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ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy [Kindle Edition]

John La Puma , Rebecca Powell Marx
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What Dr. Andrew Weil is to herbal medicine and Dr. Phil is to TV psychology, Dr. John La Puma is to culinary medicine. At thirty-five, after eating too much of the Standard American Diet (SAD, isn’t it?), Dr. La Puma had become SADly paunchy. So he decided to research the science of nutrition while also going to culinary school to learn to cook. He created the revolutionary new concept of “culinary medicine”–recipes, foods, and meals that prevent or control common health conditions without sacrificing restaurant-quality taste.

Now you can use culinary medicine too. In ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine, you’ll learn to stock the medicine chest in your kitchen, use the doctor inside of you, and create dishes that give you lifesaving benefits and truly dazzling flavor.

Dr. La Puma serves up a step-by-step eight-week plan to motivate you and help you change your life. Try Saffron Scallop, Shrimp, and Chickpea Paella. Or Sicilian Pasta with Swiss Chard, Goat Cheese, and Basil. Or Spicy and Rich Sausage and Kidney Bean Chili.

Anyone who loves food, wants to have more energy, wants to reverse his or her family health history, or wants to know what to eat to get and stay healthy should read this book. Its recipes, meals, and menus can work within minutes of eating them.

Experience food you can’t wait to make, and grab the energy and good health to reclaim your life.

Doctor, What Do I Eat for That?

Your kitchen needs a ChefMD. Renowned physician and professionally trained chef Dr. John La Puma has just the person for the job–you! By following the ChefMD Eight-Week Plan, you’ll find your inner doctor and learn to eat for optimal health and maximum satisfaction. Use ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine to:

• Discover what and how to eat for forty health conditions–starting with Acne, ADD, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, and Asthma
• Build a “culinary medicine chest” with fifty amazing foods that prevent or control common health conditions without sacrificing restaurant-quality taste
• Conquer fatigue, supercharge your immune system, and look and feel younger
• Get the most nutrition from the foods you eat
• Find the ChefMD Essentials–thirty-six healthful and flavorful brand-name foods in boxes, bags, and cans
• Fall in love with food again with fifty easy ChefMD recipes–and no guilt!

Eat and cook the ChefMD way and discover just how delicious life can be!

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews


"John taught me how to cook and how to make healthy food taste terrific. Get this book and he'll share that brilliant wisdom and practical advice with you. Your body and your taste buds will thank you for it."
— Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic and coauthor of four #1 New York Times Bestsellers, including YOU: Staying Young

“Dr. La Puma brings to your table a rare combination of medical experience and culinary skills. Anyone’s health and meals will both benefit by reading this book.”
—Walter C. Willet, M.D., Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

"Through the culinary wizardry of Dr. John La Puma, not even your taste buds will know that you're eating 'good for you' food. You can live well--and long--with his guidance."
—Mehmet Oz, M.D., Author of YOU: Staying Young and YOU: The Owner's Manual

“Every one of us has an internal doctor, a natural inner leader, that can keep us healthy. Dr. La Puma teaches you how to eat the right food so your inner doctor can do its work. Learn how to eat well and feel well at the same time. “
—Jack Canfield Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Body and Soul®

"John La Puma has a way of bringing the science and pleasures that should come from healthy eating together on the same plate. As a fascinating blend of both chef and physician, his passion and talent come through with practical and enticing tips on how to shop, cook, and eat. In this engaging book, he shows us that healthy food can be both good for you and bring delicious pleasure to our lives."
—Jesse Ziff Cool, Author, Restauranteur, and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JOHN LA PUMA, M.D., appears regularly on “What’s Cookin’ with ChefMD?” which can be seen on Health Corner, airing on Lifetime. He is the coauthor of the bestselling Cooking the RealAge Way and The RealAge Diet, and contributed recipes to the New York Times bestseller YOU: The Owner’s Manual. The first physician to teach cooking and nutrition in a U.S. medical school and graduate from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, he has cooked under star chef Rick Bayless in the four-star kitchens of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. Dr. La Puma is medical director for the Santa Barbara Institute for Medical Nutrition and Healthy Weight. Visit his award-winning website,

