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The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer…

by Rebecca Katz

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From the flap: "Cancer fighting Kitchen features 150 science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, taste bud changes, and weight loss. a step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe....."

WOW! How could you ask for more, unless you wanted this book to be vegan or vegetarian?

There is A LOT of reading & information, but all of it is Important....the pages are slick but not glossy and there are many nice looking photographs. The title of each recipe is in large bold font, below that is a paragraph about the dish. The left frame includes the list of ingredients in a small bold font and below the ingredients are "Rebecca's Notes" regarding ingredients and options in red. The instructions are in a tad larger regular font than the ingredients making them easier to read. Below the instructions is information on prep time, storage & Nutritional counts, and often a "Who Knew?" of interesting food facts.

Contents include: Foreward; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Cancer-Fighting Tool Kit; Strategies for Thriving During Treatment; Seven chapters of Recipes; Resources; Bibliography; and Index

The Cancer Fighting Toolkit is more than amazing, it contains; Side effects; Recipes for specific side effects (anemia, Constipation, Dehydration, Diarrehea, Fatigue, Nausea & vomiting, Neutropenia, Sore mouth & difficulty swallowing, and Weightloss); Menu planning (2 days before chemo, week of chemo & treatment days, 1 week after chemo, and between treatments); Enhancing flavor & dealing w/ taste changes; FASS fixes for taste bud troubles; Learning your food preferences; The power of herbs & spices; and Culinary pharmacy (Cancer fighting ingredients A-Z).

Nourishing Soups & Broths: Healing broths (Magic mineral broth; Chicken magic mineral broth; and Pasture beef bone broth); Broth soups (Italian white bean soup; Lemony Greek chicken soup; and Ma's mushroom barley soup); The cashmere sweater soup collection (Bella's carrot, orange & fennel soup; Curry cauliflower soup; Cooling cucumber avocado soup; Velvety red lentil dahl; and Creamy broccoli & potato soup)

Vital Vegetables: Basil broccoli; Baby bok choy w/ yam & ginger; Emerald greens w/ orange; Gregg's stuffed acorn squash w/ quinoa, cranberries, & Swiss chard; kale w/ carrots; Warm Napa cabbage slaw; Purple Peruvian smashed potatoes; Warm & toasty cumin carrots; and Stir-fry baby bok choy w/ shitake mushrooms

Protein-Building Foods: easy eggs in a cup; Curried chicken salad; Chicken & broccoli stir-fry w/ cashews; Master recipe for cooking beans; Middle Eastern chickpea burgers; Poached eggs w/ basil lemon drizzle; Orange ginger roasted chicken; and Triple citrus ginger black cod

Anytime Foods: Anytime bars; beyond good cornbread; Cannellini bean dip w/ Kalamata olives; Creamy polenta; Catherinne's magic green tea rice; Spiced toasted almonds; Mediterranean lentil salad; Orange pistachio couscous; and Roasted asparagus pasta w/ white beans & thyme

Tonics and Elixirs: Annemaries' calming kudzu elixer; Commonweal's most nourishing & healing tea; Mouthwatering watermelon granita; Green tea ginger lemonade; Mango coconut smoothie; Triple berry smoothie; and papaya pineapple smoothie

Dollops of Yumi: apricot pear chutney; basil lemon drizzle; avocado dressing; Pistachio cream; Cilantro lime vinaigrette; Dried fruit compote; Blueberry compote; Olive & caper relish; Moroccan Pesto; and Sweet & Savory yogurt

Sweet Bites: Baked apples filled w/ dates & pecans; Cardamom maple mini macaroons; Great pumpkin custard; Poached pears w/ saffron broth; Strawberries w/ mango coconut "sabayon"; and Triple ginger snap cookies w/ pecans

The prep time is anywhere form 5-30 minutes (usually the lesser) and cooking time ranges from 25-90 minutes.

This is by far the Best Cookbook I have read for Cancer Patients in a very long time. ? I'm hoping to buy one for the library, myself & a friend. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
When you are first diagnosed with cancer you really don't know what to expect. Nausea? Pain? Lethargy? What can you eat? What will you want to eat? Cookbooks like these give you a clue into what foods you might tolerate and what foods should probably be off your radar. I appreciated the non-confrontational attitude of this book. The author tried to come up with foods that are healthy and tasty, but didn't prescribe foods that you must eat. But as I kept reading, I also came up with lots and lots of food prejudices. Sugar, white flour, and all fats are some of the ingredients that the author bends over backwards to avoid. Is it really better to suggest agave nectar in ALL cases where most people would use sugar? Is spelt flour really a substitute for white flour? Even in cases where you would use only tablespoons of flour? I am looking forward to making some of the Dollops of Yum! to spice up otherwise bland food, but I have better recipes for some of the standards like cornbread. ( )
  kd9 | Apr 15, 2010 |
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