5 Great Cookbooks for Cancer Patients

Proper Nutrition and Easy Meals to Make During Cancer Treatment

If you are looking to prevent cancer through your diet or are in treatment and want some healthy anti-cancer meals, you have come to the right place!

There are quite a few cookbooks available, but these are some of the best around. Each features simple recipes with easy to find ingredients. Even better, the recipes are simple to prepare and are delicious!

Betty Crocker's Living With Cancer Cookbook

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Hands down, Betty Crocker's Living With Cancer Cookbook is my favorite cookbook!

The recipes are simple and there is such a variety. You will also find tips about how certain foods can lessen side effects of treatment. Great for patients and their families!

  • 130 recipes.
  • 7-day meal planner (daily suggestions for six small meals and snacks).
  • Recipes are flagged to help ease common side effects associated with cancer treatment.
  • The latest print edition includes inspirational stories from Pink Together community members.
  • Paperback and eBook versions available.

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The American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook

Now in its third edition, The American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook is filled with healthy recipes that can lower cancer risk and help patients currently going through treatment. It really is one of the best!

There are many things to love about this book and one of the best features are the alternatives provided for healthier cooking! The recommendations for ingredient substitutes are often surprising and none of them sacrifice flavor, so it is perfect for people who love a great meal.

  • 300 recipes
  • Hardcover and eBook versions available.

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The Taste for Living Cookbook

This book provides a variety of ways to eat cancer-fighting foods! The Taste for Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for Fighting Cancer has long been a favorite for creating great food with the cancer patient's delicate palate in mind.

The cookbook addresses how to fight all types of cancer, rather than just a specific type. It also brings many of our favorite meals from a variety of international cuisines into a new, healthy realm that everyone in the family will enjoy.

  • Over 100 recipes using common ingredients and directions any level of cook can follow.
  • Organized into 14 complete menus, featuring various cuisines including French, Italian, and Mexican.
  • Recipes developed by L.A. chef and restauranteur, Beth Ginsberg.
  • Hardcover

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Something's Got to Taste Good: The Cancer Patient's Cookbook

Joan Fishman's Something's Got to Taste Good: The Cancer Patient's Cookbook is admittedly an older book (published in 1981). However, it remains a favorite because the recipes are so quick and easy to prepare.

For both patient and caregiver, it is important to have simple recipes that taste good, especially when the fatigue of treatment really sets in. Bottom line, this is a must-have book.

  • Many simple recipes to choose from, including sandwiches, salads, breads and sweets.
  • Hardcover and paperback available

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What to Eat If You Have Cancer

The What to Eat If You Have Cancer: Healing Foods That Boost Your Immune System is an especially helpful resource for the caregiver. The nutritional advice is very detailed and is aimed for the patient during treatment.

The book battles common side effects of treatment like malnutrition, weight loss and more. While some of the recipe ingredients are hard to find, the book provides resources for finding them.

Be sure to find the second edition of What to Eat If You Have Cancer because it has been updated to include new recipes and menus based on the latest research at the time of publication (2006).

  • Focuses on foods cancer patients should eat and avoid.
  • Explains how to create meal plans for different types of cancer and phases of treatment.
  • Paperback and eBook versions available

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