A little over 12 years ago, the American Diabetes Association began work on what would become our first book project with Mr. Food—the affable and lovably nerdy TV chef seen on local news broadcasts across the nation—and his team of food professionals.
The result was Mr. Food’s Quick and Easy Diabetic Cooking, and it quickly became one of our bestselling cookbooks. The recipes were quick, the ingredients were simple and easy to find, and the final dishes were delicious. Most of all, the book was able to capture the joy of cooking a quick, satisfying dish that Mr. Food was able to bring to devoted television audiences for over 30 years. Through two editions, the book was purchased by tens of thousands people with diabetes and their families, and it continues to do well today. Additional projects followed and they proved popular as well.
A couple of years ago, both the Association and the Mr. Food group, now renamed the Mr. Food Test Kitchen and including some new on-air talent, decided it was time for more. We put our heads together and came up with what we feel is the best Mr. Food diabetes-friendly cookbook yet—Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s Hello Taste, Goodbye Guilt! Including over 150 recipes, dozens of photographs, complete nutrition information and an attractive four-color design, the book is packed with quick and easy meals that taste much better than their nutrition information might lead you to believe.
Sadly, Mr. Food himself, Art Ginsburg, passed away last Thanksgiving as we were finishing up the final details on the book. The news came as a shock to many of us and we were deeply saddened over the loss of not just an author and business partner, but a colleague as well. Fortunately, Art was able to touch the lives of millions over the course of several decades, and he leaves a lasting memory of irresistible joy and a love of food that will live on for years to come.
He has left big shoes to be filled, and as we continue our relationship with the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, our sincere hope is that the work we’ve done on this book, and the work we continue to do together, will in some small way be a testament to his legacy.