The following article is the Preface from the NEW recipes cookbook by Master Chef, CHEF TELL, who was America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef. Chef Tell had a fan base of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers… about eight times larger than Julia Child’s. Both chefs entertained their audiences and made them laugh, but they also knew their craft.
The book, Chef Tell’s Healthy (Diabetic) Recipes, was just released on Amazon.com in Ebook format, in time for Holiday gift-giving. There are 22 amazing recipes that taste good inside!
Chef Tell in 2006
“A few years back, I went to my doctor to get a check-up. I didn’t feel too well. Being in the kitchen for 40-some years, having parties, enjoying the good life and living on the fast track had taken its toll.
“After the visit, the doctor asked me back to his office and he told me, ‘Your cholesterol is 640 and your Triglyceride level is 723. You also have diabetes…’ He continued, ‘… If I tell you all the things you shouldn’t do anymore, you’ll probably die from withdrawal symptoms.’
“So, after this news I decided to do something about it.
I cut my drinking back, no more hard liquor, which I had done a lot; only white and red wines and, once in a while, a beer. I also changed my eating and cooking habits: no more butter, no rich heavy-cream sauces, fattening cakes and tortes. No foie gras, et cetera.
“Instead I cooked much lighter, almost a Mediterranean Regime, using olive and vegetable oils, lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.
“Also, I started the ‘3 G-System,’ which works for me: Ginger, Ginseng, and Garlic. I use a lot of Garlic in my cooking, also Ginger Root. After I slice it and let it sit overnight in a tall glass filled with water, I drink the water the next morning. In Germany, Ginger is often called ‘Alles Heilt,’ which means ‘Heal Everything.’
“And five days of the month I drink Ginseng Extract, which I purchase in Chinatown.
“Over three years, with just these changes and no pills, I dropped my cholesterol count to 228 and my Triglycerides to 250!
“I also went to diabetes seminars to learn about the chemical reactions in my body and to understand what I could and could not eat. Cooking became a very difficult task to do, even for me as a Chef. Following these rules in my cooking and eating habits was hard, but I had decided to lose weight―one of the first things that needed to be done. My weight at the time was 310 lbs., and in nine months I dropped 60 lbs.
“Not eating butter and cutting out sweets was extremely difficult for me. Before I came to America, I worked as a Pastry Chef in Switzerland. Later, I was also running a very famous restaurant in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and working in the kitchen presented a lot of temptations to my changed eating habits.
“Diabetes Type 1 or 2―Type 2 being what I have―are not just colds that will go away. They are illnesses that will progress to things that are not good.
“After doing numerous food demonstrations for large hospital groups and HMO’s, and delivering heart-healthy and diabetic-oriented cooking classes over the last two years, I have received all kinds of questions and a lot of feedback from people that have attended these seminars. They all wanted to know, “How can I do this or that?”
“So, I decided to write this book.
“I want to bring the involved and sometimes difficult rules and cooking methods of diabetic diets down to a level that all of us can understand and follow. And give you recipes that taste great, are easy to prepare and offer good health.
“I wrote this book to give you alternative cooking methods that will improve your health and help you to control your diabetes.
“Growing up in post-war Germany, food was scarce. My mother always managed to put some food together and she made beautiful dishes with very few ingredients that were grown in our backyard. Everything we ate was fresh picked, baked or slaughtered. Nothing was processed to death, and everything tasted the way it was supposed to.
“These recipes are my gift to your health.
– Chef Tell/Friedemann Paul Erhardt
KuleBooks LLC is the proud publisher of Chef Tell’s Healthy (Diabetic) Recipes, and we are proud to make well-known Chef Tell and this NEW cookbook of recipes. Tell’s story about why he wrote this book is told here in his own words.
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