Last year I read the book "Sugar Free Me" by Naomi Kingery. It is very good, and somewhat teaches about diabetes but mostly talks about the emotional effect with diabetes and gives standpoints from diabetics, parents, and friends. It is more of an inspirational type diabetes book.
Why does the title "Sugar Free Me" send one of those suspicious shivers down my spine?
I'm guessing it's just my personal view of diabetes not needing to be 'sugar free' but 'sugar conscious'.
My personal recommendation for book choices is more an exclusion list than a specific book reference list:
- First off, anything that can be labeled as 'gimmicky'. Books that cater to diabetes as something that needs to be cured in X days. Or making it seem like you're not diabetic at all. Any reference to diabetes in a sense of 'solving the diabetes problem".
- Secondly, cookbooks. There may be some good diabetic cookbooks out there, but most of them are relabled dietary cookbooks designed to decrease caloric and carbohydrate content, increase fiber content, and consequently reduce flavor.
On the positive side, personal experience books can be awesome, provided the author isn't caught up in gimmicks or the 'generic' view of diabetes. Utility books are pretty sweet too, especially if you're a fan of carb counting (which I think is pretty much standard practice nowadays). Books that basically give you good estimates of the amount of carbs in common foods. Usually it's all tables and lists, and not easy reading material though. ;)
Part of the reason I don't have many awesome suggestions for books is I tend to steer clear of them myself. Personal preference and all that. :)