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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118123778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118123775
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jessica Goldman Foung is a role model for the kidney community and anyone with a chronic illness. Instead of getting depressed when Jessica got her diagnosis, she got busy. Learning to cook and making low-sodium dishes tasty wasn't easy, but she took it up as a challenge. Her positive can-do attitude shows those with kidney disease, their families, and the professionals who care for them that they are people first and patients second. Jessica understands that learning as much as you can about the condition and special diet ultimately puts you in the driver's seat and in control of your own health. Her book is breezy and fun to read with mouthwatering recipes that give everyone a taste of what's possible when you believe that healthy can be delicious too."

—Ellie Schlam, VP of Communications, National Kidney Foundation

Enjoy your favorite foods...without all the salt!

For the millions of people on low-sodium diets, food options can seem downright dull. But not anymore! In Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook, Jessica Goldman Foung—the blogger behind SodiumGirl.com—presents an enticing collection of recipes that add color, flavor, and excitement to low-sodium cooking. With creative substitutions and simple cooking techniques, Jessica shows you how to lose the salt while keeping the foods you love and create low-sodium meals worth sharing with others.

You'll find amazingly flavorful low-sodium recipes for all your favorite salty foods, and even a drink here and there (Bloody Mary anyone?). With Homemade Chorizo Patties for breakfast, Buffalo Wings on game day, Quick Kimchi for dinner, and decadent desserts like Angel Food Cake, cutting out the salt won't feel like a sacrifice at all. And in addition to these super-tasty recipes, the book features helpful tips on dining out, eating while traveling, and stocking your pantry—all essential information for anyone just starting a low-sodium lifestyle.

With Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook, you'll discover how empowering it is to take your health into your own hands; how to cook what's both good and good for you; and that eating great and staying healthy can truly be one and the same.

"There is no better champion and guide for those starting a low-sodium diet than Jess Goldman Foung. Her book is so much more than just a collection of great low-sodium recipes—although it is that too. It's the account, narrated with wit and warmth, of a woman with the pluck to wholeheartedly embrace a new way of life, and the generosity to share her highs and lows."

—Merrill Stubbs, Cofounder of Food52

More About the Author

Jessica Goldman Foung is a 30-year-old freelance writer, born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. And after a severe case of Lupus attacked her kidneys and brain, Jessica shifted professions to use her medical challenges as the muse of her career.

In 2009, she founded the blog, www.sodiumgirl.com, to capture her adventures in living a low-sodium life. Since then, Sodium Girl has been nominated as one of Saveur's "Best Food Blogs" and Jessica has written about low-sodium diets for the San Francisco Chronicle, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, Shape, Living Without magazine, Arthritis Today magazine, CivilEats.com, Examiner.com, the Lupus Foundation of America, Alliance for Lupus Research, and Stanford Hospital. She currently partners with the National Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association, and Whole Foods Market on consumer education and recipe creation. She writes regularly for Huffington Post Living and Edible San Francisco. And she will begin teaching writing courses through the Stanford Continuing Studies program starting in the Spring, 2013.

Customer Reviews

This book has so much great nutritional information!
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If all you do is casually read through this book and try the recipes, you will not be disappointed.
M. McKenna
I received my copy of Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook today.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Blackwell on January 26, 2013
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I received my copy of Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook today. I was reading it walking home. It was hard to eat my lunch for reading this treasure. My diet needs to be low sodium due to Meniere's Disease which has had me clinging to a building calling someone to come get me, a consequence of severe vertigo. Not wanting to continue having incapacitating vertigo and not able to tolerate the diuretic medication, I reluctantly --- kicking and screaming-- since I am a salt lover, embarked on cooking all my food with a low sodium aim of 500 - 1000 mg of sodium. I continued in a contrary cranky mode until I discovered the Sodium Girl Blog. Her positive enthusiastic delight saved my attitude. I am still learning and adjusting my attitude after 6 months of low sodium cooking, but without this blog I would not have lasted. The book expands on the first thing to change: your perspective. Showing how she did it with specific examples of ways to think about cooking without salt, she comes up with clever metaphors such as "The Little Black Dress Theory." She gives directions for adjusting existing recipes, for dealing with friends, family--dating even, for eating out. This last one is a fun saver. I have swung from not eating out at all to going out and taking my own food, to calling ahead and knowing what to ask for and how to ask for what I want and need thanks to Sodium Girl's sound counsel.

Then there are the recipes. The word that comes to mind is sexy food. What about "Balsamic Blueberry steak sauce," "Pad Thai," "Rugosa Butternut Squash Ravioli," "Saffron Lemon Broth." Limitless fun with food is her operating principle. Her chatty, witty writing style also delights and comforts.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeff the Zombie on March 4, 2013
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I have been living with a low sodium diet for four years, and I have invested a lot of time in researching low sodium recipes and cookbooks. Generally speaking, most low-sodium recipes are terrible-to-okay, and few are the product of authors with a serious interest in making food taste great. Many low-sodium recipes are designed for utility over flavor.

Jessica Goldman Foung's "Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook" is first and foremost a book for foodies. Rather than approach a low sodium diet as a medical problem, it views it instead as a cooking challenge. And the result is extraordinary.

I've already made four recipes from this book and the author's blog, and each one has been a tremendous success. I can't say the same for a number of other low-sodium cookbooks. If you are on a low sodium diet and love food, this is definitely going to raise your quality of life significantly.

My only criticism is that cooking food as great as the recipes in the book requires a higher level of complexity and investment in time. It took me nearly four hours to make a complete meal from two of the recipes (Mac and Peas and Buffalo Wings). Largely, these are weekend cooking projects and not meals you'd whip up after work. I'd challenge the author to consider a "Quick Meals" version of the book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By PJ on January 28, 2013
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When my doctor placed me a low sodium diet of 2,500 mg. a day due to renal disease, I was very discouraged. When the internist as well as the urologist informed me that a low sodium diet was more difficult to maintain than a diabetic diet, I knew I was in for a challenge. With researching many books, pamphlets from my physician and the internet, I have found many recipes. I was on the pre-order list for this book and excited when I received it. The photographs are great and there are many of them. I picked several recipes to try initially and off to the stores I went. The ingredients were not difficult to find. First I made the Roasted Pepper + Tomato Salsa on page 99. It was really good and well worth the time to make. The author commented "put your stamp on salsa" and the next time, I will add more jalapeno pepper, because I like the additional kick. Next, I made the Chinese Five-Spice Plus One Chicken Salad and it was great also. Sodium counts are listed with each recipe and several also have notes from the author. I highly recommend this book. I am ready to attempt several more recipes this week.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Friedrichs on January 23, 2013
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I'm admittedly a salt lover and was concerned that I would have to sacrifice taste to reduce my sodium intake, but with the help of Sodium Girl's recipes, I can truly say that I don't even notice the missing salt! The first few recipes I've tried came out perfectly and were easy to follow which is great when you're in a time crunch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on February 6, 2013
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As soon as I received my cookbook, I read it like I would read any book. Jessica captivated me with her life story. It was like I could hear her telling me about her life in person.

The recipes are easy to follow & make (which makes mommy me happy) and the ingredients are mostly items that I already have in my pantry or spice rack (except for maybe mace, whatever that is).

I learnt a lot about sodium from the Sodium Girl and I am more conscious of reading labels on cans and looking for "low sodium" choices in the grocery store.

I am wanting to make more healthy choices and make sure my kids are eating right. And this cookbook has been very healthful.

I would highly recommend this cookbook.
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