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Laurel's Kitchen Caring: Recipes for Everyday Home Caregiving Paperback – September 1, 1997

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This slim volume is valuable whether you are caring for a child with the flu, a friend with AIDS, or someone recovering from surgery.

Laurel Robertson, author of the vegetarian classic, Laurel's Kitchen, here includes dishes for all levels of caregiving. These are "simple and pure foods, foods with a clear, clean taste" that people prefer when ill. Look for comforting pancakes and macaroni and cheese, Tapioca "Gell-O" to cheer a full liquid diet, soft Red Pepper Pasta Pudding, and herbal teas.

In our holistic age, Laurel encourages home cooking for the healing value of its familiar "tastes of home and affection." She appreciates that caregiving is hard but that such "opportunities to give love are life's real treasures." Caregivers are aided with practical advice such as keeping a diary of medications. Laurel reminds us that the goal is to make two people well. Sharing the food from this book will help this happen.--Dana Jacobi


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898159512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898159516
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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as a long time fan of laurel's kitchen, i bought laurel's kitchen caring just to add to my library, never dreaming how helpful i would find it. since i bought it, i have nursed my daughter through a frightening bout of mononcleosis and my son through pneumonia - at 16 and 14, this is really the first time either of them has been sick, for which i give credit to their healthy vegetarian diet. this book also was a support for my next-door neighbor in this past year as she nursed her husband of fifty-eight years at home as he was dying of cancer and to my girlfriend, who is trying valiently to keep her mother nourished as she dies at home of cancer. the broths, soups, custards and teas have been thoroughly appreciated by all, as have the caregiver's brownies, which i have shared with numerous friends donning the temporary mantle of home-nurse. the lasagna al forno is like an old friend, but enchiladas petaluma, a new offering, has been tremendously popular with those with whom i have shared the recipe, even a couple of seemingly implacable carnivores. the commentary that goes with the recipes serves, at least for me, as an excellent substitute for a care-giver's support group. if you enjoy cooking, and even use it as therapy, this is a wonderful book to keep at your fingertips, ready for the day you are called to assume the role of caregiver on either a short or long-term basis, which, with the way insurance companies work these days, may be sooner than you think! laurel, carol et al. have done it again!
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This is more than a book of recipes; it is a book about caregiving, a situation many of us will face and are totally unprepared for. Those of us lucky enough to have the original "Laurel's Kitchen" with its introduction of Laurel in its wonderful preface (alas, omitted in later editions) will know that Laurel Robertson is an ideal guide in a rough time: warm, sensitive, generous, and practical (but not too practical). People are more important to her than saving five minutes at the stove. Did I mention that the basis of her fame is that she is also a great vegetarian cook?
Her goal here is to pass on tips that will help you nurture both the patient and the caregiver. A great book. I am not taking care of anyone with a protracted illness at the moment but bought "Laurel's Kitchen Caring" based on my belief in Laurel and all the folks at Blue Mountain (whom you can "meet" in all the "Laurel's Kitchen" books as well as the wise writings on meditation and living by Eknath Easwaran).
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When I first began cooking for my nonagenarian grandfather, I was surprised at the dearth of good-quality cookbooks tailored to those caring for elderly or ill people. Nourishing, delicious, whole foods can make such an enormous difference that you'd think the market would be flooded with such books! All too frequently, though, when someone cannot eat his or her regular fare for whatever reason, something dreadful like "complete liquid meal replacements" is pushed as the only alternative. As my grandmother used to say, "I'd rather eat a bug."

Thank goodness, we have _Laurel's Kitchen Caring_ to provide a treasure-trove of wisdom, recipes, and tried and true techniques. I have thumbed through this book so many times that I no longer need the index. It's the kind of book that feels like it was written by friends, and provides real comfort, reassurance, and guidance. I love that the recipes are so simple to use as they are, and also that they can be easily tailored for individual dietary needs; additionally, they work as jumping-off points for other culinary endeavors. This is the sort of cookbook that just makes you a better cook, plain and simple -- and probably helps to make you a better person, too.

If you are caring for someone, or have a family member or friend who is, PLEASE purchase this book. (The timbales alone are worth the price of the book, so everything else should be considered a bonus.)

As a caregiver, it's been a saving grace for me -- and I know my grandfather appreciates the many meals inspired by its pages, too.

Update April 2013 -- As I have had more time with this beautiful book, I appreciate more and more the quiet, wise compassion throughout.
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Laurel Robertson sounds like a wise, nurturing grandmother as she encourages the cook/caregiver, provides special suggestions for children's food and queasy eaters, and offers practical ideas for dealing with odd schedules and restricted diets. The use of some herbal remedies and teas is discussed, as well as hints for keeping the caregiver healthy during this often stressful time. Many of the recipes are followed by a list of variations whereby you customize for the patient by adding (flavor/protein/calories) or subtracting (dairy/fat). Brian Ruppenthal is a registered dietician and provides guidelines for keeping food hot enough or cold enough to be safe as well as nutritional information throughout. It makes me feel good just to have this book on the shelf so the ideas and inspiration are at hand for those inevitable times when good, simple food is important but hard to think about.
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