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Zest for Life: The Mediterranean Anti-Cancer Diet Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Brian Lawenda, MD, integrative oncologist at 21st Century Oncology, Las Vegas, Nevada
A great resource for information and help in addressing some of the nutritional questions that patients bring.
Moshe Frenkel MD, Chair of The Israeli Society of Complementary Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor University of Texas, Founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic in MD Anderson Cancer Center
Zest for Life follows the tenets of an anti-cancer diet and provides practical and tasty ways of increasing our intake of plant-based whole foods. Zest is a useful book for nutritional education and healthful recipes.
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
If you are going to invest in one book about healthy eating this year, then this should be the book. Zest for Life will be an investment in your entire family's good health and longevity.
Frank Barnhill MD, Gaffney, SC
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This book is divided into two sections. The first, explains the science behind nutrition as a tool to prevent cancer. The second part provides over 150 great recipes and ideas on how to move from the science to the practicalities of making these healthy food options.
As an integrative physician providing practical advice to patients and families affected by cancer about healthy options that they can integrate in their care, I see this book as a great resource for information and help in addressing some of the nutritional questions that patients bring.
Moshe Frenkel MD, Chair of The Israeli Society of Complementary Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor University of Texas, Founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic in MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chair of Clinical Practice Committee of The Society for Integrative Oncology; moshefrenkelmd.com
As an integrative oncologist, I firmly believe in the importance of consuming as many 'anti-cancer' foods as possible in our diet. Zest for Life is an excellent reference for anyone who wants to learn about how the foods we eat contribute to our overall health and the prevention of cancer.
Zest for Life discusses the science on how the Mediterranean diet protects against the DNA damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation, provides dietary tips to help mitigate some of the untoward side effects of cancer treatment, and shares practical food shopping guidelines to help us buy the best ingredients and not break the bank as we prepare easy to follow and tasty Mediterranean recipes.
Conner Middelmann-Whitney is an inspirational Mediterranean diet expert and chef. The pages of her book are filled with passion, clarity, and fun. This is a fantastic reference for my patients, and so well-written that it should be easy for everyone to follow. With enthusiasm, I highly recommend Zest for Life.
Brian Lawenda, MD, integrative oncologist at 21st Century Oncology, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; integrativeoncology-essentials.com
More About the Author
A nutritionist's advice to change my diet - replacing sugar, white bread and processed foods with fresh vegetables, fruits and home-cooked meals - dramatically improved my health and persuaded me to rethink my life. After 10 years spent working in finance and journalism, I quit my reporting job at the Financial Times in London and trained to be a nutritionist.
Luckily my cancer was caught early and following treatment I returned to full health. Since this experience I have become a passionate advocate of cancer prevention. This is what inspired me to write Zest for Life, for I want to show how easy it is to boost one's defences against cancer while leading a normal, busy life.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be dull or complicated; in Zest for Life, which is based on the traditional Mediterranean diet, I want to show that healthy food can be simple to prepare, affordable and delicious, making it easy to eat like this every day for the rest of our lives. As a mother of three children, I know how important it is to cook healthy food your family will enjoy; let me assure you: all the recipes in Zest have been approved by my kids and their friends.
I offer nutrition consultations, teach health-cooking classes, work with children in schools and advise cafeteria operators on healthy school meals. If you want to know more about my work, please visit my website, www.nutrelan.com. Also, check out my health-cooking videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/connermid?feature=mhee. And read my cancer-prevention blog at Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/nourish.
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She includes some clever and tasty substitutes for mashed potatoes and couscous (white bean mash and cauliflower respectively - a food processor is a must for the latter). A carrot and leek compote has become a staple in my house - the magic ingredient is a spoonful of cashew cream stirred in at the end.
Best of all, these recipes can be prepared from ingredients bought at an ordinary supermarket and don't require a trip to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's for anything - a very big plus for anyone living far from a major city.
I found Zest for Life well-organized for ease of use, extremely informative, and very readable. Ms. Middlemann-Whitney's personal voyage to a healthy diet in Chapter 1 and how she wards off junk food temptations are interesting in themselves but also instructive and useful. I especially appreciated her list of items to take on long plane or road trips. Chapter 3, A Cancer Epidemic, is scary but then Chapter 4, Eating for Life, gives hope along with practical information on herbs and spices, the colors of healthy vegetables and fruits and how they help to stay healthy as well as an easy way to measure portions. Those are only a few of the useful bits of information, not only found in Chapter 4 but also throughout the book. The appendices are full of practical information as well with, for example, a shopping list in Appendix 2 of fresh and frozen foods along with a list of staples to keep handy.
The recipes in Part II that follow the five chapters of Part I complete Zest for Life. They are easy to follow, healthy, and tasty. Since I'm forever looking for ways to prepare fish for my husband who would rather not eat it at all, I really like (and he does too) the Fish plaki and the Garlic-crusted baked cod. There are many other appealing and delicious recipes.
Most of the ingredients in the recipes are available in our small mid-western university town supermarkets but others are a bit esoteric. However, they can be found in our local health food store.
Zest for Life is well worth the read and the recipes.
Enticing healthy recipes make up two thirds of the book. Some of my favourites include Artichoke heart snacks, to French staples such as Niçoise salad and Onion soup, Leek and salmon frittata, Garlic-crusted baked cod, Chicken and red wine stew, Roast asparagus, Pumpkin mash, and Almond waffles with blueberry sauce. There are recipes for all types of meals.
Conner Middelmann-Whitney's thorough and well-referenced research helps us understand why it is better to choose organic produce, how to choose cooking pots and utensils which will not add undesirable substance to our food, and how to use cooking methods that retain the optimum nutrition in our food. She provides tips on where and how to shop, and how to prepare healthy snacks to eat on the go.
Nearly all of the recipes are free of wheat and of cow/dairy products, so they are suitable for those with a celiac condition and gluten or lactose intolerance. The few that include cheeses use goat and sheep cheeses, which can be left out if you wish. Interesting alternatives for wheat include a Pizza base made of ground almonds and flax seed, held together with eggs. Dairy cream is replaced with Cashew cream.
If you are looking for a healthier, tastier, and more imaginative diet, this is the cookbook for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The recipes I've made so far are very tasty, and easy to make. I'm trying to eat a healthy diet, and this book has become a go to.Published 7 months ago by SophieW
Good review of role of nutrition in cancer prevention and lots of great recipes. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 because the recipes do not include nutritional information... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. N.
Zest for Life, The Mediterranean Anti-Cancer Diet is a must-have book for anyone interested in healthy living one delicious bite at a time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TStaHL
This cookbook is full of really creative, very flavorful recipes for those who want to get away from sugar and processed foods. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melissa Orlov
I like books that show me how to eat cleaner and feel healthier. I have Cancer and have bought this book to eat more healthyPublished 20 months ago by Marlene Moore
This is one of the better cookbooks I've purchased. I was pleasantly surprised to find several recipes using sardines. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer