The best diabetic cookbook reviews

Planning meals can sometimes be such a headache sometimes. It becomes worse if you are diagnosed with diseases such as diabetes whereby you have to stick to healthy eating habits. It is important to note that healthy eating habits are not meant only for people with diabetes, they are for all of us. Taking good care for your body by making the right food choices has unimaginably great rewards in the long run.

I have compiled a list of excellent cookbooks that are a must have in your house. The cookbooks will save you the time and energy of trying to plan for meals and also give you great and enjoyable recipes. The cookbooks can all be purchased form Amazon by clicking on the cookbook pictures below.

1. Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan for the Newly Diagnosed

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Have you recently been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes? If your answer is yes, then this book is perfect for you. Most times, when you are newly diagnosed with diabetes, it can be a very confusing time especially when it comes to diet. You may not be sure of what to eat, how much and when to eat.

The Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan for the Newly Diagnosed has all the answers. It is a must have for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. It is also very good for any other person who just wants to change their eating habits for the better.

The cookbook is a 4-week introductory guide to managing type-2 diabetes. It has a clearly defined 4-week meal plan (day-to-day) that is easy to follow making it easy to manage your diabetes. The book contains 100+ flavorful, delicious, nourishing recipes. All the recipes include nutrition facts and advice for nutritious recipe pairings. Many of the dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less, which is good if you have busy days.

The author, Lori Zanini is a nationally recognized, award-winning food and nutrition expert. She is a registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She is also the author of Eat What You Love Diabetes Cookbook, a book that has been featured regularly in the media.

2. The Complete Diabetes Cookbook

Another great cookbook to have if you have diabetes is this one. If you are looking for exceptional flavor with maximum nutrition then you are in the right place. Even if you are not diabetic, but looking for a cookbook that provides a healthy way to cook and eat, then you need The Complete Diabetes Cookbook.

This book is indeed COMPLETE. It is a one-stop cookbook with 400+ creative diabetic-friendly recipes. Recipes include those for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Options for entertaining snacks, appetizers, desserts and occasional sweet treats are included. The cook book has got you covered in every dietary way. It even follows the recommended ration of 10grams of carbohydrates to 1 gram of fiber-or better.

The cookbook provides an overview of type-1 and type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes and the role of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, fats and sodium in a healthy diet. The book follows The Plate Method (a simple way of controlling the portion size by dividing your plate into different food types).

The author, America’s Test Kitchen, is well-known for its top-rated television shows, bestselling cookbooks, magazines, websites, and cooking school. It is the collective work of over 60 cooks, editors and cookware specialists who put ingredients, cookware, equipment, and recipes through rigorous testing to identify the very best.

In short, this cookbook is a must have book for your cookbook collection.

3. Betty Crocker Diabetes Cookbook

With over 63 million cookbooks sold since 1950, Betty Crocker is the name most readers trust for great ideas and reliable recipes.

Betty Crocker Diabetes Cookbook is a wonderful cook book that proves that people who have diabetes do not have to give up the foods they love. With this cookbook, great-tasting meals are never off-limit for people with diabetes. The cookbook provides a wide variety of delicious, satisfying and incredible food recipes good for both diabetic and non-diabetic people.

The book contains 140 recipes that are quick, delicious and easy to makes. The recipes are for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners, and desserts. It also contains recipes for vegetarian and gluten-free meals. It has mouthwatering full-color photography which offers plenty of delicious inspiration.

The cookbook provides more than just recipes. The book has practical advice on developing a healthy lifestyle together with the latest medical and nutrition information from the International Diabetes Center.

It is indeed an all-in-one cookbook.

4. The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook

Yet another great cookbook that shows eating healthy as a person with diabetes does not mean giving up on your favorite foods. The cookbook contains recipes for the classic foods that we know and love. Our favorite meals will always be the classic comfort meals that the whole family know and love.

