on October 9, 2015
Very good book, recipes are simple and taste great. All the recipes I tired tasted good and were quick to make. I'm very impressed by this book and how its organized and with the Recipes. Lots of helpful tips if you are cooking for someone with Cancer. There are drinks for when someone is on Chemo that help with the discomfort and just general tip on simple things that make a difference. The Avocado dressing recipe is so simple that when I'm pressed for time I just make a batch and store it the Fridge. The various Dip recipes can be made with Canned Beans or You can soak and cook the beans yourself. One thing that impressed me is that the food is not boring or bland, it has spices in it and has flavor so it can be enjoyed.
on November 15, 2011
A very dear friend of mine gave me this fabulous cookbook during the Christmas holidays called 'Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavour Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery' by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson.
Since my diagnosis of Breast Cancer in October 2010, I have been given and purchased many cookbooks, reference guides to leading a healthier, active lifestyle, etc' I think I am covered for the next 9 months in terms of research and enjoyable reading! However, I thought it important to pass this along as it is one of those books that your family would benefit wholly from. What sets this cookbook apart from others is its unique approach to your kitchen and converting your refrigerator into its own cancer-fighting battle ground plus how to take care of yourself during Chemotherapy treatment.
From Chapter One's Cancer-Fighting Tool Kit and learning things about the four pantry staples, to easing side effects from treatment to easy recipes to relieving symptoms such as anemia, constipation, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. There is something about everything in terms of easing this tough period of a patients life.
And one of the perks of this Chapter, apart from the delicious recipes, is the Culinary Pharmacy section starting on page 28. It's your very own cheat-list to adding immunity boosting spices, seeds, and nuts to meals you may have only added mild seasoning to such as salt and pepper.
It also includes very important vegetables most recognized as natural anti-inflammatories, digestions aids, nausea reducers, anti-bacterials, appetite stimulators, and NF-kB regulators.
My personal favourite is learning the benefits of adding fresh and dry herbs to dishes and not just as last minute add-ins or garnishes. You learn not only their medicinal characteristics but additional ways to use them to extract their full potential as your very own food-warriors!
I love the spice Cumin, commonly used in Indian and Asian foods. Knowing now that it is an appetite stimulant, digestion aid, antimicrobial and NF-kB regulator prompts me to use more of it not only within my own dishes but to make sure it's properly introduced into my children's diets and NOW! 'Studies looking into cumin seeds showed a potential ability to slow down the growth of stomach and cervical tumors' (page 34).
And take Sesame Seeds, just a sprinkle over your fruit, veggies, salads, whatever you decide, it becomes something other than just a garnish for flavour. They are considered an anti-inflammatory; they are rich in lignans which may protect against hormone-related cancers; they are rich in gamma-tocopherols, a form of vitamin E, which studies say may help men dealing with prostate cancer.
And let's talk about TOMATOES (powerful anti-oxidant lycopene), Butternut Squash (colon cleansing benefits), Spinach (carotenoids and kaempferol lowers risks in prostate and ovarian cancers) and Potatoes (Vitamin B6 and powerful detoxifier)! All major cancer-fighting vegetables that are common, easily found at the grocery store and easy to prepare ' just start at page 52 and you are on your way to healthier soups that serve a purpose!
I love the fact that Chapter Three: Nourishing Soups and Broths starts off with the 'Magic Mineral Broth', which Rebecca Katz refers to as her 'Rosetta stone of soup' - providing a perfect base for any hearty soup but more importantly it serves as a rejuvenating liquid, to help Chemo patients with dehydration issues and will certainly boost any immune system down from minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and even sodium. It allows the body to recoup and start afresh.
And please know this cookbook is current! I am making an admission, an ignorant one at that, I had no idea there were so many fabulous alternatives to grains such as Quinoa and Spelt both anti-inflammatories! Recipes for Quinoa Pilaf is found on page 149 and Beyond Just Good Cornbread, uses Spelt Flour, is found on page 129 ' good stuff!
I have to say I am believer now that food is our natural healer! Well, fresh unprocessed food heals us through out, and if prepared, cooked and consumed properly, we know food is the ultimate warrior in this battle against horrible diseases such as cancer.
I haven't promoted any cookbooks yet, but this will be my first and a great start to a whole new chapter in my own life. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen is a must have for all kitchens and remember most of the recipes are child friendly as well.
Be well and God Bless!
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on March 11, 2013
The book is easy to use, has great recipes and I love the pictures of the tasty food. I have used the recipes as they are and also have changes them to suit what ingredients I have on hand, easy to use. I was pleased with all the information contained in this book as well. It helps to understand why certain foods are so important in the fight against cancer. I wish I had found this book years ago, perhaps I would be using it to prevent instead of fight cancer.
on September 30, 2010
I'm going through chemotherapy and don't have a clue about what to eat for optimal health. This book, "The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery," is the answer to my quest. Nothing about Cancer is easy, but this book has helped me where I could find no help before. Practical help. I can't cook at present since I can't stand, but I can point to a page and ask my significant other to try to put it together. She tries hard, I'll give her that! Nothing about cooking is easy either, especially when one hasn't learned the Julia Child approach to life. This book makes a very challenging disease a little easier to manage. My many thanks to everyone who put it together - especially, of course, Rebecca katz! The photo's were great as well.