This is not my usual kind of cookbook. A dear friend told me that they needed to make some dietary changes because their blood sugar levels were consistently high, though not yet over the diabetes threshold. They were stressed because they didn’t really know what they needed to do, what to eat, what to not eat, and so on. An hour later I was looking at NetGalley and there was the Betty Crocker Simply Delicious Diabetes Cookbook.
I don’t have any expertise in what makes a good cookbook for someone managing diabetes through diet, or changing their diet because of a diabetes diagnosis. What I can say about this cookbook is that it had several recipes that when I read them aloud, my friend was willing to try. She was also more open to considering recipes because the Betty Crocker name was on it. The dishes tend towards standard anglo-American diet with the occasional curry, chick pea, or tagine. Each recipe has nutritional information, and at the beginning of the book, they explain how they arrived at that information. Most of the recipes included tips and tricks.
I do know from experience that suddenly having to change the way you eat and cook is daunting, even overwhelming. There are definitely recipes in here that I would make for myself. I made the spicy ancho chicken sandwiches and they were delicious. The frozen desserts looked particularly good, though it was too cold for them to be appealing at the moment. Most importantly, after my friend and I looked at some of the recipes together and she felt better about altering the way she cooks, I would buy it for her.
I received this as an advance reader copy from NetGalley. My opinions are my own.