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Par Lance

Par Lance is where I come to talk with my friends, mainly to discuss books. 

Par can mean at face value,and Lance is just me.


From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Parlance /'pa:l(Ə)ns/

noun [mass noun] a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.

origin late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

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Diabetes Recipes From Around The World - Jane Frank This is an absolutely brilliant recipe book; totally packed with excellent information.

On the (slightly) down side, there are less pictures in this book than any other recipe book that I have ever seen. Infact, there are only four pictures in the entire 167 page volume, and these all appear on the front and back cover as well as being hidden away between those covers.

However, the lack of mouth-watering images does not detract from the content of this book. In fact, such images could be distracting and make one feel inferior whilst failing to reproduce such perfect dishes.

The there are over 100 recipes from, as the title implies, all over the world. There is something to tempt every palate here, and the variety of dishes encourages one to explore new territories.

There is a twenty page introduction to the book, which is very well worth reading, particularly if you have been recently diagnosed. It goes through the symptoms, the differences between type 1 and 2 diabetes, explains GI and GL, tells you how you can still have an exciting and varied diet, possibly even more exciting and varied than you were consuming before your diagnosis, all the food classes to enjoy and to look out for, and even gives you advice about eating out and snacking.

The recipes all look fairly easy to prepare. They have notes from the author about how she and her family discovered them and how they can be varied to suit your tastes. They also have very useful information about calorific value, fat, carbohydrate and sugar content, and protein and dietary fibre content, for every dish. All of these factors are important to people who wish to eath healthily whether you are diabetic or not.

Finally, there are a number of great lists at the end of the book. There are suggested shoppiing lists, GL and GI content tables for manyh foods and drinks, and some useful addresses. Sadly, for the international readership, the addresses are mainly in UK, but the internet is a wonderful thing, and you are bound to find equivalent shops and organisations in your own country.

All in all, this is a superb book, and I would recommend it to everyone who would like to eat healthily and still enjoy their food. It is not exclusively for diabetics!