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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; 2 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897934008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897934008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I-Can't-Chew Cookbook is the ultimate cookbook for people with chewing, swallowing and dry-mouth disorders." -- Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, February 2006

"The I-Can’t-Chew Cookbook is a rare find...full of delicious recipes..." -- The Alzheimer’s Store, February 2006

"This book is an ideal recommendation for patients experiencing trouble chewing and/or swallowing due to dental or medical impairment." -- Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society, Winter 2005

"…easy-to-follow recipes and step-by-step instructions for tasty meals and snacks for people with swallowing difficulties." -- Quest, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Muscular Dystrophy Association), July/August 2005

"…meets a real need…excellent cookbook…the nutrition chapters are a reference work themselves…I would recommend this to those with swallowing difficulties." -- Multiple Sclerosis Society UK, Oct. 2005

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I can say that I did not get one good idea from this book and wasted my money.
Walter McLendon
These recipes are delicious, simple and perfect for the entire family.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Glenda D Bland on April 5, 2012
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I've just been through jaw surgery and after a couple of weeks on a very strict liquid diet, I've progressed to a soft but ABSOLUTELY NO CHEWING diet for 3-4 months. I've been looking for a cookbook that will help me through this period but this is definitely NOT the book!! I can't believe that someone can put together recipes that include all sorts of foods that can not be pureed to a completely smooth consistency such as celery and shrimp, not to mention lots of others. And to suggest popcorn as a snack was just beyond beliveable! I had trouble with popcorn (one of my favorite foods) before surgery but now that I can't bite down -- how can I have this as a snack?!?!? Obviously, the author hasn't tried blending any of these foods for someone with no ability to chew.

I'm also absolutely amazed that it's had all the recommendations that are listed in the front of the book from various publications and dentists. Obviously, they haven't given a great thought to, nor have tried the recipes listed while invisioning themselves as not being able to chew a single food for a few months.

This book was total rubbish as far as my not being able to chew needs and is going straight into my trash bin.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Walter McLendon on May 26, 2007
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Both of my parents have Alzheimer's disease. Dad can't chew meat or normally cooked vegetables and Mom can't swallow very well. I already do more than this book suggests in preparing their daily meals. Grinding and cutting food into small pieces just does not cut it. I have to puree meat and some other items, otherwise I just cook things to death to soften them enough for Dad. My wife rejected this book on her first reading. She said "The recipes are not for elderly folks who eat regular food. It's like someone on a cooking show made up these recipes." My parents were raised on farms and gardened all of their life so I cook food that they know and will eat. They will not touch most of the stuff from this book.

I appreciate the author's effort to provide nutritional food and list the analysis on each recipe. Elderly people need energy and solid food to make their day. I think he missed the boat on this book. I can say that I did not get one good idea from this book and wasted my money.
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Recipes sound delicious. However, book loses all credibility when DDS suggests Equal in place of sugar. Obviously there are some seriously missing pieces of information. Aspartame is neurotoxic. If someone is already compromised by not being able to chew and then you give them aspartame you are contributing to disaster. The use of a dietician instead of a nutritionist is a compromise that is obvious in the so called "food pyramid" which is a defective construction of a recommendation that plays to the grain, dairy and meat producers but not necessarily to healthy eating. I would recommend this book for some good recipes but Im not sure the nutrients are sufficient. There is no mention of specific vitamins and minerals not how to get them consumed by a fussy eater. The challenge about not being able to chew is often accompanied by other food consumption troubles like dry mouth, texture fussiness, etc. We really do need a book on how to fee people who simply struggle to each quality food. I suspect the numbers in that category are growing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam9273 on June 2, 2009
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Its an interesting book but its not quite what I thought or was looking for. I too have gone through chemotherapy but I wanted things which would gradually lead back to more substantial foods.I think its a good book and it has some recipes that I would like to try but I wish I had known more before my purchase.Perhaps a glimpse into the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Buzz on December 19, 2012
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I'm sure anyone who loves to cook, spend more time in the kitchen than I can, and has the money for the recipe components would find it useful, but when my facial neuralgia flares up I don't have the stamina to go through all the steps to concoct these many-ingredients recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By * on May 4, 2014
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This helpful book focuses on people with dental or other problem that limit their diets to soft food. Many people are unable to afford dentures or medical treatment that would allow them to chew common foods. The book is a mix of beverages, soups, casseroles, blended food and dishes that tend to melt in the mouth or require no chewing motion at all.
The focus is American food including meats, grains, dairy, vegetables and desserts. There is one recipe per page giving about 170 recipe choices. Each recipes contains nutritional information that includes vitamins, minerals, calories, protein, carbohydrate, fiber, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
There is also an index that lists the recipes by chapter.
The first twenty pages gives nutritional guidelines for a balanced diet. Salt is optional in the recipes and Equal is given as a substitute sweetener alternative in many of the recipes. Suggested tips are given for customizing your diet to boost protein, calories or fiber if that is your goal.
Vegans and heart-healthy readers will be disappointed in the dependence on dairy animal fat found here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanie on March 13, 2014
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The first portions of this book were very good and helpful as it discussed issues such as proper nutrition for those who have difficulty chewing. Then the author listed tons of recipes that are great when it comes to nutritional value. These were good - but in my case there are lots of choking hazards like rice that cannot be used. My son has dysphasia which means he has difficulty swallowing and he is just starting to chew a little bit. Most of the recipes I looked at look very good and are nutritionally rich - I also found the discussion portion of the book to be very helpful in helping me generate new ideas for ways I can prepare food for my son.
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