Diabetic cookery: recipes and menus by Rebecca W. Oppenheimer was the first diabetic cookbook written and published in 1917 , exactly 100 years ago 🙂
It is important to note that Oppenheimer’s book was published five years prior to the discovery of insulin in 1922, at a time when type 1 diabetics died quickly from the disease, and type 2 diabetics had little to rely on for treatment. Focusing on food that diabetics could ingest without taxing their precious beta cells too much, made Oppenheimer’s diabetic cookbook somewhat revolutionary.
As you will see in the book, the rules are the same: carbohydrates restriction.
The book can be downloaded for free:
http://www.icsarchive.org/paperback/cookbooks/diabetic_cookery_1917.pdf (9 MB , very good quality)
https://archive.org/download/diabeticcookeryr00oppeiala/diabeticcookeryr00oppeiala_bw.pdf (4 MB , acceptable quality)