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Fresh, Healthy, Low-Fat Cooking

by Barbara Seelig-Brown

If you're looking to incorporate more fish into your diet, and you're thinking ...."how do I cook the many varieties of fish available"?  Well, here is your perfect partner in the kitchen - "The Diabetes Seafood Cookbook" is not just for individuals who are on a special diet for their diabetes, it's for anyone who wants to cook and serve delicious and healthy meals of fresh tuna, salmon, halibut and shellfish such as scallops, and shrimp.

Chapter 1 is the place to go for choosing from eighteen recipes to begin your seafood adventure:  the list includes Smoked Salmon & Hearts of Palm on Endive (page 15); Salmon Kebabs with Pineapple & Mint (page 8); Mediterranean Grilled Sardines (page 5) just to name a few that caught my attention! 

Chapter 2 gives you sixteen choices of salads and soups - among my favorite soups is the Italian Fish Soup, and Mediterranean Fish Stew.  The salad recipes I particularly like are Tuna and Edamame (page 35); and Shrimp Frisée & Orange salad.

Chapter 3 is all about salmon - fair to say that salmon is a very popular variety of fish in the USA.  This editors' personal opinion is to buy wild caught salmon if available and if farmed salmon is your only alternative, hopefully you can find farmed salmon from countries other than China. 

Seventeen ways to cook salmon is just about all that anyone will need to satisfy their love of salmon!  Barbara treats you to a grilled Salmon Steak with Kale and Sun Dried  Tomatoes (page 46); Roasted Salmon with Vegetables (page 49); Salmon with Black Bean Salsa (page 54). The other salmon recipes are all just as delicious as they sound.

Chapter 4 is all about tuna, swordfish and halibut; Chapter 5 gives you sixteen ways with fish fillets such as Arctic Char, Flounder, Sole, Catfish, Orange Roughy and more.

Chapter 6 gives you seventeen ways with thicker cut of fish; Chapter 7 includes sixteen ways with shellfish such as scallops, shrimp, mussels; Chapter 8 is for the adventurous novice cook as well as the seasoned experienced cook as it has to do with cooking whole fish; Chapter 9 and 10 recipes for a basic vinaigrette for a salad; basil pesto cream; or a fresh tomato and  basil sauce; side dishes to serve with your fish round out your meal-planning.

All of the recipes list caloric exchanges and give you the nutritional breakdown so you can keep a tally of your daily intake of fats, carbohydrates, sugars and protein when making these recipes.  There are also lots of great cooking tips from Barbara and beautiful photos of some of the recipes. The easy-to-read layout and typeface make this the perfect cook book for anyone who wants to include more fish/shellfish into their cooking repertoire. 


Barbara Seelig-Brown is the host of the TV cooking show, Stress Free Cooking, and author of the companion cookbook.  Her career in food began when she was inspired in the kitchen by her mother and grandmother. Since then, she has been teaching healthy cooking classes and has been writing about food and wine so that others can share in her love of cooking.  Her extensive culinary knowledge comes from a long career as a cookbook author, food columnist, radio personality and television host.  Visit Barbara at  To see my review of Barbara's book "Stress Free Cooking", click here.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.  The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.  Founded in 1940, their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-342-2383 or visit  Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.  The Diabetes Seafood Cookbook is also available at or by calling 1-800-232-6733





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