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Cookbook Review: What Do I Eat Now?

What Do I Eat Now? A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 DiabetesIf you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you may be confused about what you can or cannot eat. The American Diabetes Association and authors Tami A. Ross, RDN, LD, MLDE and Patti B. Geil, MS, RDN, CDE, MLDE, FAND, FAADE, have collaborated on this book providing a step-by-step guide to eating right with Type 2 Diabetes.

Given that I’m about a marry a man with Type 2 Diabetes, I’ve experienced an increased interest in the topic of diabetic-friendly cooking. This is the first in a series of reviews of books on this topic.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book for review, however I am under no obligation to write about it positively or otherwise.


What Do I Eat Now? A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes, 2nd Edition, is both a guide to healthy eating in general and for those with diabetes, and a recipe book. It is organized like a study book. Each chapter ends with a summary, a recipe and a short list of facts. Sometimes there is even space for you to jot down next steps inspired by what you learned in the chapter.

There are plenty of sidebars and bulleted lists to make this easy to read in small sessions (like during your 15-minute afternoon break?)


The lay out makes for easy reading, as well as the simple language. This book can be read and understood by almost anyone who finds themselves with a diabetes diagnosis.

The authors acknowledge the importance of food in our every day lives. This book isn’t about denying this basic human fact, but provides a solution for managing your blood sugar while still enjoying the foods you love, albeit in more than likely a greater deal of moderation than you’ve been using so far.


This is a minor thing, but I didn’t like the color palette. The interior is printed in two colors: green and black. I know this reduces the price of the book, but it looks too clinical to me. Maybe a different color than the green they chose would feel a bit more fun.


This is an excellent beginner book for someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes … or the person who has finally decided to take their head out of the sand and address their blood sugar issues. There is even information that people who are looking to just manage their weight, too.


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Format: Trade paperback, 6.8 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
Publisher: American Diabetes Association
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580405584
ISBN-13: 978-1580405584

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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