C+J Reviews
one woman's informed opinion
June 2013

Book Review: Blood Sugar Inspiring Recipes
By Marcia Frost

Gluten-free seems to have replaced sugar-free on the shelves of stores, but Michael Moore is one who hasn’t forgotten the need to reduce sugar in our diets. Moore, who is the chef/owner the kitchen at O Bar and Dining in Sydney, has made his recipes for stars like Elton John , Sean Connery, Madonna and Kim Kardashian (pre-pregnancy).

English-born Moore was actually diagnosed as diabetic in 1999, but a stroke in 2009 forced him to rethink his eating – and his cooking. One thing he refused to do was settle and when he didn’t like the diabetic-friendly recipes out there he decided to make a book of his own. What followed was the realization that this type of eating is healthy for all, and Hollywood agrees.

Curtis Stone, host of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and star of Around the World in 80 Plates writes the foreword to Blood Sugar Inspiring Recipes. He settles all doubt by proclaiming that the book contains recipes “that will empower any home cook to create inspiring, tasty, healthy meals.”

Moore begins with explanations of the Glycemic Index and what carbohydrates and sugar do to glucose levels. He then goes through various food groups (“Fire Food,” “Water Food” and “Coal Food”) to explain how they work on your body. There’s also a section on exercise and how important it is in relation to your daily diet.

The recipes in this book range from light meals to full dinners and even desserts. They are all fairly creative and while some will take some extra effort (and items you probably wouldn’t have in your cabinet), most are fairly simple to prepare and cook.

A few of the recipes that I’m anxious to try are: Baked Fig and Hazelnut Salad; Gazpacho Marrakesh; A Very Dark Chocolate Mousse with Bananas; and Basil and Walnut Pesto (recipe below).

I also love Moore’s tips on eating small meals, dining out, how to deal with stress and treats for rewarding yourself. At no point did he say there was never, ever something you shouldn’t touch. His book is about healthy balance, with an emphasis on keeping sugar levels low.

Whether you are diabetic or just looking to eliminate sugar in your diet for a healthier, leaner body, you’ll find great inspiration in Blood Sugar.

Basil and Walnut Pesto
2 bunches Fresh basil leaves
½ cup Walnut halves
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
6 oz Olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

Place the walnuts and basil leaves into a morter and pestle or blender with a pinch of sea salt.
Grind to a coarse paste and gradually add the olive oil.
Combine together to form a thick sauce.
Season with fresh black pepper and stir in the red wine vinegar to finish.

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