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Uniting Her Passion for Spices and Healthy Living, Summit's Fridel Publishes Cookbook Full of ADA-Approved Recipes

May Abraham Fridel

SUMMIT, NJ - Featuring recipes designed to produce distinctive, delicious dishes that also meet the American Diabetes Association’s nutritional guidelines, Summit's May Abraham Fridel has authored the Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook, which aims to bring the taste, aroma, and health benefits of basic and exotic Indian spices into the kitchen for those with diabetes or prediabetes, or for individuals looking to eat healthier and feel better.

According to Fridel, each recipe has been crafted to deliver authentic and bold Indian flavors while using simple techniques and tips for the modern cook who does not have the time nor the complicated tools used in traditional Indian cooking.

Indian cuisine is one of the most popular regional / ethnic foods in the United States, where diabetes affects more than 30 million people. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

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Fridel, a food literacy advocate, author, philanthropist, and the founder and CEO of the organic spice company Passion for Spices, comes from a culture where fresh foods are prepared in seasonally appropriate, wholesome and gourmet style. "Growing up in Kerala, India --recognized as the spice center of the world -- I discovered a wide variety of curries and other high-quality spices that are rich with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories to help boost the immune system and delight the palate," said Fridel.

Recipes include:

- Spiced Apple Pancakes
- Masala Omelette with Mixed Veggies
- Roasted Corn and Sweet Potato Soup
- Chia Seed Falooda
- Whole Wheat Spinach Parathas
- Bitter Melon Chips
- Curried Aloo Anardana Salad
- Hara Adrak Chops with Pickled Salad
- Malabar Mixed Seafood Curry
- Roasted Masala Branzino

The Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook features more than 140 recipes and 4-color photography throughout, detailing main dishes, sides, condiments, one-pot meals, flatbreads, drinks and desserts of Asia’s sub-continent.

The author will sign copies of the cookbook at several upcoming events, including the Overlook Auxiliary Spring Luncheon, May 11 at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Published by the American Diabetes Association, the Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook is priced at $19.95 and available by visiting It will be in bookstores nationwide May 31 and is available for pre-order from national retailers including Barnes & Noble, Target, and Walmart, or by calling 1-800-232-6733.

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