Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is not, in spite of common confusion, diabetes, although some of the recipes here might be utilized in the diabetic regimen. The hypoglycemia diet -- high in protein, moderate in fat, low in carbohydrates -- is an initially intimidating list of do's and don'ts and sugar is absolutely verboten. However the authors are inventive without being quirky and most dishes are agreeable enough. Of particular value are the ground rules on recommended and forbidden foods, which include brand-name products. Label reading is essential -- most ""diabetic"" or ""dietetic"" canned or packaged foods do contain sugars, like dextrin, sorbitol or mannitol. The authors provide not only daily menus but also a variety of suggestions for preparing lunch boxes, emergency ""car packs,"" party fare, holiday meals, restaurant dining, etc. And there is a ""month of breakfasts"" to spur the lagging imagination and a group of ""foreign and regional"" foods. Check with your doctor (keep track of the latest saccharine findings -- it appears here and there in the recipes) and this should be a useful basic guide and cookbook.