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Cookbook Review: “Mr. Food Test Kitchen Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites” by Multiple Authors

Comfort foods bring to mind happy memories filled with flavor and contentment. Alas, so many comfort foods are comfort foods because of the high salt, fat, or carb content. So what are you to do if you crave your favorite childhood foods but they are neither healthy nor diabetes-friendly? Open up this cookbook! It is filled with recipes inspired by favorite comfort foods, and they are all healthy and diabetes-friendly.

Mr. Food Test Kitchen Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites

Summary of Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites

This cookbook contains more than 130 recipes for classic comfort foods re-imagined to include all the flavor but minus the excess fat, salt, carbs and calories. These recipes are simple and easy to follow and often include additional notes to help you serve the food, learn about its ingredients or find alternatives. There is also a handy guide to sugar alternatives and other nutritional advice.

What Worked for Me – Yummy, Healthy Comfort Foods

Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites is filled with yummy recipes, has nice large, easy-to-read type and beautiful photography. I especially liked the Granulated Sugar Substitutes Conversion Chart on page xi. The portion control guide is also very helpful.

There are recipes in this cookbook that I wouldn’t think you could make healthy and diabetes-friendly, such as Caramel Poached Apples, Double Chocolate Chippers, Frosted Carrot Cake Cupcakes, Banana Nut Pancakes, Bacon Cheddar Chicken Breasts and so many more. I can’t wait to try these recipes out!

What Didn’t Work for Me

This is my standard complaint with modern, cookbooks: I don’t like them in perfect-bound or hardcover format. If this is a cookbook I’m going to regularly use, I want it to be easy to lay flat on my counter. Three-ring binders or spiral bound cookbooks work great! However you rarely see high-quality cookbooks like this in those formats.

What I’d Love to See in the Second Edition

What would get around this issue would be to provide printable versions of the recipes. They wouldn’t need the photographs and would be much easier to use. I think it would be really cool if cookbooks like this started adding interactive components like this.


Do you have a finicky loved-one who finds it hard to stick to a diabetes-friendly diet? Then this book will help you keep them health AND happy. There are plenty of decadent foods in here that even the die-hard junk eater will love.

Rating for Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites: 4 out of 5

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Full Title: Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites: More than 130 New Healthy and Diabetes-Friendly Recipes
Author: Various
Format: Paperback
Publisher: American Diabetes Association
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580406904
ISBN-13: 978-1580406901

Pick up your copy on Amazon.com here.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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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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