Nourish: The Cancer Care Cookbook
By Penny Brohn Cancer Care
To help people live better with cancer, we donate $1000 to the American Cancer Society every month.
Good nutrition is important for people undergoing cancer treatment, but so often the side-effects of the treatment make food unappealing and eating becomes a struggle. In Nourish you'll find easy-to-follow recipes designed specifically for cancer patients (and their families). The focus is on nutritious food that can be easily tolerated - and can help to alleviate common symptoms and side-effects, and form a crucial part of any cancer treatment programme. The role of nutrition is explained and the introduction outlines clear advice on cancer-fighting foods and how to tackle side-effects.
All the 70+ recipes are delicious yet simple to make, and many can be made in advance to make mealtimes hassle-free. Whether you are undergoing treatment, have opted to eat healthier as a preventative measure or are supporting someone through cancer and wish to provide nourishing dishes for them, this book will be your culinary guide.
Penny Brohn Cancer Care is the leading UK charity specialising in complementary care to help people live well with the impact of cancer. Working alongside medical treatment they offer an integrated approach to cancer care including lifestyle advice, self-help techniques, counselling and complementary therapies to people living with cancer and their supporters. The charity works closely with other health organisations and cancer charities. Christine Bailey is a well-known nutritionist, chef and author of numerous health and recipe books. She is a member of the Guild of Health Writers and writes regularly for many national magazines, including BBC Good Food and Women's Fitness and has written for the Cancer Research UK magazine.
Why do people living with cancer recommend this product?
This book is the best cookbook I found to cook with during cancer treatment. It's simply genius.
Having Chemotherapy in June this cookbook has been full of information about how your body reacts to the therapy and how to counter act. Remarkable
Guide you and your body through treatment
A very informative book, with recipes for specific elements of treatment programme, that gives you confidence of actually being in 'control' of something during cancer - however, it can also be use as a guide to enjoying fresh, nutritious food.
Dishes that I actually want to eat
Many of these recipes look really inviting and yet use ingredients that won't cause me a problem. It was the recipe for Blueberry Avocado Build-Up Shake that sold me the book. My only concern is that some of the recipe ingredients are unusual and therefore on the expensive side.
A useful resource
I have recommended this to some friends and family diagnosed with cancer and they have found it a very useful resource. I have seen Christine Bailey speak and she seems very knowledgable. I would recommend it again.
Firstly a disclaimer of sorts: this reviewer does not have cancer and cannot pretend to understand the feelings that those suffering from cancer experience. Yet looking at this book has given a little insight into this world that one hopes never to visit personally. At first this reviewer did wonder why it was necessary to have a cookbook for cancer sufferers, yet the book patiently explains that good nutrition is essential and side-effects of treatment often make food unappealing and eating becomes a struggle. The aim of this book is to focus on nutritious food that can be easily tolerated and can help to alleviate common symptoms and side-effects. So the book starts with a wealth of background information and various guides, explaining the book's central "whole-person" approach and underlining the necessity of good nutrition and keeping the body in the best condition possible. No comment can be made as to the accuracy of the information given or its suitability to an individual cancer sufferer - your doctor would be the best person to talk to - yet everything seems to be good sensible advice. The Penny Brohn Cancer Care is a leading charity offering specialist help to people living with cancer and their supporters, so you can deduce that they should know what they are talking about! It would not be hyperbole to suggest that much of their advice is general "common sense" that could equally be utilised for those suffering from other conditions too. At the end of the book is also advice for sufferers about how to support their body during treatment, looking at many common ailments such as nausea, fatigue and digestive problems. This is possibly nothing new but sometimes good advice needs to be repeated nonetheless many times. As a resource for a carer or family member this could be a great little thing in itself to help further their understanding. So the recipes, split into four chapters - Shakes, Juices, Smoothies & Breakfasts; Soups & Light Dishes; Main Meals; Desserts & Baked Treats. A simple test reveals great results. If you were to rip a few pages out of this book at random and show it to somebody would they know this was a "special" book or not. The answer is no. It looks just like any other great, engaging recipe book. Sometimes it is a very fine line for somebody with a long-term or terminal illness as to whether they feel like a burden and a victim or not. Recipes from this book enable the entire family to eat great, interesting, inspiring and healthy food which will particularly suit a cancer sufferer. No palaver making "special meals" and treading on metaphorical egg shells here. Just pulling a couple of recipes out at random. Japanese Lamb Burgers with Wasabi Mayo, Venison with Zesty Gremolata and finally Baked Lemon Cheesecake. They hardly scream out with being suitable for someone who has to very carefully watch their diet and health. Eating as normally as possible won't take your mind off your illness but equally it won't place a perception of an addition burden on to it either. It may feel like one is labouring the point here but it is worth reinforcing. Each recipe is presented exactly how a great cookbook should be. Clear title and internal signposting, interesting introduction and scene setter, portion sizing, an estimation of preparation and cooking times and various nutritional information clearly labelled. The instructions are clear and simple to follow and the great food photography really pulls you in. There's not a lot more to say. This is a great book. It would be a great general book without the special sections concerning cancer treatment and it is unfortunate that many people won't see this book by virtue of its title alone. One can only speculate how even "better" this book will be for somebody who has cancer or for a supporting family member. There are many food books that look at various sicknesses or allergies but there are very few that manage to mix sensitivity, compassion, engagement and great content together like this book has.