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obesity, which are major secondary risk factors for cancer. Similarly, everyday herbs and spices ranging from ginger to cinnamon to turmeric can help quell side effects ranging from nausea to fatigue. If you’d like to learn more about these properties, see the Culinary Pharmacy, where we’ve detailed the beneficial properties of most of the foods used in the recipes in this book. We’ve included the science because many of my clients get interested in the particulars once they realize how much better they often feel as they become well nourished. Still, others couldn’t care less about the science; they just want to be able to eat something, anything, because during treatment, their appetite has left the building. First and foremost, I’m a chef and a teacher who believes everyone has the ability to nourish themselves, even in the most dire of circumstances. This book was designed to meet you wherever you are in your treatment journey. If you just want to eat without giving a second thought to nutrition, worry not; every recipe in this book was created to be a nutrient-dense, delicious powerhouse, full of what your body needs to support your immune system, which is called upon to do yeoman’s work during treatment. The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen emphasizes what’s known as a whole foods approach. As the name suggests, whole foods come straight from the farm to the table with their nutrients intact, unlike refined and processed foods, such as white flour and sugar, which are stripped of so much of their nutritional value. (I call them empty calories). In addition to offering the broadest range of nutrients, the whole foods approach serves another purpose. People often ask me, “If science knows specific foods that fight cancer, why don’t I just eat those?” Ah, if only a single food had such abilities. But that’s not the way it works … at least not yet. Eating a wide variety of foods allows you to hedge your bets, as each of us absorbs nutrients differently. Since we haven’t gotten to the point yet where we can identify which specific foods work best for each individual, a wide-ranging diet is the only way to guarantee you’ll get the nourishment you need. I realize I’ve just put a lot on your plate. Now let me put your mind at ease. I understand that stepping into the kitchen to cook for someone with cancer (whether that’s you or someone else) takes a lot of courage. You so want them to like the food so they’ll eat. I’m here to let you know I’ll be holding your hand all the way. Life is serious enough for you and your loved ones right now. Although this book deals with a difficult topic, it comes at eating from a stance of joy and fun. Believe me, when you see the results— and the healing effect they have on all who partake—your motivation to get

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