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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  I have been working out hard for over a year, yet am not achieving the results I want. I know nutrition is key, and unfortunately eat unhealthy. What "Healthy" cookbooks would you recommend?


It's hard to recommend just a few "healthy" cookbooks as there are so many wonderful options out there today! As a general rule, look for cookbooks written by registered dietitians (will see RD after their name) or by reputable organizations, such as the American Heart Association or American Institute for Cancer Research. Those books are most likely to be based on sound nutrition science and research, rather than fad diets. Below is a list of healthy cookbooks to get you started compliments of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies
by Susan Nicholson, RD, LD. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2010.

400 Calorie Fix: Slim Is Simple: 400 Ways to Eat 400 Calorie Meals
by Liz Vaccariello and Mindy Hermann, MBA, RD. Rodale Press, 2010.

Betty Crocker Healthy Heart Cookbook
Editors: Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, FACC and Juli Hermanson, MPH, RD. Betty Crocker, 2004.

Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle
by Jackie Newgent, RD. Wiley, 2009.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Clean
by Diane A. Welland, MS, RD.  Alpha, 2009.

Cooking Close to Home. A Year of Seasonal Cooking
by Diane Imrie, RD and Richard Jarmusz. Chelsea Green Publishing; Reprint Edition, 2011.

The Everything Kids' Cookbook: From mac ‘n cheese to double chocolate chip cookies - 90 recipes to have some finger-lickin fun, 2nd Edition
by Sandra K. Nissenberg, MS, RD. Adams Media, 2008.

The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: All you need to lose weight and stay healthy!
by Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA and Sam Sotiropoulos.  Adams Media, 2010.

The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life
by Ellie Krieger, MS, RD. Taunton, 2008.

The Healthy Beef Cookbook
by The American Dietetic Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, et. al. John Wiley and Sons, 2005.

I Made It Myself! Mud Cups, Pizza Puffs, and Over 100 Other Fun and Healthy Recipes for Kids to Make
by Sandra K. Nissenberg, MS, RD and Heather Nissenberg. Wiley, 1998.

The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook
by Maggie Green, RD. University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

Magic Beans: 150 Delicious Recipes Featuring Nature's Low-Fat Nutrient-Rich, Disease-Fighting Powerhouse
by Patti Bazel Geil, MS, RD, CDE. Wiley, 1996.

New Indian Home Cooking
by Madhu Gadia, MS, RD.   HP Trade, 2000.

The New Soul Food Cookbook for People with Diabetes
by Fabiola Demps Gaines, RD, LD and Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD.  American Diabetes Association, 2006.

No Whine with Dinner
by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD. M3 Press, 2011.

The Phytopia Cookbook
by Barbara Gollman, MS, RD and Kim Pierce, RD. Phytopia Pr, 1998.

Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas: For people who say they don't have time to cook healthy meals, 3rd Edition
by Brenda Ponichtera, RD. Small Steps Press, 2008.

Quick & Healthy Volume II: More Help for People Who Say They Don't Have Time to Cook Healthy Meals, 2nd Edition
by Brenda Ponichtera, RD. Small Steps Press, 2009.

Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents: Wholesome Family Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less From Three Leading Child Nutrition Experts
by Sandra K. Nissenberg, MS, RD; Margaret L. Bogle, PhD, RD; Audrey C. Wright, MS, RD. Wiley, 1995.

Slim and Scrumptious: More Than 75 Delicious, Healthy Meals Your Family Will Love
by Joy Bauer, CDN, MS, RD. William Morrow Cookbooks, 2010.

Smart 4 Your Heart: four simple ways to easily manage your cholesterol
by Margaret Pfeiffer, MS, RD, CLS.  King Publishing, 2009.

So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week
by Ellie Krieger, MS, RD. Wiley, 2009.

The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment
by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD. Vegetarian Connection Press, 2005.

Answered: 04/24/2013

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