Monday, May 18, 2009

The GL Cookbook and Diet Plan by Nigel Denby


Title: The GL Cookbook and Diet Plan
Authors: Nigel Denby, Tina Michelucci, & Deborah Pyner
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2007
Format: Paperback, 280 pages
Age Group: Adult, non-fiction

The GL Cookbook and Diet Plan offers practical advice for substituting foods with lower glycemic index scores for those with higher scores. Recipes were also created looking at the total glycemic load which differs based on food combinations and portion sizes.

The authors provide sample meal plans and easy to read charts with food substitutions and methods for reaching the daily recommended servings for food groups. They also add interesting facts about various foods to keep things interesting. While stressing good choices in eating, the authors also understand that a severely restricted diet will lead to failure and so provide a great deal of flexibility.

The recipes are nicely organized and labeled by how much time they take to prepare. Vegetarian recipes are also clearly labeled. Some of the recipes do use some less familiar ingredients but others are simply new combinations of familiar foods. The recipes in this book are a jumping off point for creating your own low GL recipes for your favorite dishes by using some simple substitutions.

I think it is important to note that this book was originally published in the UK and uses some terminology that may not resonate with a North American audience. Also the website mentioned frequently in the book (http://www.dietfreedom.co.uk/) as a resource for locating vendors is a UK based website with most information only available to paying members.

Thank you to Mini Book Expo for Bloggers for providing me a copy of The GL Cookbook and Diet Plan.