REBECCA POWELL MARX is a ChefMD partner, a medical television producer, and a journalist. Ms. Powell Marx is a 2007 International Health and Media FREDDIE Award winner for the ChefMD website.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00164X2H2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By Elphyn
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Before I got this book (as a gift), I was as lost as everyone else in the maze of information and misinformation about which foods do what for you. Now I have all that information in one place. La Puma breaks nutrition down into an understandable and readable format. What foods are the best for fighting cancer? Which have the most nutrition per bite? What vitamins are in different foods and how do you get a balance? I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a year ago and have found this book to be very helpful in my new regimen for staying as healthy as I can for as long as I can. And I truly believe it has helped. I was only supposed to live for about 2 months, and I'm still going strong and feeling well after 14 months. I only wish this had been available 20 years ago. I firmly believe I could have avoided what I'm now going through. So whether you are sick or healthy, this book will help you. It's not about "exotic" foods or macrobiotics or being vegan, although there are things that will appeal to everyone on every path. It's about every day foods - with Top Ten lists for categories such as beans, grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. Each food item is described in terms of what nutrition it offers, what health issues it addresses, and other valuable categories. EASY to grasp and easy to reference when you need to. Fascinating and valuable. I strongly recommend it to everyone.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
I found this book by accident while shopping at a local supermarket right. Since I just had a baby and felt like I was battling baby fat AND a hormonal imbalance, this book caught my attention. So, I flipped through it, thought the info and recipes looked interesting, and so I bought it.

I've read the book and have made three of the recipes so far. I absolutely LOVE this book!!! Not only is the information fresh and doesn't feel like a repeat of all the other diet & hormone imbalance books I've read, but the meals are delicious, quick, AND simple! I have a ton of cookbooks but this one gets a lot of attention...and for a good reason. I highly recommend this book.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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I found Dr. La Puma's book to be unique packed with valuable information and full of cooking tips I will incorporate in my daily menus.
I tried the 14 menu plan following it exactly. The food was delicious and easy to prepare. I was never hungry and I have noticed after just 14 days the remarkable health benefits. I caught myself not reaching for my glasses in order to see more clearly, I had much more energy and slept more soundly. My hair & nails have improved and complexion is clear and smooth. I salute Dr. La Puma for devising this wonderful health booster made possible from my own kitchen! Bravo! Dr. La Puma.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars exotic, interesting August 7, 2008
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The article I read about this book lead me to expect a more of a reference-type book..."if you have a cold, eat this soup because it contains....", but it's not. The first part is more of the health info I'm reading everywhere, although the author is quite funny, and it's easy to read. (Warning: if you'll be offended by crass humor and extramarital sex references, you'll be offended!) The recipe part is fun. The things we've tried were amazing, but not worth buying the book for. Though my family typically eats well, many of these recipes are a little too exotic to be useful for us on a regular basis. If you have crystallized ginger and agave in your kitchen already, you'll be in good shape. It's not really bad, but it's not what I wanted. I'd recommend checking this out from the library first to see if it's what you really want.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful reference aid for everyday cooking May 2, 2008
After enjoying the ChefMD segments on TV for the past few years, I was excited to have Dr. LaPuma's book. While a lot of us don't live close to stores like Trader Joe's and can't pick up some of the items he recommends, the book comes in very handy when planning menus with more ordinary foods. I'm seeing results with the arthritis in my hands already. I hope he comes out with a full cookbook with lots more recipes.
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109 of 134 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spread too thin.... May 1, 2008
By G. Nill
I like the topics this book covers, recipes and medicine but the combination offers lots of medical trivia on recipes I can find anywhere.

My suggestion, stick with "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" for a more thorough reference on the health benefits of food
and "The World's Healthiest Foods" for great recipes. (Love the Indian Curry Green Beans (p181))
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bood of Culinary Medicine May 19, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has great information for eating healthy and preventing disease at the same time. I had a hard time getting started in it because it is strickly print, no color or illustrations at all. But once I got started I found it had very helpful information. We all need to be aware of healthier ways to prepare our food.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and readable May 1, 2008
This book is a guide to improved health through informed food choices. Certain foods contain healthful components that can be used to combat specific medical problems. Food can play an important role in getting well.

Healthful foods are best appreciated when served in delicious meals. That's where the word "Chef" in the title comes from. Recipes are provided for presenting these foods in chef-quality meals.

The book has a pleasant tone; it's enjoyable to read. A companion website - - provides supplementary information.
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More About the Author

Dr La Puma is an Amazon #1 best-selling author, a New York Times best-selling author 2x, and a board-certified specialist in internal medicine. With REFUEL, he helps men fight low T, shed fat, boost testosterone and pump up strength and stamina, naturally. And if you're a woman who wants to help a man, these are your Cliff Notes.

The leading practicing physician voice for eating your way to better health and culinary medicine, he taught the first cooking and nutrition course in a US medical school (with Michael Roizen MD of the Cleveland Clinic). An award-winning TV host on Lifetime TV's "Health Corner" with Leeza Gibbons, and host of "What's Cooking With ChefMD?", Dr. La Puma's PBS ChefMD Shorts air nationwide. Check out his REFUEL Minute Series, at

Dr. La Puma has appeared on Dr Oz, Today, Good Morning America and NPR. He has been called a "Secret Weapon" by The Wall Street Journal, and sees patients in Santa Barbara, California. Join him as a VIP member of and get personal access to his recipes, tools and conference calls:

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