Goodcooking.com Cookbook Review---
Title: Beating Diabetes
Author: Frederic J. Vagnini, M.D. FACS & Lawrence D. Chilnick, 2009
239 pages; Softcover 21.99 US/$27.50.99 CDN/£14.99 UK
Publisher: Fair Winds Press, Beverly, MA
Reviewed by, Chef John Vyhnanek, December, 2009
My brother could really use this book; in fact, Iím going to send it to him
after I re-read it and totally absorb all the information myself! My brother
hasnít been diagnosed with the disease yet; but he wouldnít pass some of the
self assessments in the book, I might need help with a few too! The Weight Loss
Plan For Beating Diabetes by Frederick J. Vagnini, M.D., FACS and Lawrence D.
Chilnick, is a 5-step program that removes roadblocks, sheds pounds safely and
reverses prediabetes and diabetes. The 5 steps are simple, and involve diet and
nutrition, education, exercise, lifestyle alteration and medication.
Many people think that in order to be healthier-- particularly for those who might
be prediabetic--you can no longer eat what you like. Well, if you like a
Big Mac and fries everyday for lunch and Kentucky Fired Chicken for your
dinners, you are right, you canít eat that anymore on a regular basis. On the
other hand if you like filet mignon, lobster and even bacon and eggs you can?
Itís all in the portion sizes and amount of fat that matters, plus fresh fruits
and vegetables and then how much exercise you get to burn off the calories. The
book has many suggestions for meals and how to balance what you consume on a
daily, weekly and monthly basis. There is information on vitamins and
supplements to help you revitalize your body.
The 5 steps are given to you in easy-to-read format and written in a way that
isnít boring or too technical. For example, step 4, exercise, makes a point
to show you the benefits from that alone but makes it sound like fun. This program gives you the choice of
telling yourself what to do and not being forced into doing something you will
hate. This is all your choice, you're not forced to do anything you donít want to
There only a few recipes in the back of the book so this isnít a cookbook, but
it has very valuable information that can save your life and perhaps the life of
a loved one. You never know if you will get diabetes, but with this program you
can be assured you will greatly lessen the chance. Good Cooking recommends that
you buy this book.
Ah what the heck, I had to test three recipes to make a meal! Pepper Steak with
Garlic Sauce, Oven Fried Sweet Potatoes and Crumb-Topped Broccoli Bake made a
Easy to prepare and tasting pretty darn good, the steak was filet mignon seared
and served with a pan reduced black peppercorn red wine pan sauce. Sweet
potato fries couldnít have been easier to make using cooking spray and cinnamon
salt and pepper as ingredients. The broccoli was great as it even had some
butter in the crispy and crunchy bread crumb topping!
One of the recipes tested---
Oven Fried Sweet Potatoes
Makes 1 serving
One 3.5-ounce (100 g) sweet potato
Dash ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 375įF (190įC, or gas mark 5). Lightly coat a baking pan
with cooking spray.
2. Peel the sweet potato and remove the ends. Cut into 1/4-inch (6 mm) circles
and place on the baking pan in a single layer. Sprinkle with the cinnamon, salt,
and pepper, and bake until tender and golden around the edges, about 30 minutes,
turning the potato slices over halfway through.
3. Drain on a paper towel and serve immediately.
Copyright © 2009 Frederic J. Vagnini, M.D., FACS, and Lawrence
D. Chilnick, authors of The Weight Loss Plan for Beating Diabetes: The 5-Step
Program That Removes Metabolic Roadblocks, Sheds Pounds Safely, and Reverses
Prediabetes and Diabetes