The recipes are easy and flavorful and have a menu planning guide that allows you to mix and match meals. It is a great choice for family meal recipes. The cookbook itself looks as good as its meals. It has beautiful original photography and such a beautiful color design.

The author, Robyn Webb, is an award-winning cookbook author who authored 16 cookbooks some of which are the best-sellers. She is also a nutritionist and is a frequent guest in national media.

The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook is indeed a must have for anyone living with diabetes.

5. Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Diabetic Cookbook

In this cookbook, the author, Phyllis Good, has teamed with the American Diabetes Association to provide complete Exchange Values and Basic Nutritional Values for each recipe.

In addition to the scrumptious recipes, the cookbook also provide information on how to use a daily meal plan, guidance on portion control and answers to frequently asked questions.

It is a must-add to your cookbook collection or kitchen.

Make the right choices

Healthy eating is not for people with diabetes only, it is for everyone else. Many people are walking around with diabetes or pre-diabetes yet they do not know. Making the healthy food choices is the key to having a happy healthy body.

I very much appreciate that planning a healthy meal can be taxing to many of us. So, make the right choice today and grab your copy of the best cookbook that suits your needs and lifestyle.

Related topics

What Pre-diabetes Means

List of Healthy Snacks for Diabetes

Can you get diabetes eating too much sugar?

The Best Diabetic Diet: What you need to know

If you have any comments or questions, or your personal review on the above named cookbooks don’t hesitate to leave them below.



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38 thoughts on “The best diabetic cookbook reviews

  1. So glad I came across your post! It is super difficult to eat healthy and clean and even so when you have a certain condition where you have to be on top of your diet! I like your list of recommended cookbooks and the idea of having a curated list where it makes it easy to pick and choose. One thing i would request: if you could make a similar list for those people who not only have diabetes but also have chronic kidney disease. I have noticed that the list of what these people can eat is even more limited, unfortunately. My father is one such person:(

    1. Hello Sasha

      I am glad the article was useful to you. Whether we have diabetes or not, we have to make the right choices with what we eat.

      About your suggestion of a similar list for people with chronic kidney diseases, thank you for the suggestion. It is a very good one. I will surely work on it.

  2. On a more serious note, I have never been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, but I know someone who has been for years now. She’s been in a state of confusion and has tried several diets to put the situation under control but to no avail. She ate unripe pawpaw with the seeds, and yet, she couldn’t see any appreciable improvement in her health.

    Wow, thanks for the meal plan and cookbook for managing type-2 diabetes! She’ll be thankful to know about this. Though I’m not a diabetic patient, I think I’d need the complete Diabetes cookbook soonest to improve my health. Thanks for the helpful post! Thanks.


    1. Hello Joyce. Making the right food choices is a very important aspect of our health care. It is not only for diabetics. They say prevention is better than cure.

      I am glad this article was of great help to you and that someone you know. Tell her the meal plans are so tasty and easy to make.



  3. My grandmother died of diabetes, so we were brought up to be very aware of what we eat and specially the sugar content of foods and added sugar to look out for. I love this list of cookbooks for diabetics, which of course can be used by anybody who wants to follow a healthy lifestyle. Anybody with a health condition wants to still eat comfort food, so I really like to see this Comfort cookbook is included on your list.

    1. Hello LineCowley

      Thank you very much for going through my list. Yes, prevention is surely better than cure. We should take care of our bodies now so that our bodies take care of us at a latter stage.

      Your grandmother brought you so well. Keep up the standard and teach your generations to come as well.

  4. Hi ,Thank you this post .Diabetes is  a dangerous illness .I agree that the foods on the pictures in the article look yummy and healthy .I really would like to learn about those recipes ,where can find the book?My neighbor has diabetes and i think he would be interested into these nice recipes.I am going to share this post with him.Thank you very much for writing this post

    1. Hello Jim-Kelly. Thank you for going through the post. I am glad it was of great help to you. 

      The books are available on amazon and when you click on those books, it will take you directly to where you are able to purchase the book.


