • Recommended Selling Price :  R230.00
  • ISBN : 9781432307011


I was diagnosed with insulin resistance some years ago, but chose to ignore it until such time as it moved into full diabetes.  Silly me.  Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and it can be prevented, controlled and even reversed by following a sensible eating plan, taking a reasonable amount of exercise and following the instructions of medical professionals which include informing oneself about the disease.
Certainly one of the major factors in controlling diabetes is following a sensible eating plan.  That is where Delicious, Modern, Healthy Recipes for Diabetes comes into its own, with interesting recipes using ingredients available on South African grocery store shelves.
Chocolate crumpets, vanilla granola, rooibos chai and ginger scones, waffles with agave syrup jostle with more traditionally obvious recipes for diabetics like red pepper and brie omelette.  How does baked fish with feta and pesto sound?  Pair that with baby marrow, pine nut and lemon salad.  Follow it with some crustless no bake milk tart.  I kid you not.
The book gives us an overview of various recipes and doesn’t join the carb free revolution, although it does offer both low carb and low fat options in recipes. Every recipe gives the kilojoules, proteins, carbohydrates, fat, glycaemic index and glycaemic load of recipes for one portion.   These are explained in the introduction to the book.  The serving sizes are included for those of us who have no idea how much one serving really is.
One whine.  It uses a lot of different forms of sweetener, meaning that the average person will have to buy and store more sugar substitutes than we necessarily want. Huletts SUGAlite, xylitol, agave syrup, stevia powder, Canderel with Sucralose and even honey.  I looked for a table indicating what we could substitute for what, but the book doesn’t have one.  So, it looks as if we have to experiment or have all the ingredients to hand.  Some of the recipes use more than one type of sweetener.
The author, Leanne Katzenellenbogen, is a registered dietician who specialises in working with insulin resistant and diabetic patients.
This is a really useful book with lots of pictures. Every home with people at risk for or living with diabetes will benefit from this book.   Most of my recipe books live on my bookshelves.  This one will live in my kitchen. That says it all.

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