“Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen” – A Review & Giveaway!

The holidays are here and this means many of us are busy cooking and baking away in our kitchens. There couldn’t be a better time for a cookbook review and giveaway, right?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve accumulated quite a few cookbooks over the years. Some of them get used time and time again and some of them, well, not so much. I have categories of cookbooks and no, they aren’t organized as such on the shelf, but they could should be.

I have what I call my bridal cookbooks; not surprisingly perhaps, these were given to me by my mother-in-law. You know the ones, the Betty Crocker “bible” and the Better Homes and Gardens checker-board hard-covered one. Besides these two stand-bys I have after work cookbooks, scads of “those church” cookbooks (personally I think these are some of the best), wild game cookbooks, fondue cookbooks (yes, they were big at one time), microwave cookbooks, slow cooker cookbooks (love these too), cookie cookbooks (one of which is my absolute all-time favorite cookbook because it belonged to my grandmother) and let’s not forget the all-important diet cookbooks.

I wonder why I seem to have so many of these…

Let’s see, my diet cookbook collection includes Denise Austin’s (not bad and of course she also has exercises in there, but I was using it right before my diagnosis, so it holds weird memories for me – yes, even cookbooks can conjure up reminders), The Weight Watchers Complete Cookbook (pretty good, but there are all those points to count and how can any cookbook be complete?), The Atkins Revolution Diet cookbook (too restrictive for me – causes the wrong kind of revolution) and I’m sort of reluctant to admit, I even own a Richard Simmons diet cookbook. These are just a few gems from my “diet cookbook collection.”

Now, low and behold I have a new category, the post-cancer diagnosis category; my goodness, who would have thought I would ever need such a category?

So far, this category is sparse in number. I only own two cancer cookbooks. One is Sheryl Crow’s recent cookbook called, If it Makes You Healthy. It’s a lovely hard cover book, but quite honestly, I haven’t used it once or even opened it up since my review on it. Sorry Sheryl.

And now I am happy to own a copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen:  The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer by Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott. I haven’t had my hands on this guide/cookbook for long, but I can tell this one’s a keeper and will undoubtedly get used.

Kicking Cancer in the kitchen is a great addition to my collection and will be for yours too for the following reasons:

  • It’s written by two cancer survivors who get it. They share their cancer stories in part one of the book. And they think like me, which really means they are realists. They don’t “sugar-coat” cancer. Pun intended. Part one also introduces and explains cancer fighting foods and offers advice on how and what to eat during treatment. One of my favorite chapters in part one is, It’s Okay to Eat Chocolate and Cry. Don’t you just love that? Part one is worth the price of the book alone.

  • Part two of the book contains the easy to follow recipes. Personally, I don’t care for never use complicated recipes. I’m a big believer in simplicity while cooking. There’s only so much time and effort I want to put into cooking, even more so now post-diagnosis.

  • You don’t need tons of fancy ingredients for the recipes in this book – very important for cooks like me. If a recipe lists out too many ingredients (I won’t admit how few this might be), I don’t even keep reading the recipe.

  • The authors tell you it’s okay to substitute ingredients, which is nice. Who keeps some of those ingredients on hand anyway?

  • I’m a visually oriented person, so I love the photographs in the center of the book. I do wish there were photos for all the recipes, but I understand this wasn’t feasible.

  • Again, the authors are realists. They have recipes for things you and your family will want to eat; things like banana-pecan pancakes with chocolate-coconut drizzle, chocolate-chip peanut butter cookies, savory stuffed acorn squash and crispy kale chips. Yum!

  • The recipes are not only easy, they are healthy. This is the whole point, right? Post cancer (and before too of course) we are all told to try to eat as healthy as possible. And no, you don’t have to have had a cancer diagnosis to benefit from owning/using this cookbook. This cookbook is for anyone wanting to eat healthier.

  • Finally, one of the things I like most about these two author-cooks is that they encourage instead of discourage. Annette and Kendall admit to being busy just like the rest of us. They aren’t expecting us to change all of our eating habits overnight. They aren’t looking for perfection or asking us to give up our favorites. They understand that eating healthier is a process to be learned for many of us and they encourage small steps and small changes.

I can handle that. How about you?

If you’d like an opportunity to win a FREE copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, just leave a comment below stating so by 5 pm CT on Saturday, December 8th. I will announce the winner shortly thereafter.

So what are you waiting for?

Enter the drawing and you just might be the winner of a great holiday gift to give someone else or heck, to give yourself. You deserve it!

Thanks for entering and good luck!

