Cooking for Life: A Guide to Nutrition and Food Safety for the HIV-Positive Community

Overview

One single factor can have life-or-death importance for someone with HIV: food. The right diet and nutrition can boost the immune system, and most important, maintain lean body mass. This groundbreaking, compassionate, and medically sound sourcebook is a food bible for the HIV community and their caregivers. Cooking for Life contains all the information you need about one of the safest, most effective, yet underutilized, weapons for staying well.
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Overview

One single factor can have life-or-death importance for someone with HIV: food. The right diet and nutrition can boost the immune system, and most important, maintain lean body mass. This groundbreaking, compassionate, and medically sound sourcebook is a food bible for the HIV community and their caregivers. Cooking for Life contains all the information you need about one of the safest, most effective, yet underutilized, weapons for staying well.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Delivering soup-to-nuts nutritional education for those who have HIV or AIDS (and those who care for them), this no-nonsense guide offers substance rather than magic or promises of miracles. A comprehensive, comprehensible organization covers subjects ranging from food and water safety (food poisoning can be fatal to those who are immuno-suppressed) to how to gain weight and deal with nausea (ginger is a good bet). Lehman, a former executive chef of a food-delivery program for people with AIDS, consulted with physicians and nutritionists. In addition to the nutrition and food safety chapters, there is a section that explains cooking techniques and provides more than 35 easy-to-follow recipes to help combat wasting and loss of appetite. The book ends with several useful appendices in which one can find AIDS-specific meal programs, phone numbers for hotlines that provide help and referrals, a reprint of ACT UP's Standard of Care as a guideline for health management and a sample of a living will. Thought and care are evident throughout this volume, and it belongs, dog-eared and food-stained, in the kitchens and bookcases of people living with HIV or AIDS and those who care for them. (Jan.)
Library Journal
This work is much more than just a cookbook, as the title might suggest. It is a comprehensive guide to nutrition and food safety for HIV-positive people and their caregivers. The author, a longtime chef who began the nutrition program at the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) in Philadelphia, has called upon the expertise of a team of advisers including a physician, a nurse who specializes in nutrition, and a registered dietitian. The result is a very thorough, solid, and practical guide, firmly grounded in sound nutritional principles. Included are sections on basic nutrition, safe food-handling practices, ways to deal with specific nutritional concerns of those living with HIV/AIDS, and, yes, recipes. Written in a friendly and accessible yet authoritative style, the book contains information helpful to everyone. Both informed readers and those working with HIV/AIDS patients will find it useful. Highly recommended.-Linda Gleason, Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Lib., Newark
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440507536
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 775,784
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Nutrition and Long-Term Survival
1 HIV and Wasting 3
2 Basic Nutrition 12
3 Special Nutritional Considerations for HIV + Individuals 24
4 Exercise 31
5 Food Poisoning 37
6 Safe Food-Handling Practices 41
7 Safe Cooking Guidelines 52
8 Water Safety 60
9 Eating Defensively Away from Home 67
10 Diarrhea 75
11 Nausea 95
12 Oral Problems 102
13 Renal Failure 108
14 Strategies for Weight Gain and Maintenance 114
15 Accommodating Changes in Taste Perception 123
16 Nutritional Supplements and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) 127
17 Basic Principles of Cooking Protein 133
18 Selection, Storage, and Cooking of Vegetables and Fruits 134
19 Nutritional Enhancements for Everyday Foods 142
20 Handy Foods: When You're Too Tired or Sick to Cook 145
21 Budget Eating without Nutritional Sacrifice 153
22 Recipes 158
23 Suggestions for Helpers 203
24 When Food Is Not Love 207
App. A AIDS-Specific Meals Programs 211
App. B 800 (and other) Handy Reference Numbers 215
App. C ACT UP Standard of Care 218
App. D Living Will 229
App. E Additional Information 234
Index 237
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