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ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to: Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy Paperback – April 7, 2009

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"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


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About the Author

JOHN LA PUMA, M.D., is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The RealAge Diet and Cooking the RealAge Way, the host of ChefMD on television, and the director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Medical Nutrition and Healthy Weight in Santa Barbara, California.

REBECCA POWELL MARX is a writer and television producer and a 2007 and 2008 International Health and Media FREDDIE award winner.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307394638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307394637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 http://youtube.com/drlapuma.

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 drjohnlapuma.com and get personal access to his recipes, tools and conference calls: http://drjlp.com/1kuyy4Z

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Elphyn on December 27, 2011
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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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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 By Barbara A. Henry on May 6, 2008
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Susan G. Atlas on May 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By G. Nill on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Marjean L. Broussard on May 19, 2009
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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 By Jeffrey Martinson on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 - chefmd.com - provides supplementary information.
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