Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend's Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer

Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend's Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer

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by Annette Ramke, Kendall Scott

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Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen is the bible for the woman who has been handed the cancer card—and for the one who never wants to get it. Authors Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott know exactly what it’s like to deal with “the Big C.” Here they share girlfriend-style, real-life knowledge and experience about the healing power of food, along


Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen is the bible for the woman who has been handed the cancer card—and for the one who never wants to get it. Authors Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott know exactly what it’s like to deal with “the Big C.” Here they share girlfriend-style, real-life knowledge and experience about the healing power of food, along with their stories of cancer ups and downs—with more than 100 recipes for fighting cancer and soothing symptoms of treatment. Whether someone is in the thick of “Cancer World” and wants to know what to expect, or for anyone who wants to do all they can to boost their health, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen offers guidance on not only surviving, but thriving—before, during, and after cancer.

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Beth Baughman DuPree MD, FACS, breast cancer surgeon and author of The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing
“As cancer survivors themselves, Annette and Kendall will educate you about your dietary choices, empower to make step-by-step changes to eat a healthier diet, and entertain you with their wit and charm.”  

Sue Friedman, DVM, Founder and Executive Director of FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
“Whether you are a cancer survivor, previvor or someone looking to instill healthy eating habits into your daily life, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen provides simple, delicious recipes and empowering information that can make a difference in your health and quality of life. The authors bring both their professional and personal experiences to the table. The result is a fun and informative book. ”   

Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg, Co-founder of California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence and author of Dancing With The Doctor (2013)
“Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen offers, in one engaging and comprehensive package, what others don’t – first-hand experience, nutritional know-how, girlfriend-style support and tasty recipes - all designed to help kick cancer or keep you healthy. A healthy diet is an integral part of healing and fighting disease, and Annette and Kendall join you, step-by-step, and empower you to discover how easy and delicious eating well can be – starting with your very next meal!”  

Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"...a beautiful, delicious, and effective way to improve your health at any time—whether or not you have cancer or any disease. In fact, I recommend that all follow this sort of diet for optimal health!"

Christine Pirello
Emmy Award-winning host of "Christina Cooks", Bestselling author of six cookbooks, including Cooking the Whole Foods Way
"Being diagnosed with cancer is a game-changer. As a survivor myself, I can more than identify with the terror, sadness, rage, and feeling of helplessness that comes with that diagnosis. You need support, love, great advice, and just a touch of humor to get you through it. This invaluable book has it all. Written by cancer survivors and based on their experiences, feelings and results, Annette and Kendall at once become your girlfriends, confidants, advisors, and comrades in your journey back to health. Their advice is sound, simple, easy-to-follow, and based in the reality of what it's like to live in the real world when you have cancer. I only wish I had this book when I was sick. . . how much easier my journey back to health would have been."

Victoria Moran
Author of Fit from Within
"Fun, friendly, and inclusive, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen is an empowering way to take control at a time when you're feeling pretty powerless. The suggestions are supported by solid science, and the recipes would be yummy even if they weren't health-promoting and —maybe — life-saving. 

Joshua Rosenthal, MScED, Institute for Integrative Nutrition Founder and Director
"Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen encourages people to get in their kitchens and experience the healing power of good nutrition. I applaud Kendall and Annette for turning their diagnosis into an opportunity to teach others how to eat and live well."

Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution
"Cancer doesn't just happen – it grows in a favorable environment of bad food and environmental toxins combined with a few genetic predispositions. The good news is that food is a powerful weapon against cancer both to reverse it and prevent it from coming back again.
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen is an essential guide to using food as medicine and creating an inhospitable environment for cancer, while delighting your palette and invigorating your senses. Getting well has never been more fun or tasty!"

Taste for Life magazine

“This book is a powerful resource to help you make healthful dietary decisions and increase awareness of your body’s needs at any point in life.”

ALIVE magazine
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen speaks to us on the level—one girlfriend to another....This book works because Ramke and Scott don’t mince their words. Instead they offer part guidebook and part cookbook that is peppered with refreshingly honest and insightful personal experiences. With Mother’s Day approaching, consider this book as one of the best gifts to give someone you know who is immersed in the world of cancer or defending themselves against its possibility.”

Tucson Citizen

“I highly recommend this collection.  Whether you are facing a cancer fight, know someone who is, or just want to improve the odds by eating healthier foods, this cookbook offers valuable guidance.”

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Meet the Author

Annette Ramke was 36 when she was first diagnosed with cancer, and while in treatment, became immersed in studying nutrition as a way to fight cancer. She felt better than she ever had, including before getting cancer, and decided to pursue further studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, which is where she met Kendall.

