I have always liked to cook.
Sunday evenings in the 50’s, I’d take the pressure off my mother and cook my “special” for the three of us—macaroni cheese topped off with grilled tomatoes.
As a bachelor, instead of takeaways, I’d spend an hour or more preparing my supper–and 10 minutes eating it!
For the last 20 odd years I have been the cook in the family. Though Meredith is no slouch in the kitchen, she’s been happy to let me get on with it.
This daily routine has proved invaluable since being diagnosed with Type Two diabetes, twelve years ago.
It has allowed me to control what I eat–but I’ve also tried to cook meals that Meredith–who does not have diabetes– can fully enjoy too.
From this came the idea of a cookbook of recipes suitable for “type two-ers” and those they love.
I have a large spiral notebook with an index into which I’ve pasted recipes for years — my mother had one too.
Our kitchen shelves are weighed down with cookbooks–a collection kept up-to-date by family and friends.
My style of cooking in usually Mediterranean—based on olive oil, tomatoes and garlic. This cuisine–with a little tweaking–suits the slightly different way of eating that I adopted once the diabetes showed up.
Friends started to contact me–knowing I was a type two-er–for advice. Either they themselves had been warned by a doctor that they were pre-diabetic–or they had a friend who had been recently diagnosed. I would send a few recipes as examples of healthy dishes for diabetics–and soon had a growing file.
I don’t claim to be an expert. But my own experience of changing what I ate and exercising more WORKED for me. My glucose levels returned to the normal range and I managed to avoid taking medication for many years.
That collection of recipes for friends forms the basis of my first cookbook, published in the UK by Constable & Robinson in August 2011. In the United States, it comes out in November 2011 published by Skyhorse. It’s available at your local bookstore or via www.amazon.co.uk/ or www.amazon.com.