The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

by Rebecca Katz, Mat Edelson
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The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery by Rebecca Katz, Mat Edelson

A Culinary Pharmacy in Your Pantry

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen features 150 science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, tastebud changes, and weight loss. A step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment, and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. This remarkable resource teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. Blending fantastic taste and meticulous science, these recipes for soups, vegetable dishes, proteins, and sweet and savory snacks are rich in the nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals that help patients thrive during treatment.

Whole foods, big-flavor ingredients, and attractive presentations round out the customized menu plans that have been specially formulated for specific treatment phases, cancer types, side effects, and flavor preferences. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave a revitalizing meal.

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen took home double honors at the prestigious IACP 2010 Awards, named a winner in both the Health and Special Diet category and the People’s Choice Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587613449
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 649,440
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

As the senior chef-in-residence and nutritional educator at one of the country’s leading cancer wellness centers, REBECCA KATZ, MS, is the culinary link bringing together physicians and patients with a common goal: eating well to maximize cancer treatments, minimize side effects, and improve outcomes. She is the founder of the Inner Cook, a Bay Area culinary practice that specializes in meeting the specific nutritional and appetite needs of cancer patients, and a senior chef at Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Marin County, California. Katz has been a guest chef and lecturer at top academic medical centers throughout the country, including the annual Food As Medicine conference. Visit for more information.

MAT EDELSON is an award-winning medical, science, and sports journalist and the former director of the Johns Hopkins Health News Minute, a nationally syndicated consumer health radio feature. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
AnythingisPossible More than 1 year ago
While looking for recipes to help my husband battle brain cancer this cookbook is a stand out! The pictures alone will get your attention and mouth watering. Not only does Rebecca Katz provide great recipes, but she also has the information, nutrition breakdown and personal notes to back them up. The information about Cancer-Fighting Ingredients and the Cancer-Fighting Tool Kit are such great tools and information. It details out treatment side effects and the recipes that will help during these stressful times. The food not only helps the people fighting cancer but is great for everyone and tastes great too! A real joy to have and use. If you are looking for a great gift to help someone with cancer or a caregiver of a cancer patient this is it!
DKFrancis More than 1 year ago
I am a trained chef AND a cancer survivor, so I have a level of expertise above and beyond the typical cookbook consumer. This exceptional book includes delicious, nourishing AND easy recipes, a thorough & frank discussion about how to deal with transient taste change during and after treatment, and even more importantly, Rebecca shows cancer patients & their families how to assemble & train a nutritional support group. So user friendly, even a loving spouse/teenagers or that considerate, well-intentioned neighbor or friend will be able to prepare the foods you need to eat during your treatment & recovery. I am not a medical professional, however I have done my own thorough and exhaustive survey of nutritional therapies in the research & literature and I have not identified any info in this book that contradicted anything that I have previously read. I highly recommend it!
BAJBaker More than 1 year ago
This book was sent to us by dear friends as soon as my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Even before we started using the recipes, we gained a phenomenal amount of knowledge from the food and nutrition glossary. Every section is clear, informative, and comforting. And the recipes are genuinely delicious. Two years+ post-treatment/surgery my husband is considered cancer-free (though he will still get annual scans) and many of the recipes are still in rotation. As soon as I learn another friend has been diagnosed I give them or their significant other/caregiver this book. Because it gives you so much nutritional knowledge it helps make you feel empowered - very important when you're walking in the cold gray fog of initial diagnosis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing resource for those facing cancer - I have given it to several of my friends who have a loved one facing a diagnosis of cancer. It is very well researched and has up to date information about how each ingredient contributes to health and well being. Not only that, the recipes are delicious - I've used these them when cooking for the holidays and for entertaining friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book not only includes great recipes but also advice, tips and tricks to help the cancer patient make it through tough times. And when were going through something it is usually tough. Greatbook.
ammo123 More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from the library shortly after my mother in law was diagnosed with Stage 3b cervical cancer. I loved it so much I bought it. The recipes are FANTASTIC and the information empowering for those trying to help a loved one fight cancer. Another reviewer mentioned she was having difficulty finding low fiber diets. I had the same problem but found this book had some options. The broths and teas are staples for my household to this day even though we lost Gail in June 2010.
Frenchbreast More than 1 year ago
I am so grateful to Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson. I had nauseau with my chemo and couldn't eat a thing. I highly recommend this book. The vegetable based soup was perfect and the only thing I could eat, when I couldn't eat. Try it!
trigger0 More than 1 year ago
easy to follow and things most people have in their kitchen already.
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We bought this book when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. The recipes were tasty and the whole family enjoys eating heathier. The book is organized like a regular cookbook but also cross references recipes to help with the different symptoms cancer fighters experience such as nausea or fatigue. A great resource for anyone fighting cancer or for those who love and support their cancer fighting buddy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well founded recipes by qualified persons with healing healthy foods that taste good.
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