The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries

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Sam Talbot is a professional chef, restaurateur, surfer, painter, philanthropist, and, since the age of 12,

type 1 diabetic. Yet he has not let the disease stop him from living a rich life packed with energy, adventure, and achievement—culinary and otherwise. In his first, much-anticipated book, he recounts how diabetes has affected but not compromised his life or career, and he shares his own tips—alongside those from other famous diabetics like Halle Berry, Larry King, and ...

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Overview

Sam Talbot is a professional chef, restaurateur, surfer, painter, philanthropist, and, since the age of 12,

type 1 diabetic. Yet he has not let the disease stop him from living a rich life packed with energy, adventure, and achievement—culinary and otherwise. In his first, much-anticipated book, he recounts how diabetes has affected but not compromised his life or career, and he shares his own tips—alongside those from other famous diabetics like Halle Berry, Larry King, and Tommy Lee—on how to handle everything from work and hobbies to relationships and travel with discipline and enthusiasm.

To round out this advice, he offers bits of foodie wisdom and 75 innovative recipes for fresh, all-natural dishes anybody, diabetic or not, can prepare and enjoy.

 

Heartfelt, entertaining, and backed by real-life experience and solid medical expertise, The Sweet Life will give readers hope, inspiration, and the proof they need to realize that life

with diabetes isn’t about diabetes: It’s about living.

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Sam Talbot is a professional celebrity chef (he made it to the Final Four on Bravo's Top Chef), a restaurateur, a surfer, a philanthropist, and since the age of 12, a Type 1 Diabetic. He even wears an insulin pump. In The Sweet Life, he combines his expertise with his experience, delivering both numerous memorable personal stories about his condition and 75 original recipes for fresh, all-natural dishes that diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy. More than a cookbook; more than a memoir.

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A collection of diabetic-friendly recipes isn’t exactly what you’d expect when a former Top Chef star and acclaimed Hamptons chef comes out with his first cookbook. But Talbot was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12—three years before he got his first cooking job—and he’s been figuring out how to prepare stellar food that he can eat ever since. His recipes are healthy, appealing, and straightforward: “no show business, no gimmicks, no ‘butter-poached spot prawns with celeriac-laced truffle fries and maple-bacon-scented Brussels sprouts topped with crunchy croutons and basil.’” He uses high-carb foods judiciously, and thoughtfully incorporates blood sugar regulating ingredients. Baked eggs with chickpeas and harissa; lentils with turkey sausage and mustard greens; and stir-fried cucumbers with poppy seeds and grapefruit, for example, feature elements that actively aid in sugar control. Seafood figures prominently in many enticing dishes, including peekytoe crab salad with summer corn; squid with cherries, tomatoes, basil, and mint; and simple black bass with kale and kalamata olives. Talbot goes holistic by covering topics such as sustainable fishing and his fitness routine, and rounds out the recipes with dessert offerings like warm mango with chile honey and lavender poached pears. Whether or not someone is diabetic, this is a valuable resource for wellness and good eating. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605290959
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 297,157
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SAM TALBOT was runner-up on Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef. His latest restaurant, Imperial #9 in Soho’s Mondrian Hotel, opens in early 2011. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    It was great to read Sam's story and how he's able to live with

    It was great to read Sam's story and how he's able to live with diabetes. His stories of travel were great, my personal favorite was the one in Japan. Being a non-diabetic I was inspired to live and eat better, not only for myself but everyone else in my family, especially those with diabetes. I realized that you can't change completely overnight, but the little steps help (cutting out sugar and using natural sweeteners instead). The photos are beautiful and the recipes are great and super delish! My favorites are Lemon Basil Roast Chicken, Pan-Roasted Shrimp with Wheat Linguine, and the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. The recipes are full of flavor and pretty easy. Sometimes finding certain ingredients can be challenging, but it's worth it in the end. I discovered my love for different foods that I never knew existed (shirataki noodles), thought I'd try or even like (kale chips!) and the benefits of them. I think it's a great buy for those who just want to live a healthy life, not only those with diabetes. This was my first cookbook that I've ever bought and it will forever be my favorite. As Sam says, "Cook Nice."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Very unique book ! A touching story about his life as a diabetic and recipes that he has created to help with the diabetic journey

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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