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23 thoughts to ““Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen” – A Review & Giveaway!”

  1. As a stage 4 , but NED ,at the moment ! I’m always looking for ways to keep the “cancer monster” at bay. I would love to have this book , but live on a very limited budget !

    1. Brenda, So glad to hear you are presently NED! Many of us are living on a limited budget, so I understand completely. Thanks for entering the drawing. You’re in!

  2. I too received a Betty Crocker “bible” from my MIL for a shower gift 30 years ago! I still use it! I love to cook and I’m love trying new healthy recipes. I’m willing to try anything to keep cancer from darkening my doorstep again!

    1. Barb, I wonder if women still receive the Betty Crocker “bible” as a shower gift…I think we are all in search of those healthy recipes that are also tasty and easy. Thanks for participating in the giveaway.

  3. I too still use the Betty Crocker cookbook, but would like to transition to healthier recipes especially if they are good for cancer patients.

    1. JoAnn, Good plan. Healthier recipes are good for the entire family, so everyone benefits when we cook healthier meals, cancer or no cancer. Thanks for taking part in my giveaway.

  4. My favorite cookbook is still the Women’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery (22 books in total!). My mother had the original set, which we used when I was growing up in the 1960s, and then I purchased my own “new” set as an adult in 1979. When I need a recipe (especially from my youth). I know it’s in there.

    I also really love the Silver Palate Cookbook.

    I have dozens and dozens of cookbooks, but have yet to buy a cancer one. I guess you could call me a holdout. 😉

    1. Renn, Wow, 22 books, that’s an extensive collection all in one set! It’s nice to have a “go to” resource isn’t it? There’s nothing like those tried and true recipes. I bet you are one darn good cook, Renn. I guess you are a cancer cookbook holdout. Maybe you’ll be the winner of this one! Good luck.

  5. I have many cookbooks but no new post diagnosis ones. I am 2 years post bilateral mastectomy, chemo, and radiation. Don’t want to do that again! So if special recipes would help I am all for that!

  6. I would love to win this cookbook for my best friend summar who was just diagnosed with stage IV metastatic in sept. A week later her 3-year old daughter was diagnosed with ALL leukemia. I think she would love this book, and the whole family could take advantage of it and continue to KICK CANCER’S A**.



    1. Farrell, I’m so sorry about your friend’s diagnosis. Is it stage IV breast cancer? And then having her daughter diagnosed with leukemia as well, that’s awful. I bet she would love this book. You’re a wonderful friend for thinking of her. Thanks for entering my giveaway on her behalf. Good luck.

  7. I do like a cookbook that praises chocolate & encourages rather than discourages. I don’t ‘need’ another cookbook, but then I always get caught up in the pictures & decide I have to have a new one anyway. xoxo

    1. Kathi, I know. How can you not love a cookbook that praises chocolate? And these two authors really do seem to “get it,” both as far as cancer goes and also about attempting to eat healthier. I love their encouraging style. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  8. Hi Nancy, I love cookbooks. They inspire me to get in the kitchen. Like you, some books are used quite often and others, never see the light of day. I’ve started researching cancer fighting cookbooks and would love to have a new one. I like the American Institute for Cancer Research cookbook. The New American Plate. Easy and filled with yummy things. Thanks for reviewing this new one.

    1. Stacey, I must admit I don’t use my cookbooks as much as I should or would like to. It’s so easy to get into a cooking rut, which too often means an eating rut, which is fine if you’re eating all the right things of course… Anyway, who couldn’t use a little help, right? Thanks for entering my giveaway and thanks for the other two cookbook recommendations.

  9. Another cookbook lover here. I’ve been trying hard to eat healthier foods since my breast cancer diagnoses two years ago. I do enjoy spending time searching for new meal ideas.
    Thanks Nancy for your words of support and encouragement!

  10. I bought this book a few days after I was diagnosed…it is fabulous. I would love to “gift” this to my chemo center’s new library.

    God bless to you

    1. Nancy, Thanks for sharing your recommendation. It’s wonderful that you are signing up for a chance to win this cookbook for your chemo center’s library. Thank you.

  11. I’m just getting started on my post-cancer diagnosis eating regimen, and I’m hoping a book like this can prevent me from that overwhelmed feeling I get when I google “diets to prevent cancer”. The idea of easy recipes appeals to me. I also have a feeling there might be kid-friendly foods in here, too.

    1. Shari, I know what you mean about that over-whelmed feeling regarding diets and like you, I also greatly appreciate recipes that are simple. I think you’d like this cookbook. Thanks for entering my drawing.

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