What Are Your Favorite Cook Books?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-03-15 21:34:33 -0500
Started 2013-10-16 08:54:40 -0500

I was talking with a member earlier today and she asked what cook book I could recommend for diabetic cooking. To be honest, I have only 2 diabetic style cook books and found that I have to adjust those recipes about as much as a non-diabetic cook book. So now I just use a recipe that sounds good and make my adjustments. See some tips for doing this here: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

However, I do have my favorite "go to" books that are ear marked and food stained. These are my best loved cook books

1. Flavorful Seasons Cookbook by Robyn Webb (by the ADA)
2. 500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender
3. Betty Crocker's Cookbook (mine is the 9th printing from 1983)
4. The Carbohydrates Addict's Cookbook by Dr. Richard Heller & Dr. Rachael Heller
5. And of course a book that I compile of recipes I find in books, magazines, family recipes and online. This one needs to be moved into a bigger binder!

They all show the changes and substitutions and even if the family liked them or not on the pages. They are a great tool to keep us from getting bored with eating the same old thing. And never be afraid to try something you would never eat. You may be surprised.

Food is a tool for us. It can be helpful or hurtful. If we use the right tool for the job, we will enjoy the results and maybe just expand our taste buds a bit.

Please share your favorite books or the ones that you would avoid like the plague. LOL

17 replies

Fefe12 2013-10-31 00:13:32 -0500 Report

I love food so I don't really have a favorite. I get ideas for food from everywhere,. magazines, books, TV. I even found food channels on my Roku. I don't do diabetic cook books I would rather make changes on my own.

Lakeland 2013-10-20 19:10:51 -0500 Report

I enjoy the taste of home light & taste cookbooks, I'd like to purchase the one from the tv show, "eat this not that", I think rocco did that book about exchanges on how to lighten a recipe

bdonna426 2014-03-15 21:34:33 -0500 Report

You can go to the library and check that magazine out and also renew it. If you still want to buy that one send an email to the company as I am sure they will send you one for a small fee.

GabbyPA 2013-10-21 13:14:27 -0500 Report

I have heard a lot about the "Eat this not that" series. It's books also, right? Our life is one big substitution. LOL

Nick1962 2013-10-17 09:37:28 -0500 Report

Meta Given’s “The Modern Family Cook Book” (1942) and “Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking” volumes 1 and 2 (1947).
Given doesn’t just present recipes, but teaches you how to cook. I grew up around these books and they’re probably one of the reasons I learned to cook without recipes. Simple, well explained recipes before the time when all hell broke loose with our eating habits.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-17 08:40:48 -0500 Report

My file of recipes from many, many websites is my very favorite cookbook. I can dump several similar recipes on a document and then compare the good and bad from each one. Then I bash a version together that I think will work for my food choices. Say I has flax seed (unwanted side effect of diarrhea for me) so I can sub whey powder safely. Another has less salt. I compare the sweetener to other ingredient ratio and can pick the lower ratio to use with my other modifications.
Actual cookbooks I use are:
The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking, by Peter Reinhart & Denene Wallace
Gluten-Free Cupcakes, by Elana Amsterdam
The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, by Elana Amsterdam (you told me about this one Gabby)
A new one from Elana Amsterdam is Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein Recipes. It came out recently and I need to get it. Sounds as good as her other two and her website "Elana's Pantry". (I'll be busy for awhile copying and pasting some more of her recipes since I checked if her book was out just now. Glad it's my day off ;)

GabbyPA 2013-10-17 14:33:52 -0500 Report

Yes, I have the Almond Flour cook book and have used it a little. Just too many desert. LOL Is there such a thing?

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2013-10-16 14:45:41 -0500 Report

When I first started out the obes that helped the most were from Better Homes & Gardens Diabetic Living. I still tweek the seasonings to give some of the recipes more flavor every now and then. I love the fact that all the recipes have gone through different taste tests and that they list all the nutrional info for each recipe. Not to mention the magazines! There are recipes, tips, and stories from other diabetics. I was starting to loose my love of baking and cooking after I became a diabetic. I couldn't figure out how to switch everything around, the magazines helped me figure all that out and gave me back my love to cook and bake!?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-16 12:54:01 -0500 Report

I was given Every Calorie Count: 500 Great Tasting, Sugar Free, Low calorie Rescipies the Whole Family will Love by Dana Carpender. I have never made the exact recipes but I have made my own variations. Mom didn't teach me to cook with a cookbook because she said they were useless and she could cook anything. She also taught me how to adapt recipes and to make substitutions and am able to adapt every meal I prepare. As a side note, I just read that you should never substitute natural and artifical sweeteners when making sweet potatoe dishes.

GabbyPA 2013-10-16 13:13:37 -0500 Report

Did it say why not to subistite? I know a lot of people do. I just bake my sweet potatoes or roast them in the oven. I don't do sweet dishes with them anymore. But I am curious as to what the issue is with that?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-16 14:07:33 -0500 Report

The article never said which I thought was strange since it was on a diabetic site in the recipe section. However, I talked to the baker at our neighborhood bakery. He said artificial and natural sweeteners changes the flavor and texture of the sweet potatoes. He has experimented with artificial and natural sweetners because I have requested sugar free items be sold at his bakery. I make the sweet dishes with them because my sister can eat most of it. I eat only a little of it. No need to make her suffer because I can't have it. You know I have seen all kinds of sugar free pies and muffins but never sweet potato or pumpkin. Maybe this is the reason why.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-20 15:38:01 -0500 Report

My fake pumpkin pie is sugar free vanilla instant pudding, can of pumpkin puree and cool whip. Tastes great. I know its full of chemicals. May have to sub whey powder for the instant pudding this year. And real whipped cream for totally fake cool whip. See if I can make a healthier tasty version. Instead of just a delish treat.
Seems the fake stuff doesn't harm the taste, or perhaps it is just that almost everything tastes better with cool whip.

GabbyPA 2013-10-17 14:35:50 -0500 Report

I make my pumpkin pie with 1/2 sugar and 1/2 stevia blend. It seems to be fine...it is curious though.

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