by Corinne Trang


SHORT BIO: Corinne Trang is the award-winning author of nine cookbooks, including 2013 Nautilus Award-winning Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook, as well as Essentials of Asian Cuisine and Authentic Vietnamese Cooking. Trang is a frequent television and radio guest and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Morning Show, Martha Stewart Living, PBS, FOX News, ABC, CNN, Lifetime, Discovery, Food Network, Sirius, Business Talk Radio, NPR, and Bloomberg. She has written for numerous publications including: Saveur, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Island, Gourmet, CookingLight, and Bon Appetit, and has taught and lectured internationally. For more information, visit


  • Tell us a little bit about your new book?


Switch It Up features basic foundational quick and easy recipes using readily available ingredients. Core recipes can be combined in dozens of ways, making home cooking fun and mealtime delicious and healthy with variety every time.


  • There’s a claim that these recipes aid digestion and can reduce blood pressure? Can you explain that?


The book has more vegetarian recipes than any other kind. These plant-based recipes are high in fiber, which is needed for proper digestion. Additionally, some ingredients are known to reduce blood pressure such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fish.


  • Could you explain how your book helps readers become mindful eaters?


Through suggested recipe pairings, they learn how to create balanced meals in different combinations. If they keep using the book that way, eventually the message of eating mostly vegetables and less carbs (though complex) and meats of fish, will sink in. Eating this way will become second nature. When food is flavorful, all you need is a small yet adequate portion to satisfy your taste buds. When you do, you are less likely to over-eat.


  • What are some of the quick and easy recipes you think readers might incorporate into their weeknight cooking?


Any of the recipes! Most of the time involved in putting them together require on average 10 to 15 minutes. Rice takes 20 minutes to cook. They are all quick and easy, with the exception of a very few.

Final Thoughts

Switch It Up has few recipes but lots of combinations. All you need to make every meal exciting, flavorful and colorful. What’s good for you, as someone living with diabetes, is good for everyone. All of us should be enjoying healthy meals, not just when following dietary standards after a diagnosis. Healthful eating should be a daily goal.

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About The Author

My kids are finally all in High School. One is driving. I am FREE! I want to discover all there is to do and be now that the vomit diapers and carpool are over. Let the ADVENTURE begin!

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