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The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Mathai , Ginny Smith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After 30 years of providing counseling and support for people living with cancer, the Cancer Lifeline organization knows that one of the main areas of interest for patients and their families is food and nutrition. What foods have been shown to help prevent the spread of cancer? What are the nutritional "rules" for people with cancer? In answer, this new edition of the organization's cookbook presents up-to-date nutritional information (including the Top Ten Super Foods that may protect and fight against cancer) along with practical strategies for making healthy eating a daily practice and suggestions for reducing the side effects of treatment. It features 100 easy-to-make recipes from the nation's top chefs and from some cancer patients and survivors, including Blueberry Breakfast Cake, Honey-Glazed Green Beans with Almonds, and Citrus Chicken. These resources and more make it a natural choice for cancer survivors, people living with cancer, and those interested in a health-conscious diet.

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"Proper nutrition is essential for cancer patients to maintain the quality of their lives and fight their cancer. Cancer Lifeline's new edition of Cancer Lifeline’s cookbook is a terrific evidence-based resource of nutritional information as well as spe

About the Author

Ginny Smith is coauthor of the previous edition, What to Eat Now. She and Kimberly Mathai live in Seattle, where Cancer Lifeline is based.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1570614113
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; 2nd edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJEYA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book! October 23, 2006
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When you or a loved one get a cancer diagnosis - EVERYTHING is so overwhelming. There is so much information to process and so many decisions to make. This book is a very quick read and can help you quickly start changing your diet to one that is more healthy. It includes information on managing the side effects of cancer treatment. More than half the book is quick, easy recipes to help you get started. I highly recommend this book as your "healthy-eating starter" book. Then once you aren't so overwhelmed you can purchase a larger, more in-depth book on cancer prevention nutrition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and Nutritious September 22, 2009
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I purchased this cookbook because I was recently diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that every recipe in this cookbook that I've tried so far has been delicious and very easy to prepare. The highlights tried so far: Blueberry Breakfast Cake, Banana Bran Muffins, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Spicy Miso Peanut Noodles, Cottage-Style Mac and Cheese. Looking forward to trying Thai Chicken Soup and Cool as a Cucumber Dressing. All the recipes are chock full of anti-oxidant foods and are prepared with optimum nutrition in mind. I used to equate healthy eating with bland food, but not any more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in theory, difficult in practice November 17, 2011
I am an oncology nurse practitioner, and was happy to see this book come out. One of the pharmaceutical companies provides copies to patients. The very nice thing about the book is that is addresses the various side effects patients have and what foods are good to counteract them - things like nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, all have specific foods to eat. This is very helpful, and good advice. The book has many colorful recipes that are not just for cancer patients - they are colorful and nutritious, but somebody other than the patient would have to shop for the ingredients, and make them. The ingredients are not what most people have in the house, and most of the recipes are labor intensive. I know my patients would not be making spring rolls in a bamboo steamer, or appetizers with various unusual spices. Nice, but not practical. So the book is a mixture of practical advice, but complex recipes. I know a dietician authored the book, so definitely the recipes are healthy, but you'd almost have to own a restaurant to make most of them. That's why my review is mixed. My patients have found the advice, but not the recipes, helpful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice - good gift December 23, 2009
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I've bought multiple copies of this, first for myself (spouse is a cancer patient) and then for friends who have cancer or cook for a patient. Great photos make the food look wonderful. Good recipes, good tips. My only hesitation is that you can't get all the ingredients in our small town grocery stores.
The sweet potato fries alone are worth the price of the book at the "used" price - all of mine have been less than half the marked price and only one was actually used, lightly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook. August 25, 2009
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The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook: Recipes, Ideas, and Advice to Optimize the Lives of People Living with Cancer

A great book for a person or persons to learn what to eat to stay healthy with Cancer. Half of the book talks about why and more info about the foods and half has recipes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy recipes June 27, 2014
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Recipes are delicious and easy. Love the Thai Chicken Soup, Ray's Cafe Seafood Margarita and the Berry Fruit Crisp. The info in the beginning of the book is beneficial, especially the top ten "Super Foods", the Sources of Protein with measurements.
There is a chapter on how to cope with possible side effects of cancer treatments such as food choices for nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, canker sores and more. Notes to caregivers etc. it is interesting and helpful at the same time!
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