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A Report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Some popular cookbooks of 2010, including recipe collections from top chefs and celebrities, encourage Americans to fill up on high-fat, meat-heavy meals, even as the country struggles with record obesity levels and skyrocketing diabetes rates. Dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reviewed the year’s new cookbooks and named the worst offenders.
Here are the five worst cookbooks of 2010:
Gordon Ramsay's World Kitchen: Recipes from The F-Word
By Gordon Ramsay
Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen are Gordon Ramsay’s TV shows, but they also aptly describe the recipes in his latest book. Ramsay has traveled to the ends of the Earth to bring back dishes that will wreak havoc on your health. Choose British Pheasant Casserole (two pheasants, smoked bacon, butter, and double cream) for the kind of meaty, high-fat meal that promotes obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Or try Thai Pork Satay to spike cholesterol levels.
Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood
By Trisha Yearwood
Country singer Trisha Yearwood won Grammys for her songs, “How Do I Live” and “I Fall to Pieces.” This year she released another heartbreaking work—this collection of high-cholesterol recipes. The Georgia native presents her recipes with family stories and tips, but unfortunately, the book does not take into account the state of Southerners’ health. States in the Southeast have the highest rates of obesity in the nation, but Yearwood’s recipes are loaded with fat and cholesterol. Garth’s Breakfast Bowl, for example, includes eight large eggs, a pound each of bacon and sausage, cheese tortellini, cheddar cheese, tater tots, and butter.
How to Cook Like a Top Chef
By the creators of Top Chef
The reality show Top Chef has a ruthless elimination round for contestants. Unfortunately, many of their unhealthy recipes still found their way into the program’s cookbook. Laurine’s Bacon Donuts are deep-fried and packed with processed meat, which has been linked to increased risk of colon cancer. Hubert Keller’s Mac and Cheese is loaded with fatty dairy products: butter, heavy cream, half-and-half, and Swiss cheese. As if that’s not enough, the recipe also calls for cholesterol-packed egg yolks and 1 pound of shrimp.
Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips
By Ina Garten
Ina Garten—host of the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa—can’t leave well enough alone when it comes to vegetables. In her new book, she weaponizes simple, healthy vegetables with high-fat meat and dairy products. Snap peas are laced with pancetta, a processed meat associated with increased cancer risk. Celery Root Puree is spiked with high-cholesterol butter and heavy cream. Recipes for meat dishes, such as Steakhouse Steaks, are pretty straightforward—and so are the heath consequences. In 2010, studies linked meat-heavy diets to increased diabetes risk, weight gain, decreased bone health, and increased bladder cancer risk, among other health problems.
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free
By Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier
The Primal Blueprint sets back evidence-based nutrition nearly 2 million years with its meat-heavy diet. Along with artery-clogging “Paleo” recipes for Primal Pot Roast and Sausage Stew, this book includes an entire section of cholesterol-laden recipes for offal—entrails and internal organs. The authors say recipes like these are ideal for followers of Atkins and other low-carb diets. But a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a low-carbohydrate diet based on animal food sources increases mortality risk from all causes, including cancer and heart disease.
HERE ARE THEIR BEST:
The Best Cookbooks of the Last Decade
A Report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Dietitians from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine surveyed cookbooks from the past decade and found some bright spots—cookbooks that stood out above others in helping Americans improve their diets to fight obesity and other chronic diseases. Here are the last decade’s best cookbooks:
The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook
By Nanci Alexander
Nanci Alexander created the award-winning Sublime restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Now you can make recipes from Sublime’s innovative vegan menu at home. Drawing inspiration from around the globe, the recipes are not only wonderfully healthful and completely cholesterol-free, but each recipe’s exquisite flavors will seduce even the most committed carnivore.
The Kind Diet
By Alicia Silverstone
Actress and activist Alicia Silverstone wrote this cookbook to help others explore the wide-ranging benefits of a plant-based diet. She explains how eliminating harmful foods can have amazing benefits for your health, your appearance, and even the planet. This collection of hearty vegan recipes is full of tips and tools to help people transition to a plant-based diet, which has been shown to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)
By Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Number one New York Times best-selling authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin wrote this cookbook after their manifesto, Skinny Bitch, sparked a worldwide movement toward healthy eating. The cookbook offers 75 easy, satisfying vegan recipes, served up with an irreverent sense of fun. From the Bitchin’ Breakfast Burrito to Cha Cha Chili, Freedman and Barnouin show readers that you can eat well, enjoy food, and lose weight—all at the same time. Abundant research has shown that people who maintain a healthy weight over the long-term tend to eat a plant-based diet.
The Conscious Cook
By Tal Ronnen
Chef Tal Ronnen cooked for Oprah during her vegan cleanse and catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s vegan wedding. In his new cookbook, The Conscious Cook, Ronnen shares his enticing vegan dishes with everyone who enjoys beautiful, flavorful, and filling food. Every recipe delivers on his promise to omnivores and foodies: “You won’t miss the meat.”
The Engine 2 Diet
By Rip Esselstyn
Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, Texas, were in dire physical condition—several had dangerously high cholesterol levels—he sprang into action and created a lifesaving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip’s program, everyone lost weight (more than 20 pounds, in some cases), lowered their cholesterol, and improved their overall health. Now, Esselstyn outlines his proven plan in The Engine 2 Diet. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of vegetables, whole grains, fruit, legumes, seeds, and nuts.
Cooking the Whole Foods Way
By Christina Pirello
Nutrition educator Christina Pirello was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a few months to live, but she fought her way back to health using good nutrition. Her cookbook invites health-conscious readers to cut out processed foods, meat, and dairy, and focus on fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Pirello’s book includes tips on meal planning and shopping to help readers transition to a wholesome vegan diet. Research has shown that people who follow diets low in fat and high in plant foods have a lower risk of developing cancer.Studies have found that a vegan diet can even reduce the risk of recurrence for some types of cancer.
Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen
By Bryant Terry
Bryant Terry shows you how to make delicious soul food into delicious health food for the soul. Fabulous and tasty for the picky palate, this cookbook features Baked BBQ Black-Eyed Peas, Savory Triple-Corn Grits, and Blackened Tofu Slabs with Succotash Salsa.