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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