Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer
by Annette Ramke (Author), Kendall Scott (Author) | 352 pages
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, a down-to-earth guide in which two cancer survivors “share, girlfriend-style, real-life knowledge, and experience about the healing power of food”.
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, which has been named #3 of The 25 Cookbooks of the Year for 2012 by TheDailyMeal.com, is the ultimate resource for the woman who has been handed the cancer card and for the one who never wants to get it.
Authors Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott are cancer survivors, so they know exactly what it’s like to deal with “the Big C”.
Here they share girlfriend-style, real-life knowledge and experience about the healing power of food, along with their stories of cancer ups and downs with more than 100 recipes for fighting cancer and soothing symptoms of treatment.
Whether someone is in the thick of “Cancer World” and wants to know what to expect, or for anyone who wants to do all they can to boost their health, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen offers guidance on not only surviving, but thriving before, during, and after cancer.
These gentle survivors use their shared experiences and acquired expertise to promote eating well for cancer prevention and recovery. While advocating a plant-based diet, they give real life advise, like “take baby steps”, “add, don’t subtract” and “look for foods that don’t come in a box or a can.”
“Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen offers, in one engaging and comprehensive package, what others don’t – first-hand experience, nutritional know-how, girlfriend-style support and tasty recipes – all designed to help kick cancer or keep you healthy. A healthy diet is an integral part of healing and fighting disease, and Annette and Kendall join you, step-by-step, and empower you to discover how easy and delicious eating well can be – starting with your very next meal!” Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg, Co-founder of California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence and author of Dancing With The Doctor (2013)
“Whether you are a cancer survivor, previvor or someone looking to instill healthy eating habits into your daily life, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen provides simple, delicious recipes and empowering information that can make a difference in your health and quality of life. The authors bring both their professional and personal experiences to the table. The result is a fun and informative book.” Sue Friedman, DVM, Founder and Executive Director of FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Summary of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen
Let’s face it, receiving a cancer diagnosis really sucks. We know; we’ve been there. You’re busy living life and BAM! It’s your worst nightmare suddenly you’re the girl with cancer.
Then after the initial shock, your fighting spirit begins to emerge and you’re determined not to let this disease label you and to give it everything you’ve got. Beyond what surgeons and oncologists prescribe, you want to do more. But what?
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen is the answer to that question. It’s the cancer gal’s cookbook and guide written by two health coaches who, before we became nutrition nuts, learned to cook, cope and even celebrate our way through cancer. We’ve included over 100 cancer-kicking recipes to help you feed your body so you not only survive but thrive during treatment and beyond.
We also share real-world knowledge and experience about the healing power of food, along with our stories of cancer B.S. and success. Whether you are facing The Big C or doing all you can to prevent it, this cookbook is your bible and your friend. So curl up on the couch with us and get ready to get your groove back in life and in the kitchen!
Part 1: The Girlfriend’s Guide
1: It’s a Whole New Cancer World
2: Sharing the Journey
3: The Healing Power of Real Food
4: Find Your Food Groove
5: Take It One Step at a Time
6: Chowing Down
7: Eating for Support
8: It’s Okay to Eat Chocolate and Cry
Part 2: The Recipes:
• Leafy Greens
• Veggies from Land and Sea
• Plant Proteins
• Soups and Stocks
• Snack Time
Recipe from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen
Cashew Kale Salad
Servings: 2 – 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 large carrot, thinly sliced into rounds (about 1/2 cup)
• 2 bunches kale, thick stems removed, thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 2 to 3 tablespoons tamari
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1/4 cup raisins
Heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the carrot for five minutes. Add the, kale, garlic, tamari, cashews and raisins and sauté a few minutes until cashews begin to soften.
Annette’s Tasty Tip: Double this recipe and serve on the side at breakfast to start your day with those important-cancer kicking greens!
About Annette Ramke
Annette Ramke was 36 when she was first diagnosed with cancer, and while in treatment, became immersed in studying nutrition as a way to fight cancer.
She felt better than she ever had, including before getting cancer, and decided to pursue further studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
She is now a certified holistic health coach, working and writing in Philadelphia, PA.
Annette Ramke,CHHC is a health coach and two-time cancer survivor who learned to not only survive but thrive during cancer and beyond by taking an integrative approach to treatment and focusing on a whole food, plant-based diet.
About Kendall Scott
Kendall Scott was diagnosed with cancer at age 27. She then went from a meat & potatoes/ take-out pizza diet to leafy green veggies and whole grains in baby steps, and felt the improvement even while undergoing chemotherapy.
After receiving her cancer diagnosis, Kendall decided to become proactive in her health and do all she could to fight cancer, alongside her doctors. She adopted a “food as medicine” philosophy and began making small changes in her diet and busy life to help in healing from the disease.
After going into remission, she attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC to receive board certification as a Holistic Health Counselor.
. She went into Cancer World and came out on the other side, healthier, happier and inspired by the power of food and integrative health.
She is board certified in holistic health coaching through IIN and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Kendall teaches nutrition and cooking classes, leads webinars, presents at wellness events and writes online articles as a nutrition expert.
Kendall resides in Maine with her husband and baby boy.