Diabetics Can Have Their Cake – And Eat It Too!


mara-kinsley-sassy-chef-ivDoctor & Gourmet Chef Rani Polak of “Hadassah Optimal” in Jerusalem Illustrates how to eat safely without sacrificing taste

The statistics are alarming – in the United States over 1,000,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year, and there are over 250,000 diabetes-related fatalities annually. While the disease is often treatable, for many adapting to the new and healthier lifestyle required to ensure survival proves impossible. Perhaps most challenging are changes in diet; habits are hard to break, convenience and cravings hard to ignore, and food addictions hard to kick.

In his new book Delicious Diabetic Recipes: The Gourmet Cookbook for a Healthy Picture 1Diet, Dr. Rani Polak, the Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Cooking at “Hadassah Optimal”, a subsidary of Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem , and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, offers practical information and advice coupled with innovative and tasty alternatives that educates readers while exciting their palates. The book covers a range of topics from making smarter starch choices to reducing fat without losing flavor to the smart way to use sugar substitutes. But it is the fabulous recipes that are the core of the book. Each is worthy of a great restaurant meal, and each is safe for every diabetic, and yet will be a terrific meal for the entire family and friends.

Known internationally as “Dr. Chef”, Polak introduces readers to a range of cuisines from exotic to comfort food. The book includes healthy, yet gourmet-worthy cuisine such as Grilled Eggplant Moussaka with Roasted Pepper Cream, Vietnamese Shrimp Dim Sum in Ginger and Lemon Sauce, Roast Sirloin with thick Mushroom Sauce; and alongside family dinner staples such as hamburgers and pasta. From turkey to tofu, pizza to “pub grub”, the book contains numerous beef, chicken, fish, and vegetable dishes, as well as soups, salads, spreads and dips.

And saving the best for last, Delicious Diabetic Recipes dispels the myth that diabetes and desserts don’t mix. Sweet-tooth lovers will be delighted with choices ranging from banana crepes to biscotti, along with numerous other baked goods and fruit-filled treats.

Each page is filled with step-by-step instructions, beautiful photographs, and vitally important detailed nutritional information. Presented in classic cookbook style, it’s sure to find its way onto the shelves of foodies, nutritionists, and families who want to eat healthier without sacrificing taste.

Bonus – Includes the American Diabetes Association Exchange Charts and the new Carb Counting for Managing Glucose.


About Rani Polak, MD:

RANI POLAK, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Cooking at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. A Cordon Bleu-educated chef, Dr. Polak received the 2005 Hebrew University Kaye Innovation Award for the healthy cooking workshops he designed for people with special dietary needs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Forums for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, has worked with the Israel Institute for Integrated Medicine, and is currently a lecturer both at the Hebrew University’s School of Nutritional Sciences and at the School of Culinary Arts, Hadassah College.

Delicious Diabetic Recipes

The Gourmet Cookbook for a Healthy Diet

by Rani Polak, MD

Hardcover • 7 1/2 x 9 1/6 • 256 Pages • All-Color
September 2009 • Imagine • $24.95 US/ $32.50 CDN

ISBN 10: • ISBN 13: 978-0-9822939-7-3


For more information about Delicious Diabetic Recipes, or any Imagine Publishing books please contact: Kim Swanstrom, kswanstrom@bookmasters.com, 888.537.6727 x 1162

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3 Responses to “Diabetics Can Have Their Cake – And Eat It Too!”

  1. Fantastic post, I bookmarked your blog post so I can visit again in the future, Cheers

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      Thank you for your interest Jamaal. You can also sign up to receive or posts through email. Have a wonderful day!

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