Title: The Sweet Life Author: Sam Talbot
Pub Date: October 25, 2011
Category: NONFICTION – ADULT: Family & Home: Cooking: Health & Healing
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 for 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.
Sam Talbot was runner-up on Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef. His latest restaurant, Imperial #9 in Soho’s Mondrian Hotel, opened in early 2011. He lives in New York City.
I really liked this book. Not because its a cook book, but because of how Sam talks about diabetes. The little tidbits that are scattered through out the book really are a wonderful reminder of how much there is to remember about diabetes. I know for me, because this disease is so hidden that there are times I am not as vigilant as I should be. I get into the rhythm of trusting myself and then just going with the flow and not checking my blood sugars because hey I feel fine. But that is not the fact so I needed the kick in the backside this book gave to set up those triggers so that I remember to test and to do what I need to do. As far as the recipes I have to be honest the things in this book, which are probably wonderful, are just not ones that I can see myself enjoying too much. Also ones that my kids wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. But the concepts of the recipes I can use and tweak to become something that is more manageable for me. And like I said the inside to the disease and the reminders peppered through out this book are wonderful and something that I really appreciate.
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for a copy of this book to review.