The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook Review

They say the Mediterranean diet is the closest thing to the eating plan in life. I find it to be accurate. That is why I wish to discuss my preferred go-to diabetes cookbook now, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook from Amy Riolo.

This is not a new book; it has been out since 2010. But nobody must review a cookbook till they have had it in their kitchen shelf for a few decades. Do you reach for it? A foodie friend of mine says you can judge the value of cookbook by how dog-eared it is and how many stains are on the webpage 😉

Also, among cookbooks that tout “DIABETES” from the name, this one stands outMediterranean Diabetes Cookbook since Victorian cuisine isalso, by definition, diabetes-friendly. So it’s kind of a freebie for the author (and for the publishers, the American Diabetes Association) because it automatically contains lots of low fat, vegetable and protein-rich straightforward dishes that taste amazing. Sign me up! Oh right, I president of this fan club.

What I like about this cookbook is its big, clean design, and inclusion of “Healthy Living Tips” after each recipe. These include prep tips, proposed side dishes, suggestions for freezing, substitution thoughts, the way to choose the ripest vegetables, etc.. Along with the recipes! I happen to love this kind of food, so I quickly found favorites such as Fish with Tahini Sauce, Tuscan Lentil Soup, and the Bean, Lentil and Spinach Skillet.

The chapters include: Small Plates; Favorite First Courses; Magical Mediterranean Mains; Straightforward, Sensational Sides; Sunny Salads; Fantastic Finales; Dramatic Drinks; Bountiful Breads and Savory Baked Goods; and Taste Enhancers. And don’t skip the educational “What Is Mediterranean Cuisine? ” and seasonal meal planning segments in the beginning of the book.

There is also a one-page section on “The Spirit where Food Is Offered” that has some great ideas about creating time to enjoy meals with friends and family even in today’s busy modern life.   The author says it’s 1 thing to cook these Mediterranean foods, but quite another to “adopt the notion that giving, receiving and appreciating food with others is a necessity, not a luxury” — meaning we should not feel guilty or “too rushed” to sit and enjoy. This reminds me of the Family Dinner Project, which I presume is among the best programs out there to help American families create improved connections with meals — and each other. (Side note: my three daughters are involved with football, water polo, college leadership, evening tutoring, etc., etc., but everyone who’s home sits down to dinner each night and talks with us! No cell phones, at least for this 20 minutes.)

Anyhow, the salad chapter in this cookbook is excellent, including about 25 yummy recipes — using only a few of them comprising lettuce. Who wants it? Did you know that you can make an amazing salad dish in minutes with only chickpeas, tomatoes and mozzarella? Or stringbeans, cucumbers and Kalamata olives? Or radicchio, pears and pistachios? Try it, you will like it! I got my kids to eat eggplant by attempting different dishes in this book.

So just who’s the author, Amy Riolo? Turns out she’s a really pretty Cornell-educated woman who’s a “cultural food specialist,” of types: “an internationally recognized expert known for fusing the worlds of cuisine, culture, and history in her work… an award-winning author, popular lecturer, food historian, food author, culinary advisor, and cooking teacher, she was dubbed the ‘Cook into the Kings’ with a Cairo paper in 2008.” Wow. She lives in the Washington, DC, area and has been featured nationally on Fox TV, CBS, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio and more.

Makes me kind of interested in checking her out other two cookbooks, “Nile Style” and “Arabian Delights.” They don’t have “diabetes” in the name, but this is the type of material we ought to all be eating anyhow, so who wants a particular “diabetes-friendly” marketing tag?

And today, due to the nice people at Diabetes Theater, we’ve got our chance to share the love…

A DMBooks Giveaway

Diabetes Theater is a great website offering advice and products focused exclusively on diabetes, run by Diabetes Clinical Specialist and author Jon Walsh and his medical-writer spouse Ruth Roberts. They’ve generously offered up TWO FREE COPIES of “The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook” by Amy Riolo.

Entering this giveaway is as easy as leaving a comment:

1. Post your comment below and include the codeword “DMBooks” somewhere in the the text to tell us that you’d love to be entered in the giveaway.

2. You’ve got until Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 5 p.m. PST to enter. A valid email address is required to win.

4. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, so ensure that you’re following us! We are going to update this post with the winner’s name after selected.

Fantastic luck and bon appétit to all!

This competition is now closed. Congrats to both winners, Trish Copley and Evan Shea, who picked since the winners — expect this is going to be a great areas to either begin or continue your cookbook collections!

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