  5. Hello there, thank you very much for sharing this review with me.

    Though this is my first time of reading about these books but I think they are the best diabetic cookbooks I’ve ever seen online.
    I will immediately refer this post to a friend of mine who I think needs this more.


  6. My mom was recently diagnosed and there was a moment of anxiety because we had always heard about diabetes but had never really dealt with it. I think the Newly diagnosed and the Complete book would likely be the ones I would choose for her. She is quite a disciplined person and does not have cravings for a lot of desserts and sweet food, so that is a plus. I think I am also going to get a Complete book for myself. I am into healthy living and I agree with those who say that if you eat and live like a diabetic, you are unlikely to become one. Thank you for the review and listings.

    1. Hello JJ

      They say prevention is better than cure and they are so right. We should take care of our bodies so that we prevent diseases. We are indeed what we eat, and when we eat a lot of junk our bodies respond likewise.

      However, if we choose the right things to put into our bodies, then our bodies become as healthy as the food we have taken. I am glad you are thinking of doing some purchases. Continue to take care of your body and it will take care of you in the long run.

  7. It was timely coming across your article. I had an aunt who was diabetic. She always complained that the foods she could eat were bland and tasteless. Now, her daughter, my cousin, was recently diagnosed with the same type of diabetes from which her mom suffered. She should be able to find some tasty menu choices in the books you’ve reviewed.

    1. Good day William

      Yes, we often think diabetes foods should be bland and tasteless. However there are so many tasty yet healthy recipes out there and these cookbooks can help someone safe time from planning meals yet enjoy the very tasty meals. I hope your cousin enjoys the cookbooks.

  8. I agree with a sentence in the first paragraph that says that “Healthy eating habits are not just for people with diabetes but for all of us.” It’s much wiser when we’re healthy and we don’t have diagnosed diseases to improve our diet, make healthier choices to keep the health we have safe.

    A healthy diet is no less tasty, and these are confirmed by recipes in these cookbooks from which you will get many ideas for daily meal preparation. Make the right choice for you and your loved ones, surprise them with new tasty meals.

    It’s a wonderful article, I enjoyed reading and ideas. Greetings!

    1. Hello Jas

      It is indeed true that we do not have to wait to have a disease before we can start taking care of ourselves. We have to start now so that we avoid such lifestyle disease. 

      We need to take care of our bodies now, by making healthier choices so that our bodies will take care of ourselves in the future.

  9. My dad found out he has pre-diabetes last year and has been trying so hard to improve his diet. I am very proud of him for quitting soda and nighttime sugary treats. He’s such a stubborn eater I’ve been so surprised at the foods he’s been willing to try. I think that he would benefit from the cookbooks on this list. Or I guess my mom would be the one reading them lol. I’ve been trying all my life to get them both to eat healthier and it seems it took a diagnosis for them to really get it and start changing. Thanks for the list!

    1. Hi Nicole

      Yes, for most people, it does take a diagnosis to get someone to be on the right track for his or her health. However, it should not be that way.

      It is a good thing your dad realized he needed to change in the prediabetes phrase. All the best to him and I hope he changes things around.


  10. Thank you for these book reviews on diabetes. My best friend has been diagnosed with this disease. It has been quite a journey finding the right foods and drinks for her. I like the comfort foods book and the slow cooker book. It is so good to know that there are many varieties even for a diabetic diet.

    1. Hello Juliet

      Most people with diabetes do struggle with what to eat and what not to eat. Most of the time doctors just give you medicines and tell what NOT to eat and it becomes a challenge trying to prepare your menus.

      Thank you for going through the reviews. I also love the comfort foods cookbook

  11. This list of cookbooks is so helpful, as someone in my house is pre-diabetic.  But it’s like you say, healthy eating should be done by everyone, diabetes or not.  Out of this list, I really like the slow-cooker book, since I try to use my slow-cooker as much as I can.  The Betty Crocker one seems good too since it isn’t overwhelming in the number of recipes and since they are simpler.  Thanks for the list!

