Blood Sugar: The Family

Michael Moore. New Holland (Midpoint, dist.), $35 (240p) ISBN 978-1-74257-309-0
Despite embracing healthy behaviors in a profession that often embraces vices, Australian chef Moore was shocked to discover he was diabetic at age 35. After suffering a diabetes-related stroke, he vowed to revise his diet and stay as healthy as possible. For years he has shared that information throughout his native Australia on television and in books; here, in his follow-up to 2011’s Blood Sugar, he offers his take on healthy diabetic-friendly dishes in a terrific and approachable collection. Dishes like fluffy lemon ricotta hotcakes; egg, bacon, and mushroom breakfast pita pockets; seared spice-crusted tuna sliders; rich chocolate cake; and cinnamon apple upside-down pudding are surefire hits, but it’s his eye for ingenuity that will ensure repeat reads. Steaming mussels, fennel, white wine, and garlic in an aluminum foil satchel is a terrific and mess-free way to serve up the popular bivalves; kids will appreciate his healthy nod to the ubiquitous fried chicken nuggets that employ raw buckwheat for the crunchy exterior, and his Pack N Go Snack Bags show empathy for those with dietary restrictions. Nutrition information isn’t included for the recipes, but exchanges are, making this one book diabetics will want to seriously consider adding to their bookshelf. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/2013
Release date: 03/01/2013
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