The first 100 pages explain the current thinking on diet and diabetes management: what, how much, and when to eat; the food exchange system; and what you need to know about carbohydrates, fats, and eating out. Hess makes portion control easier by giving "visual guides": a medium potato is the size of a computer mouse; one ounce of cheese is the size of a domino, for example.
The recipes are diverse and tasty, and include familiar favorites and ethnic-inspired dishes for variety. Each includes serving size, nutritional breakdown (calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, cholesterol, fiber, sodium), food exchanges, and appropriateness for a low-sodium diet. --Joan Price
Mary Abbott Hess, L.H.D., M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., is president of Hess & Hunt, Inc., a nutrition and counseling firm, and a director of the American Dietetic Association.