  12. Thanks for bringing us these great cookbooks.

    I totally agree that healthy eating is something that we should all be taking seriously.  There is so much type 2 diabetes about today and most of it could be prevented.  Why wait until you get it and then have to go on a strict diet to reverse it.  Better to start now and get healthy.

    I will certainly consider purchasing one of these books.

  13. I know all about cooking and having a disease like diabetes, I can tell you: it is a disaster to come up every day with a nice and tasty meal, one that is also healthy for me and my family!

    I didn’t know about these cookbooks and they will surely be a great help, so thanks!

  14. Greetings!, I have gone through your article on the best diabetic cookbook review. I must agree with you that a healthy diet is not just for diabetic people, it is for all of us. But on the other hand, diabetic people need to take extra care of themselves when it comes to their eating habits. I definitely have to get this book for my mother, she’s diabetic and sometimes it becomes really hard to find something to eat. I am glad I came across this amazing post. Thanks for sharing. I will be sharing it further too.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing a good selecction of the Best Diabetic Cookbooks Reviews, as diabetic has become one of the most common health problem nowadays, it’s always good to get accurate information about what it is and what we all can do to stay healthy, but food is part of our lives and it’s hard to know what is good and what is bad and what food we should avoid to never have this problem, as I get older and I see I’m gaining some weight, being the daughter of both parents dealing with diabetic, it’s a must for me to learn more about good eating habits to stay healthy, after reading your article I will take a second look to two cooking books, as I want to cook tasty dishes but with the right ingredients.

    My problem is the desire to have sweet snacks often, but I see you have another post for healthy snacks, so I will read it now!

    1. Hello Alejandra.

      Yes if you have a family history of diabetes, it is very important to take precautions as diabetes can run in the family.

      Apart from the list of healthy snacks, you can also get yourselves The Complete Diabetes Cookbook listed above. it has options for entertaining snacks, appetizers, desserts and occasional sweet treats

  16. Hi Boi. Thank you for another great review. I have diabetic in my family and I know how difficult it may be to cook healthy and tasty meals for him. I tried many apps and sites with recipes but I was not always happy with results. But some of cookbooks you recommend looks really good, especially Beatty Crocker book seems what Im looking for. Can’t wait to test it in practice!

    1. Hello Cogito

      thank you so much for going through the article. I hope you and you family enjoy the healthy meals. Kindly do feedback after you try it out

  17. I’m so glad I stumbled across this article!  I have been instructed to cut sugar and white carbs out of my diet so I can’t wait to get one of these. Is there one, in particular, you would recommend?  I’m sort of leaning towards the Betty Crocker because I’ve used her cookbooks before.

    1. Hi Cynthia

      My personal best is The Complete Diabetes Cookbook, because like the title says, it is complete. However, the Betty Crocker Diabetic book is also super. The meals are quick, delicious and easy to make.

  18. My sister’s husband has diabetes, and he constantly needs to manage his sugar level. He suffers from low blood sugar levels and needs to constantly monitor how he’s feeling to know whether he should eat something sugary right now.

    That’s the thing though. You need to start grouping foods according to their sugar levels so you can know what’s appropriate for you. Books like these can really help in doing that for you.

    1. Hello hfs01

      Yes, planning your meals as a diabetic can be texting at times and books like these can be very very handy

  19. Wow!  Those were such complete reviews, im not sure what else i would need to know about a cookbook.  My stepfather actually just was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and my mom has started freaking out a bit about the healthy changes that need to take place around her house.  Im gonna forward her over a link to this post; hopefully she sees something she likes!

    1. Hello Rene

      I am glad that you found this article useful. Wishing your stepfather all the best as he chooses good health for himself and these books will surely make his meal planning easier 

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