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The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook Paperback – July 31, 2002
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A congestive heart failure survivor becomes a no-salt cooking guru and proves you don't have to sacrifice flavor to cut salt. He shares his journey to better health and his favorite low-sodium recipes. -- Marsha McCulloch, M.S., R.D., Meredith Publications, Heart Healthy Magazine, Spring, 2009.
Even though it's a cookbook, this work reads like high drama: Gazzaniga suffered from heart failure, a condition that can in some cases necessitate a heart transplant; but because he successfully controlled his salt and sodium intake, he has restored his health. - Publishers Weekly (Jan.12)
"Gazzaniga has already received rave reviews of his 28-day meal planning guide from readers and visitors to his Web site (megaheart.com) whose improvement has seemed miraculous to them." -- Neil Miller, USC Trojan Family Magazine, winter 2001
"Recommended for most consumer health and diet collections." Pauline Baughman, Library Journal, Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information
“With personal flourishes and encouragement and detailed sodium-content information, Gazzaniga dishes up a cookbook that's ...creative and satisfying.” ―Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
I like this book for several reasons:
1. The recipes are ones that are palatable and that people want to eat. You cook things that you used to cook on a normal diet, just with low sodium. The recipes are for dishes that everybody would want to eat, not some weird vegan dish that only people with heart problems would eat because they have no other choice.
2. You get building block recipes as well as full dishes. Don shows you how to make different sauces that you can combine with raw ingredients such as meat and vegetables. There's also full entrees.
3. Recipes are not hard to make. You don't spent the entire day in the kitchen.
4. You get hard to find recipes. Salt free bread. Relish. Soy sauce substitute.
5. You know exactly what the nutritional value is. Don has it broken down to every last mg of sodium. Other values such as calories and cholesterol are also listed. Don also warns you about some traps like watching out for some maple syrups which have sodium.
6. Informative front sections tell you about spices, sodium value of some raw ingredients, and other basic information.
7. Active website. You can e-mail the author (...). I wrote him once and received a reply within 10 minutes. Other e-mail was answered within a day.
Things I didn't like:
1. Book contains typos/errors. Author has published an errata page on his website.
2. Author uses some substitute items which have potassium salts.Read more ›
Don Gazzaniga, a heart patient himself, has saved me the frustration I've experienced trying to remake good recipes into healthful ones for my husband with congestive heart failure. I have spent countless hours in the kitchen only to find that my attempt to prepare good food that's good for my husband has failed miserably. Chef Don to the rescue!
While my favorite is the Paella, there are a multitude of good-for-you recipes, gourmet and standard fare, from bread (even with bread machine recipes!) to dessert. Well-categorized and indexed, this has beome my favorite cookbook (and I have quite a few) in a very short time. I only wish there were photos, but that's the only thing I'd change. Each recipe includes the sodium counts for both the whole recipe and also Don's suggested serving sizes. He's also included, of course, other nutritional information per serving as well.
If you are looking for recipes to help protect your heart health, buy this book. If you already have a form of heart disease, buy this book RIGHT NOW. As for author Don Gazzaniga, I can't thank you enough, and I hope you're writing the next cookbook. You're a Godsend!
Another cautionary note is that many of the recipes are rather bland. Again, an experienced cook can figure out how to spice things up, but an inexperienced cook may end up with a meal that falls short of expectations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received this book and already fixed just one receipt and the family Loved it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Has some pretty good recipes. Easy to make. Some of the ingredients aren't easily available in my area though.Published 1 month ago by JTJBMSPP
Buying food w low to no sodium in the grocery store or out at a restaurant is nearly impossible. I now check all labels to ensure that I don't exceed the RDA of 2000. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dustpan120
Great recipes full of flavor. I totally recommend this book for everyone, not just folks looking to cut back on sodium.Published 1 month ago by Ryan C.
Great book - I use it all the time! It also gives great information on low or no sodium ingredients to use in your recipes & where obtain them.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
great recipes for a family suffering from hypertension and diabetes. thank you so much for putting these recipes together. it's like you had my family in mind. much appreciated.Published 2 months ago by P. Miller
Recipes missing ingredients that are told to be added in the directions. Or ingredients with 1/4 and then no measuring units. Read morePublished 2 months ago by longviewres