The Sober Kitchen: Recipes and Advice for a Lifetime of Sobriety


Recipes and advice for a lifetime of sobriety.

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Recipes and advice for a lifetime of sobriety.

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Publishers Weekly
Alcoholics Anonymous's stress management acronym is H-A-L-T, reminding recovering alcoholics to avoid becoming hungry, angry, lonely or tired. But until now, there hasn't been a book intended to help with the hunger. A professional chef in recovery, Scott fills the void with this empathetic volume. Following an introduction to the important role food plays in recovery, Scott provides dozens of easy-to-follow recipes for each of recovery's three stages. In phase one, recipes are simple and intended to combat "years of nutritional neglect and possible extremes of eating the wrong foods or not eating at all." Sub-chapter topics include non-alcoholic beverages, quick snacks to fight hunger pains in a healthy way and treats to curb carbohydrate cravings. Throughout, Scott offers sidebars addressing alcoholic-specific issues, such as using non-alcohol-based vanilla. In phase two, Scott focuses on healthy comfort foods, with somewhat more complex recipes, such as Baked Whole Wheat French Toast with Orange Maple Glaze. Phase three concerns actively "enhancing your health and becoming a sober gourmet." Scott delves into functional foods, re-creating favorites such as chicken Marsala and black forest cake without alcohol. These recipes are appealing for anyone, but the thoughtful advice accompanying almost every entry makes them invaluable for recovering addicts in need of a nourishing diet. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Many people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction need extra nutrition, particularly the B vitamins. Alcoholics may have additional difficulty because many foods are prepared with wine. Despite the popular belief that alcohol in cooking is burned off, sufficient alcohol remains in these dishes to trigger a relapse. Chef Scott, herself a recovering alcoholic, has developed recipes and menus that help the addicted to navigate three stages of recovery. Phase 1 emphasizes nutrition and avoiding triggers, Phase 2 helps to form new habits that make relapse less likely, and Phase 3 works on healthy lifestyles. Scott includes succinct explanations of the related scientific points, as well as a history of alcohol in food. She also provides alcohol-free recipes for such dangerous dishes as Beef Bourguignon, Duck l'Orange, and Beer Battered Fish. Filling a gap, this well-researched and easy-to-follow cookbook is recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322219
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 962,659
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Great recipes for everyone, whether in recovery or not!

    This book is destined to be an essential reference for all recovering alcoholics for years to come. Liz Scott provides very extensive research of nutritional needs during each recovery phase. She makes this cookbook an excellant guide for meals needed to satisfy the cravings and nutritional requirements that can't be found elsewhere. The recipes are great tasting and exciting! They're not just for people in recovery!!

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