Kendall Scott was diagnosed with cancer at age 27. She then went from a meat & potatoes/ take-out pizza diet to leafy green veggies and whole grains in baby steps, and felt the improvement even while undergoing chemotherapy. After going into remission, she attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. She is board certified in holistic health coaching through IIN and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Kendall teaches nutrition and cooking classes, leads webinars, presents at wellness events and writes online articles as a nutrition expert. She lives in Maine.

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Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend's Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those of you who are diagnosed with cancer, like myself, or for someone you may know who has been diagnosed. This is a book that gives you a healthier lifestyle with your eating habits. There are many great recipe ideas that are not only healthy, but tasty as well. I have tried a few of the recipes, and found them to be easy, delicious, and healthy! I especially loved how they explained why each recipe was important to your health and what nutritional value you are digesting.  Cancer is not an easy path for the person who is diagnosed, or the family members supporting them. This book made me feel like you aren't alone. It is written in such a pleasant way, you almost feel like you're reading a book written by your girlfriend. It was easy to read, and a joy as well. It was great to read about other's experiences with cancer and how it affected them.  Overall I would rate this book a 5/5 and I insist that anyone who knows of someone who is dealing with cancer, to read this book! 
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, by Annette Ramke, is an informative book/guide as well as a cookbook to help someone who's battling cancer. The book is also packed full of information for those that may have a history of cancer within their family and maybe are just looking for a way to help prevent cancer before it happens in any way possible. I really enjoyed reading this book and have to say that I know that a lot of the information is true. My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and was told by her doctor that she basically had 6 months left to live. She began to do some research, and she decided to make some major lifestyle changes, many of which are discussed within this book, and she ended up living for 6 more years. The book itself is broken up into 2 major sections, the first section being jammed pack with informative essays and research discoveries. This area discusses a variety of topics regarding how to better your lifestyle to better your health and battle cancer. The second section of the book is basically a cookbook that is full of clean eating, healthy recipes. I absolutely loved this book. As someone that has seen what cancer does to a person 1st hand, and seeing what a difference changing to a healthier lifestyle can make, I highly recommend this book. I would not only recommend this to someone with cancer, or even those with cancer in their family, but to everyone. Cancer could honestly happen to any of us, so why not do what you can to be healthy and prevent early on. Great job to the author! I will definitely look forward to reading more by Ramke in the future!
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen is an interesting and informative book written by Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott. In this book they provide lots of useful information about how to ride the cancer roller coaster, foods that may help you get through the treatments and how to incorporate these foods into your everyday life. Interspersed throughout are personal accounts of their own experiences with this horrifying disease. I liked this book a lot and found it to be full of information, giving lots of different ideas and options that aren’t always provided during this stressful and confusing time in your life. Cancer is terrifying but these ladies help a person to make it somewhat more bearable. As I read this book I often found myself agreeing with a lot of their experiences, disagreeing with some of their suggestions (a hug does not replace a sweet for me any day!) and feeling that maybe I wasn’t quite so crazy after all, regarding some of my post-chemo emotions. The one area that I had a bit of a problem with was the diet section. I’ve read many studies, same as these ladies have, and basically they often come up with results that reflect who may have funded the study. So when reading some of the suggestions for changes to your diet I would suggest that cancer is an individual disease and no one has the ultimate fix for it. Also, some of the foods in the recipes are very hard to get in rural areas as well as being expensive to order online. I did make and like a couple of the recipes (oatmeal and the banana pancakes) and will be trying more in the future. Overall, this is a must-have book for people dealing with a cancer diagnosis or people who know someone who has it.
Janet16 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that describes not just the medical side of dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but also the emotional impact such a diagnosis can have on one’s life. It is full of personal stories from the author as well as a few others. The author gives a comprehensive account of what living with cancer is like and how one can deal with it through food. The book also breaks down the kinds of food one should eat which could prevent cancer or help a person living with cancer offset the impact of chemotherapy. The books breaks down each of the foods in sections. It even tells you which foods to avoid because of how they can adversely affect your body. I found this book to be very informative and will be incorporating some of what the author suggested in my diet. The recipes at the end are a plus. I love recipes and some of them sound really delicious. I look forward to making them. If you are suffering from cancer, know someone who is, or just want to avoid it this book is worth looking at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, delicious recipes, but this is more than a cookbook! A great resource for anyone with cancer or just trying to eat better. Feel like I know the authors after reading this book and love that it's very realistic as far as trying to eat healthier. The authors make a point of saying it doesn't happen overnight. I plan to buy several as Christmas gifts!