We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. It can be hard enough to prepare meals, but for those with health challenges, it can seem nearly impossible. Don’t fret. Assistance is on the way with these diabetic cookbooks. They serve up full helpings of nutritional information, lifestyle tips, sugar management techniques, and, of course, delicious recipes that will have you excited to belly up to the table again. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

10. Cookbook for Dummies

Buying the Cookbook for Dummies doesn’t mean you’re stupid. It just means that you’d like simple, easy-to-digest guidance on how to manage your health and lifestyle. This includes recipes as well as advice on eating out, food shopping, and more.


  • Written to be entertaining
  • Addresses teaching kids to eat well
  • Somewhat expensive ingredients












Publisher imusti
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. Dr. Neal Barnard’s Reversing Diabetes

While Dr. Neal Barnard’s Reversing Diabetes makes some pretty bold claims that some may not believe, the science is there to back him up. It contains an abundance of plant-based recipes that are nutritious and tasty and appropriate for vegetarians.


  • From a doctor and professor
  • Plenty of appealing photos
  • Not ideal for determined meat eaters












Publisher Dr. Neal Barnard’s Reve
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. The Type 2 Action Plan

For those who’ve been recently diagnosed, The Type 2 Action Plan gives not only guidance about cooking but also practical advice for learning to live with this daunting disease. Although it’s loaded with information, it’s neither overwhelming nor trivial.


  • Penned by registered dietitian
  • Focuses on health management
  • Easy to understand and use












Publisher The Type 2 Action Plan
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Sugar Busters!

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same name, Sugar Busters! can help you cut carbs and starches from your diet, including refined sugars, potatoes, and white rice. It’s there for you all year round, thanks to included meals for holidays and family dinners.


  • Written with input from doctors
  • Many options high in fat
  • Recipes seem bland to some












Publisher Ballantine Books
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. The Perfect Comfort Food Collection

A type-2 diagnosis doesn’t mean that your favorite fare is out of reach, at least, not if you have Robyn Webb’s The Perfect Comfort Food Collection. Wrap yourself in the warm hug of lasagna or meatloaf, then try the given variations for further flavor.


  • Makes a helpful gift
  • Teaches how to customize recipes
  • Could use more photos












Publisher American Diabetes Assoc
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. The Sweet Life

Fans of Top Chef might recognize Sam Talbot, whose The Sweet Life furnishes plenty of foodie wisdom the author has garnered from many years of being not only a chef, but also a diabetic. Highly entertaining, it delivers 75 recipes you can try.


  • Fresh and flavorful options
  • May be helpful with weight loss
  • A lot of non-standard ingredients












Publisher Talbot, Sam
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Slow Cooker

Paradoxically, you can get out of the kitchen faster with Diabetic Living’s Slow Cooker. It’s designed to help you save some cash, too, thanks to a “Cook Once, Eat Thrice” chapter that shows you how to whip up useful foods that can be used in three different ways.


  • Good choice for potlucks
  • Includes effort-saving tricks
  • Relies heavily on tomato bases












Publisher Slow Cooker
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Quick and Delicious Recipes

If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands and are just looking for simplicity, then try “Quick and Delicious Recipes Using Just Four Ingredients or Less!” by Nancy Hughes. As you’d guess from the title, it teaches you to make satisfying meals that require minimal work.


  • Over 175 recipes
  • Could help save money
  • Good for beginning cooks












Publisher American Diabetes Assoc
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Marlene Koch’s Sensational Splenda Recipes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Marlene Koch’s Sensational Splenda Recipes, which offers 375 low-sugar foods, from decadent hot chocolate to not-so-sinful New York cheesecake. But it’s not all desserts, since there are also recipes for everything from appetizers to entrees.


  • Healthy eating tips throughout
  • Uses all forms of splenda
  • Weight watcher point comparisons












Publisher M. Evans and Com
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Meals by the Plate

With Meals by the Plate, you’ll be treated to plenty of beautifully styled photos that show you how to portion each meal perfectly, allowing you to craft well-balanced, healthful plates. It also features recipes for sides and desserts.


  • From a well-known lifestyle magazine
  • Makes meal planning simple
  • Includes meatless choices












Publisher Better Homes and Garden
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0