United Kingdom celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson wants diabetics to know that they aren’t limited to a bland diet, that “food can still be enjoyable”

To prove it, he’s written a cookbook packed with delicious recipes that everyone in the family will enjoy.

As someone who’s got a pre-diabetic condition himself, Thompson knows how important it is to make sensible food choices. He offers that and lots more in “The Essential Diabetes Cookbook: Good Healthy Eating From Around the World,” written with Louise Blair (Kyle Books, hardcover, $35).

The 287-page, award-winning cookbook offers more than 200 recipes for breakfasts and breads; snacks; appetizers and soups; salads and sides; vegetarian choices; main dishes; desserts; and drinks.

All are written in a clear, concise style and include a nutritional breakdown. Many are accompanied by full-color photographs.

Thompson writes that his aim with the book “is to extend your knowledge of world foods.” He says the recipes come from all the continents. “Our Western eating habits aren’t always the easiest to adapt to diabetes requirements” compared to the diets of some other cultures so he’s taken his recipe inspiration from them.

The book opens with cooking tips, basic information on diabetes and food facts. Among its recipes are Fruity Fresh Soft-Style Muesli; Seeded Fig and Walnut Loaf; Potato, Garlic and Shrimp Fritters; French Potato Salad; Greek Salad; Chickpea and Lentil Curry; Grilled Sea Bass With Spiced Cabbage; Quick Chicken and Eggplant Salad; Lamb and Lentil Burgers; and Mango Lassi.

While the book’s theme is “good healthy eating from around the world,” the recipe choices do reflect Thompson’s UK heritage. That means south Louisiana residents will probably want to modify some of his recipes, particularly those in the seafood section. That chapter is heavy in cod, sardine and sea bass recipes.

Here’s a recipe from the book to try: