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If you are a newbie to electric pressure cookers, The Diabeties Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes provides great information to get you started with this type of cooking. I appreciate the authors’ efforts in explaining how the cookers work, and how to cook effectively with them. As far as I know, this is the only diabetic version of an electric pressure cooker cookbook.
The authors include nutrition information, including carbs per serving, which makes it easier to plan meals and bolus insulin appropriately. The recipes are easy to follow and are organized well, with prep times, equipment needed, and helpful tips. There is also an introduction with educational information for eating and meal planning with diabetes. These are all good features, and things I look for in cookbooks I regularly use.
Some Room for Improvement
As a person with diabetes, I find the ‘Plate Method’ taught in the introduction to be misleading, and frankly, unhelpful for effictive blood glucose control. Not all carbs are created equally, and the1/2, 1/4, 1/4 rule for portions is not a great way to eat. There are actually several high carb meals in this book, such as the 6-Grain Porridge which clocks in at a whopping 51 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
Although there are many recipes in this cookbook that are ideal for pressure cooking, there are some that it just doesn’t make sense to spend the prep and cleanup time to cook in this manner, such as corn on the cob, which can cook just as quickly in a pot of boiling water on the stove. Some of the recipes involve advanced prep, such as having pre-cooked meat for the 5-Ingredient Mexican Lasagna (which also involves complicated cooking involving a springform pan).
As far as the design of this book goes, it is a beautiful book, with a modern typefont and a soothing color scheme. I did find some of the text difficult to read, such as the lighter colored text, tiny print in the sidebars, and closely spaced letters and lines. One of the worst parts of having diabetes for me, is its effects on my eyesight, so I would love to see this issue considered in a cookbook specifically for diabetic recipes. There are only photographs on the chapter pages, and I wish that the recipes included pictures.
There are some really good recipes in this cookbook, and it is a step in the right direction for diabetic cooking. I appreciate that the authors are opening more doors for people with diabetes and making it easier to plan healthy meals without having to start from scratch. I am finding that I can modify the methods and ingredients in some recipes. The cooking charts and index are very well done and helpful.
All in all, I have learned some new techniques and found some great menu staples in The Diabeties Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes. Hopefully, we will continue to see improvements in cookbooks like this one in our quest to live life with diabetes.
Note: the publisher provided me a review copy, but I was not required to write a review. These are my honest opinions.