The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen

Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

By Rebecca Katz; Mat Edelson
(Ten Speed Press, Hardcover, 9781587613449, 232pp.)

Publication Date: August 25, 2009

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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.




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 www.rebeccakatz.com 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.




Praise For The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen

“Rebecca Katz believes in ‘the power of yum,’ ...And the recipes and information included in this new book testify to her mastery of the concept. ...The treasure trove of delicious, nutrient-packed (and beautifully photographed) recipes...bring both joy and optimal healing to readers.”
Women & Cancer, April 2010

"a must-have for all who are going through cancer radiation or chemotherapy treatments."
—HealthCastle.com, the largest online nutrition community run by Registered Dietitians, February 2010

"It's rare that I'm blown away by a cookbook..., but The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen is rad. ...Yum."
Beliefnet.com
 
"it cuts through all the confusing data and offers tangible ways to reach out and be helpful."
Orange County Register
 
“Filled with delicious and delightful recipes, the book IS fun. It is a valuable resource not only for those battling cancer and for their caregivers but also for those of us blessed with good health.”
United Media Syndicate

“Cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can be almost as hard on the body as the disease itself, and detailed nutrition advice is usually not on the program. This informative guide to fighting cancer from the inside out...corrects that with a wealth of easy, immediate steps to speed up the healing process through diet. ...Katz’s experience with cancer patients and their long, often frustrating recovery lends authority to her wise, common-sense approach.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
 
“If you or someone you love is battling this tough, tenacious illness, you’ll want to use every tool The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen provides.”
Energy Times 
 
"An amazing book...with flavorful recipes...simply delicious."
—Washington Post 

 
“anyone who wants to eat healthfully would love this book.”
Oregonian
 
“a must-have cookbook for learning how to cook and eat during treatment and after.” —Kairol Rosenthal, author of Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s
 
“the meals are so tasty anyone can enjoy them.”
National Examiner
 
IACP Award Finalist profile: "Yum is a theme in this book. The recipes are...packed not only with nutrition but flavor."
—projectfoodie.com

“Rebecca Katz has produced an invaluable resource. Instead of telling patients to ‘just eat a balanced diet,’ we can now show them how to control disease and optimize health with delicious, nourishing food from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen. I recommend this book highly.”
—Andrew Weil, MD, founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and The Healthy Kitchen

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen is an incredibly rich and satisfying resource--it is a must for people living with and beyond cancer, and should be mandatory reading for all health care professionals. This great gift will have a profound impact on the health and well-being of all who partake!”
—Donald Abrams, MD, chief of hematology and oncology at San Francisco General Hospital, integrative oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and coauthor of Integrative Oncology

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen elegantly combines the science of healthy nutrition with the wisdom of the heart and soul. This beautiful book illuminates a clear path to nourish the body, and provides clear and inspiring guidance to make the process easy, simple, and joyful. I am delighted to recommend this wonderful resource for people living with cancer and their loved ones.”
—Jeremy Geffen, MD, medical oncologist and author of The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person

“If food is medicine, Rebecca Katz is one of the great healers. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen is a book for anyone who wants to eat as if their life matters.”
—Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings

“There is no substitute for eating healthfully, especially when diagnosed with cancer. This wonderful resource makes nutritious foods easy to prepare, attractive to look at, and tasty to eat. It is the best I have seen.”
—Joseph Pizzorno, ND, editor-in-chief of Integrative Medicine and coauthor of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and Natural Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

“A book to nourish loved ones. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery--This is a book I have added to my shelf and it will always be within reach. I think this book could be called many things--a mother's handbook to nourishing your loved ones or cooking to cure. I know my family and friends will benefit from my new favorite book the next time I need to cook something to make them feel better.”
—Regina Charboneau for The Atlantic.com

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