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The I-Can't-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft Diet Recipes for People with Chewing, Swallowing, and Dry Mouth Disorders Paperback


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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: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,127 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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These recipes are delicious, simple and perfect for the entire family.
teresab
The recipes are easy to follow and will work well for anyone with chewing issues.
norma j fox
I can say that I did not get one good idea from this book and wasted my money.
Walter McLendon

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54 of 61 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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16 of 16 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rose on September 27, 2007
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The recipes work! They have flavor and variety. Not one has been a loser, only winners, and the whole family can enjoy each recipe. Wish there were more entree recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By teresab on September 24, 2012
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This is an excellent cookbook for the entire family. These recipes are delicious, simple and perfect for the entire family. You will no longer have to make two seperate meal types. It has completely changed my attitude about being on a soft food/liquid diet after surgery.The I-Can't-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft Diet Recipes for People with Chewing, Swallowing, and Dry Mouth Disorders
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Egbert on May 27, 2010
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This is a good cookbook with lots of good ideas for those who have problems swallowing and chewing food. I used it a lot when my husband had some recent mouth surgery.
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I-Can't-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft-Diet Recipes For People With Chewing, Swallowing And Dry-Mouth Disorder by J. Randy Wilson is a unique, one-of-a-kind cookbook that is an invaluable addition to the kitchen cookbook collection of any family chef who must prepare meals for anyone suffering from problems arising from a chewing disorder such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer's, AIDS, lupus, recovering from head or neck surgery, or mouth/throat cancer surgery. Randy Wilson drew upon his love of cooking and his array of culinary skills when his wife was diagnosed with TMJ and needed surgery. Her doctor indicated that she would have to subsist on soft foods for six months. Randy took on the challenge of developing soft, nutritious, and appealing recipes for his wife and their family. The result is his I-Can't-Chew Cookbook which is neither a liquid diet book nor a blender cookbook, but instead showcases 200 soft and tasty recipes for casseroles, soups, entrees, side dishes, beverages, and deserts. Of special interest are the opening chapters on nutrition and tips for getting the most out of meals, including enhancing the dining experience and adapting foods for a soft-food diet when dealing with problems of wallowing and/or chewing. Enhanced with an informative Foreword by oral surgeon Mark A. Piper, I-Can't-Chew Cookbook should be considered as a "must" for anyone wanting nutritious, delicious, consumable dishes for the chewing and/or swallowing impaired.
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3 of 4 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Darcey on December 31, 2007
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I did not know the book was more about nutrition for people with chewing disorders than recipes. I don't recall that in the description. Great recipes.
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