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The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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Starred Review. Cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can be almost as hard on the body as the disease itself, and detailed nutrition advice is usually not on the program. This informative guide to fighting cancer from the inside out, from the senior chief at Marin County's Commonweal Cancer Help Program, corrects that with a wealth of easy, immediate steps to speed up the healing process through diet. The duo offer advice on treatment prep as well as solutions to common side effects like dehydration, fatigue and nausea. Caregivers should scour the first third, which describes in detail the treatment process, and includes an alphabetical list of cancer-fighting ingredients like blueberries, chocolate, honey and salmon, a reference for the 150 recipes that follow. Recipes for soups, broths and simple, satisfying dishes like Chicken and Rice are welcome, but the text is most helpful for an array of quick, nutritious snacks, like nutrient-rich granola bars or a cooling Cantaloupe Granita with Mint (especially useful for cravings, which are also addressed). Katz's experience with cancer patients and their long, often frustrating recovery lends authority to her wise, common-sense approach, suitable for cooks of all skill levels.
“Rebecca Katz has produced an invaluable resource. Instead of telling patients to ‘just eat a balanced diet,’ we can now show them how to control disease and optimize health with delicious, nourishing food from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen. I recommend this book highly.” --Andrew Weil, MD, founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and The Healthy Kitchen
“The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen is an incredibly rich and satisfying resource--it is a must for people living with and beyond cancer, and should be mandatory reading for all health care professionals. This great gift will have a profound impact on the health and well-being of all who partake!” --Donald Abrams, MD, chief of hematology and oncology at San Francisco General Hospital, integrative oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and coauthor of Integrative Oncology
“The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen elegantly combines the science of healthy nutrition with the wisdom of the heart and soul. This beautiful book illuminates a clear path to nourish the body, and provides clear and inspiring guidance to make the process easy, simple, and joyful. I am delighted to recommend this wonderful resource for people living with cancer and their loved ones.” --Jeremy Geffen, MD, medical oncologist and author of The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person
“If food is medicine, Rebecca Katz is one of the great healers. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen is a book for anyone who wants to eat as if their life matters.” --Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings
“There is no substitute for eating healthfully, especially when diagnosed with cancer. This wonderful resource makes nutritious foods easy to prepare, attractive to look at, and tasty to eat. It is the best I have seen.” --Joseph Pizzorno, ND, editor-in-chief of Integrative Medicine and coauthor of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and Natural Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
A book to nourish loved ones. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery--This is a book I have added to my shelf and it will always be within reach. I think this book could be called many things--a mother's handbook to nourishing your loved ones or cooking to cure. I know my family and friends will benefit from my new favorite book the next time I need to cook something to make them feel better. --Regina Charboneau for The Atlantic.com
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After receiving it in the mail and looking through the pages I have come back to order another one. The beginning of the book has a plethora of helpful information about staying ahead of the downsides of chemo, ahead of the nausea, ahead of the drain to the body, prepared for the days when "the-tireds" hit, and it just packs a wallop of nutrition for the body (any body, but especially the fighting body). I want to have another one on hand to use or to give away for other friends down the road. And even for myself just to make healthier meals for my family.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is... 1) several recipes (main dishes) are time consuming and laborious (shopping for and then cutting and chopping lots of ingredients). It is not a biggie if you are making things out of the book to take to your fighting friend, but if you are the one fighting you might not have the energy for all of it unless you prepare ahead of time and freeze things. 2) I couldn't find some of the ingredients at my local grocery store (organic turkey/chicken products - my grocery only caries "natural" which I'm told is basically the same except for the feed that was fed to the animals, and organic beef bones; and some exotic vegetables like garnet yams,Japanese sweet potatoes,kombu, juniper berries, asian or anjou pears, etc. ). AND 3) there is the (necessary) cost factor of using organic ingredients (I was surprised the recipes called for organic meat/eggs/some dairy, but not organic veggies or fruits).