Members of the Cooks¤’n’ Books discussion group, from left, Lucille Bupp, Mary Sturman and Suzy Hershey, are shown at a meeting in 2007. They’ll focus on baking for diabetics at their Nov. 30 meeting.
By DEBORAH SULLIVAN
On the Shelves
In just four days, what could be called the “season of feasting” begins, and abundant offerings of food take center stage at holiday gatherings. Friends and family members lovingly make recipes handed down through generations. After all, everyone looks forward to Aunt Sally’s pumpkin roll and Grandma Rose’s peanut butter fudge; it’s tradition. And then there are the desserts that look like they came from Martha Stewart’s kitchen. The fare is all so tempting.
But what if your food choices during the holiday season affect more than just your waistline? Navigating the buffet table can be a challenge for people with medical conditions or food allergies.
For members of the Village Library Cooks¤’n’ Books Discussion Group, this is a shared concern, as each of them either has diabetes or has a spouse who does, according to Branch Librarian Becky Shives.
Usually there is nothing diabetic-friendly about the desserts featured at holiday functions, so this year the group decided to find and share recipes that aren’t on the naughty list.
The theme for their upcoming Nov. 30 discussion is “Baking for the Diabetic in Your Life.” The gathering is open to all interested adults and participation is simple. Each attendee brings a diabetic-friendly dessert he or she has made and one copy of the recipe. Everyone gets to sample the food and go home with copies of all of the recipes.
For additional baking and cooking ideas, York County libraries have a helpful selection of diabetes cookbooks, including “Diabetes Comfort Food” by Johanna Burkhard and Barbara Selley; “Fix-It and Forget-It” slow cooker favorites by Phyllis Pellman Good with the American Diabetes Association; and “The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Diabetes” by Moira McCarthy with Leslie Young.
These are just a few of the titles. A full listing can be found by searching the online catalog at www.yorklibraries.org.
Deborah Sullivan is community relations director for the York County Library System.
If you go
What: Cooks¤’n’ Books “Baking for the Diabetic in Your Life”
When: 6 p.m. Nov. 30
Where: Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus
Whether it is you or a family member who is diabetic, you know how difficult resisting holiday goodies can be. Sample some baking for diabetics. Bring a dessert along with the recipe. Coffee and tea will be served.
On the shelves
Food is such a big part of holiday celebrations. When planning your menu, it’s nice to use recipes that friends and family members with diabetes can enjoy too.
Here are a few more titles to check out.
“The Everything Diabetes Cookbook” by Gretchen Scalpi.
“The Diabetes Cookbook,” editorial consultant Amy Campbell
“The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook” by Amy Riolo
“The 4-ingredient Diabetes Cookbook: Simple, Quick, and Delicious Recipes Using Just Four Ingredients or Less!” by Nancy S. Hughes
“The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook: The Whole Food Approach to Great Taste and Healthy Eating” by Jackie Newgent
“America’s Everyday Diabetes Cookbook,” edited by Katherine E. Younker