Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Diabetes Cookbook – Best in the World!

How can a diabetes cookbook win Best in the World, when the old stereotype for a “diabetic meal” is bland and flavorless?
Jackie Newgent's The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook: The Whole Food approach to Great Taste and Healthy Eating (American Diabetes Association; 2007), broke through all the stereotypes last month when it won the 2007 Gourmand Best Health and Nutrition Book in the World Award in London, England. Created to increase knowledge of and respect for food and wine culture, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards reward those who “cook with words” and help readers find the best out of the 26,000 food and wine books produced every year.

The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook is a crossover book written to appeal to people with diabetes and those who are simply looking for ways to live a healthier life. It features 150 recipes that focus on whole foods and unprocessed ingredients.

Recipes include:

· Caramelized Anjou Pear, Sage, and Gorgonzola Quesadilla
· Minted Middle Eastern Meatballs
· Caprese Pizzette
· Fresh Baby Spinach Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese
· Spa Chef Salad with Balsamic Tarragon Dressing
· California Avocado-Bean Salad with Salsa Verde
· American-French Caramelized Onion Soup
· Vietnamese-Style Beef and Soba Noodle Soup
· Bodacious “Steak” Burger
· Sweet Potato Burrito Spirals with Bell Pepper-Avocado “Crème” Sauce
· Tequila-Lime Chicken with Spinach Fettuccine in Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
· Roasted Wild Salmon Filet with Orange-Miso Sauce

Newgent, a registered dietitian, is a New York City-based culinary nutritionist, recreational chef instructor and consultant. Newgent’s inspiration for the cookbook was her father. She explains, “After my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, I wanted to be sure he had diabetes-friendly recipes that were tasty and easy to follow. Finding no all-natural book that met the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association, I decided to write my own.”

ADA’s publications undergo a meticulous process to ensure that topics and content are the most current, accurate, and useful to healthcare professionals and for people with diabetes. The authors are drawn from recognized experts: medical researchers, clinicians, educators, registered dietitians, and nurses, and other members of the professional community. Scientific and editorial committees review each manuscript before it reaches the editing, design and production process. What sets ADA efforts in books apart from for-profit publishing companies is that net proceeds support ADA’s mission to find a cure for diabetes and to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

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